Women Empowered to Rise


Women Empowered to RiseWomen 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, Organizational Learning and Effectiveness and the three Women Empowered to Rise credits will be applied toward the program.


Women Empowered to Rise will be offered in a module format, with one module offered each month. As the first module is required before completing additional modules, the next opportunity to join the course is January 2021. 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.

 Module  Class Meetings

Module 1:

Strengths-based Approach to Leadership

*This module is required before completing additional modules.

October 8, 2020: 6:30-8:30 p.m.

October 17, 2020: 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Module 2: New Leaders: Starting with Incremental Change


November 12, 2020: 6:30-8:30 p.m.

November 21, 2020: 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Module 3: Leading in Diverse Contexts

December 10, 2020: 6:30-8:30 p.m.

December 19, 2020: 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Module 1:

Strengths-based Approach to Leadership

*This module is required before completing additional modules.

January 14, 2021: 6:30-8:30 p.m.

January 23, 2021: 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Module 4: Negotiation: Getting Resources

January 14, 2021: 6:30-8:30 p.m.

January 23, 2021: 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Module 5: Finance and Budgeting: Managing Resources

February 11, 2021: 6:30-8:30 p.m.

February 20, 2021: 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Module 6: Management: Ensuring Things Get Done

March 11, 2021: 6:30-8:30 p.m.

March 20, 2021: 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Module 7: Innovation and Change

April 8, 2021: 6:30-8:30 p.m.

April 17, 2021: 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Module 8: Story Telling: Communicating the Vision

May 13, 2021: 6:30-8:30 p.m.

May 22, 2021: 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Module 9: Success as an Empowered Woman Leader

*All previous modules must be completed before taking this module

June 3, 2021: 6:30-8:30 p.m.

June 12, 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 through 2021. Students that join the program in January 2021 will have the opportunity to complete the entire program virtually. Women Empowered to Rise will follow University of the Pacific’s guidance to determine when classes can resume in person.


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

Apply now:

The deadline to apply is Thursday, December 31, 2020. You will receive confirmation of acceptance and registration information within one week.

Complete Application Here

# of Module(s) Member Price Non-Member Price JLS Partner/Government
Single Class $125 $225 $150
Nine Module Bundle


($100 per module)


($175 per module)


($125 per module)

Individual module fees are subject to change. If you purchase the bundle, the same rate will be honored until completion of the program. For bundle purchases, you will have two years to complete the program.

A limited number of scholarships will be offered to Junior League of Sacramento members interested in future leadership role(s). Please complete the appropriate section of the application if you would like to be considered for a scholarship.


Click here for frequently asked questions (FAQs).

Please contact Erin Taboada or Lori Bachand with any questions and send email inquiries to jlswerise@gmail.com.