Women's Leadership Series | Pepperdine University | Graziadio Business School

Women's Leadership Series

Leading with Authenticity

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Over the last 50 years, women have made a significant impact to companies and the workforce. Evidence is clear: companies that have a higher percentage of women in top management and in board seats, substantially outperform companies that do not. Despite the abundant data that supports the need for more women in top management and the board room, the gap persists between men and women in the workforce in terms of percentages in upper management, pay, career path, and leadership development. While there are numerous factors contributing to the persisting gaps, the contributing factors that are repeatedly cited are that women do not receive leadership development, women lack confidence in their leadership style, women often don't have mentors, and women do not negotiate for themselves.

The Pepperdine Women's Leadership Series is a unique curriculum-based program developed by women, for women. The series addresses the key leadership issues women face in business, career, and the meeting room preparing them to propel their success in the workplace while remaining authentic to themselves.

Series Dates

Module 1: June 13 – 14, 2014

Module 2: July 11 – 12, 2014

Module 3: August 15 – 16, 2014

Program Description:

The Women’s Leadership Series is comprised of three, two-day modules
set in a retreat atmosphere at the Laguna Cliffs Resort and Spa Marriott. Each
module contains two full days of curriculum-based programming facilitated
by Pepperdine female faculty. Participants who enroll in all three modules will
receive three hours of coaching.

Program faculty: Dr. Julie Chesley, Dr. Terri Egan, Dr. Ann Feyerherm, Lori Heffelfinger, Suzanne Lahl, Dr. Linda Livingstone, Dr. Teri Tompkins

Module 1: Leading with Authenticity

This two-day module integrates the latest neuroscience findings to give you a
framework for empowering yourself as a leader and helping you practice leading
with authenticity. You will:

  • Increase self-awareness and presence
  • Understand five leadership dimensions that impact your career
  • Learn about your signature strengths and “de-railers”
  • Recognize and practice the power of authenticity for more successful collaborations
  • Reflect upon your personal goals and aspirations to align your career
  • Participate in experiential exercises to practice authentic leadership
  • Create a personalized action plan to build confidence in your own leadership style and strengthen your voice of wisdom

Module 2: Negotiating, Influencing and Communicating Skills

This two-day module focuses on the influencing and communication skills
women can use in business. During this module, participants will:

  • Learn about different styles of communication and their impact in your workplace
  • Discover why power and influence matters, and how to keep it ethical
  • Gain a better understanding of communication challenges based on recent developments in the neurosciences
  • Our threat responses to five common social factors
  • How we “make things up” and then act on our beliefs
  • Practice the art of difficult and crucial conversations
  • Explore influencing and negotiation skills
  • Practice using one’s leadership voice to negotiate and influence others

Module 3: Coaching/Mentoring and Leading Others

This two-day module focuses on leading and inspiring others, essential skills embodied by the most successful leaders. During this module, participants will:

  • Learn the Five Practices of Successful Leaders
  • Understand women’s unique strengths and challenges in leadership
  • Create a compelling leadership vision for oneself and others
  • Practice specific techniques for giving and receiving feedback
  • Practice coaching and mentoring techniques including active listening, direct communication and building trust
  • Hear from woman executives about their leadership journey

Who Should Attend:

The Pepperdine Women's Leadership Series is designed for women professionals who are interested in further developing their leadership skills and embracing their own leadership style. While there are no prerequisites or enrollment requirements for the class, the program will be taught at a graduate level and therefore attendees should have an undergraduate degree or the appropriate level of experience for the program.

Program Logistics:

The program includes all meals during the program sessions and session materials (optional Thursday night dinner is not included). Lodging is not included and attendees are not required to stay at the hotel, but it is highly encouraged that they do so. For hotel information, click here.


Participants may register for each module individually or register for all three modules. Participants who register for all three modules will be eligible for a discount on registration and will receive three hours of personal coaching.

  • Register for all three modules: $6,000 total
  • Early registration: $2,190 per module
  • Regular registration: $2,290 per module

Contact Us

For more information about the certificate program, please contact:

Karel Kreshek
Interim Associate Director of Executive Education
(310) 568-5787