The Emerging Leaders Program Leadership Development for Early- to Mid-career Women

The Emerging Leaders Program is a curriculum-intensive program designed for early-and mid-career women in business ready to supercharge their careers and deliver better results for their companies.

Emerging Leaders: Program Overview

A dynamic combination of lecture, discussion, assessments, and workshops, the Emerging Leaders Program goes beyond traditional management training to include strategies to overcome challenges and leverage strengths for women in business.

  • The program spans 12 months with a total of 24 hours of intense training delivered in monthly 2-hour meetings for feedback and reinforcement of lessons

  • Participants better learn how to make strategic decisions, sharpen their business acumen, and strengthen their leadership competencies

  • Participants receive the Lumina Spark Assessment: A 40-page profile outlining strengths, leadership personas, and developmental areas. These principles are reinforced throughout the year to help participants better understand themselves, read their peers and leadership, and develop tactics for communicating and navigating their organizations more effectively

  • We emphasize developing business acumen, change management, managing difficult situations or people, and crafting and managing their personal brand to chart their own professional path as they rise through the ranks

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Emerging Leaders: Program Curriculum

Session 1

  • Introduction exercise & program overview
  • Business case for gender diversity
  • Developing a clear career strategy

Session 2

  • Developing strategic, financial, political, and business acumen
  • Design thinking and outcome focus: driving toward meaningful outcomes

Session 3

  • Leadership Competencies
  • EQ vs. IQ: The importance of emotional intelligence and empathy

Session 4

  • Perception and career navigation
  • The Lumina psychometric model

Session 5

  • Identifying and optimizing your leadership style
  • Identifying and managing your overextended behaviors

Session 6

  • Effective communication across styles and levels
  • Leveraging your style to build rapport
  • Presentation skills

Session 7

  • Gender, Leadership
  • De-railers & Self- Sabotage
  • Managing Perception
  • Networking to build your influence

Session 8

  • Building your Personal Brand
  • Honing your professional introduction
  • The art of personal advocacy

Session 9

  • Developing and polishing executive presence
  • Political savvy and pitfalls for women

Session 10

  • Managing up, down, and across
  • Moving through the stages of leadership
  • Overcoming barriers to delegation

Session 11

  • Crucial conversations
  • Managing team dynamics
  • Providing effective feedback

Session 12

  • Negotiation
  • Managing perceptual challenges for women in negotiations
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Emerging Leaders: Program FAQs

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EWF’s Emerging Leaders Program is designed for ambitious women just like you in their early-and mid-career. It is the perfect program for you if you’ve asked yourself one of these questions:

I know I can do more. How do I work toward and negotiate a promotion, new opportunity, or higher salary?
How can I step up to leadership positions?
Where can I get the tools to better navigate politics and be more strategic and successful with my career?

The program consists of a 2-hour, interactive learning session a month for twelve months, plus bridgework that includes additional resources and exercises to support mastery. We also encourage participants to connect with the class leaders and each other in 1:1s throughout the year. Participants report they spend a few hours a month working on bridgework and networking outside class.

Per individual: $2,950

For companies looking to register two or more women we offer a discounted rate of $2,500 per person. Cost includes all required course materials for sessions, Lumina Spark® psychometric assessment, and breakfast (if applicable). We offer discounts for non-profits and other special organizations, and scholarship opportunities as well.

May 2022, we will launch a new Cohort of Emerging Leaders! For more information about the upcoming Cohort, contact EWF International directly.

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Emerging Leaders: Program Registration

Applications now open. Spots fill quickly. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to take your career to the next level!

Simply fill out the application below to be considered for this premier program. Our classes are limited, so don’t delay. It’s time to develop more great women leaders through our professional women’s organization.

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What is the ROI of the program?

For Program Attendees

  • Career advancement
    Emerging leaders build their confidence, skillsets, and acumen to rise to the next level

  • Self awareness and savvy
    Emerging leaders will learn how to confidently navigate the political and professional landscape for greater impact

  • Influence and community
    Emerging leaders are engaged with diverse peers to expand their network and strengthen their influence

For Companies

  • Strong pipeline
    Identify, develop, and retain trusted talent to fill critical roles

  • Hiring advantage
    Position your organization as a female-empowering workplace, giving you an edge in a tight talent market

  • Improved performance
    Expand the leadership competence, acumen, and diversity to build a resilient, adaptable, and empowered organization

“I think the best part of this program is that it’s given me dedicated time to focus exclusively on my career advancement, outside the noise of the day-to-day at work, and with two kids – it can be crazy. This is a great tool for a woman who has a busy schedule but still wants to advance her career – it’s a worthwhile investment.”

crystal shin - Leadership Development Curriculum for Women in Mid-Career StagesCrystal Shin, Director of Business Development, Goldin Peiser & Peiser

“This program has really helped me understand what my true “superpowers” are and how to use them to be more successful and impactful in my work. If you’re looking for a program that helps you more deeply understand who you are, what you want, and how to use your strengths to get there, this is for you. And the networking is great, too!”

dewana jefferson - Leadership Development Curriculum for Women in Mid-Career StagesDewanna Jefferson, Senior Technical Project Manager, Planet Home Lending

“It’s such a great experience to be in a group of supportive women all helping each other advance their careers. It’s really giving the language to more effectively talk to my upper management as well as be a more effective leader with my staff. What I’m learning is helping me not only with my career progression, but in my personal life as well.”

megan walker - Leadership Development Curriculum for Women in Mid-Career StagesMegan Walker, Senior Managing Partner, Proven Recruiting

Whether you’re wanting to build your company’s leadership pipeline or take control of your career, EWF provides the training and development to help you get there.

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