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Free webinars aim to increase number of women in leadership roles

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Mercer University launched a free Women in Leadership webinar series to improve female representation in top leadership positions


By U2B Staff 

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Statistics have found that a more balanced representation of women in leadership positions produces better financial results across organisations.

In a bid to improve female representation in top leadership positions, Mercer University’s Center for Executive Education recently began a free Women in Leadership webinar series.

This webinar series aims to develop women into becoming leaders, innovators, problem-solvers, and lifelong learners who strive to make a positive impact on their organisations, industries, and communities.

Director of the Center for Executive Education, Jeff Wolfe said that the university is “excited to bring this new series to all women currently in positions of leadership, as well as to those who aspire to be future leaders,”

“At Mercer University, we have an ongoing responsibility to our students, alumni, and the general public to provide the resources that will make you better leaders through a variety of offerings within our Executive Education programmes. The Women in Leadership webinars and workshops are designed to do just that, and I encourage you to register for any or all these programmes,” he said.

The four-session webinar series will feature speakers from the University’s Stetson-Hatcher School of Business and College of Professional Advancement.

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The Women in Leadership series kicked off with a webinar on negotiation skills, which has been identified as an area where most women leaders experience challenges.

Associate professor of management at Mercer University’s Stetson-Hatcher School of Business, Dr. Elizabeth Chapman explained that female leaders end to be fearful of asking for what they need at work, even if what they are requesting for is fair.

She elaborated that women struggle to carry out negotiations successfully for the fear of backlash and will discuss these challenges in the webinar titled “The Importance of Negotiating.

Chapman shared general methods of negotiation, such as concession making, first offers, and persuasion techniques during the webinar.

Participants can enrol in upcoming webinars on “Mindful Decision-Making for Effective Leadership” which will be held on August 27, “Leading Virtual Teams” which will be on September 10, and subsequently “Is Your Quarantine Business Idea Worth Pursing?” scheduled for September 17.

These webinars will be followed by in-person workshops available to participants for a fee. These workshops will start in October and will provide programme participants with hands-on training.

“The great thing about the workshop is it’s not intimidating. It’s a lot of fun, so people are learning while they’re having fun, and they’re getting feedback in a very non-intimidating, non-critical but constructive way,” Chapman said.

In person workshops will feature Dr. Chapman on “Women Who Negotiate: A Hands-On Workshop for Effective Negotiation Skills,” Dr. Stenard on “Validating Business Opportunities,” Dr. Riechel, Beasley and fellow Ph.D. candidates Carrie Elder and Elizabeth Norris on “Mindfulness Leadership in Organisations,” as well as Dr. Lynn Clemons, associate professor of organisational leadership and chair of leadership studies, on “Leading Teams.”