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New Program Enhances Leadership in Women Executives

National reports show that organizations with women in key leadership positions have strengthened their corporate reputation, attracted and retained tremendous talent, successfully targeted and succeeded in new markets, and differentiated themselves from the competition.

In support of these findings, the new Women’s Executive Leadership Program at Duquesne University, developed by the Center for Corporate and Executive Education (CCEE), is designed to both enhance leadership skills of female executives as well as answer a need in the business community.

Over the course of six months, the Women’s Executive Leadership Program offers participants a four-part experience that includes:

  • authentic leadership and global business skill development
  • opportunities for organizational contributions via strategic stretch assignments under the guidance of external coaches/mentors
  • collaboration with an executive steward, who serves as a culture change agent within the organization and as a mentor to the participant
  • executive forums in which to share best practices and promote organizational change.

“There is tremendous, diverse talent in many of the city’s organizations,” explains Angela Arrington, director of the CCEE. “We hear from our clients that what may be missing is the ability and/or opportunity for women to be authentic and highly successful as they move up and take on more responsibility in the organizations they serve.  Experience, development and opportunity are all important and further, we think a partnership that includes both the organization and the participant is essential. Our goal is to help organizations truly leverage the diverse talent that they have.”

An organization that keeps a pulse on the varied issues that arise within Pittsburgh’s workplace, the CCEE describes ideal candidates for the Women’s Executive Leadership Program as emerging female leaders who consider themselves “fast trackers,” who are always looking for ways to improve themselves and their organizations, and who have an understanding and passion for the business.

What will women gain from participating in the Women’s Executive Leadership Program?  “For one, growth in her current position and the confidence to tackle current and future challenges that she will face within the organization,” says Arrington. “An exciting opportunity to share, learn from and build a strong network of peers among her fellow cohort members and instructors that is based on trust and respect, experience and friendship. An opportunity to reflect on what's important to their careers, their family and themselves.”

The question for executives today, says Arrington, is whether or not they are able to truly leverage the talent of women to achieve remarkable corporate results. “Experience, development and opportunity are vital,” she says. “The Women’s Executive Leadership Program is a truly comprehensive executive offering that is custom-designed for business women. Our approach brings the best elements of leadership development together in a way that we believe will yield tremendous benefits for both the participants and their organizations.”

For more information on the Women’s Executive Leadership Program, call the CCEE at 412.396.6190.

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