EWLP Praise

Kate Hudson

Having a safe and confidential space to talk about the challenges and pressures I have faced as a woman leader meant the world to me and allowed me to freely share my experiences and facilitated growth.

Nicole S. Mason, Esq.

EEO/Diversity Professional
I highly recommend this program to aspiring, emerging and current women leaders who are intentional about learning what their purpose is and those who are already living in purpose. This program IS a game changer personally and professionally. I am even more empowered by this experience!!

Katherine Manning

A great mix of inspiration and practical advice for women leaders.

Charllie Palumbo

Belonging. I feel like I have arrived and found a tribe that just gets me without judgment or expectation. They are open to me as who I am and to support me in my vision and making it happen.

Want to learn more about Executive Women's Leadership @ GW-CEPL?


Executive Women’s Leadership Program

Photo of Leslie Grossman, Faculty Director, Executive Women's Leadership Program at GW-CEPL speaking at a podium

Strategies for Accelerating Impact, Influence and Advancement

Propel your career forward with this highly interactive 3-day program presented by The George Washington University Center for Excellence in Public Leadership. Designed for women leaders in the private and public sectors who aspire to positions of greater influence and impact or have been identified as high-potential in their organizations, this breakthrough program will provide new strategies and tactics for you to take the lead and succeed at higher levels.

While gender diversity is recognized as a hallmark of the most successful organizations, studies - including “Women Rising: the Unseen Barriers” reported in HBR* - reveal that gender bias, continues to exist in most organizations. This program will provide participants with transformational communication skills, executive presence, and powerful leadership strategies while transforming mindset and behaviors that may hold women back from both contributing fully and moving up in the organization. 

Whatever the organizational climate, key actions and behaviors learned in this program will create better leaders:

  1. Leading with vision and purpose
  2. Building trusted relationships and influential networks
  3. Language, voice, and leadership presence
  4. Powerful conversations to build trust and ensure accountability and engagement
  5. Negotiate with skill and ease
  6. The mindfulness of confidence
  7. The courage to lead, speak up and be heard

Participants will have the opportunity to network and build community with guest speakers and participating women leaders throughout the three days.


  • Sheila BrooksCEO,SRB Communications, and Author, Lucile H. Bluford and the Kansas City Call: Activist Voice for Social Justice
  • Denise Brosseau, CEO, Thought Leadership Lab, and Author, Ready to be a Thought Leader?
  • Ina GjikondiDirector, Executive Education Programs and Coaching, GWU
  • Leslie Grossman, Women's Leadership Faculty Director, Leadership Coach, Author, Link Out: How to Turn Your Network into a Chain of Lasting Connections
  • Daphna Horowitz, Global Leadership Coach, and Author, Courage to Lead
  • Jayne Latz, CEO, Corporate Speech Solutions, and Author, Communicating with Clarity and Confidence
  • Malaika SimmonsCEO, Momentology Media, and Co-author, The Success Blueprint

The program is lead by Leslie Grossman, Senior Fellow and Executive Coach at GWU Center for Excellence in Public Leadership, and founder of the Women’s Leadership Exchange. She is the author of "LINK OUT: How to Turn Your Network into a Chain of Lasting Connections".

The option for one-to-one executive coaching through the Mastermind Group following the program will ensure that new skills continue to be developed and implemented in light of change and challenge

Target Audience

  • Executives and functional managers who aspire to positions of greater influence and authority in their organizations
  • Those identified as high-potential talent by their organizations
  • Mid and senior-level managers who lead teams or have direct reports
  • Entrepreneurs, business owners, and family business professionals preparing for a leadership role
  • Leaders at non-profits

*Harvard Business Review, September 2013, Hermina Ibarra, Robin Ely, and Deborah Kolb

Professional Development Units:

Upon successful completion of each 3-day course, participants receive 2.5 CEUs and 24 CPEs (Field of Study: Business Management and Organization). In accordance with the standards of the National Registry of CPE Sponsors, 50 minutes equals 1 CPE.

NOTE: The program does not offer academic credits from GW. 

April 15-17, 2020

Executive Women's Leadership Program only: $3220
Mastermind Group: $997
Executive Women's Leadership Program + Mastermind Group Bundle: $3950

Venue:  GWU Alexandria Graduate Center, 413 John Carlyle Street, Suite 250 Alexandria, VA 22314 (5 min walk from Blue/Yellow Line and 15 min drive from the Reagan National Airport)

For more information and to apply contact:

Britt Nwadiashi
Program Manager
Phone: 703-402-6649


Leslie Grossman
Faculty Director, Executive Women's Leadership Program
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 646-235-9307

Apply for the GW-CEPL Executive Women's Leadership Program