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Strategies for Emerging Leaders

Current Session: May 3, 17, 31st, 2024

Strategies for Emerging Leaders: For Women and Gender-Diverse Professionals to Navigate Their Careers

Strategies for Emerging Leaders is an intensive program providing professionals in the first decade of their career with the essential skills and competencies needed to successfully manage up and across organizations in today’s complex and changing world. Designed to promote the advancement of women, gender-diverse professionals, and those from historically excluded communities, the aim is to explore how to navigate the hidden barriers to career progression in a brave and supportive environment. Through interactive reflective activities with a cohort of peers, participants gain foundational leadership capabilities enabling them to understand and leverage their individual professional strengths, lead and influence across organizations, and effectively manage their relationships with managers, mentors, and sponsors to advocate for their career advancement.

Unlock Potential and Shape Futures: Master Leadership Strategies

Navigating Leadership Transition

Shift from contributor to leader with our program, ensuring a strong foundation for ongoing success.

Focused Skills Development

Optimize strengths, adapt communication styles, and enhance conflict resolution and feedback abilities with active learning modules.

Strategic Career Mastery

Master 'managing up,' engage in brave dialogues, and leverage mentors for a personalized 5-year career plan.

Empowering Leadership Journey

Gain essential skills for leadership, confidently navigating from an individual contributor to an impactful, strategic leader.

How You Will Learn

Day 1: May 3rd, 2024 (In-Person)

Understanding & Leveraging Your Strengths

  • Gain awareness of unique professional strengths 
  • Explore using this information to leverage natural talents with others at work

Understand your default communication and conflict style to recognize the conflict styles in others

  • Explore how to adapt and flex your communication and conflict style to enhance collaboration in teams 
  • Practice active listening as a tool to productively work through conflict

Two Leadership Assessments Included

  • Thomas-Kilmann Conflict Mode Instrument (TKI)
  • Gallup StrengthsFinder

Day 2: May 17th, 2024 (½ Day Virtual) 

Managing Up, Leveraging Feedback & Coaching Facilitator: 

  • Understand organizational hierarchies
  • Delve into a research-proven behavior-based feedback
  • Learn through  peer coaching on how to ask, receive, and give behavior-based feedback

Self-Advocacy: Owning Your Influence, Power & Voice Facilitator: 

  • Learn the foundations of influence, power, and authority dynamics 
  • Explore how to increase your influence and establish your voice in your organization, regardless of your role

Day 3: May 31st, 2024 (In-Person)

Leading Bentley Brave Dialogues™

  • Uncover how to gauge manager’s openness to brave dialogues, and learn  common barriers to engagement in these
  • Learn strategies to educate management in how to build trust through brave dialogues in the managerial relationship

The Power of Leveraging Mentorships, Sponsorships and Networks in your career Facilitator:

  • Understand the differences of Mentorships, Sponsorships and Networks and the roles that each can play in your career advancement
  • Gain insight into your individual role and responsibilities in these key professional relationships
  • Discuss strategies to effectively network.

Navigating Tomorrow's Success: Strategies for Emerging Leaders Today

Program Overview

Who Should Attend?

Strategies for emerging leaders has been created for professionals in the first decade of their careers looking to elevate their leadership capabilities. Participant profiles include:

  • High performance individual contributors, aspiring to advance
  • First time managers
  • Managers/ Individual contributors feeling “stuck” in their career
Learning Outcomes
  • Develop an understanding of your professional strengths and how to leverage that understanding to optimize your performance and professional satisfaction 
  • Explore a framework of communication and conflict styles and learn to flex your style to both enhance team collaboration and engage others in productive conflict resolution
  • Strengthen your ability to ask for, receive, and provide feedback confidently 
  • Understand the relationship between influence, authority, and power and how to use these concepts to be able to effectively influence across an organization where you may or may not have formal authority
  • Learn the essential components to successfully “manage up” in your organization
  • Develop the ability to engage in brave dialogues about working across differences with managers 
  • Learn to leverage mentors, sponsors, and networks to advance career goals 
  • Develop an individualized 5-year career advancement plan 

Meet the Instructors

Becky McDougal
Becky McDougal
Director of Programs & Engagement, CWB

As Director of Programs & Engagement for the CWB, Becky McDougal builds community with corporate partners, DEI leaders, and associations. She leads the development of new and innovative programs that support the mission of advancing intersectional gender equity. Becky engages partners in developing programs that address their challenges of fostering more inclusive and equitable cultures. Becky designs and facilitates a wide variety of the CWB’s workshops and leadership development programs for professionals of all levels.

Becky holds an Executive Certificate in Strategic Diversity and Inclusion Management from Georgetown University. Becky earned her BS in Marketing from the Carroll School of Management at Boston College, with a minor in Sociology, and holds a Master’s in Organizational Psychology from William James College, with a concentration in Talent Management.

Nyacko Pearl Perry
Nyacko Pearl Perry
Executive Coach & Organizational Development Consultant, CWB

Nyacko Pearl Perry is an experienced executive coach and organizational development consultant with expertise in equity-based systemization, people development, and financial sustainability. With a passion for facilitating Equity Diversity Inclusion-based practices, She helps small businesses, community organizations, and corporations foster equitable and sustainable systems through coaching for executives, teams, and entrepreneurs.

As a growth strategist, Nyacko is committed to developing innovative frameworks that enhance structural growth while centering employee experiences. Nyacko is skilled in team building, change management, policy change, data-driven decision-making, conflict resolution, and networking.

Nyacko holds a master's in Organization Development from American University and is a Certified Coach. She is the co-founder and Organization Development Partner at Comfort Kitchen. This James Beard Award-nominated café/restaurant celebrates the African diaspora through global comfort foods connecting Asia to the Americas.

Program Details

Program Date

Spring 2024

In-person: May 3 & May 31

1/2 Day Virtual: May 17

Timing: 8:30AM - 4:00PM

Networking Breakfast | 8:30-9:00AM

Program | 9:00AM-4:00PM (includes lunch and refreshments)


Program Cost: $4,850

  • Program fee includes tuition, meals, and instructional materials.
  • Register 30+ days in advance to receive a 20% discount automatically.
  • Bentley Alumni receive a 50% enrollment discount.

For information regarding the alumni discount, contact:

Bentley University Executive Education

Bentley Refund Policy

Bentley University will grant a full refund for cancellations received at least 30 days before the program start date. A 50% refund will be given for those cancellations made prior to fourteen days of the program start date. No refund will be granted for those cancellations received after that time.

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