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The Women Leaders Program

Transform Your Future

Passionate, proven, and inspired – you’re on the leadership fast-track at your organization. Discover what women leaders from around the world already know: The Women Leaders Program from the award-winning Center for Leadership at FIU will empower your career and life with the professional and personal insights you need to transform your future and succeed!

To advance their careers, women leaders need the passion and skills to rise to the next level. This research-based, facts-driven, and transformational program, will take you on a journey to discover the character traits and inner strengths you have to succeed. You will learn leadership skills you can activate now, how to use collaborations to elevate cooperation, and to go from a task-focused manager to visionary leader – all to benefit yourself, your team, and your organization. Transform your future at the Center for Leadership at FIU.

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Program Information

Program Dates
September 18-22 and November 1, 2023
Executive coaching sessions between Sept. and Nov. sessions.

Class Times
1:00pm to 5:00pm ET each day
Coaching: Scheduled based on participant availability.

Instructor-led Live Online Program (via Zoom)

Program Fee
$4,750 - including program tuition, materials, and coaching sessions.
$4,275 - early registration rate available until August 4, 2023.

Multi-registrations, non-profits, government agencies, and FIU employees and alumni, contact us for pricing. View our registration and refund policy.

Who should attend?

This program is ideal for women that serve as mid- to senior-level area managers, directors, or vice presidents with a decade or more leadership experience and broad responsibilities over operations and other managers.

Not sure if this program is the right fit for you or want more information before applying? Contact a member of our team or view our other program options for individual contributors, managers, and established executives.

Why attend?

Our leadership development programs and workshops continue to gain recognition around the world. Since 2014, we have garnered thirteen different accolades from, Chief Learning Officer (CLO), and University Professional and Continuing Education Association (UPCEA)… including six #1 rankings! Read more about our rankings and awards.

A leader’s ambition to learn never rests. If you’re passionate about your leadership journey – or champion female leaders who are – Invest in yourself, your career, and your future. The returns will be invaluable.

  • Benefits for the individual
    • Build a strong understanding and awareness of self, and understand how self-knowledge strengthens leadership capabilities.
    • Identify and leverage personal strengths that add value to your organization.
    • Discover how to foster relationships to better influence high-level decisions.
    • Develop the art of storytelling in strengthening communications and influencing others.
    • Learn to create, foster, and lead healthy work cultures for you, your team, and your organization.
  • Benefits for the organization
    • Build leadership capacity by equipping high performing women executives to assume added or greater responsibility.
    • Develop a team of skilled executives adept at leading from a strengths-based point of view.
    • Identify organizational leaders capable of building leadership capacity and engaging those they lead.
    • Strengthen talent development and effective succession planning processes to ensure sustainable leadership capacity for the organization.
  • Continuing Education


    The Center for Leadership is a recognized provider of both Continuing Education Units (CEUs) and SHRM, offering Professional Development Credits (PDCs) for the SHRM-CP® or SHRM-SCP® recertification activities. Participants of this program will be eligible to receive CEUs and SHRM-PDCs with participating professional organizations.

Topics and Schedule

The following topics and schedule are subject to change.

  • Day 1 – 1:00pm to 5:00pm ET
    • Welcome and program introduction
    • Issues in women's leadership: what holds women back
  • Day 2 – 1:00pm to 5:00pm ET
    • Leading through strengths: understand the role personal strengths play in your leadership
    • Personality and leadership: understand how who we are affects our leadership behaviors
  • Day 3 – 1:00pm to 5:00pm ET
    • Values in leadership: clearly define the role of personal values in leadership to better understand your decision making process
    • Leading change: gain a fresh perspective on how to lead change for even greater achievements
  • Day 4 – 1:00pm to 5:00pm ET
    • Healthy work cultures: create and lead a healthy work culture in your organization
    • Power and influence: building trust and influence from any position. Understand the importance of power, trust, and influence and how to use them in your leadership position
  • Day 5 – 1:00pm to 5:00pm ET
    • Leadership roundtable: the opportunity to participate in a roundtable with an industry women leader
    • A leadership case study: gender dynamics and career progression
    • Appreciations and lessons learned
  • Executive Coaching Sessions
    • A unique benefit of participating in The Women Leaders Program is the opportunity to meet one-on-one with an executive coach. These sessions will allow you to enlist objective feedback from a trained professional on issues or matters of particular concern to you. You may also use these sessions to gain further insight on some of the sessions or tools discussed during the program. 
    • This program includes two coaching sessions scheduled at the participants the weeks of Sept. 25 and Oct. 16. Each session is 50-minutes long and will be conducted virtually via Zoom.
  • Day 6 – 1:00pm to 5:00pm ET
    • Leading with stories: learn to use stories and storytelling techniques to make communications and presentations more compelling and influential
    • Program closing


Mayra Beers, Ph.D.

Joyce J. Elam, Ph.D.
Program Co-Chair


Valentina Bruk Lee, Ph.D.
Program Co-Chair


Garth D. Headley


Carol Lempert


Ebony Smith 

Program alumnae's own words…

"Thank you for a program that was insightful, applicable, and empowering. I have already put into practice so many of the skills that I learned at The Women Leaders Program. I am incredibly grateful for the time and dedication that you provide to your participants."

Andryann O'Brien
Field Medical Director
Pfizer, Inc.

"The Women Leaders Program prepared me to return to my work with renewed commitment and vigor. It provided me with the tools to use as I grow and improve my leadership."

Rebecca Bell Meszaros
Associate Vice President

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