Women's Leadership Institute

As part of our Leadership Initiative and under the guidance of our Economic Leadership Council (ELC), Dallas Women’s Foundation has adopted an aggressive Leadership Initiative to advance and increase the number of women in leadership positions at all levels of society - presenting leadership forums; featuring and publishing the voices of women leaders, particularly those in particularly those in traditionally male-dominated forums; featuring and publishing the voices of women leaders, particularly those in traditionally male-dominated sectors or roles; engaging in advocacy around women's leadership; and creating and funding new opportunities for women and girls to learn to lead. We aim to provide leadership and training opportunities to 60,000 women and girls by 2021, and to raise awareness about the economic and social benefits of women leaders in North Texas and the community. 

The Purpose

The purpose of the Women's Leadership Institute is to strengthen and accelerate the pipeline of women in executive leadership, advance gender parity in the workplace, and achieve better business outcomes for your organization and the economy. It is a year-long customized leadership development program for senior-level women in corporations and business and professional services firms. During quarterly, intensive three-day workshops, participants will have a safe and confidential space to engage with top female leaders from diverse industries and apply learnings to real-life situations. Within each quarterly session, ELC members will be intentionally integrated into conversations, dinners and receptions. 

The New Approach

The current market is indeed saturated with leadership development programming, yet women are still underrepresented in executive roles. Dallas Women's  Foundation's Leadership Institute offers an innovative strategy to develop and retain high potential, senior-level women in the workforce, while empowering these women to increase their value through access to powerful corporate leaders, simulations and content that utilizes the corporate and human capital of the executive women in the ELC.

The 2018 inaugural class includes women from the following companies:

American Airlines
Beck Group
Boeing Global Services
Children's Health
Ernst & Young
FC Dallas
Frito Lay North America
Haynes and Boone, LLP
Hunt Consolidated
Jackson Walker, LLP
Jones Day
Mercedes-Benz Financial Services

Southwest Airlines
Texas Instruments

For more information on how your company can be involved in the Women's Leadership Institute, contact Ashley Lindsay at alindsay@dallaswomensfdn.org or 214-525-5311.

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