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Women in Leadership

Build your self-awareness, confidence, leadership capabilities and ability to influence others through the Women in Leadership program, designed for women who are taking on new leadership roles for the first time.
Leadership & mindfulness
Who this is for

 Women taking on their first leadership role


3 days in person


​Next session: June 20-22, 2024



Additional attendees from the same company will receive a $250 discount. 

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Master the skills that emerging leaders need to succeed

​While close to 50% of the workforce in the US is female, women hold approximately 30% of the leadership positions. As the rate of female participation increases and new leadership roles emerge, women will take on more and more leadership responsibility. This program offers a growth opportunity for new managers and leaders.​

SKEMA's “Preparing to Lead“ program addresses an important gap in the development and preparation for women to take leadership roles, addressing the skills, self-knowledge and networks necessary to prepare women to succeed in their initial leadership roles.

Objectives  ​

  • Understand personality traits and leadership styles 
  • Define communication approaches and personal branding
  • Develop emotional intelligence as a source of personal power
  • Learn to influence and motivate people Develop emotional intelligence as a source of personal power​

Program Content

  • Day 1: Self-Awareness and Personal Branding

 Women poised for advancement or taking on their first leadership role need to communicate their unique contributions effectively. That involves being aware of one's own personality, as well as communication style. Through this hands-on session, participants will be able to explore and convey what makes them unique through identifying personality traits, how they influence their communication style and the articulation of their personal brand.

Day 1 Agenda:

  • The power of self-awareness
  • Harnessing our unique personality traits as leadership tools
  • Understanding personality for providing effective feedback

  • Day 2: Emotional Intelligence

 The ability to understand and manage one's own emotions, as well as recognize and influence the emotions of others, is a key leadership skill. This interactive session will help participants continue to develop emotional regulation, assertive communication, and leading through emotional intelligence.

Day 2 Agenda:

  • Emotional intelligence as a source of personal power​
  • Emotionally intelligent business negotiations 
  • Influencing others through emotional intelligence

  • Day 3: Strategic Networking and Power

Building and maintaining a professional network is crucial for career advancement. This involves cultivating a powerful presence to ensure one's voice is heard and respected in the organization. This session will focus on creating a plan to identify the participant's sources of power and influence and to develop a strategic network, which is vital for navigating the complexities of the business world. Participants will be able to recognize and practice influencing skills and take actionable steps to demonstrate confidence and clarity.

Day 3 Agenda:

  • Leveraging connections and organizational currencies:
  • For career growth 
  • To increase power and influence ​
  • Motivating others  
  • Peer coaching skills

Program Instructor 

Prof WL USA.pngDr Ivonne Chirino-Klevans

Adjunct Professor at SKEMA Business School 

Dr. Chirino-Klevans is a professor of Leadership and Decision Making at the Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, USA. Leveraging her expertise working in global environments, Dr. Chirino-Klevans has been an adjunct faculty for SKEMA Business School for the past six years on topics related to Talent Management and Corporate Social Responsibility. 
She is a consultant for S&P 500 global companies and the principal investigator of award-winning Virtual Reality simulations to develop leadership skills across cultures. In her commitment towards equitable work environments, she leads the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion courses for the MBA@UNC. Her latest book is called Cases on Global Leadership in the Contemporary Economy.

Dr. Chirino-Klevans has served in many leadership positions such as Assistant Dean of Executive Education at the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University and founding member of Duke Corporate Education (DukeCE), ranked #1 in the world in Executive Education. Earlier in her career she served as a psychologist for the diving, rowing, and gymnastics Olympic teams. Dr. Chirino-Klevans holds a doctorate in psychology, an MBA, and a Master of Science in Psychology.
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