Women's Leadership Academy

Key Program Highlights

1. Three one-on-one executive coaching sessions
2. Personalized development planning
3. Strategic networking & affinity group formation

Leadership Development Certificate and UCI Merage School of Business Alumni Status granted upon completion

Who Should Attend?

Leaders of Managers, Professional Staff, Functions or Divisions

Program Duration


Program Location

Hybrid: Online + UCI Irvine Campus

Program Cost

$7,500 (USD)

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Refining the strength in women's leadership

A unique experience for women in leadership

UCI's Women’s Leadership Academy is preparing women to find their voice and not just take a seat at the leadership table, but to leverage their unique skills to create and shape these tables and this year’s program is stronger than ever.

Now offering 1:1 executive coaching, a new module, additional hours and an extra in-person day, we are confident that women in leadership will find it even more beneficial in their daily professional and personal lives.

The Paul Merage School of Business has a long-standing commitment to diversity and inclusion and is the number one business school in the world for percentage of female faculty (Financial Times MBA, 2019). From this perspective, the Office of Executive Education presents this unique program for Women in Leadership.

This program is not intended to be a substitute for mixed gender leadership development programs, but a leadership identity builder and support network for women.

Key Program Components


Move beyond gender stereotypes and create your unique leadership identity and powerful leadership presence


Build support systems and allies, leverage your team, and navigate organizational dynamics effectively

New Skills

Develop new skills through application exercises and case study analysis


share and strategize with peers during facilitated peer coaching sessions


Deeply Meaningful Program

"The program was deeply meaningful for me and continues to positively impact not only my professional but personal life. I recommend this program to anyone thinking about expanding their network and getting re-invigorated and inspired in their life and career."

Joanna Faulkner
Account Director, Apex Performance, UCI EMBA 2017

2022 Program Dates

Session 0: TBD (Virtual)
Session 1: TBD (Virtual)
Session 2: TBD (In-person)*
Session 3: TBD (Virtual)
Session 4: TBD (In-person)*
Session 5: September 9, 8am-12pm (Virtual)
Session 6: September 10, 8am-5pm (In-person)*

*In-person sessions are planned to be held in-person following the guidelines of the CDC, UCI and State of CA guidelines. Sessions will also include a networking reception and graduation celebration

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Program Faculty & Facilitators


Lisa Barron, PhD, MBA

Executive Leadership Coach and Corporate Trainer


Valerie Rene Sheppard, MBA, CMT

Business Strategy, Branding & Integrated Marketing Communications


Janet Loli

Leadership & Change Expert Executive Coach, Writer and Speaker


Klara Farkas

Director of Coaching


Michelle Beauchamp

Sales and Leadership


Christopher Bauman

Associate Professor, Organization and Management


Amanda Pham

Senior Program Manager

Reach Out To Us Today To Setup A Personalized Conversation

If you are interested in learning more about this program, please send us a message and we will set up a conversation with one of our program specialists.