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Date: October 27 to November 1, 2019
Location: Yale School of Management | Yale University, New Haven, CT
It’s Your Time to Lead
NACS Women’s Leadership Class of 2018
Women face unique challenges in the workplace, and they also add unique value and perspective. They shatter groupthink, improve communication dynamics and reinvigorate companies in ways that make them more competitive. Research shows companies with a critical mass of top-team gender diversity enjoy better financial performance.
Held on the Ivy League campus of Yale University, the NACS Women’s Leadership Program offers convenience leaders the opportunity to:
Participants from retailer and supplier companies are invited to exchange ideas with a peer group of experienced and emerging women leaders who face similar challenges in their professional lives. The program is administered by thought-leading faculty at Yale and successful female convenience industry practitioners.
“Candidly, it was by a significant margin, the best off-site program I have ever attended! It combines some of the best parts of other leadership courses, and melds them into one cohesive, week-long journey – making the goal of being one’s best self entirely feasible. The NACS Women’s Leadership Program at Yale has changed how I look at a number of things in my daily life. I highly recommend attending.”
-Michelle Walsh, Director-Retail Implementation, Wawa, Inc.
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Who Should Apply?
Women executives, district and regional managers, and women identified by their management as high-potential leaders.
Participating Companies Include
To get a better understanding of what the program offers, take a look at last year’s Program Curriculum. The 2019 Program Curriculum will be posted here as soon as it is confirmed.
The NACS Women’s Leadership Program takes place on the prestigious Ivy League Yale University campus. The program is administered by faculty in the Yale School of Management. Check back periodically to meet the 2019 presenters.
Professor of Organizational Behavior
Professor King’s research examines social influence, social networks, and team dynamics. Her most recent line of research analyzes the individual and group level behaviors that are necessary to implement changes in the (re)design of organizations using wearable social sensors. This work highlights the unanticipated consequences that micro-level social networks can have in mediating planned change initiatives. More generally, Professor King’s research investigates the social processes underlying the adoption, diffusion, and utilization of new information. King’s research has been featured in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic, and NPR among other media outlets.
David C. Tate
Assistant Clinical Professor in Psychiatry
David C. Tate is a licensed clinical psychologist, professionally certified coach, and organizational consultant. He is Principal at Tate Consulting Group, a boutique consultancy that focuses on executive coaching and leadership advising, family-owned and closely held enterprises, strategic planning, and promoting healthy organizational development. David has worked with leaders and senior managers in healthcare, financial services, manufacturing, distribution, publishing, media/design, and construction.
David is an Assistant Clinical Professor in Psychiatry at Yale University, where he received the 2013 Distinguished Faculty Award. He is also a Lecturer at the Yale School of Management, where he teaches within both the graduate and executive education programs.
David received his B.S. at Cornell University and his Ph.D. in clinical psychology at the University of Virginia. He completed pre- and post-doctoral fellowships at Yale University before joining the faculty. He earned a Certificate in Family Business Advising from the Family Firm Institute, where he is a Fellow. He is a graduate of the Executive Coaching Academy and has completed additional coaching certification through the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching. He earned the designation of Professionally Certified Coach from the International Coach Federation.
Co-Director of Yale College Wellbeing Project
Emma Seppälä, Ph.D, is Science Director of Stanford University’s Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education and the author of The Happiness Track (HarperOne, 2016). She is Co-Director of the Yale College Emotional Intelligence Project at the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence, a Lecturer at Yale College, and Faculty Director of the Yale School of Management’s Women’s Leadership Program. She is the founder and editor-in-chief of Fulfillment Daily, a popular news site dedicated to the science of happiness. Her articles have appeared in Harvard Business Review, TIME, Psychology Today, and the Washington Post. A frequent guest on Good Morning America, her research has been featured in major media outlets like the New York Times, The Washington Times, ABC News and TIME and several documentary films. She graduated from Yale (BA), Columbia (MA), and Stanford (PhD). Originally from Paris, France, she is a native speaker of French, English, and German and conversant in Spanish and Mandarin Chinese.
Assistant Professor Adjunct of Acting
Grace Zandarski is a faculty member of the Acting Department at Yale School of Drama where she has taught Voice since 2002, specializing in Advanced Vocal Technique and Text for 2nd and 3rd Year Actors. She has coached numerous Yale Rep and YSD productions including Cymbeline (Evan Yionoulis, director), Caucasian Chalk Circle (Liz Diamond, dir.), Hamlet starring Paul Giamatti (James Bundy, dir.), The Winter’s Tale(Liz Diamond, dir.), Romeo and Juliet (Shana Cooper, dir.), and The Three Sisters (Les Waters, dir.), among many others. Her New York coaching credits include Mike Nichols’ Death of a Salesman and Betrayal on Broadway, The Dance and the Railroad (Signature, May Adrales, dir.), The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide… (The Public, Michael Greif dir.), Homebody/Kabul (BAM, Frank Galati, dir.), in addition to numerous individual coaching credits for actors appearing on and off Broadway, in film, and on television.
Her work outside of actor training includes individual business and professional coaching as well as workshops on Voice, Presence, and Improv for Executives. She has led workshops for the ABA, Yale School of Medicine, and Yale School of Management among other educational and corporate entities.
Education: MFA American Conservatory Theatre; BA Princeton University. Grace lives in NYC.
Assistant Professor of Marketing
I study and teach persuasion, focusing on tiny tweaks that help people lead richer, healthier, happier lives. My work has been featured in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, The Economist, Scientific American, and Psychology Today.
Turning knowledge into practice is a passion. My research findings have been published in top academic journals like Proceedings of the National Academy of Science and in popular media like Harvard Business Review. I speak in organizations and conferences around the world including TEDx, and my 4 Ps Framework for Behavior Change is the foundation for Google’s global food guidelines, helping 60,000 people make healthier choices every day. Mastering Influence and Persuasion, my MBA elective, is one of the most sought-after courses at Yale School of Management.
Some career highlights prior to my engagement at Yale include managing a $200 million segment of Barbie, developing an executive education leadership program at Harvard, acting on stage and film, and starting a small business. I received my doctorate from Harvard, MBA from the University of Southern California, and bachelor’s degree from Haverford College. These days my favorite hobby is authoring my first book, Bad Influence.
Associate Professor of Management and Marketing
TDr. Cain's research focuses on "judgment and decision-making" and "behavioral business ethics." In other words, he studies the reasons why smart people do dumb things. Cain is a leading expert on conflicts of interest, especially the "perverse effects of disclosing conflicts of interest," and how to turn altruism on and off. Notably, Cain’s research has been discussed in the Wall Street Journal, Time Magazine, Forbes, The New Yorker, the Washington Post, BusinessWeek, USA Today, the New York Times, and other top media outlets such as NPR. Cain has won national teaching awards and has also appeared as a commentator on National Geographic’s popular TV show, Brain Games.
Professor of Organizational Behavior
Amy Wrzesniewski is Professor of Organizational Behavior at the Yale School of Management. She earned her BA from the University of Pennsylvania, where she graduated magna cum laude with an honors degree in psychology. She received her PhD and MA degrees in organizational psychology from the University of Michigan.
She has won the IBM Faculty Award for her research, as well as awards for her undergraduate, graduate, and executive teaching. Her research on the meaning of work has been published in a wide range of top academic journals and highlighted in several best-selling books and popular press outlets, including Time, BusinessWeek, Harvard Business Review, U.S. News and World Report, The New York Times, and The Economist, as well as bestselling books such as Give and Take by Adam Grant, Drive by Daniel Pink, The Happiness Advantage by Shawn Achor, Authentic Happiness by Martin Seligman, and The Art of Happiness by the Dalai Lama and Howard Cutler.
Amy has engaged in research projects with several organizations, including IBM, Google, The United States Military Academy at West Point, the University of Michigan Hospital System, Ness Technologies, and Burt's Bees. Her current research involves studying how employees change the designs of their jobs to shape the meaning of their work as well as the implications of seeing work as a job, career, or calling for individuals and organizations.
Senior Associate Dean of Leadership Studies and Lester Crown Professor in the Practice of Management
Jeffrey Sonnenfeld served as full tenured professor at Emory's Goizueta Business School for a decade and a professor at the Harvard Business School for a decade, and is currently the senior associate dean of leadership programs as well as the Lester Crown Professor in the Practice of Management for the Yale School of Management, as well as founder and president of the Chief Executive Leadership Institute, a nonprofit educational and research institute focused on CEO leadership and corporate governance.
Professor Sonnenfeld's related research has been published in 100 scholarly articles which appeared in the leading academic journals in management such as Administrative Sciences Quarterly, the Academy of Management Journal, the Academy of Management Review, the Journal of Organizational Behavior, Social Forces, Human Relations, and Human Resource Management. He has also authored eight books, including The Hero's Farewell, an award-winning study of CEO succession, and another best seller, Firing Back, a study on leadership resilience in the face of adversity.
William S. Beinecke Professor of Management
Professor Baron’s research interests include human resources; organizational design and behavior; social stratification and inequality; work, labor markets, and careers; economic sociology; and entrepreneurial companies. Before coming to SOM in 2006, he taught at Stanford's Graduate School of Business from 1982-2006. At Stanford, he taught the MBA core course, Human Resource Management. He was co-director of the Stanford Project on Emerging Companies (SPEC), a large-scale longitudinal study of the organizational design, human resource management practices, and financial and non-financial performance measures of entrepreneurial firms in Silicon Valley. Papers based on the project appeared in leading disciplinary journals, and an overview of the project in California Management Review won the 2003 Accenture Award for making “the most important contribution to improving the practice of management.”
He is the author, with Stanford economist David M. Kreps, of a textbook, Strategic Human Resources: Frameworks for General Managers (John Wiley & Sons, Inc.). Baron is also a regular contributor to leading sociology and organization journals, such as the American Sociological Review and Administrative Science Quarterly. His research has also been published in influential journals in economics and social psychology.
Apply now to be considered for the Women’s Leadership Program! The deadline for applications is August 15th. The goal of this application process is to ensure attendee experience and goals align with the program, delivering a robust experience for all attendees. This program is open to NACS members only.
A tuition endowment from Altria makes this program most affordable for participants. With financial support from Altria, program tuition is $3,995, which includes instruction, course materials, assessments, lodging and scheduled meals and entertainment.
The Study at Yale Hotel
1157 Chapel St.
New Haven, CT 06511
Lodging at The Study at Yale Hotel and scheduled meals are included in the total cost of the program. NACS will handle the booking of your room.
Helpful travel instructions:
Amtrak , 800-872-7245, and Metro-North , 800-638-7646, provide service to Union Station, New Haven, Connecticut. (NHV), 1 mile from The Study Hotel. You may choose to take a shuttle or subway from John F. Kennedy or LaGuardia International airports to New York City, then take the train from Grand Central Terminal or Penn Station to Union Station, New Haven, Connecticut. (NHV).