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Women Lead. Certificate


Next cohort begins March 12, 2021


Calling all women leaders who want to challenge themselves to career exploration and continue to rise in their organization. You’re already leading, use this program to take your leadership skills to the next level. Immerse yourself in this 6-month leadership experience where you will be among other top women leaders creating a vibrant new ecosystem. Listen to them, learn from them and connect with them. Through Women Lead. the Center for Leadership intends to give you the additional tools and insights needed to expand your positive impact on your organization and community and continue to rise with purpose.

Women Lead. facilitators bring passion and real-world experience to each session. They have been in the trenches just like you! Additionally, research driven curriculum with an intersectional approach will include tools and hands-on skills practice that can be immediately used to increase your leadership effectiveness. Your leadership skills will be elevated through interactive sessions, and an in-depth research-based assessment. Linkage’s Advancing Women Leaders (AWL) 360° Assessment offers critical insight into your leadership strengths. Excellent facilitators, dynamic curriculum, and a new network of accomplished women leaders ensure this program will be a transformative experience for you both professionally and personally.

  • NETWORKING & ADVISORS: You will meet, connect, and learn from the strong and successful women in the room, developing a rich peer support network.
  • BUILD YOUR LEADERSHIP SKILLS: Fine-tune your critical leadership competencies while engaging in introspection and honing your power and influence. By examining the external and internal factors impacting you as a leader, you’ll take your leadership to the next level.
  • IDENTIFY & CULTIVATE YOUR STRENGTHS: Linkage’s Advancing Women Leaders (AWL) 360° Assessment will provide honest feedback on your leadership style, your strengths, and where you have opportunities for growth.
  • PASSIONATE & EXPERIENCED FACILITATORS: Women Lead. facilitators have diverse backgrounds in leadership, education, and experience to provide engaging sessions that will equip you with tools to take back to your workplace and assist in navigating your career.
  • CONTINUE TO BE INSPIRED: Following your Women Lead. experience, you are invited to join us back at the Center for Leadership for an Executive Program of your choice. Our 2020 lineup of executive speakers includes Sally Helgesen, author of How Women Rise and cited in Forbes as the world’s premier expert on women’s leadership.

  • Those who are accomplished leaders serious about their development and ready to further refine their own personal brand of leadership.
  • Those who lead teams and are dedicated to achieving a high level of performance and excellence.
  • Those who can be vulnerable, want to think introspectively, and cultivate their strengths.
  • Those who want to be surrounded by other diverse, high-achieving, uplifting female influences.
  • Those who are not afraid to be challenged and do not want a run-of-the-mill training.

The instructional modes in which the Women Lead. Certificate programs will be facilitated are blended and virtual. This is noted below next to each class.

  • Blended: Combined in-person/on-campus and streamed live via Zoom with the facilitator being in person. We made changes in the physical configurations of our classrooms to meet social distancing guidelines required by public health guidelines.
  • Virtually: Available via Zoom.


July  2020 Women Lead. Calendar

November 10, 2020 - Designing Your Best Life: Create Your Personal Career Map (virtual)
Facilitator: Jeanne Hey, PhD

December 1, 2020 - Learn, Lead, and Serve (blended)
Facilitator: Maddie Weiler

December 15, 2020 - Leadership & Work-Life Integration: The Hustle Without the Burnout (virtual)
Facilitator: Natalie Johnson

December 15, 2020 - Graduation 


March 2021 Women Lead. Calendar

March 12, 2021 - PM: Your Field Guide to Women Lead

March 31, 2021 - AM: Navigating Your Identity: Who You Are is How You Lead

March 31, 2021 - PM: Leveraging Mentorship for Growth

April 15, 2021 - Dismantling the Double Bind

April 21, 2021 - AM: Linkage's Advancing Women Leaders (AWL) 360 Assessment Group Feedback Session* (*choose between the two dates)

April 22, 2021 - PM: Linkage's Advancing Women Leaders (AWL) 360 Assessment Group Feedback Session* (*choose between the two dates)

May 12, 2021 - High-Impact Communication for Women Leaders

June 10, 2021 - Maximizing Influence: Develop Your Positional and Personal Power

June 30, 2021 - Managing Conflict and Difficult Conversations: Know Your Triggers

July 14, 2021 - Unleashing Your Inner Negotiator

July 27, 2021 - Designing Your Best Life: Create Your Personal Career Map

Aug. 11, 2021 - Learn, Lead, and Serve

Aug. 31, 2021 - Leadership & Work-Life Integration: The Hustle Without the Burnout

Aug. 31, 2021 - Graduation

The Women Lead. certificate program is open to: 

  • Employees of UDCL partner organizations - $6,000 
  • Others – $6,600

Apply Today!

Prospective participants should submit an application here.


Women Lead. Certificate 2021 Schedule

Download the 2021 Women Lead. program schedule


Center for Leadership

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Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 7025