The Power of Women Leaders

Incorporating dynamic virtual learning techniques, the NACS Women’s Leadership Program at Yale empowers women to be respected and effective leaders.

September 21, 2020

ALEXANDRIA, Va.—While women have made substantial gains in the business world, today’s workplace can still benefit from leveraging the unique perspective and strengths that women can bring to the organizational table. The NACS Women’s Leadership Program at Yale University—held digitally this fall—examines the issues facing women in leadership positions and offers strategies for handling them.

When women reflect on their own leadership traits and experiences, they reveal important information about the day-to-day environment in which they operate. If a company is receptive, this program can help gauge how well an organization promotes effective leadership behavior. In short, companies can use the NACS Women’s Leadership Program not only to improve the skills of the participants but also to assess—and ultimately improve—the workplace itself.

Graciously endowed by Altria, this year’s digital-live program offers two weeks of coursework, Oct. 27 through Nov. 5, which can be integrated into your current work schedule. Register today to ensure enough time to complete the feedback assessments that are a hallmark of the program’s curriculum.

Instructors and professors from the Yale School of Management at Yale University worked with NACS to produce convenience industry-specific content that covers topics such as: decision-making for leaders, authentic leadership, executive presence, building women-led teams, the business case for diversity and much more.  The full curriculum can be found here.

A snapshot of the award-winning faculty for the program include:

  • Faculty director for the program, Dr. Emma Seppälä, is also science director of Stanford University’s Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education and the author of The Happiness Track. She is co-director of the Yale College Emotional Intelligence Project at the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence.
  • Zoe Chance helps great people become more influential. She teaches Mastering Influence and Persuasion to program attendees, one of the most sought-after courses at Yale School of Management. Google has used her behavioral economics framework as the basis for its global food policy. Chance speaks internationally for Fortune 500 firms and leading NGOs, and her TEDx talk, How to Make a Behavior Addictive, has more than 500,000 views. 
  • 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.

Small group work and engagement remain key to the dynamic and collaborative nature of this program—even in a digital environment. Female leaders from retailer and supplier companies will have many opportunities to exchange ideas with a peer group of experienced and emerging women leaders who face similar challenges in their professional lives.

“Candidly, it was by a significant margin, the best program I have ever attended! It combines some of the best parts of other leadership courses and melds them into one cohesive 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,” said Michelle Walsh, director-retail implementation, Wawa Inc.

Registration is open for the 2020 NACS Women’s Leadership Program. 

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