Mendoza College of Business launches online Women in Leadership course


In January, Pope Francis appointed the first woman to a managerial position in the Vatican’s Secretariat of State. So, too, are women rising in the ranks in the Church, in business, and in government.

For those women who want to hone their skills in management, decision making, and communication, in September, Notre Dame’s Stayer Center for Executive Education launched an online course, Women in Leadership, through the Mendoza College of Business. The course aimed to teach participants strategic leadership skills, conflict resolution, and ethical decision making, and to offer opportunities for networking and mentorship.

The four-week course was offered online to accommodate working professionals at all stages of their careers—ranging from those re-entering the workforce to those in senior leadership.

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“Women in Leadership was designed with a specific focus on topics related to gender diversity and inclusivity that are critical to an organization’s success,” said Robin Kistler, the director of non-degree programs at the Stayer Center for Executive Education. “It is important for Notre Dame to offer educational opportunities that inspire women to engage in purposeful career development and provide transformational leadership that benefits their organizations and communities.”

Kistler added that the program helps women develop the skills and confidence to rise in male-dominated workplaces.

Taught by impressive Mendoza faculty, the program is available 24/7 from computers or mobile devices. The program began its second run in March.