The Women's Leadership Program

  • Women's Leadership Program
  • Now, perhaps more than ever, women are called on to lead in organizations and society. Create opportunities to leverage your strengths and lead confidently at all levels.

    • Expand your knowledge of strategy, negotiation, communication and leadership
    • Manage conflict and drive change
    • Build and strengthen critical networks and partnerships
    • Anticipate future industry trends and predict their impact on your company's success
  • Program Overview

    Blend your instincts and experience with accelerating techniques from the most powerful women in business.

    • Strengthen your ability to build influence and inspire others through focus on corporate culture, communication, conflict management, leveraging differences, crisis leadership and decision-making under pressure.
    • Assess and address your unique challenges and opportunities through simulations, workshops, a network assessment exercise and one-on-one professional and personal coaching.
    • Learn to actively manage your professional development and secure managerial support for innovative ideas and strategic opportunities.
    • Make the connection between wellness, energy management and long-term performance through a personal wellness program.

    Karelis Barrios, Head of Commercial Closing and Construction Loan Administration, shares the insights and surprises she found at Darden Executive Education's Women's Leadership Program - and how it has given her a renewed sense of energy.

    Outcomes & Impact

    • Leverage your leadership strengths and new insights to drive your career and success.
    • Develop a fully articulated voice and vision to prioritize the right goals for your career and your organization.
    • Manage change, negotiate successfully, strengthen networks and lead your organization to greater profits. 
    • Continue focusing on your own development to fully realize your leadership potential. 


    The Women's Leadership Program counts as one credit toward a  Darden Certificate in Leadership  . Complete this program and earn three additional credits for a total of four credits within a four-year period to earn your certificate.


    This course is designed for female executives and women with management responsibilities, especially those leading teams, direct reports, and product lines and verticals. Past leaders who improved their effectiveness and vision include corporate presidents and vice presidents, directors, senior HR managers and scientists, independent consultants and many more.

    Women's Leadership Participants  


      Morela Hernandez

    Morela Hernandez

    Associate Professor of Business Administration 

    Hernandez' research and expertise focus on the ethics of leadership, as well as the role of diversity in organizational systems and decision-making practices.

    Martin Davidson

    Senior Associate Dean and Chief Diversity Officer | Johnson and Higgins Professor of Business Administration

    Davidson's thought leadership has changed how many executives approach inclusion and diversity in their organizations. He teaches, conducts research, and consults with global leaders to help them use diversity strategically to drive high performance.

    Sean Martin

    Sean Martin

    Associate Professor of Business Administration

    Martin's research addresses how organizational and societal contexts impart values and beliefs onto leaders and followers, and how those values subsequently influence their behaviors and organizational experiences.

    Marc Modica 2018

    Marc Modica

    Senior Lecturer in Business Administration

    Modica has broad international experience teaching and consulting on negotiation, communications, and conflict management.

    June West

    Associate Professor of Business Administration

    West has an extensive background in management and interpersonal communications, working with a variety of businesses, schools, healthcare organizations and the U.S. military.

    Jolene Bodily

    Jolene H. Bodily

    Wellness Program Coordinator, Darden School
    Health Risk Reduction Services Coordinator, UVA Health System 

    Bodily works with corporate executives on improving health and personal productivity. Using her "Sleep. Eat. Exercise. Rejuvenate." framework she helps executives enhance physical and mental energy, focus and stamina.


    Darden School of Business
    100 Darden Blvd.
    Charlottesville, Virginia 22903

    For the Fall 2019 program, you'll stay in a private room at the  Inn at Darden, our hotel adjacent to the classroom buildings and dining center. Accommodations and some meals are included in your tuition.