Yale ICON Women’s Leadership Program

Yale ICON Women in Leadership Program

Your Leap Into Future Leadership


Women in Leadership Program Live Online delivers powerful, insightful content in a format that’s accessible so women can easily engage and authentically connect with like-minded, passionate professionals.

World-class faculty challenge participants with material to stretch them beyond their preconceived limits and strengthen them in both their professional and personal lives.

Yale faculty will lead a wide range of interactive and experiential learning sessions proven to enhance women’s leadership behaviors. Participants build awareness of decision-making biases, negotiate win-win outcomes, manage crises, drive innovation, and create an authentic leadership style.

Participants finish the program empowered with new ideas, skills, confidence, and fresh perspectives to add more value to their company and cascade the benefits of improved diversity across their organizations.




Your personal development plan for leadership


Tools, frameworks, and practices to help you navigate workplace challenges


Stronger ability to lead, negotiate and influence with impact


New ideas, skills, and confidence


Fresh perspectives to add more value


An understanding of your unique leadership style and strengths


The opportunity to join a global network of like-minded professionals

This program is for you if

You’re preparing to move into a senior management or C-suite role, and want to break through the glass ceiling.

You want to gain confidence in your unique abilities as a leader.

You want to develop your leadership skills, to navigate the challenges women face at different stages of their career.


September 12 – 22 , 2022


Day 1 |

Program Kick off (30 minutes)
Reflected Best Self |
Emma Seppala
1 session

Day 2 |

Emotional Intelligence: Leading from Within & Emotional Intelligence: Connecting to Thrive |
Emma Seppala
2 sessions

Day 3 |

Making Real Change in Your Organization |
Heidi Brooks
Emma Seppala
2.5 sessions

Day 4 |

Giving and Receiving Feedback |
David Tate
1 session

Knowing Your Voice |
Grace Zandarski
1 session

Day 5 |

Innovation: The Case of el Bulli |
Rodrigo Canales
1 session

Experimentation: Fail Early and Often |
Rodrigo Canales
1 session

Day 6 |

Influence and Persuasion |
Zoe Chance
1 session

The Real Art of the Deal |
Zoe Chance
1 session

Day 7 |

Decision Making for Leaders |
Emma Seppala
2.5 sessions


This Yale School of Management Executive Education online program is delivered in collaboration with ICON. Join a growing community of global professionals who have already benefited from the opportunity to:

Gain verifiable and relevant competencies and earn invaluable recognition from an an Ivy League University, entirely online but live where you can ask questions.


Get recognized for your knowledge when you earn an official certificate of participation from the Yale School of Management Executive Education — and use it to set yourself apart as an effective manager in your field.

Your certificate will be issued in your legal name and sent to you upon successful completion of the program, as per the stipulated requirements.


The opportunity to interact with like-minded women from diverse backgrounds seeking to add value to their organizations.

Join the network of extra ordinary individual from across the MENA region and an exclusive Alumni club:
The MENA ICON-Yale Alumni.



Position: Science Director of Stanford University’s

EMMA SEPPÄLÄ, Ph.D, is Science Director of Stanford University’s Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education and author of The Happiness Track (HarperOne, 2016). She is Co-Director of the Yale College Emotional Intelligence Project at the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence, and Faculty Director of the Yale School of Management’s Women’s Leadership Program. She regularly consults with and speaks at companies around the world on positive organizations, happiness at work and social connection. She has addressed companies like Google, Apple, Facebook, Bain & Co, and Ernst & Young. She was an invited speaker at a United States Congressional Hearing and has also spoken at TedX Sacramento and TEDx Hayward. She writes for Harvard Business Review, The Washington Post, TIME, QUARTZ, Business Insider, Stanford Medicine, Psychology Today, Fast Company, Forbes, Huffington Post, MindBodyGreen, Greater Good Science Center, Scientific American Mind and Spirituality & Health. Her work and research have been featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune, The Boston Globe, The Atlantic, VOGUE, ELLE, CBSNews, Oprah Magazine, Fast Company, U.S. World and News Report, Forbes, Cosmopolitan, Inc, Huffington Post, ABC News, Business Insider, SELF, GLAMOUR, and the World Economic Forum. She is a repeat guest on Good Morning America and has also been featured in ABC News, Fox News, Huffington Post Live and TIME/MONEY and is featured in the documentary film The Altruism Revolution and What You Do Matters. Her research focuses on well-being, compassion, social connection, complementary and alternative practices, and trauma resilience. Her research on yoga-based breathing for military veterans returning from war in Iraq and Afghanistan was highlighted in the documentary Free the Mind. She is the recipient of a number of research grants and service awards including the James W. Lyons Award from Stanford University for founding Stanford’s first academic class on the psychology of happiness and teaching well-being programs for Stanford students. She graduated from Yale (BA), Columbia (MA), and Stanford (PhD). Originally from Paris, France, she is a native speaker of French, English, and German and conversant in Spanish and Mandarin Chinese.


Science Director of Stanford University’s

EMMA SEPPÄLÄ, Ph.D, is Science Director of Stanford University’s Center...

Heidi Brooks

Position: Senior Lecturer in Organizational Behavior

Heidi Brooks, Senior Lecturer in Organizational Behavior, teaches and advises on the subject of everyday leadership: the everyday micro-moments of impact that shape our lived experiences. Creating more courageous communities—especially within organizations—is a particular passion of hers. Dr. Brooks specializes in large-scale culture change projects focused on individual and collective leadership effectiveness in organizations. Interpersonal Dynamics, the MBA elective she has taught for 15 years, is one of the courses most in demand at Yale School of Management. Recently, Dr. Brooks pioneered the Everyday Leadership course at SOM, where she first taught the Principles of Everyday Leadership. She has also taught Emotional Intelligence, Power & Politics, Managing Teams and Groups, and Coaching Skills for Managers. Dr. Brooks received her doctorate in psychology from the University of California at Berkeley and a bachelor’s degree from Brown University. A life-long experiential learner, you can find her as a student in classrooms as far-ranging as improvisational theater and immersion language lessons.

Heidi Brooks

Senior Lecturer in Organizational Behavior

Heidi Brooks, Senior Lecturer in Organizational Behavior, teaches and advises...

Zoë Chance

Position: Senior Lecturer in Marketing

Zoë Chance helps smart people become more influential. At Yale School of Management, she teaches a popular elective called Mastering Influence and Persuasion, aka “Doing Uncomfortable Things That Make You a Better Person.” Her research has been published in top academic journals like Proceedings of the National Academy of Science and Psychological Science, and covered in media outlets like The New York Times and the BBC. She has appeared on CNN and written for Harvard Business Review. Google uses her behavioral economics framework as the basis for their global food policy. Zoe speaks internationally for Fortune 500 firms and leading NGOs, and her TEDx talk, How to Make a Behavior Addictive, has over half a million views. Prior to Yale, Zoe managed a $200 million segment of the Barbie brand at Mattel, acted on stage and film, and earned her bachelor’s from Haverford College, MBA from USC, and doctorate from Harvard Business School. Her first book will be published by Random House on February 1, 2022. It’s called “Influence for Nice People: The Revolutionary Science of Becoming Someone People Want to Say Yes to.”

Zoë Chance

Senior Lecturer in Marketing

Zoë Chance helps smart people become more influential. At Yale...

Rodrigo Canales

Position: Associate Professor of Organizational Behavior

Rodrigo Canales does research at the intersection of organizational theory and institutional theory, with a special interest in the role of institutions for economic development. Specifically, Rodrigo studies how individuals are affected by and in turn purposefully change complex organizations or systems.  Rodrigo’s work explores how individuals’ backgrounds, professional identities, and organizational positions affect how they relate to existing structures and the strategies they pursue to change them. His work contributes to a deeper understanding of the mechanisms that allow institutions to operate and change. Rodrigo has done work in entrepreneurial finance and microfinance, as well as in the institutional implications of the Mexican war on drugs. His current research is divided in three streams. The first focuses on the structural determinants of the quality of startup employment. The second, in partnership with the Hewlett Foundation, explores the conditions under which development policies and practices are built upon and incorporate existing, rigorous evidence. The third, with generous support from the Merida Initiative, explores how to build effective, resilient, and trusted police organizations in Mexico.

Rodrigo teaches the Innovator Perspective at Yale SOM; he sits in the advisory board of the Dalai Lama Center for Ethics and Transformative Values at MIT; he spent the 2014-2015 academic year advising the Mexican government on the US-Mexico bilateral relationship; and sits in the Board of Trustees of the Nature Conservancy.

Rodrigo Canales

Associate Professor of Organizational Behavior

Rodrigo Canales does research at the intersection of organizational theory...

David C. Tate

Position: Assistant Clinical Professor in Psychiatry at Yale University

David C. Tate is a licensed clinical psychologist and an Assistant Clinical Professor in Psychiatry at Yale University. His areas of practice in organizational consulting include coaching and leadership development, conflict resolution, team-building, succession planning and promoting healthy organizational development. In his clinical practice, he sees individuals, families and groups around issues concerning health, relationships, and dealing effectively with life transitions. Dr. Tate is a co-author of Sink or Swim: How Lessons from the Titanic Can Save Your Family Business. He earned a certificate in family business advising from the Family Firm Institute, and serves as the facilitator for the National Association of Corporate Directors Connecticut Chapter’s Family Business Roundtable. He also is the co-founder of the Connecticut Consulting Psychology Group. Dr. Tate received his B.S. at Cornell University and his Ph.D. in clinical psychology at the University of Virginia. He completed pre- and post-doctoral fellowships at Yale University before joining the faculty.

David C. Tate

Assistant Clinical Professor in Psychiatry at Yale University

David C. Tate is a licensed clinical psychologist and an...


September 12 – 22 , 2022

There is no better way to empower women than to abundantly prepare them for their journey to senior leadership.


Location: Live Online

Program Fee: $10,500

Now: $ 9,900



“Any expectation you have for this program will be exponentially exceeded. From the content, to the people, both in staff and participants alike, the knowledge and connections you gain will make a huge impact. I left the program feeling inspired, grateful, and ready to make a change!”

– Stephanie C., WLP Live Online, February ‘21


“This is an excellent opportunity to gain knowledge and tools on positive leadership, of self and others. It provides a safe place for women leaders to share experiences and learn/grow together while building personal networks for the future.”

– WLP Live Online, February ‘21

“This program was empowering, intellectually challenging, and immensely rewarding in terms of the expertise of the professors, content, and lasting bonds formed among the cohort. The entire experience was one I’ll reflect on for years to come and will enhance my already advanced leadership capabilities. Even though the program had to shift to online due to the global pandemic, every consideration was made to ensure the experience was as collaborative, challenging, and rewarding as the on-campus program. Every aspect of the program exceeded my expectations.”

– WLP Live Online, September ‘20

“I will recommend Yale’s Women’s Leadership Program to all women who are in management positions, who want to mark their space in an organization and who wish to acquire the necessary skill set to become inspirational leaders.”

– Patriza M. WLP Live Online, September ‘20

“Yale’s Women’s Leadership Program helped me hone my leadership skills. The content was tailored for women leaders and sessions were highly engaging. I was awed by the faculty expertise and quality of instruction. I highly recommend this to all emerging women leaders.”

– WLP Live Online, September ‘20

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