Spring 2014 Cohort Dates
April 23, 2014 – The Uniqueness of Women’s Leadership
May 28, 2014 – Emotional Intelligence and Women’s Leadership
July 9, 2014 – The Authentic Leader
September 3, 2014 – Communicating for Success
October 22, 2014 – Resolving and Embracing Difference
November 19, 2014 – Strategies for Success Capstone
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.
Who Should Attend
- Women in or engaged with government—ideally suited for mid-level professionals
- GS-13 to GS-15
About the Instructor
Susan Brock Wilkes, Ph.D., is an organizational psychologist with extensive experience in executive coaching, leadership, team development, and facilitation. She is the owner of Wilkes Consulting, LLC. Prior to establishing Wilkes Consulting, she was employed by Virginia Commonwealth University at the Grace E. Harris Leadership Institute and as the founding Director of the Workplace Initiatives Program. She also continues to serve as an affiliate faculty member in the Department of Psychology at VCU and as a Senior Consultant for the Leadership Development Center at University of Virginia. Dr. Wilkes is a Licensed Professional Counselor whose practice includes 25 years of experience with working adults.
Impact Quotes from Women’s Leadership Alumni
"There were many aspects of the Women's Leadership series that I found helpful: the facilitated discussion, creative course materials, access to mentors who have navigated the waters before me. Perhaps the most impactful part of the experience was learning as a team with my colleagues from other parts of the Federal Government. Networks were expanded and lasting friendships formed. Many of us continue to call upon each other for advice, guidance, and support. I gained so much that I have sent every other woman on my staff to subsequent sessions.
Our investment in this series is literally "the gift that keeps on giving"! I wish every woman in government would attend!"
"Women's Strategies exceeded my expectations, as I felt renewed and energized after each session. Since taking the course, I've specifically applied lessons learned from the Authentic Leader, Communicating for Success, and Resolving and Embracing Difference courses. In addition to the course material, I met some dynamic women who have motivated me to reach for the stars!"
"The Women’s Leadership course reinvigorated my personal and professional aspirations. The guest speakers inspired me to improve my leadership skills and my efforts to achieve work-life balance. As a result of the course, I am postponing retirement, seeking new challenges and opportunities to learn and reinvigorate my career, and I want to be a better role model and mentor to young women who are embarking on their careers.
I am grateful to the women in my mentor group as I learned as much from them as I did from the formal class activities! The opportunity to share our personal experiences about juggling career and family responsibilities, stressful situations, and personal and professional leadership goals helped me identify new career and personal aspirations."
"The Women’s Leadership: Strategies for Success course eradicated my ideas about what it takes to be an effective leader and I discovered that I, too, can be a successful leader. Seminar leaders led me to discover my authentic leadership style so I can stop trying to copy someone else’s. The seminar leaders helped me to refine my good qualities and enhance my weak ones.
The guest speakers were extraordinary and I am grateful to have had the opportunity to listen to, learn from and be inspired by them.
This class allowed me to rub shoulder with women in government of diverse backgrounds, professions, specialties and experiences. I’m still in awe of my classmates. Knowing that I have a coterie of women of excellence who I can call on for advice is priceless.
Now, excuse me. I must go and change the world."