Exploring the Landscape
WLP Leaders begin the program by gaining awareness of current social and workplace diversity issues and developing a broader understanding of leadership. This provides a foundation, which students build upon over the course of the program. Students also begin to gain real-world perspectives and make meaningful connections through meetings with corporate mentors and corporate visits that continue throughout their experience.
Building Competence and Confidence
During each year of the program, WLP Leaders have the opportunity to participate in workshops, roundtables, and corporate events that explore critical gender and workplace equity issues on a deeper level and develop effective leadership communications skills. Students learn strategies to understand and address issues such as unconscious bias, the gender confidence gap, and the value of male allies. They work on developing effective negotiation and presentation skills, gain creative confidence, and learn how to foster mentors and sponsors. The result is a self-advocacy tool-kit that advances their leadership potential.
Developing Authentic Leadership
WLP Leaders focus on what it means to be authentic, inclusive, and informed leaders. They develop an understanding of authentic leadership and followership and explore their own personal values and authentic behaviors. Through a strengths-based assessment and other self-awareness tools, students gain insight and embrace their authentic selves. This provides the basis for each student to develop a unique value proposition as a leader and a personal vision for leadership. A leadership experience/case study enables students to deepen their understanding and confidence as authentic leaders.
Preparing to Launch
When they graduate, WLP Leaders are able to recognize, impact, and benefit from an inclusive workplace culture. Students will have a network of professionals, faculty, and peers who will be important resources in advancing the students’ professional and educational careers. The program culminates with WLP Leader presentations in which students synthesize their learning on workplace diversity and inclusive leadership and apply it to a leadership experience/case study.
WLP Leaders are collaborative relationship builders who can communicate with influence. Skills development focus is on:
- Authentic leadership
- Interpersonal communication
- Executive presence
- Speaking up and being heard
- Conflict management and negotiation
- Collaboration and teamwork
WLP Leaders understand and articulate strategies for self-advocacy that address bias, maximize opportunity, and advance leadership potential. Diversity and inclusion topics include:
- The status of gender equity in the workplace
- The effect of unconscious bias and micro-inequities
- Closing the gender confidence gap
- Self-advocacy tools to foster inclusion
- Men as allies in creating gender equity
- The importance of mentorship, sponsorship, and networking
- Addressing sexual harassment
- Managing work/life balance