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.



    Yael Grushka-Cockayne   (Program Leader)

    Associate Professor of Business Administration
    Yael Grushka-Cockayne's research and teaching activities focus on forecasting, project management, strategic and behavioral decision making. Her research is published in numerous academic and professional journals, and she is a regular speaker at international conferences in the area of decision analysis, project management and management science. She is also an award-winning teacher, winning the Darden Morton Leadership Faculty Award in 2011, the University of Virginia's Mead-Colley Award in 2012 and the Darden Outstanding faculty award in 2013.  Before starting her academic career, she worked in San Francisco as a marketing director of an Israeli ERP company. As an expert in the areas of project management, she has served as a consultant to international firms in the aerospace and pharma industries. She is a UVA Excellence in Diversity fellow and a member of INFORMS, the Decision Analysis Society, the Operational Research Society and the Project Management Institute (PMI). She is also currently the Secretary/Treasurer of the INFORMS Decision Analysis Society.


    Martin Davidson

    Johnson and Higgins Professor of Business Administration
    Widely cited and published in the areas of leadership and diversity, Davidson has conducted research on four continents and is the author of the award-winning book The End of Diversity as We Know It: Why Diversity Efforts Fail and How Leveraging Difference Can Succeed, in which he discusses going beyond the usual "managing diversity" paradigm to "leveraging differences" to transform an organization. Davidson consults with Fortune 500 firms, government agencies and social profit organizations. He formerly served as associate dean and chief diversity officer at Darden and holds a Ph.D. in psychology from Stanford University.

    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 course, you will earn one week of credit toward a Certificate in LeadershiporGeneral Management.