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“It’s probably safe to say, most of us were skeptical of this course being virtual…but you proved us wrong. You brought new concepts and unique perspectives that challenged me and those I engaged with during the breakout sessions and networking hour. I have taken so many leadership training classes and I must admit, I’ve gained the most out of yours.”

“I really appreciate that this course focuses on women executive leaders; so few courses do and as demonstrated by our discussions, we deal with some common issues that men do not have to worry about.”

“Broadened my thinking about future opportunities…opened my eyes to needed traits to grow professionally. In addition, taught me methods to improve my current skill-set.”

“This is a great course to take prior to executive/supervisory role and beyond. It will provide you with a new prospective to address your growth plan and managerial actions.”

“This is an interactive program that provides leadership skills on being the best that you can be in leading people; very inspiring.”

“The peer-to-peer discussions were really helpful in thinking through challenges and in fleshing out vision. The program offered great, practical ideas for how to portray myself as a confident leader.”

Global Women’s Leadership Program

Strategies for Accelerating Impact, Influence and Advancement

Screen capture of online presenters - see caption
GW-CEPL Courageous Women Panel - presenters shown:
  • Wanda Peters, Deputy Director for Planning & Business Management, Aerospace Engineer, NASA, Goddard (SPEAKING)
  • Leslie Grossman, Faculty Director, Executive Women's Leadership Program
  • Carrie Valiant, Partner, Board of Directors, Epstein Becker Green Law Co-chair, Healthcare Fraud Practice
  • Barbara DeRosa-Joynt, Division Chief for Biodiversity, Office of Conservation and Water, U.S. Department of State
  • Michelle T. Ferebee, Deputy Director for Strategy in Aeronautics Research, NASA Langley Research Center

Propel your career forward with this live interactive executive leadership program presented online 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 provides 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. In the midst of a global pandemic, women leaders have been recognized for their positive outcomes from Covid-19 more than most male-led countries. The program identifies the leadership skills shown by these women leaders and many others who have exceeded all expectations.

Whatever the organizational climate, key actions and behaviors learned in this program creates 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. Thought leadership and influence
  6. The mindfulness of confidence
  7. The courage to lead, speak up and be heard
  8. Participants have the opportunity to network and build community with participating women leaders and speakers throughout the program.

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".

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, commit to actions 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 taking a leadership role
  • Leaders at non-profits

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

Online Program

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. 

Dates:  2022 dates forthcoming 

Venue: Online
Available Online for Most Time Zones by Advance Arrangement

Tuition Price: Global Women’s Leadership Program: $3220/person 

For more information and to apply contact:

Samantha V. Luna
Billing & Administrative Support
Email: [email protected]
Phone: USA +1 202-994-5385


Leslie Grossman
Faculty Director, Executive Women's Leadership Program
Email: [email protected]
Phone: USA +1 646-235-9307