To help women thrive in positions of authority, Butler Corporate and Executive Education will offer a workshop called Advancing Women in Leadership (AWL) one day a month from March through September.

The program will take place over six days—from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. March 14, April 18, May 16, June 13, Aug. 15 and Sept. 12 on the Butler campus.

Cost is $3,600 per participant, which includes tuition, learning materials, meals, and refreshments. Companies that wish to send more than one person receive a 10 percent tuition discount on each enrollment—up to six from a single organization.

For more information, contact Ron Thomas, executive director of Butler’s Executive Education program, at (317) 940-8651,, or visit

There are no prerequisites to enroll. The ideal candidate for this program is currently a middle level high potential manager with five to 10 years of progressive management experience who manages people, money and/or resources, desires to move up in the organization, has a strong performance record, has been identified as having high potential, and brings a rich perspective and set of diverse management experiences to draw upon and share.

“Women continue to blaze the trail to advance to the top of organizations, currently holding about half of the country’s managerial and professional jobs,” said Anne Thompson, faculty program manager for AWL. “While this is a dramatic increase from 20 years ago, women are still vastly underrepresented in the senior executive ranks. Advancing Women in Leadership will help current and future female executives uncover and integrate their unique strengths and qualities that will help them thrive and succeed.”

Recognizing that no impactful learning happens in short periods or alone, the AWL program is built on the compelling learning advantages of a cohort, and requires that participants actually practice and demonstrate acquired competence – not just show up and sign-in.

Advancing Women in Leadership will be based in part on the Emotional Intelligence leadership methodology. To enhance real life learning, participants will participate in a variety of learning methodologies, including self-assessments, lecture, case study discussion, reflection, experiential and action-based role playing and peer coaching. Topics in this program include:

Self-Awareness and Leadership: Examine the results of Emotional and Social Competence Inventory to understand your leadership strengths and opportunities for growth.

-Aligning Our Values and Behaviors: Use a values discovery process to examine priorities, current choices and behaviors and identify actions for increased alignment.

-Adapting and Thriving in New Situations:  Explore competencies of adaptability, self-control and positive outlook to effectively manage ourselves during rapid change.

-Influencing for Positive Impact: Learn the tools to understand implicit norms, relationships and apply strategies to spark interest, build consensus and align action.

-Catalysts for Change: Apply frameworks and tools to effectively manage diverse perspectives and to inspire, energize and engage others to bring about change.

-Helping Others Find Their Way to Excellence: Apply coaching, mentoring and feedback skills to help others develop to their full potential.

-Cultivating Our Personal Board of Directors: Apply a framework to identify and enroll sponsors, mentors and networks to support our leadership development process.

-Leveraging a Balanced Style of Leadership: Apply a broad range of leadership styles to motivate people and drive performance.

Faculty for Advancing Women in Leadership includes two Butler corporate & executive education faculty partners: Thompson, who specializes in leadership and team development, organizational diagnosis and analysis and executive coaching, and Sheri Fella, who has worked in organizational development, human resources and other areas for more than 15 years.


Media contact:
Marc Allan
(317) 940-9822