About the Half The Sky Leadership Institute

According to a visionary Chinese proverb, “Women hold up half the sky.”

The Half The Sky leadership program is geared for women in leadership roles as professional individual contributors or middle managers who want to strengthen their leadership skills, business acumen and executive presence. The program consists of six in-classroom sessions, interim connections and ongoing leadership development through alumnae forums. The program focuses on topics that build competencies on results, relationships, reputation and resilience.

Half The Sky participants learn essential competencies to significantly enhance how they function and grow as leaders, and they emerge with strategies and confidence to immediately impact the organizations for which they work in their current roles. We will focus on delivering the following outcomes:

  • Networking
  • Delegation Skills
  • Presenting & Influencing
  • Coaching
  • Authenticity
  • Courageous Leadership
  • Leveraging Personal Skills
  • Executive Presence
  • Personal Branding
  • Critical Thinking & Problem Solving
  • From Tactical to Strategy
  • Using Data in Decision Making & Influence
  • Accountability & Execution
  • Becoming A Change Agent
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Leadership Stamina
  • Navigating Your Career

Topics covered in the Half The Sky program include:

  • Delegation and Feedback
  • Influence and Building Relationships
  • Executive Presence & Visibility
  • Accountability for Results
  • Authentic Leadership
  • Change Management
  • Business & Financial Acumen
  • Corporate Stamina (Athlete)

Learning Objectives:

  • To learn the difference between being tactical through execution and having a broader knowledge and perspective of the company’s vision by being strategic
  • To build the foundation of delegation, influence and problem solving skills that are critical for career advancement
  • To identify personal strengths and learn how to leverage them in your organization.
  • To create awareness and understanding of executive presence through command skills, connections, work experience and personal storytelling
  • To learn strategies for networking and using your power and influence more effectively within your organization
  • To understand the skills of proactive execution, understanding not simply how to adopt new ideas, but also how to mobilize people around ideas and create strong and active collaboration
  • To develop effective give-and-take relationships with others, understand the agendas and perspectives of business partners and recognize and balance the interests and needs of one’s own group with those of the broader organization
  • To explore ways to handle day-to-day work challenges confidently and adjust to multiple priorities and rapid change
  • To learn ways to build resilience and coping strategies in the face of constraints, ambiguity, frustrations and adversity