WISE Emerging Leaders Certificate Program

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About the Program

The WISE Emerging Leaders Certificate Program is specifically designed to expand the leadership capabilities of female professionals in middle management. This virtual, interactive program will help you hone your understanding and application of business, strategic and financial acumen, and prepare you for advancement.

Over the course of six modules, you will learn the business outcomes prioritized by CEOs, the role of financial measures in executing strategy, and methods for better communicating your proficiency of the business.

Module workbooks and exercises provide ample opportunity for reflection and for putting learnings into practice. Throughout the program, you will be asked to complete an assessment to ensure knowledge transfer and are expected to actively take part in the breakout group exercises.

Curriculum and Key Business Outcomes

Strategic Relationships for Business Success
While networking is important for success, not all networks are created equal. Learn what makes a network strategic, analyze your current networks and identify opportunities for strengthening them.

Think Like a CEO™
It's never too early or too late to enhance your business talents, but without action, women's careers plateau. Learn the four key business outcomes that executives monitor, and understand how your work drives these outcomes. Also, gain insight into how aligning work to business outcomes differentiates talent for career success.

Speak the Language of Power™
The Language of Power is the language of outcomes, and communicating effectively in this language is a vital success factor. Showcase your business, strategic and financial acumen and communicate using the language of the C-suite.

Strategy: Art, Science and Mystery
Strategy is the ultimate responsibility of every business leader. Companies succeed when they get it right and fail when they get it wrong. Learn a systematic approach to strategic planning and the 20 questions that must be addressed in order to build an actionable strategic plan.

Introduction to Sports Finance
Financial acumen is a critical competency for all employees, not just business leaders. Learn basic financial terminology and how to read and interpret three key financial statements: the balance sheet, the income statement, and the cash flow statement.

Show Them the Money
Strategic and financial acumen aren't skills exclusive to MBAs and executives. Learn how to develop a strong foundation for understanding, executing or creating strategy, and the role of financial measures in the process.

Who Should Attend

Middle managers, defined as supervisors, project leads, managers, senior managers and directors (depending on organization/company structure and size). Learn more.

Schedule and Format

Classes meet weekly on Wednesdays for six consecutive weeks. Each module is approximately 90 minutes long. Most virtual sessions are facilitated by Leading NOW, a WISE professional development partner.

The Fall 2024 class — Sept. 18 through Oct. 23 — is now open for registration. Learn more and sign up. Be sure to log in before you register.


$1,800 per person.


This is a member exclusive program offered to WISE professional level members in good standing. There are no other eligibility requirements. If you are a student member and need to upgrade your membership, please contact us. Not a member? Join now.