Women Empowered to Rise is a college-level, credit-bearing women’s leadership program offered in collaboration between Junior League of Sacramento and University of the Pacific’s Benerd College.
Historically, it is no secret that women have faced greater barriers than men attaining leadership roles in public and private organizations across the country. These challenges persist regardless of background, geographic location, or income levels. Considering the persistent inequality for women in the workplace, help and intervention are still required.
Junior League of Sacramento and University of the Pacific are uniquely equipped to meet that need with a program and curriculum centered around empowering women as they develop their identities as leaders.
The Women Empowered to Rise program is offered in a flexible format, aimed to fit the schedule of busy women, blending in-person and online class participation. Each module is centered on practical, connected projects and delivered in an active learning environment. Students learn and apply the functions, responsibilities, and relationships of being a leader.
Students complete the program equipped with leadership skills and principles for managing a better, fairer, more equitable world, as well as a network of like-minded women leaders. After completing the program, students will have the option to transfer into Pacific’s MA in Leadership, Organizational Learning and Effectiveness and the three Women Empowered to Rise credits will be applied toward the program. Students that complete the program will receive a certificate of completion.
Women Empowered to Rise will be offered in a module format, with one module offered each month. The first module is required before completing additional modules and the remaining modules can be taken in any order with the exception that, before taking the ninth module, all previous modules must be completed. Registration for each module closes two weeks prior to the first meeting date. The schedule for the 2021-22 academic year is as follows.
Strengths-based Approach to Leadership
*This module is required before completing additional modules.
September 9, 2021: 6:30-8:30 p.m.
September 18, 2021: 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Module 2: New Leaders: Starting with Incremental Change
October 14, 2021: 6:30-8:30 p.m.
October 23, 2021: 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
|Module 3: Leading in Diverse Contexts||
November 11, 2021: 6:30-8:30 p.m.
November 20, 2021: 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
|Module 4: Negotiation: Getting Resources||
December 9, 2021: 6:30-8:30 p.m.
December 18, 2021: 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
|Module 5: Finance and Budgeting: Managing Resources||
January 13, 2022: 6:30-8:30 p.m.
January 22, 2022: 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
|Module 6: Management: Ensuring Things Get Done||
February 10, 2022: 6:30-8:30 p.m.
February 19, 2022: 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
|Module 7: Innovation and Change||
March 10, 2022: 6:30-8:30 p.m.
March 19, 2022: 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
|Module 8: Story Telling: Communicating the Vision||
April 14, 2022: 6:30-8:30 p.m.
April 23, 2022: 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
|Leading in the Real World|
Module 9: Success as an Empowered Woman Leader
*All previous modules must be completed before taking this module
May 12, 2021: 6:30-8:30 p.m.
May 21, 2021: 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m
To earn course credit, students will have two school years to complete all modules.
All class meetings will be online.
Who should enroll:
Women Empowered to Rise is designed for women and those who identify as women, who:
- were recently promoted
- aspire to management or leadership roles
- work in mid-level or senior leadership
- wish to reenter the workforce
- seek to increase their knowledge of leadership principles and best practices
The deadline to apply for the 2021-22 academic year is Friday, September 3, 2021. Confirmations of acceptance and the registration information will be sent within one week of that date.
Women Empowered to Rise Fee Schedule
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