WISE Emerging Leaders Certificate Program: Fall 2021

Includes a Live Event on 09/28/2021 at 10:00 AM (EDT)

  • Registration Closed

About the Program

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

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

Module workbooks and exercises provide ample opportunity for reflection and for putting learnings into practice. Throughout the program, participants will be asked to complete an assessment to ensure knowledge transfer.

Who Should Attend

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

Schedule and Format

Classes meet weekly for four consecutive weeks — Sep. 21–Oct. 12. Each class is approximately two-and-a-half to three hours, including a break between modules. Virtual sessions are facilitated by Leading Women, a WISE professional development partner.


Program fee is $1,800 per person. Cohort size is limited to 100 participants.

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Curriculum and Key Business Outcomes

Sep. 21 at 10a.m. ET
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.

Sep. 21 at 11:30a.m. ET
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.

Sep. 28 at 10a.m. ET
Pulling Back the Financial Curtain™

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.

Oct. 5 at 10a.m. ET
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.

Oct. 5 at 11:30a.m. ET
Strategy: Art, Science & 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.

Oct. 12 at 10a.m. ET
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.

Oct. 12 at 11:30a.m. ET
Wrap-up Session

The program officially ends with an opportunity to hear from women leaders in the industry and virtually meet your classmates.

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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.

NOTE: If you need to join or renew, please do so as soon as possible. The system takes about 30 minutes to update before you can then register for this program. If you are not able to add the program to your cart, please log out and then log back in.

Registration and Payment

You must have a WISE account and be logged in to register. You may only register for yourself; registrations are not transferable and program participation will be limited to the registering WISE member only. Full payment of the program fee is required at the time of registration. 

Registration deadline is Sep. 14, 2021 or when sold out, whichever comes first. You will receive a confirmation email upon registration, including instructions on how to access the program. If your company has prepaid for you to attend, please enter the discount code in your cart during checkout.


Seventy-five percent (75%) of the total program fee will be assessed for cancellations received no later than Sep. 14, 2021. All cancellation requests must be sent in writing to learning@wiseworks.org. If a cancellation request is received after Sep. 14, 2021, the entire program fee will be forfeited. No substitutions or replacements of accepted registrants may be made at any time. No refunds will be granted for partial participation in the program.

Program Access, Structure and Prerequisites

All modules and program materials will be accessed through the WISE Learning Center. You will be sent email reminders before each module. Please add learning@wiseworks.org and the wiseworks.org and connectedcommunity.org domains to your safe senders list.

  • The WISE Emerging Leadership Certificate Program includes six modules.
  • Quizzes will be available at the end of the class date. You must pass the quizzes to access the materials for the next class date and to complete the program.
  • Recordings will be available the following day.
  • All coursework must be completed by Oct. 31, 2021 to receive full credit and your certificate.

Questions? Contact us.