Gonzaga Launches Women’s Leadership Certificate

SPOKANE, Wash. — Gonzaga University’s School of Leadership Studies is launching a Certificate in Women’s Leadership with evaluation of applications beginning July 11. The three-month, non-degreed course begins in September and is designed for men and women who wish to develop skills and practices for advancing women in the workplace.

Organizers expect a high volume of applications for the 20 spots available for the first group of students. As a result, the selection of the pilot group will be competitive with attention to diversity of ethnicity, gender, experience, organizations and industries. Applications for the program opened June 11.

Through online learning and on-campus immersions, the course will expose students to research and studies regarding women in the workplace, as well as current readings and materials on the subject. Additionally, the course will offer practical skills for overcoming common barriers facing women in the workplace.

Program Will Highlight:

• Leadership & Identity
• Emotional Intelligence
• Gender and Communication
• Overcoming the Confidence Gap
• Work-Life Integration
• Compensation & Negotiation
• Mentorship & Sponsorship

Learning Outcomes Include:

• Gain tools and skills to navigate the unique dilemmas that working women face, such as “double-binds” and “unconscious bias.”
• Understand one’s individual, unique leadership identity and how it surfaces in teams.
• Enhance one’s emotional intelligence for greater effectiveness in leadership roles.
• Develop skills to communicate and negotiate authentically and confidently in various situations.
• Identify practices and attitudes that contribute to a healthy, fulfilling work-life integration.

The course is online with the addition of four full-day classes on Gonzaga’s campus. For more information or to apply, visit the program online.

Media: Please contact Rachelle Strawther, director of leadership training and development for the School of Leadership Studies, at (509) 313-3579.