Navigating Your Career Journey: An Online Course for Women Leaders in Higher Education

Online | June 3, 2024 1:00 pm ET - July 15, 2024 3:00 pm ET

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Navigating Your Career Journey: An Online Course for Women Leaders in Higher Education

Online | June 3, 2024 1:00 pm ET - July 15, 2024 3:00 pm ET

Intentionally shape the next phase of your career with strategies and feedback from successful higher education leaders.


This six-week online program for women leaders is designed to help you manage conditions for career growth while gaining invaluable feedback on presenting and advocating for yourself both on paper and in person. This is a unique opportunity to learn from some of the best leaders in the industry in a supportive environment alongside other women leaders. 

This program is intentionally designed to start with an opportunity to reflect on your leadership strengths through completion of the Five Paths to LeadershipSM Self-Assessment and a 360-degree review with feedback from your network, so that you can discover your authentic leadership style. You will identify the skill sets needed to navigate the current and future higher ed landscape, so that you can write a compelling career narrative that captures your strengths, goals, and values. You’ll incorporate these insights into your external-facing communications—such as your CV, résumé, and LinkedIn profile. Most importantly, you’ll leave with a tangible action plan for how to grow your career and the connections that support your goals—all of which will be informed with feedback from the cohort—a network we hope you’ll leverage and support far into the future.

Highlights of the program include: 

  • Tips and Strategies from Our Expert Instructor Panel: Learn new skills that will help you to implement your career growth strategy immediately in weekly live learning sessions and follow-up assignments. 
  • Leadership Assessment: Through Academic Impressions’ Five Paths to LeadershipSM Self-Assessment, individual assignments and group discussions, you’ll discover how you leverage your leadership strengths under typical circumstances as well as more stressful ones. 
  • 360 Assessment Plus 1-on-1 Feedback: Engage in a 360-degree feedback assessment and get perspective from your colleagues. You will also meet with one of our expert Success Coaches to help you digest your 360 feedback so that you can identify meaningful ways to incorporate this information into your career growth strategy.  
  • Community-Building and Networking: Join a small cohort for a 45-minute weekly discussion session to explore questions or challenges you may be encountering and get advice from your peers. During these sessions, you will establish a small team, connect with the speaker, and work through how you plan to implement the action steps you’ve identified.  

Who should attend?

This program is suitable for a wide range of departments and positions and is highly beneficial for women who are already leading in higher education and looking to consider the next phase of their career journey. While our popular Women’s Leadership Success in Higher Education conference focuses on building leadership skill sets, this course helps you to manage conditions for career growth and gain invaluable feedback. Due to its highly experiential nature, it is limited to just 30 participants to maintain a productive learning environment. Register early to reserve your seat!


Session 1: Identifying Your Strengths
Monday, June 3, 2024 | 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. ET
In this kickoff session, you’ll meet your cohort and the program faculty, unpack the features of the program, and dive right into the Five Paths to LeadershipSM Self-Assessment to identify your strengths. The Five Paths assessment will help you to understand ways of achieving greater balance among five forms of intelligence so that you can improve your overall effectiveness as a leader. This assessment will ask you to assess your leadership style under “normal” circumstances as well as under “stressful” circumstances. In order to get the most value out of the conversation, we ask that you complete the assessment before the live session. Instructions will be sent in advance.



Session 2: Assessing Your Skill Sets for Career Growth and Surveying the Higher Ed Landscape
Monday, June 10, 2024 | 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. ET | Live Learning Session
June 10 – 14, 2024 | Choose your Small Group Session with Yves Salomon-Fernandez
Your path to developing your leadership career depends primarily on two components: 1) building the necessary skill sets and demonstrating those skills to others, and 2) shaping the right conditions of support and advocacy as you move forward in your career. We will focus on the first component in this module.

You will learn how to:

  • Build a strategic skill set and develop “horizon” thinking.
  • Avoid getting trapped into outdated models of leadership and discover the importance of authenticity as you grow as a leader.
  • Identify what conditions are necessary to thrive and grow as a leader, and what you can do to assess and create those conditions.



Session 3: Aligning Your Career with Your Goals and Values
Monday, June 17, 2024 | 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. ET | Live Learning Session
June 17 – 21, 2023 | Choose your Small Group Session with Jill Johns
Now that you’ve identified your strengths, assessed your skill sets, and drafted your career narrative, this workshop provides the time to pause and consider what you want next in your career journey. This session will be a workshop designed to push you to dig deep and discern your next steps. Whether you already have a new position or path in mind or are seeking an answer to “what’s next,” this session will provide you with the space and time to intentionally consider, evaluate and sort through the cloud of information and emotion—and begin to crystallize your non-negotiables, your core values, and your goals.

You will learn:

  • Strategies for evaluating external input about your career.
  • A technique for identifying your non-negotiables, career values, and aspirations.
  • How to apply a framework for choosing your next steps.



Session 4: Composing Your Career Narrative
Monday, June 24, 2024 | 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. ET | Live Learning Session
June 24 – 28, 2023 | Choose your Small-Group Session with Kristine Barnett
Before you can take the next step in your career, you must reflect on where you’ve been and effectively communicate your career journey to others. Rather than just listing past roles you’ve held, you must also be able to detail your accomplishments and their impact, so that you are seen as a standout candidate for future opportunities.

You will learn how to:

  • Quantify the impact of the projects you led in order to demonstrate your expertise in leading large-scale operations.
  • Seize new opportunities as they come along, even when they don’t necessarily align with your current skill sets.
  • Rewrite your résumé or CV to quantify accomplishments and show how those align with strategic initiatives.



Week Off | July 1 – 5, 2024



Session 5: Strategically Building Your Network and Living Your Authentic Leadership Brand
Monday, July 8, 2024 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. Eastern | Live Learning Session
July 8 – 12, 2024 | Choose your Small-Group Session with Durga Suresh-Menon
As you grow in your role, it will be critical to not only build your authentic style of leadership, but to also identify mentors that can help you to hone your brand and leadership identity as you grow. It will also be important for you to be a part of helping future women leaders on their own paths to career growth.

You will learn how to:

  • Build your unique brand of leadership.
  • Identify advocates and mentors that span genders, levels, departments, and industries—and build crucial connections with them.
  • Be an advocate for other women and proactively mentor future leaders.



Session 6: Bringing It All Together and Next Steps
Monday, July 15, 2024 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. ET | Live Learning Session
In our final session together, you will have an opportunity to reflect and get feedback on your career growth strategy. We will close by sharing ideas for maintaining momentum after this powerful learning experience.



“Are you interested in learning more about how to define your career narrative, leverage your leadership style, and increase your visibility while interacting with a group of highly engaging professionals? If you answer yes, then this Bootcamp is perfect for you. Setting aside focused time for this is invaluable.”
-Katherine Ferguson Senior Associate Dean, College of Arts and Sciences University at Buffalo


“This bootcamp was an incredible opportunity for personal development and growth. It helped in identifying the path forward in my career and provided the tools to flesh out that path. From personal branding to resume building to tips on how to grow my network, I feel prepared to take on the next steps in my personal and professional journey!”
-Rachel Castellano Associate Director, Toronto Strategy Queen’s University