32nd Annual Conference

March 10-12, 2020

Minneapolis Convention Center, Minnesota

Connecting the Dots: The Intersection of Identity, Competencies and Strategies for Advancing Women into Executive Ranks

90-minute Workshops

Day 2

Session Code: S2-D
When: March 11, 2020
Location/Room: L100JIH
Level: Intermediate
Track: Leadership Development
Presenters: Dr. Chimare Eaglin, University of Chicago Laboratory Schools  |  Dr. Charmon Parker Williams, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology  |  Dr. Maria Sierra-Wilburn, The University of Chicago


Statistics continue to magnify the disproportionate ratio of women, particularly women of color, in the executive ranks in U.S.-based companies. What is holding women back? Are the barriers to the executive suite getting a refresh due to current political efforts to turn back the clock on women’s power and agency? Is it that women are opting to step off the career ladder and start their own businesses? Or are barriers self-imposed?

This workshop specifically addresses the challenges, aspirations, competencies and behavioral strategies viewed as being pivotal to advancement into leadership ranks. The information and frameworks presented are anchored in empirical research conducted with women leaders in a variety of industries. Attendees will participate in a World Café exercise to build upon the competency model and success strategies presented, and create a plan for action that they can execute upon returning to their organizations.

Learning Outcomes
  • Explore a leadership competency model developed specifically for women aspiring to leadership
  • Compare and contrast your own experiences and observations related to relevant competencies and strategies
  • Create an expanded checklist of success strategies that you can apply in your organization

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