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​Become a strategic leader & foster gender equity in the workplace

Women control 80% of health care purchase and usage decisions but hold less than 20% of executive health care leadership roles nationwide. In the Washington healthcare community, we have a higher number of women in leadership than other parts of the country.

The Women's Leadership Program is designed for women seeking to advance their career through impactful leadership and become a resilient leader in today's ever-evolving workplace. There is no better time than now to empower women to maximize their unique strengths and prepare them for their journey to senior leadership. WSHA is partnering with the University of California, Irvin​​e’s Paul Merage School of Business – one of the most diverse business schools in the country, which has the highest number of female faculty per capita  – to deliver its insightful academic content.

The integrated approach goes beyond standard education models by providing opportunties to:
  • ​Acquire in-depth academic knowledge presented by Merage School distinguished faculty
  • Develop new skills through application exercises and case study analysis
  • ​​​​Network, share, and strategize with peers during facilitated peer coaching sessions
  • Gain industry insight from panel discussions featuring healthcare leaders throughout WA
  • Create community with a small cohort of peers who will share this experience with you​

Program D​​etails
April 25 - June 21, 202​3
8:30 - ​11:30 AM PT every Wednesday for 9 weeks*
*Session 1 Orientation is 3:30 - 5:00 PM PT on Tuesday​
Online via Zoom, live session
Program Schedule
Each module will include an in-depth academic examination of each topic, a facilitated peer coaching session and/or a panel discussion with industry professionals. Full program schedule will be provided to registrants closer to the start date. 

Orientation | April 25
Module 1 High Performance Leadership Essentials | April 26 & May 3
Module 2 A Tale of Numbers: The Role of CFO as Chief Storyteller | May 10 & May 17
Module 3 Negotiation Strategies for Women | May 24 & May 31
Module 4 Power Presence, Influence and Credibility | June 7 & June 14
Closing Session | June 21
​​Recommended Audience
Designed for anyone who identifies as a woman and has at least five years’ post graduate experience and/or supervisory experience is encouraged to join

​A digital Certificate of Completion from UCI will be awarded to participants upon successful completion of the program. Successful completion of the program will be based on attendance of virtual sessions.

Module Learning Objectives​
High Performance Leadership Essentials
  • ​Understand leadership traits specific to women that give you an edge as a leader
  • Strengthen overall personal leadership behaviors to improve individual and organizational performance
  • Understand which traits and behaviors are associated with High-Performance Leadership (HPL)
A Tale of Numbers: The Role of CFO as Chief Storyteller
  • Understand why it’s important to recognize the CFO as the conscience of the organization and how to engage them to guide sound financial decision making 
  • Learn to define your finance-related conundrum (or opportunity) to discuss it with your partners in an efficient, collaborative manner
  • Identify ways to be the opposite of "they" or "finance said" as a financial leader and create an environment of partnership on the operational side
  • Translate technical information to demystify healthcare finances
Negotiation Strategies for Women
  • Develop negotiation skills with a simulation and debriefing that highlights the impact of a variety of strategic and tactical choices
  • Cover best practices that are applicable to all, and emphasize solutions to the particular challenges that professional women face during negotiations
  • Provide concepts and a framework to effectively analyze the negotiation situation
Power Presence, Influence and Credibility 
  • Introduce the concept of Power Presence
  • Learn a powerful method to re-program disempowering thinking habits
  • Reflect on your disempowering habits of thought, speech, and action

Faculty/Instructors & Panelists
Faculty/Instructors ​​
Chris Bauman, PHD
Hilary Whittington, CPA, MBA
Janet Ioli, CPP
​Valerie Sheppard, MBA, CMT

20+ women executives from Washington State
Panel discussions & coaching sessions will be facilitated by Kimberly McNally


For more information: ​​​
Jenn Bui

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