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 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.

 Module  Class Meetings

Module 1:

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

Apply now:

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.

Complete Application Here

Women Empowered to Rise Fee Schedule

# of Module(s) Member Price Non-Member Price JLS Partner/Government
Single Class $130 $230 $155
Nine Module Bundle


($105 per module)


($180 per module)


($130 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.


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Please contact jlswerise@gmail.com with any questions and send email inquiries.