Women in Leadership
Develop and hone your leadership strengths and skills to support your professional growth in a time of social change.
As women across the globe continue to face challenges and obstacles holding them back from leadership roles, Antioch University offers cutting-edge online programs to help women overcome those challenges.
Develop Your Leadership Skills through Three Different Paths:
The Women in Leadership certificate programs bring together mid-career women who are clearly aware of the professional challenges that they face—and provide these women opportunities to enhance their confidence and leadership skills within a social justice framework.
A non-credit, 3-month, online training series for mid-career women who are clearly aware of the professional challenges that they face—and provides opportunities to enhance their confidence and leadership skills within a social justice framework.
The Workshop Badge Series are three-hour workshops that focus on cutting-edge topics related to women’s leadership.
The Graduate Certificate offers four graduate-level courses to choose from that focus on topics such as self-care, inclusivity, social change, and strategies that empower women both professionally and personally.
These certificate programs are offered by Antioch University Online.
This program brings together mid-career women who are clearly aware of the professional challenges that they face—and provides opportunities to enhance their confidence and leadership skills within a diversity, equity, and inclusion framework.
Bi-Monthly Virtual Learning Sessions
Topics are explored through virtual learning sessions with one-on-one coaching and two book clubs that explore deeper themes in small groups.
Over the course of three months, participants will learn:
- How to apply the aspects of claiming space.
- Understanding and navigating hyper-competitive colleagues, tone policing, and “mansplaining.
- Exploring the gender gap and its relevance to teams, organizations, and communities.
- Networking and understanding how to weave your network of support
- Identifying and exploring different situational leadership styles and strategies
- Charting a career path for the future and developing an “action plan” for your leadership.
- Developing your voice and leadership purpose to overcome barriers.
- Understanding personal leadership and communication styles.
- Exploring a strengths-based approach to leadership and application in leadership roles.
- Understanding and applying negotiation strategies through an intersectional lens.
- Identifying and exploring different situational communication styles and strategies.
- Building a personal context for the challenges and opportunities faced by diverse women in leadership.
Cost and Registration
- $2000 The cost of the certificate program can be broken into multiple payments.
- A limited number of scholarships to offset part of the tuition costs are available.
Students will complete a 3-hour workshop to earn a “badge” that can be “stacked” with other badges over a longer, more flexible time frame that works with a busy schedule.
The 3-hour professional development workshops represent deep-dive explorations into topics that enhance leadership, inclusion, and equity in all professional sectors, such as:
- Leadership on the Menu- Cooking, Culture, and Conversation
- The Leadership Challenge – Take Your Leadership from Ordinary to Extraordinary
- The Intentional Leader: From Self-Care to Combating Toxic Trauma in the Workplace
- Operationalizing Empathy in Your Workplace
- Do I feel like I belong here? Optimizing Belonging
- $125 each for a three-hour workshop.
The Women in Leadership graduate certificate is an opportunity for students to participate in graduate academic level courses that deeply explore topics that support women’s leadership development by utilizing self-care, inclusivity, social change, defining one’s purpose, and strategies that empower women both professionally and personally. The Graduate Certificate can be used as a potential pathway into Antioch’s Graduate Management Programs by applying the coursework completed in this certificate toward our master’s level programs. Students who complete all three courses for the certificate will be eligible to apply the 9 credits earned to the MBA, MA in Nonprofit Management, or Master of Human Administration. Courses may be taken individually or together. Continuing Education students are not required to commit to a graduate program to begin coursework but can do so later if they decide to pursue a master’s degree.
The Women in Leadership Graduate Certificate can be used as a potential pathway into Antioch University’s Graduate Management Programs by applying the coursework completed in this certificate toward our master’s level programs.
Courses may be taken individually or together. Continuing Education students are not required to commit to a graduate program to begin coursework but can do so later if they decide to pursue a master’s degree.
- Optimizing Leadership Skills: A Woman’s Guide to Claiming Space
- Leadership from the Soul: Living Your Purpose
- Enhancing Your Leadership for Social Change
- Courses are $1,200 each.
- Choose from the four-course offerings listed (see the link below).
- If students register for three courses at once, they will receive a discount of $600 for a total cost of $3,000 for all three courses.
Dr. Jacqueline Reid, Program Director, explores how the Women in Leadership Program provides opportunities to understand the barriers women face – and shares practical, actionable strategies to overcome these barriers. Read the Story
Clinical Social Worker, Advocate, Writer, and Public Speaker, Kima (Shakima) Tozay, MSW, LICSC, CGCS shares why she decided to earn a Women’s Leadership certification through Antioch University. Read Her Story
When I was chosen by my employer to attend the women in leadership group provided by Antioch University, I didn’t quite know what I was getting into. I am so happy and grateful I was chosen because my passion and my power to bring out my leadership skills and not be afraid to share them with the world happened. So much so that I am going to go back to school and finish the education that I had left behind. – Victoria Alarcon, CommUnifySB
Antioch University’s Women in Leadership Professional Development Certificate program (WIL) enhanced my career path by providing me with practical tools to use in my current role and for my future endeavors. Some of these tools include pointers on updating my resume to reflect all the qualities I bring to the table. I am confident that these updates, taken from the self-assessments I took in the program, strengthened my position as an ideal candidate for future job hunting purposes. On top of that, the session on leveraging LinkedIn significantly upgraded my tool kit for future job hunting as well. Plus, the mentoring sessions were extremely helpful in finalizing my Purpose Statement and unpacking my future career goals. In the end, the WIL graduate certificate program was the catalyst that allowed me to overcome my doubts about enrolling in a master’s program. Completing the WIL graduate certificate program gave me the courage to pursue my education and reignited my faith in myself to be able to successfully complete a master’s program. The WIL graduate certificate program was an investment in myself that was well worth it! -S.B. June 2022
“The Women in Leadership program was a great experience. I met new people to connect with all over the US while collaborating and discussing topics relevant to today. What I took away from this leadership class was how to negotiate a salary increase with my current job as well as find a new job that met my expectations and saw my potential.” – C.H. 2021 Student
“Antioch University’s Women In Leadership Certificate program was an amazing experience. It pushed and challenged me in ways I needed to be pushed and challenged. It was a wonderful opportunity to interact with accomplished yet approachable women leaders in a way that helped me to see a path forward in my own leadership goals. One outcome of my participation in the program is a little sticky note on my computer, summing up the course in 4 words: Character, Connections, Confidence, and Courage.” – S.W.
“Wow, the Women in Leadership program FAR exceeded my expectations!! Dr. Jacqueline Reed orchestrated a rich, engaging, life-changing program including so many panels, lectures, exercises, and discussions led by an inspiring range of women leaders with different backgrounds, positions, skills, and points of view. I learned through the women leaders in the program that being my authentic self, embracing my vulnerability and all of my feminine traits are not only ok but are my superhero strengths. As with the MAP program overall, I went deep inside during this Women in Leadership program and scrutinized my demons while appreciating my strengths, experience, and inner wisdom. I learned that being centered and clear will lift others up. This robust program focused a great deal on diversity and inclusion, helping me gain a greater knowledge and compassion for the additional layer of discrimination that BIPOC women endure. I feel better prepared to create space for other women to be their authentic selves and nurture their dreams and gifts. I learned negotiation skills, how to be a leader with grace and compassion, and how to take care and be true to myself while navigating the sexism pervasive in our society. I would highly recommend this program to all women!!” – J.M.
I recently completed the Women in Leadership certificate at Antioch University. While there are dozens of leadership experts, articles, videos, and courses available online these days, none of them are quite like the one at Antioch. I think many of us today are dissatisfied with the pace at which companies are working on diversity, equity, and inclusion, but it’s hard to figure out how we fit into this, and how we can help accelerate this type of mission-critical business transformation. Taking just another DEI or leadership course isn’t enough. What you need is a program that incorporates the historical with the practical, with deep conversations and personal reflections. Dr. Jackie Reid and her team of facilitators, business coaches, and instructors provide you and the rest of the participants with a community of support, an environment for open, honest dialogue, and a roadmap for the next steps on how you’re going to lead with inclusion and better yourself and the world. ~ M.B.
Jacqueline Reid, PhD