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Leadership Development

Women in Leadership Cornell Certificate Program


2 months


4-6 hours/week


100% online


self-paced + live


Get inspired and gain confidence while perfecting strategies for handling the issues you and other women in leadership positions face. 

We’ll discuss keys to outmaneuvering the “double bind” dilemma and showing strong leadership qualities without being penalized for it, under the guidance of Deborah Streeter, Professor Emeritus, SC Johnson College of Business, Cornell University.

Over the course of 2 months4 self-paced courses, and 2 live-taught sessions, we’ll balance academic research regarding social norms and expectations with practical strategies for operating effectively within the workplace. 

Women in leadership will learn to recognize when there is a gender dimension at work and how they can out-strategize gender bias—and their own habits—to achieve better results. We’ll also explore:

  • How women can best negotiate in the workplace
  • Ways to effectively provide both positive and negative feedback
  • Strengthening your emotional intelligence to stand out as a leader among both men and women 

Why Attend?

  • This program was developed specifically for the nonprofit industry in partnership with Cornell University, and is only available through TalentED
  • This is a unique opportunity for professionals to access exceptional executive education from Cornell University, without travel. 
  • Learn directly from Cornell faculty member Deborah Streeter as she teaches the live, online sessions designed to supplement and connect all the courses in this series—highlighting the applications to the nonprofit industry and your role.
  • You’ll find all content and activities are customized specifically for the unique challenges and opportunities of nonprofits. 
  • Activities, discussion boards, and live-taught online sessions are designed to make you an active participant in the learning process, allowing you to become a stronger leader at your own pace.
  • You’ll earn 3.2 CEUs upon completion of the program. 
  • Expand your network of like-minded professionals as you connect and share your own experiences. 
  • Students who complete all coursework will earn an executive certificate from TalentED and Cornell University, demonstrating their knowledge and ability to apply what they’ve learned to their careers and organization. 


This program consists of four, two-week eCornell courses, plus two live-taught 90-minute facilitated sessions with esteemed Cornell faculty.

Course 1: Navigating the Double Bind

Date TBD

Most women in a leadership role face a very common dilemma: If she’s a strong, assertive leader, she’s viewed as domineering and abrasive, encountering resistance as a result. If she isn’t assertive enough, she’s viewed as weak and a pushover, making it hard to get support within the organization.

In this course, you will examine that very common double standard and identify strategies to deal with it. All leaders, regardless of gender, face conflict and resistance and have to work with people who think, act, and communicate differently from themselves. We'll also show you how to recognize when there’s gender bias at play and when there isn’t, and how to address any issues that arise.

Course 2: Using Emotional Intelligence to Drive Results

Course 3: Giving and Receiving Feedback

Course 4: Outsmart the Work-Life Balance

Course curriculum is subject to change.

About eCornell

Ivy League Curricula and Top-Ranked Faculty

eCornell is Cornell University’s online learning platform, which provides online professional and executive development to students around the world. eCornell courses are all developed by Cornell University faculty, and often include practical insights from other industry experts. All eCornell course content comes from top-rated programs with proven curricula. 

Expert Led, with Structured Flexibility

eCornell courses are online and expert led with structured flexibility. Courses are facilitated by subject-matter experts, who will guide you, challenge you, and help you apply the course concepts to your real-world, on-the-job circumstances. Each course has a defined start and end date, but is designed to accommodate the schedules of busy professionals by allowing students to complete their work at the times that work best for them—daytime, evening, or weekends.

Start and End Dates Drive Completion

A critical part of successful self-directed learning is to have a finish line, so eCornell courses have defined start dates and end dates. Most eCornell courses take about six to eight hours to complete, over a two-week period. 

Interaction & Collaboration

As an eCornell student, you are never alone in your course. You are part of a cohort of other learners from across North America. Required discussions play an important part in your course, giving you and your classmates the opportunity to share and exchange your own experiences, best practices, perspectives, and examples. All this shared learning is facilitated by an instructor who brings both subject-matter expertise and real-world experience. Your interaction with peers from different organizations, and backgrounds fosters collaboration, networking, and a lot of practical, shared learning.

Emphasis on Practice and Application

The ability for you to interact with expert instructors, to ask questions and receive answers, and to learn with—and from—other participants keeps the learning interesting, practical, and above all, relevant to your work. 


And there’s one more key component: practice opportunities. 

Most eCornell courses include a project, which challenges you to apply the course concepts to your own organization. Others include interactive scenarios, simulations, and other engaging practice activities. All courses include tools, techniques, or job aids that you can put to immediate use in your work.

Every certificate program and course is developed with very tangible outcomes in mind. To eCornell, it’s not enough if a course helps you to know something, or even to understand it. Programs are designed to go much further, to equip you to do something—better or for the first time—at your job. 

We ask, “after completing this course, what will participants be able to analyze, identify, assess, implement, calculate, or influence that they couldn’t before?” eCornell courses draw on a variety of components to provide this practical learning:

  • Discussions
  • Projects
  • Practice activities
  • Short videos
  • Interviews with industry experts
  • Online tools and downloadable resources
  • Case studies and examples
  • The guidance of an instructor

The eCornell approach positions you as an active participant in the learning process, allowing you to build the necessary problem-solving skills at your own pace and in your own style to confront the real challenges you face on the job and in life.


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Deborah Streeter


SC Johnson College of Business, Cornell University

Deborah Streeter is the Bruce F. Failing, Sr. Professor emeritus of Personal Enterprise and Small Business Management at the Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management, SC Johnson College of Business, Cornell University.

Entrepreneurship and small business management have been the focus of Dr. Streeter's teaching, research, and outreach activities. Her research interests include: university-wide models for teaching entrepreneurship, use of digital media in teaching, and gender issues in business and entrepreneurship.

Dr. Streeter has received acclaim as an educator, based on her promotion of experiential learning, active learning, and innovative uses of technology inside and outside the classroom. She holds an MS (1980) and PhD (1984) in agricultural economics from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

Faculty subject to change.


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