Strategic Management Expertise and Success at the Highest Level

Studies indicate that increasing the number of women in leadership positions can make organizations more successful. Greater gender diversity on management teams also enhances creativity and innovation—broadening perspectives, ideas and approaches to problem-solving.

We offer two certificate programs for women seeking knowledge and growth. You take six sessions—all in person—with a cohort of women professionals.

  • In St. Louis, the Women’s Leadership Program is designed to sharpen the skills you need to succeed in the C-suite or in a position that requires enterprise-wide management.
  • In Washington, DC, the Women’s Leadership Program allows women leaders to share knowledge and experiences with high-performing women from a diverse group of government agencies.
  • Location
    STL or DC
  • Duration
    6 months
  • Format
    In Person
  • Start
    Spring & Fall
  • Cost

Women’s Leadership Program

St. Louis

Learn how to make decisions confidently, exert power and influence wisely, negotiate strategically, and manage change effectively in the Women’s Leadership Program. The certificate program brings together developmental resources key to women’s leadership and job satisfaction. Our exceptional speakers are all seasoned female leaders.

This course can count for up to 6 units toward the Advanced Management Certificate or Certificate in Public Leadership. Earn your certificate at your own pace—there’s no time limit for completion. 

Fall 2024 Cohort: October 16, 2024–April 10, 2025

Location: St. Louis

Format: In person 

Cost: $6,600

Delivered through WashU Olin.


WLP Info Sheet - St. Louis, MO

Refine Your Leadership Profile

The Women’s Leadership Program certificate program sharpens the skills you need for the C-suite.

Womens Leadership Program

Fall 2024 Cohort

Power, Politics and Informal Leadership

Oct 16, 2024, 8:00–4:00 p.m. CT (in-person session), Michelle Duguid, PhD

Effective Negotiation Strategies

Nov 13, 2024, 8:00–4:00 p.m. CT (in-person session), Rebecca Hollander-Blumoff, PhD, JD

Cultivating Executive Presence

Dec 11, 2024, 8:00 – 4:00 p.m. CT (in person session), Cathy Dunkin

Inclusive Leadership: Working Across Differences

Jan 22, 2025, 8:00 – 4:00 p.m. CT (in person session), Gisele Marcus

Advancing Your Career Path

Mar 5, 2025, 8:00 – 4:00 p.m. CT (in person session), Trish Gorman, PhD

Leveraging your Strengths

April 10, 2025, 8:00 – 4:00 p.m. CT (in person session), Michelle Duguid, PhD

Women’s Leadership Program

Washington, DC

Learn how to lead change from positions of formal and informal authority. Acquire skills to negotiate successfully in any workplace situation. And enhance your ability to communicate with authenticity and impact. The content is geared toward challenges faced by women and is delivered in a supportive learning environment. As a member of the cohort, you have access to the WashU at Brookings community, giving you a career-long alumni network of female government leaders.

There’s no GS-level requirement to participate in this program. And it can count for up to 6 units toward the Certificate in Public Leadership or Advanced Management Certificate.

Fall 2024 Cohort: September 25, 2024–January 14, 2025

Location: Washington, DC

Format: In person and online

Cost: $6,600

Delivered through WashU at Brookings.

WLP Info Sheet - Washington, DC

Fall 24 Cohort

Power, Politics and Informal Leadership

Sept 25, 2024, 8:00–4:00 p.m. ET (in-person session)

Effective Negotiation Strategies

Sept 26, 2024, 8:00–4:00 p.m. ET (in-person session)

Cultivating Executive Presence

Nov 19, 2024, 8:00 – 4:00 p.m. ET (in person session)

Organizational Culture

Nov 20, 2024, 8:00 – 4:00 p.m. ET (in person session)

Advancing Your Career Path

Jan 13, 2025, 8:00 – 4:00 p.m. ET (in person session)

Leveraging your Strengths

Jan 14, 2025, 8:00 – 4:00 p.m. ET (in person session)