Women's Leadership Development


leadership development experience
for women at pivotal moments in their careers.

The one-day intensive Women's Leadership Development Program is designed for women with significant professional experience who seek to advance or transform their roles within their senior leadership circles. Includes breakfast, lunch, reception, and dinner.  7:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

About the 360-degree assessment - included in your tuition

Emotional and social intelligence makes the difference between a highly effective leader and an average one. The real benefit comes from the 360° view into the behaviors that differentiate outstanding from average performers. It helps managers and professionals create competitive advantage for their organizations by increasing performance, innovation and teamwork, ensuring time and resources are used effectively, and building motivation and trust.  It describes 12 competencies that differentiate outstanding from average performers.

Cost, Dates and Registration

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         7:30 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Tuition:  $950.00
    UNH Alum: $855


Fee includes all program materials, meals during the program (breakfast, lunch, reception, dinner, morning and afternoon breaks) and Continuing Education Units (CEUs).

UNH alumni are eligible for 10% discount.

Scholarships are offered to New Hampshire-based leaders from public service and education sectors, as well as state and local government and non-profit organizations.  Please click on the link for more details and the scholarship application form.


Registration options:

Online Registration is the easiest and fastest option.  For your convenience, you can also register by calling Patricia Walsh at 603-862-5203.

Location:  The Women's Leadership Development Program is held in the state-of-the-art Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics located in the center of the University of New Hampshire campus in Durham.  The classroom is equipped with executive level technology to create a positive learning environment.

Address:  10 Garrison Avenue, Durham, NH 03824

Questions?  Call Patricia Walsh at 603-862-5203 or email exec.ed@unh.edu.


The program fee does not include accommodations.  UNH has preferred vendor preferential pricing with the Holiday Inn Express in Durham and the Sheraton Harborside in Portsmouth.

University purchase/refund policy:  University of New Hampshire will grant a full refund for cancelations received at least 30 days before the program start date.  A 75% refund will be given for those cancelations made prior to five days of the program start date. No refund will be granted for those cancelations received after that time.  For more details, visit refund/transfer policy page.

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Learning Experience

Women's Leadership Development Program

Learning Experience

The program engages participants through the use of 360-degree assessment, feedback, peer coaching, case study, discussion and deep introspection.

Ample opportunity will be allowed for structured and unstructured networking with other participants and instructors.  These networks extend well beyond the end of the program.woman's study group


Cost, Dates, and Registration

Sample program schedule:

A sample schedule for the one-day Women's Leadership Development Program follows.  Please note this schedule is subject to change and a more detailed itinerary will be presented to enrolled participants.


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Who Attends?

Who should attend?

The UNH Women’s Leadership Development Program is designed for women with 5-10 years of progressive management experience who are at pivotal moments in their careers. Organizations would leverage this program as a way to invest in the development of their high potential women leaders.

A reasonably extensive business and functional skill set in the participant is assumed; therefore this program is intended to explore leadership broadly and deeply.

This program will be most beneficial for you if you are:

A business unit or a functional leader in a large company
An executive or officer in a small to mid-sized company
A business owner or entrepreneur
An executive director in nonprofit sector
A department heads or an official from public sector

Past participants include: Associate Professor, Attorney, Consultant, Controller, Dean, Deputy Director, Engineer, Executive Director, Financial Analyst, Manager, Superintendent, Vice President, and many others. 

You can expect to be in the company of other, high-achieving women leaders who face similar challenges and opportunities. Peer coaching, collaboration, and the establishment of lasting networks are essential elements of the learning experience.


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Program Instructors

Women's Leadership Development Program faculty

Vanessa Druskat, Ph.D. is the faculty Director for the Women's Leadership Development Program and Associate Professor of Organizational Behavior at the University of New Hampshire's business school. She is also a sought after speaker and consultant in the areas of work team effectiveness and emotional intelligence. Dr. Druskat has conducted numerous leadership and team development seminars and workshops domestically and internationally for organizations ranging from Fortune 100 companies to public schools.

Carole Barnett, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor of Management at Paul College. She teaches, conducts research, and consults in the areas of organizational leadership and learning, change and transformation, design and development, and culture. She has worked with senior executives and managers to develop their organizational capability for transformative leadership and change. Dr. Barnett teaches undergraduate, graduate and executive-level students and has received numerous awards for teaching excellence.




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Contact Us

email:  exec.ed@unh.edu

phone:  603-862-5203



"The daylong seminar was a terrific time investment and was “do-able”. Great energy and knowledge from the instructors and a course I would recommend to others."

Maria Emanuel
UNH Innovation


"I really wish I had participated in this class 20+ years ago.  I think it should be part of each graduate program in my field – nursing."

Karen Lord
New England Organ Bank


"The take-aways from this extensive day are numerous: new skills, new thinking, and new relationships. I hope that there is a Level II to this soon."

Jacqueline E. Guillette, Superintendent
SAU #75 – Grantham School District & Capstone Consulting, LLC


"...a great day of learning, reflecting and sharing."

Suzanne Iverson 
Community Partners


"Having access to expert faculty, leadership coaches, authors, and peer professionals from banking and manufacturing to nonprofits and marketing was invaluable. We soaked up every opportunity to think deeply about leadership concepts and how those concepts manifest themselves in our professional lives. I would describe the experience as a total immersion ‘think tank’ atmosphere.  The bonus:  We stay accountable to ourselves and to one another through group and individual coaching sessions and professional networks that will propel us even further in our careers."

Tracy Manforte Sweet ’92
Director of Communications
Phillips Academy, Andover


"If you are in a position to invest in your professional future, then I would highly recommend the UNH Women’s Leadership Development Program. Take that next step in your career with the assurance of knowing the materials, case studies, and group exercises provided during this program will be superbly relevant and interesting. The instructors carefully created a supportive and dynamic learning experience. I'm applying the feedback and knowledge I gained every day in my work environment and so will you.”

Susan Anne Terzakis
Terzakis & Associates, LLC


"In my 20+ years of organizational development work, I have not once conducted a comprehensive self assessment of my performance." 
2015 Participant


The ability to slow down and self-analyze has been incredibly impactful - particularly in such a supportive and safe environment.
2015 Participant



For Authentic Leadership Journey Lines with Carole Barnett, Ph.D.

"More emotional than expected, perhaps because we so rarely take the time to reflect on our journey.  Powerful!" 

"A very interesting exercise, and a wonderful opportunity to put value and credence to life experiences that we may take for granted without contemplating their influence. "

"I was skeptical of the usefulness/applicability of this topic before Carole taught it. Now I know how fundamental having an articulated purpose is to my success as a leader."

"For me this was a good exercise and very timely. It brings a different perspective to how we are today as leaders."

"This was the scariest part for me. I will connect with Carole so that I can get more out of this approach."

"Will bring this to my group."

"Carole was real and approachable in her delivery. She helped me realize that my journey and my purpose is actually much different than I ever realized."

"It was a great way to delve into my past to figure out why I am who I am and who I would like to become.  It set the stage for the beginning of my journey."


For Vanessa Druskat, Ph.D. Emotional Intelligence and 360-degree evaluation:

"One of the most valuable/applicable items I learned from this program was my 360 and developing goals and an accountability plan."

"Valuable beyond belief and expectation."

"Very valuable to send us on our way with documented goals and action plans."

"WOW. I am more self-aware than ever. It helped to have Vanessa share her struggles - I felt more free to admit mine with emotional self-control!!"

"The 360 was scary. I admit that I worry way too much about what others think. I learned some things that were positive about myself."


Months later...

I put together a career plan that has me staying technical for another five to eight years, then transitioning into project/operations management. The plant leadership liked the plan, and have agreed to pay for a graduate degree program at Duke  - a Masters of Engineering Management. It's a distance program so I'll still be around. Thanks again for organizing programs like WLDP. It was a confidence booster and I learned a lot about myself and career management. 

Emily Monroe
Sturm, Ruger and Co.


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Contact: Erika Mantz
UNH Media Relations
(603) 862-1567; erika.mantz@unh.edu


December 2014


UNH Offers One-Day Women’s Leadership Development Program May 20


DURHAM, N.H. – Women leaders faced with important career decisions can gain valuable skills to take their careers to the next level at the University of New Hampshire’s Women’s Leadership Development Program (WLDP) May 20, 2015. The program is hosted by the Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics’ Executive Development Programs.


This one-day, twelve-hour, intensive, executive growth experience focuses on the critical capacities of women leaders who are at pivotal stages in their careers.


The program is designed for women with significant professional experience who seek to advance or transform their roles within their senior leadership circles. The program helps women leaders to achieve the following objectives:


Clarify and strategically focus your unique leadership identity and purpose
Gain understanding of your current ability to demonstrate critical leadership capabilities (including emotional intelligence competencies) through a self-and 360- degree assessment
Build self-awareness of your leadership strengths and opportunities to create your personal development plans
Increase your knowledge and insight about current challenges and advantages for women leaders
Create meaningful, life-long professional contacts with WLDP participants and instructors


The Women’s Leadership Development Program is designed and led by two of UNH’s most accomplished women faculty members.


Carole Barnett, associate professor of management at Paul College, conducts an intensive session on “Authentic Leadership Development.” This WLDP segment guides participants through a process that quickly builds their leadership insights and corresponding abilities. Each activity helps the participant to identify her unique leadership purpose. She guides participants through a series of provocative exercises and applications that are designed to explore and refine their authentic leadership identities, capabilities, and potentials.


Barnett bases her “Authentic Leadership Development” session on research in Bill George’s books as well as her own studies of leaders at Ford Motor Company, General Motors, Navistar International Corporation, GE Lighting, GE Capital, GE Medical Systems, GE Plastics, ValuJet Airlines, Polaris Industries, and BAE Systems. George, renowned former CEO and board chair of Medtronics (1991-2002) and currently professor of management practice at Harvard Business School wrote in his book, True North: Discover Your Authentic Leadership, that “Without a sense of purpose as a leader, you’re at the mercy of your ego and narcissistic vulnerabilities.”


Vanessa Druskat is associate professor of organizational behavior and management at Paul College. As a key component of the WLDP, Druskat oversees each participant’s 360-degree evaluation, which is focused on emotional intelligence (EI) and completed by each participant as part of her pre-work assignment. The EI survey solicits feedback about the leadership competencies of WLDP participants – feedback from bosses, peers, colleagues, and others close to their work.


Setting the stage for review of participants’ 360 surveys, Druskat conducts a session on “Emotional Intelligence.” Leaders with well-developed emotional intelligence demonstrate the ability to monitor their own and others’ emotions and to use that information to productively guide everyone’s actions and decisions.


Like other UNH Executive Development Programs, the Women’s Leadership Development Program coursework incorporates lecture, group discussion, readings, case study, personal assessments, and reflection.


Program Information:


The cost is $950 per person; 10 percent discount for UNH alumni. Fee includes pre-work and program materials; meals during the program (breakfast, lunch, reception, and dinner plus morning and afternoon breaks); and 1.0 Continuing Education Units (CEUs).  Registration and more information can be found at ExecEd.UNH.edu.


The Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics offers a full complement of high-quality programs in business, economics, accounting, finance, information systems management, entrepreneurship, marketing, and hospitality management at UNH.  Programs are offered at the undergraduate, graduate, and executive development levels. The college is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) the premier accrediting agency for business schools worldwide. For more information, visit PaulCollege.UNH.edu.


The University of New Hampshire, founded in 1866, is a world-class public research university with the feel of a New England liberal arts college.  A land, sea and space-grant university, UNH is the state’s flagship public institution, enrolling 12,565 undergraduate and 2,196 graduate students at the Durham campus.



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