Brookings Executive Education

Program Series Women's Leadership Collaborative

Women’s Leadership: Strategies for Success

Join other women who are on the fast track to senior leadership positions in a program addressing the contributions women leaders bring to 21st-century organizations. Through the Women’s Leadership Collaborative, you will capitalize on distinctive female strengths while avoiding potential pitfalls. During six days spread over seven months, women from diverse organizations will join together as one cohort-based group to learn how to enhance leadership qualities and explore the secrets of senior-level success, all while maintaining authenticity and balance.

Fall 2012 Cohort

The Uniqueness of Women's Leadership
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Values in Action
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
The Authentic Leader
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Communicating Across the Gender Divide
Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Powerful Leadership: Influence and Persuasion
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Capstone: Strategies for Success
Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Learning takes place with a cohort of women dedicated to expanding their capacity for executive leadership. Emphasizing the power of learning cohorts, building networks and long-term relationships make the Strategies for Success program distinctive.

During the tenure of the program, a faculty director will lead the seminar series, providing her content expertise in emotional intelligence, leading change, and work-team dynamics. In addition, the faculty director will engage with the group between programs, facilitating a continuing conversation among participants through an online vehicle that will ensure the learning experience reaches beyond the classroom. Guest speakers will instruct in topics such as authentic leadership and communicating across genders.
Participants will meet for six one-day seminars over the course of eight months. These highly interactive sessions will include a variety of networking opportunities, group-mentoring conversations, and peer-to-peer coaching. Between seminars, participants will extend the classroom experience through selected readings and discussions, on-line conversations, and assessments.  The participants will also be encouraged to journal their learning experience throughout the program.  Other highlights of the program include our SES Mentor breakfasts, Open Space Discussions, and various leadership exercises.

Participants interesting in leadership coaching are strongly encouraged to register for the Individual Development Pathway that will include our 360-degree leadership assessment based on the Executive Core Qualifications, and 5 individual coaching sessions.

About the Instructor
Susan Brock Wilkes, Ph.D., is an organizational psychologist with extensive experience in executive coaching, leadership, team development, and facilitation. Prior to establishing Wilkes Consulting, she taught at Virginia Commonwealth University at the Grace E. Harris Leadership Institute, and was the founding director of the Workplace Initiatives Program at VCU.