Alumni Feedback

Verneka Roberts

Program Officer, Office of Design & Construction, General Services Administration

As an aspiring leader over the years, I was elated that the program reignited and moved me into action on leadership strategies, some which I had learned previously and put on the shelf. In addition, I gained new insights, like emotional intelligence, which will enable me to continue to develop as a leader and reach the Vision I am so committed to.

Laurence Telson

Senior Operations Specialist, Gender and Diversity Division, Inter-American Development Bank

The program gave me the framework to explore what I really wanted in my life and who I am as a leader. I now see that I am an agent of myself.

Carey Kluttz

Head of Country Programs, Open Contracting Partnership

The content and faculty were great... I didn't expect to enjoy all the sessions, but was pleasantly surprised, and I also really enjoyed getting to know all the fantastic women in the program.

Almena Ryans

Execution Lead, Other Transaction Agreements, U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command

I came away from the Executive Women's Leadership Program enlightened -- from both a professional standpoint and a personal standpoint. I am so excited about moving forward.

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.

Charlie 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.

Executive Women’s Leadership Program

Strategies for Accelerating Impact, Influence and Advancement

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

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. 

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.

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.

Guest Speakers:

The program is led 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".

We offer the option to continue the learnings of the 3-day program with a monthly ‘virtual’ Mastermind Group accessed online for 6 months following completion of the EWLP program.
Members share insights, ideas and get support for newly learned best practices and address challenges in the workplace and in their career. Facilitated by executive coach Leslie Grossman, members can set goals, request accountability partners and continue to move forward expanding their leadership abilities and goals.
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

View Sample Agendas

Sample Agenda

  • Day 1: Vision, & Leadership Presence
  • Day 2: Courage, Confidence & Communication
  • Day 3:  Relationship Building & Influence

Followed by optional 90 minute sessions during following weeks with guest speakers on:

  • Negotiation
  • Speak Up and Step into Your Power
  • Emotional Intelligence

Option to participate in follow-up monthly Mastermind series (1-1/2 hour online) for 5 weeks at additional fee.

Sample Agenda

  • Day 1: Vision, & Leadership Presence
  • Day 2: Courage, Confidence & Communication
  • Day 3:  Relationship Building & Influence

Guest Speakers included in the program during each day.

In-person networking sessions conclude each day’s sessions from 5 – 6:30 pm.

Option to participate in follow-up monthly Mastermind series (1-1/2 hour online) for 5 weeks at additional fee.




Professional Development Units:

Upon successful completion of each 3-day course, participants receive 2.4 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. 

  Spring 2023: March 29-31 

  Fall 2023: October 18-20

Venue: Online

Tuition Price:
  Executive Women’s Leadership Program: $3,220/person 
  Mastermind Group: $997/person
  Executive Women’s Leadership Program
   + Mastermind Group Bundle: $3,950/person
   ($3,555 Bundle cost for GW CEPL alumni)

For more information and to apply contact:

Kateryna Pyatybratova
Marketing and Business Development Director
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 202-817-9176 (Cell)


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