The Women's Leadership Program

  • Participants and faculty from The Women's Leadership Program share their insights and experiences.

  • Organizations are only as strong as their people. Hone your skills as a visionary leader and prepare for increasingly strategic roles, ready to lead your organization at the next level.

  • At a Glance

    Embrace your strengths and drive your organization to new heights. In  The Women's Leadership Program, you'll develop a vision for how you lead and influence on multiple fronts.

    The Program

    You'll study the behavior of individuals and organizations, refining key principles through case studies led by senior businesswomen and faculty members focused on corporate culture, negotiation, communication, conflict management, leveraging differences, crisis leadership and decision-making under pressure. You'll customize these skills through discussions, simulations, workshops, and one-on-one professional and personal coaching. A wellness program and development of a personal action plan will round out your ability to assess and address your unique challenges and opportunities.

    Where You'll Excel 

    • Strengthen your knowledge of strategy, negotiation, communication and leadership, as they pertain to the highest level of an organization.
    • Identify your leadership strengths and practice applying them across your current and future organizational responsibilities.
    • Learn to actively manage your professional development and secure managerial support for innovative ideas and strategic opportunities.
    • Build and strengthen your critical network of allies and partnerships.
    • Practice anticipating future industry trends and predicting their impact on your company's success.
    • Envision your way to leading high performing teams with both heart and mind.


    • Leveraging Your Personal Strengths
    • Leadership: Strategic Change
    • Negotiation
    • Success Amidst Conflict
    • Leadership Presence
    • Life Balance


    You'll walk away from The Women's Leadership Program with:

    • A list of your most powerful skills and how to maximize their effectiveness in uncertain environments
    • Your leadership profile and the role models who share it
    • Hands-on workshops featuring techniques for managing change, successful negotiations, strengthening networks and leading your organization to deliver your vision 
    • A stronger voice and vision for personal and organizational development that includes a holistic approach to wellness and forming and leading high performing teams


    This course is designed for female executives and women with management responsibilities, especially those leading teams, direct reports, and product lines and verticals. Past leaders who improved their effectiveness and vision include corporate presidents and vice presidents, directors, senior HR managers and scientists, independent consultants and many more.



      Morela Hernandez

    Morela Hernandez

    Associate Professor of Business Administration 

    Hernandez' research and expertise focus on the ethics of leadership, as well as the role of diversity in organizational systems and decision-making practices.

    Martin Davidson

    Senior Associate Dean and Chief Diversity Officer | Johnson and Higgins Professor of Business Administration

    Davidson's thought leadership has changed how many executives approach inclusion and diversity in their organizations. He teaches, conducts research, and consults with global leaders to help them use diversity strategically to drive high performance.

    Sean Martin

    Sean Martin

    Associate Professor of Business Administration

    Martin's research addresses how organizational and societal contexts impart values and beliefs onto leaders and followers, and how those values subsequently influence their behaviors and organizational experiences.

    Marc Modica 2018

    Marc Modica

    Senior Lecturer in Business Administration

    Modica has broad international experience teaching and consulting on negotiation, communications, and conflict management.

    June West

    Associate Professor of Business Administration

    West has an extensive background in management and interpersonal communications, working with a variety of businesses, schools, healthcare organizations and the U.S. military.

    Jolene Bodily

    Jolene H. Bodily

    Wellness Program Coordinator, Darden School
    Health Risk Reduction Services Coordinator, UVA Health System 

    Bodily works with corporate executives on improving health and personal productivity. Using her "Sleep. Eat. Exercise. Rejuvenate." framework she helps executives enhance physical and mental energy, focus and stamina.

    Location & Accommodations

    Darden School of Business
    Charlottesville, Virginia

    As a participant, you'll stay in a private room at the  Inn at Darden, our highly rated hotel adjacent to the classroom buildings and dining center. Accommodations are included in your tuition.

    Tuition & Certificates

    $9,450 covers materials, meals and accommodations at the  Inn at Darden.

    By taking this program, you will earn one week of credit toward a Certificate in Leadership.