Taking Charge: Women's Executive Leadership
Critical Topics, Active Learning, At a Pace That Works
Taking Charge focuses on the critical knowledge and skills you need to effectively lead and impact your organization. Together with other senior women leaders, participate in interactive classes led by faculty members who are ongoing practitioners in their areas of expertise. The program begins with a two-day session, followed by five one-day sessions on alternating weeks over the course of three months. This structure allows participants to incorporate new skills into their current roles and build a long-lasting peer network.
During the program you will:
- Gain insight into your leadership strengths and developmental opportunities
- Understand the unique challenges of women in leadership and strategies for advancement
- Strengthen your communications skills for improved effectiveness with internal and external constituents
- Build knowledge on strategic leadership and change management
- Participate in an executive coaching session focused on engaging and leading teams
- Define your personal vision for leadership
- Learn to build a business network for the long term
- Meet senior level women who will give candid insights for the journey ahead
Taking Charge begins with a two-day session, followed by five one-day sessions on alternating weeks from 8:30am – 4:30pm over the course of three months.
360° Leadership Assessment
Women in Leadership
- What's in the water
- Leadership and you
- Leadership styles
- Management versus leadership
- What role does gender play?
Leading Through Change
- Simulation exercise
- Managing and promoting change
- Engaging followers and stakeholders
- Measuring and communicating results
The Power of Communication
- Negotiating well – types and styles
- Interests versus positions
- Power negotiation
- Ethical standards
- Difficult conversations
Executive Coaching‐ Leading Teams
- Small group sessions with professional executive coaches
- Team dynamics exercise with individual and group feedback
- Leader as coach: how to coach your people
- Individual and team feedback
- Why strategic thinking is important
- Characteristics of strong strategic leaders
- Levels of strategic thinking / leadership
- Challenges to strategic leading and mitigations
Women on Boards - Why should you consider future board involvement
- Corporate versus nonprofit boards
- Expectations and responsibilities of board members
- Board compensation
- Essential strategies to seeking board position
Celebration of Accomplishment
Committed professional mid-to-senior level women who are:
- In a significant management role, demonstrating career progression
- Designated to assume increased responsibilities
- In a period of transition or moving between functional groups
- Desire enhanced presence and confidence for the next career stage
Organizational titles of participants may vary dependent on the size and type of their business. The cohort of 15-20 women may include program managers, senior directors, CFOs and financial managers, general counsels, operating managers, vice presidents and similar.
- Participants should have a minimum of eight years of progressively responsible experience within a corporate or professional organization.
- All participants are required to obtain agreement from their selected peers, direct reports, and manager to complete an assessment tool three weeks in advance of the program start. All results are kept confidential (as outlined in a letter that is provided for this exercise).
Without exception, the instructors are highly qualified experts in their fields, with extensive real-world experience. Most are also regular lecturers at the MBA level and all are actively involved in senior management consulting roles with some of the world's leading organizations. Some faculty featured in this program include:
Susan M. Adams (PhD Georgia Institute of Technology) is Professor of Management at Bentley University. She brings practical and academic insights to learning environments in and out of the classroom from her consulting work and practical experience with public and private firms, start-up ventures, government entities, and non-profit organizations. Dr. Adams has served on and chaired boards of companies and non-profit organizations. Her work has been featured in over 40 publications that appear in both academic and industry outlets. Her work focuses on individual and organization development to anticipate and cope with changing environments.
Jill Brown (PhD Strategic Management University of Georgia) is an associate professor of Management at Bentley University. Prior to her position in academe, she worked as a Commercial lender for several financial institutions, including BNY Mellon and First Fidelity Bank in Philadelphia, PA. She is also an executive with a family-owned manufacturing business. Professor Brown’s research, teaching, and consulting interests include ethics, corporate social responsibility, corporate governance and strategic leadership facilitation.
William Starner spent over 25 years in executive management roles including general management, marketing, customer service and human resources. He has extensive international business experience and possesses in-depth knowledge of a variety of industries. Mr. Starner is an Adjunct Professor of Management at Bentley University where he teaches courses in Leadership, Negotiation and Interpersonal Relations in Management.
Joseph Weiss is a Professor of Management at Bentley University where he designed and teaches the MBA courses on leadership, business ethics, and organizational theory. He specializes in developing individual and team leadership effectiveness, organizational change, project management, and business ethics. He is an international management consultant with two decades of experience. Dr. Weiss had coached executives from Fortune 500 and 1000 firms across industries and geographies.
Spring 2020 Program Dates
Includes 7 Days of Learning
Session Times: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Dates and registration for spring programming coming soon.
Program Cost: $4,950
Program fee includes tuition, instructional materials, continental breakfast and lunch.
Register early to receive a 10% discount.
Bentley alumni receive a 15% enrollment discount.
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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Contact Lisa Dinsmore, Associate Director of Executive Education firstname.lastname@example.org 781.891.3458