Navigate institutional dynamics with new Executive Women in Leadership certificate

Female boss leading diverse corporate team meeting in boardroom

Women comprise 44 percent of the overall S&P 500 labor force, and yet they hold just 25 percent of executive- and senior-level positions, occupy only 20 percent of board seats, and represent just 6 percent of CEOs. Power structures and gender dynamics often favor and reward the contributions of men over women, and even the most experienced and capable women can struggle to overcome these realities to attain leadership positions.

To empower accomplished professionals with strategies and techniques needed to skillfully level the playing field while working to attain higher levels of leadership, the Dyson School and the Cornell SC Johnson College of Business has launched the new Executive Women in Leadership certificate program. Available online through eCornell, this certificate program teaches learners how to identify and reduce the gender bias and power dynamics present in their own organizations and offers solutions for bringing greater parity to workplace culture.

“This certificate program allows learners to create a personalized action plan using recommended strategies to understand the gendered environments in which they are operating and then navigate the most effective path to leadership, status, and power in their organization,” says faculty co-author Deborah Streeter, the Bruce F. Failing, Sr., Professor of Personal Enterprise at the Dyson School.

Highlights of the Executive Women in Leadership certificate program

Faculty co-authors:

  • Deborah Streeter, Bruce F. Failing, Sr., Professor of Personal Enterprise at the Dyson School
  • Susan A. Fleming, executive educator, Susan Fleming Consulting
Deborah Streeter
Deborah Streeter, professor, Dyson School
Susan Fleming
Susan A. Fleming, executive educator

Program format:

  • Delivered online via eCornell
  • Five two-week courses:
    • Power and Gender Dynamics
    • Developing Executive Presence for Women Leaders
    • Gender Bias and Negotiation Strategies
    • The Network Effect
    • Decoding the Gender Gap in Board Membership

Students will earn:

  • Executive Women in Leadership Certificate from the Cornell SC Johnson College of Business
  • 40 professional development hours
  • Four continuing education units (CEUs)

What this means for you

Women leaders in mid- to senior-level positions, women who hold or are interested in seeking board positions, women entrepreneurs and founders, and male leaders seeking to better understand gender dynamics in their organizations will find value in this program. Learners will refine their executive presence to improve interactions with people at higher power levels, improve their approach to negotiations, explore the strategies needed to develop a strong professional network, and assess the core competencies needed for board membership.

Once learners complete the Executive Women in Leadership certificate program, they are well-positioned to navigate institutional dynamics and achieve higher levels of leadership.

Learn more about the new Executive Women in Leadership certificate program


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