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Women in Leadership Program

Enhance your leadership and influence skills to create the change you need to succeed.

Upcoming Dates

Program Dates
Time Commitment
Program Fee
23-27 Oct 2023
In-Person, Charlottesville, VA
5 days
15-19 Apr 2024
In-Person, Washington, D.C., Area
5 days


Women are called on to lead in organizations and society more than ever, but they face unique challenges along the way. This program will show you how to create opportunities to leverage strengths and lead confidently at all levels.

  • Expand your knowledge of strategy, negotiation, communication and leadership
  • Manage conflict and drive change
  • Build and strengthen critical networks and partnerships
  • Anticipate future industry trends and predict their impact on your company's success

Intended For

Senior Management, Executive



Blend your instincts and experience with accelerating techniques from the most powerful women in business.

  • Strengthen your ability to build influence and inspire others through focus on corporate culture, communication, conflict management, leveraging differences, crisis leadership and decision-making under pressure.
  • Assess and address your unique challenges and opportunities through simulations, workshops, a network assessment exercise and one-on-one professional and personal coaching.
  • 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.
  • Participate in mindfulness activities to help you maintain peak performance in and out of the office.

Darden's New Home for Lifelong Learning

The Forum Hotel Kimpton

The Forum Hotel at the UVA Darden School of Business in Charlottesville is now open! We’re excited to welcome our EELL participants to learn and stay with us in this dynamic new meeting place.

Learn More

  • Schedule & Topics

    The program begins at 12pm the first day with a welcome lunch. The remaining days generally run from 9am-6pm, wrapping up by lunchtime on the final day. Featured activities & session topics include:

    • Clifton Strengths Assessment & Analysis
    • Organizational Design
    • Gender & Negotiation
    • Positive Deviance
    • Leveraging Your Best Self
  • Impact & Outcomes
    • Maximize the effectiveness of your most powerful capabilities in uncertain as well as structured environments.
    • Manage change, negotiate successfully, strengthen networks and lead your organization to greater profits.
    • Develop a fully articulated voice and vision for personal and organizational development that includes a holistic approach to mindfulness and personal resilience.
    • Build and strengthen your critical network of allies and partnerships.
  • Participant Profile

    Designed for executives and professionals 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.

    The Women in Leadership Program is open to all participants regardless of gender. The University of Virginia Darden School Foundation does not discriminate on the basis of age, color, disability, gender identity or expression, marital status, national or ethnic origin, pregnancy (including childbirth and related conditions), race, religion, sex, sexual orientation or veteran status.

    In order to be awarded full credit hours, you must be present for the entirety of the program.

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  • Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Sponsorship

    UVA Darden Executive Education offers continuing education credits as part of our commitment to encourage lifelong learning. 

    • Instructional Delivery: Group Live
    • CPE Credits: 32.0
    • Field of Study: Personal Development
    • Program Level: Intermediate

    There are no prerequisites for participation, though executives and professionals with management responsibilities are encouraged to attend. Advanced preparation includes:

    • Case study readings
    • Clifton Strengths Assessment & Analysis
    • Reflected Best-Self Exercise

    The selected case studies, assessments, and exercises will be sent prior to the program for all participants to read and prepare for discussion on the first day of the program. 

    Refund/Cancelation/Concern Resolution Policy:

    All cancellations and transfers must be received in writing. Submit your request via email to [email protected] with the name of the program, followed by "cancellation" or "transfer" in the subject line. Cancellation or transfer fees may apply. Visit our Registration & FAQ page for full details on transfers and cancellations. 

    If you have any questions, concerns or complaints, please contact us at 1-434-924-3000 or [email protected] to resolve your issue.

    UVA Darden School Foundation - Executive Education is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Concerns regarding registered sponsors may be submitted to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors through its website: www.nasbaregistry.org.

  • Location & Accommodations

    Fall 2023


    Darden School of Business
    100 Darden Blvd.
    Charlottesville, Virginia

    Materials and some meals are also included in your program fee.


    The Forum Hotel Kimpton Guest Room The Forum Hotel Kimpton Arboretum & Gardens

    Lodging will be provided at our new on-Grounds hotel for participants of this program as part of your program fee. If you register within 30 days of the program start date, accommodations at The Forum Hotel cannot be guaranteed. Alternate lodging would be provided. We encourage you to register early to reserve your spot!

    The Forum Hotel
    Kimpton Charlottesville
    540 Massie Rd.
    Charlottesville, VA 22903

    Enjoy access to all the hotel’s perks during your stay, including morning coffee and tea service, on-site fitness center, Birch & Bloom steakhouse, The Good Sport craft beer bar and large outdoor terrace.

    Anchored by the beautiful arboretum and botanical gardens with outdoor learning and reflection spaces, as well as state-of-the-art indoor classroom and event spaces, The Forum Hotel is the new home for Executive Education & Lifelong Learning programming & lodging.

    Spring 2024

    UVA Darden DC Metro Sands Family Grounds


    UVA Darden DC Metro
    1100 Wilson Boulevard
    Arlington, Virginia

    Materials and some meals are included in your program fee.


    Accommodations are not included in the program fee and should be arranged by the participant. Recommended accommodations include:

    Hyatt Centric Arlington
    1325 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, Virginia, 22209
    Tel: +1-703-525-1234

    Le Méridien Arlington
    1121 North 19th Street, Arlington, VA 22209
    Telephone: +1-703-351-9170

Kelli Palmer and Carolyn Miles

Special Guest Speakers

Kelli Palmer
Chief Employee Experience Officer, WillowTree

Palmer is a business leader with expertise in people and systems management, sustainability, inclusion, and corporate philanthropy. Her talent for developing strategy and translating it into action has allowed her to serve organizations ranging from institutions of higher education to global membership organizations and non-profit start-ups.

Carolyn Miles
John Alden Purinton, Jr. Professor of Practice
Senior Adviser to the Dean
Interim President, Darden School Foundation

Miles (MBA '88) is the former Chief Executive Officer of Save the Children, an organization that gives children around the world a healthy start, the opportunity to learn and protection from harm. Returning to Darden in 2021, she is focused on bringing more women and diverse students to Darden through development of specific programming, increasing scholarship opportunities and developing new events. 

Hear from faculty and participants on what makes Darden's Women in Leadership Program unique and impactful.

Certificate in Leadership & Management

Earn Your Certificate

Women in Leadership counts as one program toward a noncredit Darden Certificate in Leadership & Management. Complete this program and three additional programs within a four-year period to earn your certificate.

Perfect combination of business and personal skills-development needed to successfully lead. I was inspired by the interesting and thought-provoking case studies, and the other amazing leaders in the class with whom I bonded.

Stephanie Vatalaro
SVP of Marketing and Communications, Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation


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Laura Morgan Roberts

Associate Professor of Business Administration


Allison Elias

Assistant Professor of Business Administration

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Yael Grushka-Cockayne

Professor of Business Administration, Altec Styslinger Foundation Bicentennial Chair in Business Administration, Senior Associate Dean for Professional Degree Programs


Sean Martin

Donald and Lauren Morel Associate Professor of Business Administration


Toni Irving

Frank M. Sands Sr. Professor of Practice

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Darden School Foundation.