Certificate in Women’s Leadership

Women in Leadership certificate class in session

Program Overview

The Certificate in Women’s Leadership is a 3-month, non-degree course designed for professionals who wish to develop skills and practices for advancing women in the workplace.  Through online learning and on-campus immersions, the course exposes students to research and studies regarding women in the workplace, as well as current readings and materials on the subject. Additionally, the course offers practical skills for overcoming common barriers facing women in the workplace. Learn more about program details here.

This certificate program highlights the following areas of awareness and development:

  • Leadership & Identity
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Gender and Communication
  • Overcoming the Confidence Gap
  • Work-Life Integration
  • Compensation & Negotiation

    What you'll learn

    • Gain tools and skills to navigate the unique dilemmas that working women face, such as “double-binds” and “unconscious bias.”
    • Understand one’s individual, unique leadership identity and how it surfaces in teams.
    • Enhance one’s emotional intelligence for greater effectiveness in leadership roles.
    • Develop skills to communicate and negotiate authentically and confidently in various situations.
    • Identify practices and attitudes that contribute to a healthy, fulfilling work-life balance.

    Important Dates

    Spring 2020 Cohort: January 22nd - May 1st 

    • Deadline to apply: November 29th, 2019
    • Immersion dates: February 7th - 8th, 2020 & April 17th - 18th, 2020

    Fall 2020 Cohort: September 2nd - December 11th 

    • Deadline to apply: July 24th, 2020
    • Immersion dates: September 18th - 19th, 2020 & November 13th - 14th, 2020


    Nadine Burgess

    Nadine Burgess

    Owner, Spokane Gymnastics

    "The certificate in Women's Leadership program at Gonzaga provided in-depth and relevant tools to challenge me to grow as an individual and leader. Our cohort included an active, engaged and diverse group of individuals with a growth mindset. Much of the value to this well-organized program was the amount we learned from each other. I have enjoyed the fusion of online and on-campus in-person learning, with a tremendous variety of ideas and perspectives, as well as assignments through reading, discussion, videos, and creative projects."

    Mary Miller

    Mary Miller

    Director of Slot Operations, Northern Quest Casino

    “I was hesitant to apply for this certificate class; the University’s prestige and list of alumni were intimidating. I was afraid of attending a class full of PhD and MBA educated women; although there may be few of those women in class, the diversity in education levels, generations, ethnic backgrounds and professions is incredible. I have learned so many strategies from the other women and the instructors. I feel like I’ve filled my tool bag and can get to work on my leadership skills.”

    Tiffany Van Heel

    Tiffany Van Heel

    Marketing Coordinator, Highgate Senior Living

    “From the start, the Women’s Leadership Certificate program, including the mind-blowing, on-campus immersion, has been one of the most powerful experiences that I have been through. I, along with my fellow colleagues, have been empowered with immediately usable tools, a strong network of support in like-minded-thinkers, and many “a-ha moments” that have resonated deeply. With high expectations after a stellar experience in Gonzaga’s Organizational Leadership graduate program, I can certainly say that Rachelle and Sherri have knocked this one out of the park. Our first cohort is already reveling in excitement for the next immersion!”