Emerging Leaders Academy

Emerging Leaders Academy

exclusively for women leaders

While over 60% of college graduates are female, only around 20% of women hold executive leadership positions. The data shows that women still remain underrepresented at every level in business.  The truth is the biggest obstacle that women face is much earlier in the pipeline, at the first step up to manager. If we want to create gender equity in the workplace, we must invest in leadership development for emerging, high potential, and early-career female leaders. The Emerging Leaders Academy was created exclusively for them; designed for them, by female leaders, experts, and coaches.


The program is specifically designed for female emerging and high potential leaders.  Participants would be new to leadership or in the pipeline to take on new leadership responsibility within the next 12-18 months.  Women may already be leading a team, but desire or need additional training or resources to more effectively lead or advance her team.

When? Where?

Class starts on January 9, 2020 and meets monthly on the second Thursday of every month through December 2020.  Class runs from 12 p.m. until 4 p.m.  Location TBD, based on enrollment.

Course Dates: January 9, February 13, March 12, April 9, May 14, June 11, July 9, August 13, September 10, October 8, November 12, December 10.

Course Content

Class meetings combine leadership development, personal coaching, and peer networking. Course materials reflect current events, the needs of the emerging leaders, and the expertise of faculty and guests. It is delivered in an interactive and engaging environment that uses discussion, activities, reflection, videos, and reading materials to engage every participant and drive powerful learning opportunities. Participants receive personal coaching to address their individual development needs. Additionally, group coaching occurs at every class meeting, that will address current events and situational issues that participants are dealing with, while focusing on challenging the leaders and driving their individual growth.

In the first class meeting, Emerging Leaders create a Leadership Development Action Plan to establish personal and professional “success” goals, as well as identify the metrics through which we will quantify their leadership skill improvement and subsequent contributions to their organization’s success.

Course Topics by Month: 

  • January: Take Ownership For Your Own Career and Creating Your Leadership Action Plan
  • February: Understanding Your Own Unique Leadership Skills and How You Are Perceived as a Leader.
  • March: Enhancing Your Leadership Communication Skills Across the Organization
  • April: Navigating Conflict, Negotiation, and Persuasion
  • May: Gender Equality and Building Allies (Bring an Ally)
  • June: Wellness and Work-Life Balance
  • July: Managing Your Time as a Leader and Enhancing Productivity Within Your Team
  • August: Building and Maintaining High Performing Teams
  • September: Maintaining High Performing Teams
  • October: Mentorship and Sponsorship (Bring an Emerging/High Potential woman)
  • November: Leading and Navigating Change
  • December: Your Next Step, Celebrating, and Communicating Successes

Course Pricing

 We require a deposit of $500/participant is due at registration (first and last month’s enrollment fee).  Course is priced at $2700 per enrollee.  If you require the course to be paid monthly, the price is $250/month per enrollee.  Deposit will be applied to the cost of the course.  Payment invoices will be issued 30 days before the first course meeting (or at registration whichever comes first).

Questions?  Contact Jessica Gendron, President of The Center for Leadership Excellence.

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