The Women’s Leadership Certificate Program is a powerful learning experience focused on transforming successful women into outstanding leaders. Join a select group of women leaders from top corporate, government, education, and non-profit organizations for this intensive program. Develop the expertise and credibility to reach your goals and make meaningful contributions in your organization, industry, and community. Led by internationally recognized women’s leadership expert Dr. Susan R. Madsen, the Program offers an exceptional selection of faculty, curriculum, and peers where you will discover the strategies, skills, resources and networks needed to create and maximize your leadership opportunities.

6 Full-Day Sessions
Aug 27-28, Oct 1-2, Nov 12-13
8:00am - 5:00pm
Live Interactive Online

The Program consists of six (6) full-day courses held from 8:00 am –5:00 pm on Thursdays and Fridays in August, October, and November. All sessions will be delivered live online in a format that is highly interactive with instructors and that features small group work for a high-touch learning experience.

The 2020 schedule is as follows:

The Program addresses the real-world leadership opportunities and challenges faced by women. Throughout the Program, you will gain invaluable insights from leading research and best practices into how other successful women lead, discover innovative solutions, and develop a viable, personal strategic plan to enhance your leadership style and opportunities. Participants gain the expertise, credibility, and confidence to take control of and advance their careers. Earning the Certificate is a great way to demonstrate your ability and professional achievement.


The Program is designed for mid-to-senior level professionals and executives in the corporate, government, education,and non-profit sectors who are current or emerging leaders. The ideal candidate is an executive, senior manager, functional head, director, business owner, or managing professional with leadership, management, or governing experience. She is looking to enhance her leadership abilities and effectiveness, rise in her organization or make a career change, and build a unique network of other successful women leaders.


  • Discover your leadership identity
  • Develop a personal leadership strategy
  • Engage 1-on-1 with leadership experts
  • Learn innovative methods & approaches
  • Determine how to more effectively lead dynamic teams
  • Join a network of women leaders, mentors, & peers


The Program Fee is $4,800 per Participant and includes all instruction and learning components, assessments, individual coaching sessions, materials and facilities. Space in the Program is limited to a select number of Participants. Registrations are processed on a rolling basis. Registration and payment must be complete no later than August 14, 2020. UVU Executive Education reserves the right to determine the final list of Participants. UVU does not provide scholarships or financial aid for this Program. Payment and cancellation policies can be found on the registration page.


A key component of the Program is The Leadership Circle Profile (LCP), a one-of-a-kind, 360-degree competency assessment designed to accelerate leadership effectiveness beyond traditional competency-based approaches. This focused assessment tool reveals the underlying assumptions and behaviors that form a leader’s pattern of strengths, limitations, and effectiveness.

Using the LCP results, you will have the unique opportunity to engage 1-on-1 in an in-depth, transforming personal coaching and consulting session with leadership expert Dr. Susan R. Madsen. Armed with deeper insight into your own leadership style and the factors driving it, you can move forward with your leadership development more effectively, strengthen your style, and clarify your purpose and calling as a leader.

You will also complete the Strength Based Leadership Assessment and meet 1-on-1 with a Gallup Certified Coach. Each session in the Program focuses on foundational themes andprinciples critical for women’s leadership success, including leadership identity, leadership calling and purpose, unconscious bias, self-knowledge, discovering strengths, gifts, and talents, work-life insights, communication skills, and the impact of Utah’s unique culture.

Leadership Identity

Thu, Aug 27th

This session uncovers assumptions about women’s leadership and identifies the need and status of women leaders today. Participants explore their own leadership identity, purpose and calling,and gain insights into how to develop effective leadership ambition, aspirations, courage, and confidence (e.g., perfectionism, rumination, nonverbals) in the context of gender, culture, and other challenges and opportunities.

National expert Kathie Debenham will join us in the afternoon for content and exercises around mind-body connection and self-care practices and techniques (e.g., wholeness, wellness, resiliency).

Leadership Goals & Strategies

Fri, Aug 28th

This session centers on setting personal leadership goals and developing strategies in alignment with personal values and effective behavioral change principles. It will introduce the Leadership Circle Profile (LCP) that is the basis for the individual coaching sessions, along with a comprehensive 3-hour workshop on identifying and overcoming unconscious bias.

Internationally known psychotherapist Julie Hanks, PhD, LCSW will also teach about women’s thinking patterns and common mental health challenges. Topics include imposter syndrome, body image, anxiety, depression, partnerships at home, personal relationships, conflict management, resiliency development, and strategies for healthy living and leadership.

Developmental Relationships & Activities

Thu, Oct 1st

This session explores mentor, coach, and sponsor relationships, activities, and networks to leverage leadership development, as well as active listening, and giving / receiving feedback techniques to enhance a leader’s strategic problem-solving abilities.

In the afternoon, Gallup Certified Coach Bonnie Mortensen will also conduct a Strengths Based Leadership workshop that will help Participants understand their assessments in depth and breadth.

Leading Change & Negotiation

Fri, Oct 2nd

This session teaches leaders to identify, embrace, and take advantage of change and improve change initiative outcomes. It provides a framework for ethical decision making, explores various leadership models (e.g., authentic, servant, followership), discusses women’s negative interactions with each other, and provides insights on gender and risk-taking.

In the afternoon, regional expert Robbyn Scribner will provide a workshop focused on salary and other types of negotiation, with insights and discussion around engaging male allies in the workplace and beyond.

Leadership Influence

Thu, Nov 12th

This session presents planning and decision-making tools, creative thinking, and innovation techniques that facilitate leading high-performance teams.

National expert Jessica Gilmore, EdD instructs on personal branding, self-promotion through writing, non-verbal communication, career advancement and planning strategies, and influencing through social and other types of media.

Leadership Impact

Fri, Nov 13th

The morning session will be led by international expert Sui Lang L. Panoke who will facilitate an interactive workshop on POWER speaking. This final session is an opportunity for each participant to ‘put it all together’ and take everything they have learned throughout the program and put it into practice. Participants will receive instruction on how to find their voice, build their brand, speak with power and authenticity, exude executive presence, exercise civil discourse, and strengthen their overall leadership and communications skills to prepare them for global leadership.

Dr. Madsen will then facilitate the rest of the day that will focus on an engaging strategic networking activity and an opportunity for Participants to share progress on their leadership goals. Attendees will also share personal insights, learnings, and reflections gained from all elements of this comprehensive Program.

Leadership Circle Profile & StrengthsFinder Assessments

Individual 1-on-1 Coaching Sessions

The LCP Assessment includes a 1.5 hour, 1-on-1 coaching session with Dr. Susan Madsen. These sessions will be scheduled and conducted individually at a mutually convenient time over the course of the Program. In addition, a Gallup certified coach will do a 30 – 45 minute, 1-on-1 individual coaching session with Participants on the StrengthsFinder assessment.


Through lectures, discussions, videos, activities, experiential exercises, assessments, case studies, coaching, and other teaching and development methodologies, you will explore how to strengthen your influence and leadership abilities. You will learn the latest research, findings, and best practices on leadership, specifically as it applies to successful women leaders.

WLCP is taught by faculty and senior practitioners recognized internationally and/or regionally and highly experienced in business, government, education, and research. UVU’s learning philosophy is “Include, Engage, Achieve”, a methodology that provides Participants with unique access to, and interaction with, instructors, industry experts, and officials with extensive and diverse backgrounds. Instruction combines classroom learning, practical applications, and extensive networking opportunities through exclusive presentations and dialogues with eminent faculty, practitioners. and peers.


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Dr. Susan R. Madsen

Dr. Susan R. Madsen is the Program’s lead faculty and facilitator. She serves as the Orin R. Woodbury Professor of Leadership & Ethics at the Woodbury School of Business at Utah Valley University. She is the Founder of the Utah Women & Leadership Project, the Utah Women & Education Initiative, the Women & Leadership Affinity Group for the International Leadership Association, and has led other, similar initiatives. She is a Certified Executive Coach, a Leadership & Change Consultant, and is certified to administer the Leadership Circle Profile.

Dr. Madsen is considered one of the top global scholars and thought leaders on the topic of women and leadership and has received numerous awards for her teaching, research and service. Authoring or editing 6 books, including her latest global book, The Handbook of Research on Gender and Leadership, her research has been featured in hundreds of articles, chapters and reports in such publications as Forbes, U.S. News and World Report, The Atlantic, The New York Times, Parenting Magazine, Chronicle of Higher Education, and The Washington Post. A highly sought-after speaker with local, national and international audiences, Dr. Madsen serves on many non-profit, community and education boards and committees, including Silicon Slopes, Envision Utah, Better Days 2020, Real Women Run, United Way of Utah County, Utah Financial Empowerment Coalition, and more.

Dr. Madsen earned her Doctorate degree in Human Resource Development from the University of Minnesota, her Master’s degree in Kinesiology and Exercise Science from Portland State University and her Bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education and Speech Communication from Brigham Young University.

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Dr. Astrid S. Tuminez

Dr. Astrid S. Tuminez was appointed the seventh president of Utah Valley University in 2018 and is the institution’s first female president. Tuminez brings to UVU a broad and rich experience in academia, philanthropy, technology, and business. Born in a farming village in the Philippine province of Iloilo, Tuminez moved with her parents and six siblings to the slums of Iloilo City when she was two years old, her parents seeking better educational opportunities for their children.

Her pursuit of education eventually took her to the United States, to Brigham Young University where she graduated summa cum laude in 1986 with a bachelor’s degree in international relations and Russian literature. She earned a master’s degree from Harvard University in Soviet Studies (1988) and a Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in political science (1996).

Before assuming her current position, President Tuminez was a world leader in the fields of technology and political science, most recently serving as an executive at Microsoft, where she led corporate, external and legal affairs in Southeast Asia. Tuminez is also the former vice dean of research and assistant dean of executive education at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore, the premier school of public policy in Asia. She and her husband, Jeffrey S. Tolk, have three children. In her spare time, she enjoys running, dancing, and martial arts.

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Julie de Azevedo Hanks PhD, LCSW

Julie de Azevedo Hanks, PhD, LCSW is a self-care evangelist, licensed therapist, relationship expert, media contributor, author, blogger, speaker, consultant and songwriter, with over 28 years’ experience specializing in women’s emotional health and relationships.

Dr. Hanks serves as Founder and Executive Director of Wasatch Family Therapy, an outpatient therapy clinic in Salt Lake and Davis counties, Utah. She also serves as an Assistant Professor of Social Work at Utah Valley University and has served as Adjunct Faculty at the University of Southern California.

Author of The Burnout Cure and The Assertiveness Guide for Women, Dr. Hanks is a regular contributor on KSL TV’s Studio 5 and has appeared nationally on Reelz Channel's Celebrity Legacies, TLC, Discovery Health, and FOX News Channel. She has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Reader's Digest, Cosmopolitan, CNN, Women’s Day, Women’s Health, Real Simple, and Parenting, among others. She is a social media enthusiast, blogger and online influencer, with over 75,000 social media followers, and has written for many popular websites, including Answers, Sharecare, DailyStrength, and PsychCentral, among others.

Dr. Hanks earned her Doctorate degree in Marriage and Family Therapy with an emphasis in Creative Systemic Studies from the University of Louisiana at Monroe and earned her Master of Social Work (MSW) degree in Clinical Social Work from the University of Utah.

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Sui Lang L. Panoke MPA

Sui Lang L. Panoke, MPA is a visionary leader, social entrepreneur and international trainer, speaker and facilitator. She has trained thousands of women leaders around the world leading in politics, business, government, higher education, nonprofits, and the media on a wide range of leadership topics including global leadership, personal empowerment, diversity, inclusion, unconscious bias, strategic communications, power speaking, branding and civil discourse.

Ms. Panoke is the Founder of Rethink International, a global social enterprise and international training organization designed to challenge people to rethink how and what they think. Rethink International is a world leader in the design and delivery of custom learning products with a purpose. Its signature project, the Rethink Tank for Women, functions as a social think tank that brings together women with diverse points of view for the purpose of building bridges across social, cultural and political differences. In 2009, Ms. Panoke founded Women Politics Media, a global leadership and media training organization that has trained a broad diversity of women leaders across the US and Africa on how to use the media as a vehicle to impact public policy.

Ms. Panoke currently serves on the Executive Board of the Multicultural Media Correspondents Association, the Advisory Board of Real Women Run Utah, and is an Ambassador for the Utah Women & Leadership Project. She is the former Chair of WeLEAD, a political leadership training program targeting young women pursuing careers in politics and the past Vice Chair of the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum. Ms. Panoke earned her MPA from American University with a Certificate in Women, Policy, and Political Leadership, and was awarded the Outstanding Leadership Award from the Women & Politics Institute. She earned her BS in Political Science from the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics after completing her first year of undergrad at Brigham Young University’s Hawai’i campus.

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Jessica Gilmore EdD

Jessica Gilmore, EdD serves as Associate Commissioner for Workforce Development & Industry Engagement for the Utah System of Higher Education (USHE), where she works across public and private institutions, industry and governmental agencies to drive workforce and industry engagement, and align academic programs to ensure increased student access, success and completion across the USHE system.

Dr. Gilmore has extensive experience in community education, outreach and economic development, having overseen the successful expansion of a variety of professional, community and continuing education, concurrent enrollment, business incubation and acceleration, and commercialization programs. She previously served as Associate Provost of Community Outreach and Economic Development at Utah Valley University and as Dean of Business, Entrepreneurial Programs and Extended Education at Walla Walla Community College. She also previously served as Director of Customer Experience at Pearson Education, a global higher education courseware, assessment and online program management company, and as Faculty Member in the Business Information Technology department at Highline Community College. She has also served extensively as an Executive Board Member, Board Member and Committee Member for various higher education and community councils, commissions and associations focused on community outreach, workforce education, intercollege relations and economic development.

Dr. Gilmore earned her Doctorate degree in Education with an emphasis in Higher Education Leadership from City University of Seattle, earned her Master’s degree in Computer Education from Gonzaga University, and earned her Bachelor’s degree in Speech Communication from Central Washington University.

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Kathie Debenham CLMA

Kathie Debenham, CLMA is an Emeritus Professor of Dance at Utah Valley University, is a Certified Laban Bartenieff Movement Analyst (CLMA) and is a Fellow of the Utah Academy of Sciences, Arts & Letters. She has taught and presented numerous regional, national and international workshops on leadership, embodiment and art and has published widely in juried and invited settings on dance pedagogy, performance, movement analysis and somatic practice

In her 24 years at UVU, Ms. Debenham served as Founding Chair of the Dance Department, Associate Dean and Interim Dean of the College of Humanities, Arts & Social Sciences, Founding Interim Dean of the School of the Arts, and Associate Vice President for Academic Programs. She also previously served as Director of Institutional Effectiveness, Co-Chair of the Strategic Directions Advisory Committee and the Faculty Workload Taskforce, Chair of the UVU General Education Committee and Member of the Utah State General Education Task Force. At UVU, she developed the AS degree in Dance, the Integrated Studies Dance emphasis, and oversaw the development, writing and approval of the BFA and BS degrees in Dance.

A Founding Board Member of the Utah Women in Higher Education Network (UWHEN), Ms. Debenham has served over eight years in various positions, including Institutional Representative, Board Chair and Past Chair, receiving the Distinguished Leadership Award in 2019. She was also named 2012 Honored Alumnus by BYU’s College of Fine Arts.

Ms. Debenham earned her Master’s degree in Dance from Brigham Young University and earned her Graduate Certificate in Integrated Movement Studies / Certified Laban Bartenieff Movement Analyst in Dance from the University of Utah.

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Robbyn Scribner MA

Robbyn Scribner, MA serves as Assistant Director of the Utah Women & Leadership Project at Utah Valley University where she focuses on strengthening the impact of girls and women in Utah.  A prolific researcher and writer on women's issues, she serves as Team Lead for the Utah Women Stats: Research Snapshots Series, and has co-authored more than 30 research reports on key women’s issues, including poverty, labor force participation, domestic violence, gender wage gap, sexual harassment, and male allies at work.

Active in fundraising and community outreach, Ms. Scribner also frequently speaks and presents in various settings on topics of interest to Utah women and their careers, such as leadership, advancement strategies, wage gap, civic engagement, education, STEM, mental health, harassment, discrimination, and media, among others. Highlighting the challenges women face in trying to balance work and family responsibilities, she is a strong advocate for expanding women’s career opportunities and finding creative solutions to advance their professional well-being.

Ms. Scribner previously served as Co-Founder & Company Manager of successful hi-tech startup Tracking First (now Claravine), and served as Assistant Director of Writing Fellows at Brigham Young University.  She also previously acted in the Marius Company production and national tour of the Broadway show, Les Misérables.

Ms. Scribner earned her Master’s degree in English with an emphasis in Composition and Rhetoric and earned her Bachelor’s degree in European Studies from Brigham Young University.

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Bonnie Mortensen Certified Gallup Coach

Bonnie Mortensen, Certified Gallup Coach, serves as Coordinator of Undergraduate Talent Sourcing at the Woodbury School of Business (WSB) at Utah Valley University and as Events Committee Chair for UVU’s Professional Association of Campus Employees (PACE). She has been recognized for her contributions in leadership, scholarship, and service, previously receiving the WSB Dean’s Award of Excellence, ACT’s College & Career Readiness Champion and Utah Postsecondary Champion Awards, and the Student of the Year Award from the National Association of Women Business Owners.

Ms. Mortensen is a Gallup Certified Strength Based Leadership Coach with over 20 years’ experience in education, administration and business management. At UVU, she also previously served as Assistant to the Associate Dean & Director of Development at the WSB, as Coordinator at the Utah Women’s Leadership Project, as a PACE Senator, and as Executive Committee Member for the annual professional education conference JuggernaUT. Prior to UVU, she served as Director of Operations for PSI Automation, as Assistant Director of Operations & Finance at Liberty Academy Charter School, and as the Owner / Operator of a group of restaurants. She also worked for the Small Business Developmental Center at Henderson State University on various round table and economic opportunity events for the Arkansas Governor’s Office. She was also one of the first females to earn the Certified Netware Engineer (CNE) professional designation at Novell.

Ms. Mortensen earned her Bachelor’s degree in Integrated Studies with emphases in Leadership & Communications from Utah Valley University.

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