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Women Lead. Certificate

The 2024 cohort kicked off on March 15


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! The research-driven program curriculum takes an intersectional approach and includes tools and hands-on skills practice that can be immediately used to increase your leadership effectiveness. You’ll also benefit from an in-depth research-based assessment. Linkage’s Advancing Women Leaders (AWL) 360° Assessment offers critical insight into your leadership strengths and the most common hurdles you could be facing. 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. 

  • 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.

2024 Women Lead. Calendar

  • July 25, 2024 - Designing Your Best Life: Create Your Personal Leadership & Career Strategy
  • August 7, 2024 - Learn, Lead, & Serve
  • August 29, 2024 - Leadership & Work-Life Integration: The Hustle Without the Burnout
  • August 29, 2024 - Graduation

The Women Lead. certificate program is open to: 

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

Scholarship applications are now being accepted for the 2024 Women Lead. cohort!

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We are pleased to offer a limited number of full and partial scholarships. Please send completed applications and other requested materials (noted in application,) to Lesli Beavers at All materials must be submitted to qualify for consideration. The deadline for applications to be received is Friday, February 2, 2024 by 5:00 p.m. EST.

While the application process is open to all applicants, scholarships will be granted with a preference to members of communities that have been historically underrepresented in leadership roles. These identities may include race/ ethnicity, national origin, gender identity and expression, socioeconomic status or location, sexual orientation, age, physical and/or cognitive ability, religion, or other identities and the ways in which they intersect.

Scholarships will be granted at the discretion of the Women Lead. committee. The Women Lead. committee considers all scholarship applications on a case-by-case basis and will notify applicants no later than 2 weeks from the date of the orientation program.



Center for Leadership

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Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 7025