Rutgers Certificate Program Hones Leadership Skills of Women Leaders

Rutgers School of Management and Labor Relations’ Center for Women
and Work aims to help more women advance to management positions within
their firms


PISCATAWAY, N.J.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The Rutgers School of Management and Labor Relations’ Center for Women
and Work today announced the launch of Leadership
Development for Early Career Women
, an Executive and Professional
Education certificate program that is designed to help young women
leaders hone their leadership skills so they advance to management
positions within their firms. The announcement follows a recent Catalyst
report, which revealed that women hold only 19.9 percent of board seats
and 26.9 percent of directorships at S&P 500 companies.

“The lack of women on corporate boards and in the C-suite reflects
systemic issues that must be addressed at every rung of the ladder if we
want women to have equal representation in our leadership,” said
Assistant Research Professor Terri Boyer, Executive Director of the
Center for Women and Work. “Issues such as work-life balance, pay gaps,
and corporate culture all have weight in the leadership equation, and we
need to empower women and their workplaces with the knowledge and skills
to address them.”

Leadership
Development for Early Career Women
is specially designed for women
who are three to five years into their career. Research shows this is
the stage at which many women veer off a leadership track due to
work-life concerns, perceived lack of fit, feelings of inadequacy, or
other factors. To overcome these challenges and reach their full
potential, participants will create a Personalized Leadership
Development Plan that encompasses personal branding, awareness of
workplace culture, work-life integration, and networking.

“Working women are every bit as capable as men to achieve leadership
positions at work and in their communities,” said Karen White, Director
of the Working Families Program at the Center for Women and Work. “This
leadership program will not only provide women with the skills and
resources to be a leader, but the motivation and self-awareness
necessary to advance into leadership roles.”

White recently attended the United State of Women Summit at the White
House, where more than 5,000 people convened to celebrate women’s
progress in achieving equality and to identify the next steps in closing
the gap. Women’s advancement to leadership roles in academia, business,
media, and the public sector was identified as one of the six areas of
focus. The new program, which has been in development for more than a
year, aligns with that goal.

Rutgers School of Management and Labor Relations’ Executive and
Professional Education, experts in the development and delivery of
innovative corporate training solutions, teamed up with the Center for
Women and Work to craft this highly-specialized program. Peer coaching
groups will supplement four on-campus sessions, which are scheduled for
September 21, October 19, November 16, and December 7.

“Helping organizations develop early career women for future leadership
positions is a strategic and moral imperative for succeeding in our
increasingly competitive and diverse 21st century workplace,” said Bill
Castellano, Associate Dean of Executive and Professional Education.
“This program is designed to help young women overcome many of the
challenges they face ‘climbing the corporate ladder,’ and develop the
needed competencies to advance into future leadership positions.”

For more information about Leadership
Development for Early Career Women
, please contact Rutgers
Executive and Professional Education at info@epe.rutgers.edu
or 848-445-5526.

About Rutgers School of Management and Labor Relations

Rutgers
School of Management and Labor Relations
is home to leading
information, research, and training on all aspects of strategic human
resource management and the social science specialties related to labor
studies and employment relations. In addition, we impact several areas
within the world of work, including shared capitalism, worker
organization, gender and diversity, strategic human resource management,
workforce development, global work, healthcare, and education.

About the Center for Women and Work

As part of its multi-faceted research and policy work, the School of
Management and Labor Relations’ Center
for Women and Work
addresses women’s advancement in the workplace;
conducts cutting-edge research on successful public and workplace
policies; provides technical assistance and programs to educators,
industry, and governments; and engages issues that directly affect the
living standards of New Jersey’s and the nation’s working families. In
partnership with the Institute for Women’s Leadership, the Center for
Women and Work empowers women at all phases of their career. The Women
Investing in and Guiding Students (WINGS) mentoring program prepares
college women for their first job interview, while the Executive
Leadership Program helps women in management-level positions break the
glass ceiling and enter their company’s corporate suite.

About Executive and Professional Education

Executive
and Professional Education
, which resides in Rutgers’ School of
Management and Labor Relations, develops and delivers innovative
training and development solutions that strengthen and advance the
individual, workforce, and organization as a whole. EPE provides a rich
learning environment through a powerful combination of expert class
instruction and peer interaction, led by distinguished Rutgers
University faculty, thought leaders, and industry experts.

Contacts

Rutgers School of Management and Labor Relations
Steve Flamisch,
848-252-9011
steve.flamisch@smlr.rutgers.edu