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Power Compressed


Leadership Development for Women - Annual 

Join a group of high potential women for a year-long course focused on empowering you through actionable education. From sessions with real-life examples shared by regional thought leaders to active-learning based small group sessions, you will graduate from this program with the skills and tools to take your leadership to the next level.

Program Focus

  • Building Your Leadership Path: Establish a clear view of your strengths and opportunities with assessments and coaching to support your development plan

  • Strategic Thinking and Setting the Vision: Develop strategic perspective and the ability to envision and implement competitive advantage

  • Negotiating for Resources and Results: Hone your skills and learn how to gain commitment and collaborate with your key stakeholders

  • Leading Teams: Learn how to lead, mentor, and manage your human capital resources to their highest potential

  • Leadership and Executive Presence: Understand different leadership styles and create your own unique leadership brand

  • Influence and Political Savvy: Identify a toolkit of influencing skills; leverage those most effective for you and your own organization

  • Decision Making and Risk Taking: Learn how to assess and balance risk and reward and employ the critical components of solid decision-making skills

  • Creativity and Innovation: Lean in to create an environment where novel thinking is encouraged and applied to business solutions

  • Leveraging Your Network: Identify the activities that build useful networks rich in social capital and business advantage

  • Values-Driven Leadership: Challenge, clarify, and embed your values in your leadership strategies. Integrate your learning into an ongoing plan for your leadership growth and development

Program Focus Areas:


  • 85% increased their confidence and success levels;

  • 35% measurably improved the effectiveness of their teams;

  • 64% took on new responsibilities in their roles;

  • 25% directly improved the bottom line;

  • 15% formally took on a new role; and

  • 100% built a sustainable professional and personal network.



Apply by September 15th each year. The Annual Program is offered yearly to achieve sustainable development and to accommodate your busy schedule. Each session meets from 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., starting in Oct.



Denise Compressed

Denise Mills

Founder & Chief Mindset Officer

The LeaderFuel Center

Robin Sterneck

Founder, Coach & Consultant

Highland Birch Group


Denise is a Leadership Development Consultant and has been working with Executive Leadership teams for more than 25 years. As Chief Mindset Officer for her firm, LeaderFuel, she is adept at challenging perspectives, identifying beliefs, and exposing blind spots that limit effectiveness in business. Denise brings expertise and insights to the Emerging Leaders program on topics such as developing dynamic teams, creating a constructive organizational culture, strategic planning and employee engagement. In addition to being an Executive coach and master networker, Denise facilitates Executive Women Round Tables, Lean In Circles, and national consults to the members of C200, the most prestigious women’s business organization in the U.S.

Robin brings 30 years of business and leadership to our Emerging Leaders Program curriculum and conversations. Her corporate work as an investment banker, large P&L Leader, Marketing Director and Head of Talent Development bring a broad breadth of first-hand experience and strategies to the table as our participants define and refine their own leadership styles. Robin’s ongoing work with more than 50 companies and not-for-profit organizations enable her to bring both a time-tested and fresh perspective to developing seasoned leaders in high performance cultures. As a co-founder of two major international women’s networks, and a mentor to scores of professionals, she brings both a macro and micro approach to advancing tomorrow’s leaders.

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