Imagine a place where you are surrounded by empowered, like-minded women who want to make a difference. That’s Wellesley. We believe that there is not just one single path for leadership success. Effective leaders navigate their unique strengths, interests, and passions to empower, inspire, and move others forward.  There is, however, one place where some of the world’s most successful women leaders began their journey — Wellesley College.

As one of the world’s preeminent colleges for women, Wellesley offers a range of programs to empower women — at many stages of life — to get the education and skills they need to reach their fullest potential. Spend a few days with us and let us empower and excite you for the next level of professional success.


We’re different because we take a liberal arts perspective and focus on the leader as a whole person. In addition to learning tangible skills to enhance your career, we’ll teach you how to take care of yourself.  

Our professional development approach cultivates:

  • Self-knowledge and confidence to advance your career to the next level
  • Powerful networking and collaboration with like-minded women
  • New perspectives through thoughtful reflection and discussion in a beautiful campus setting
  • An exploration of new approaches and creative solutions
  • An action plan to make an immediate impact

Our courses are unique in that they blend critical leadership content with a holistic focus.  Professional women can learn in an inclusive environment surrounded by other women.  Our programs help aspiring female leaders gain the confidence they need to undertake the following:

  • Team-based work
  • Gender communication differences
  • Data driven decision making, problem solving and influence
  • Leveraging diversity
  • Leading with authority
  • Identifying and cultivating a leadership style
  • Effective communication and presentation

Programs are held on Wellesley’s beautiful campus and blend a dynamic, impactful content experience with a holistic/self care component.  Days start with optional mindful activities, include healthy choices at mealtimes.  Daily lunch breaks offer a guided walk around the lake, and other optional activities.  All courses include the mindfulness sessions, network building and relationship development, reflective exercises and action planning.

Leadership Courses

The Holistic Leader - Women’s Leadership for Impact

Length: 3 days

Instructor: Linda Carli, Ph.D.

Program Fee: $4,950 (includes tuition, materials, accomodations, and meals.  Travel not included)

Session Dates: May 2-4, 2019 or September 19-21, 2019 (choose one)

Who Should Attend: Women with some leadership experience who want to increase impact and results.


Today’s leaders must be champions of self, culture and relationships.  Effective leadership requires understanding important leader behaviors and practices, informed decision making and effective presentation of self and strategy.  It also requires embracing an ethos of self care and inclusion. This program prepares women to take on more senior leadership roles by providing a growth opportunity from the inside out.  Understanding and cultivating one’s approach to leadership, leveraging diversity and talent, and matching that with a reflective practice of self-care, are important keys to success. 


Key topics include:

  • Examine the unique advantages and disadvantages of women as leaders
  • Discover what characteristics are most associated with successful leadership
  • Learn to recognize the various leadership styles and their relative effectiveness
  • Learn what fundamental biases you and others hold about leadership
  • Assess your individual leadership strengths and weaknesses, and improve your leadership skills
  • Determine how to lead in groups and facilitate effective team performance
  • Gain understanding of the effects of diversity on leadership, and how to address diversity issues
  • Explore how self doubt affects leadership outcomes and learn to manage self-perceptions
360 Degree Leadership - Managing in All Directions

Length: 3 days

Instructor: Margaret Andrews

Program Fee: $4,950 (includes tuition, materials, accommodations, and meals.  Travel not included)

Session Dates: June 3-5, 2019 or December 2-4, 2019 (choose one)

Who Should Attend: This program is helpful for new and experienced managers who want to become better, more effective leaders.


Managing others may not be complex . . . but it is certainly not easy.  What often appear to be simple, straightforward principles can be deceptively difficult to implement. Designed for practicing managers, this program focuses on the very practical understanding and application of management principles and teaches the fundamentals of management from different angles – managing oneself, managing organizational life, and managing others (managing upward, downward and sideways). Management is contextual and requires judgment and participants should expect to grapple with ambiguous situations that do not have simple solutions.


Key topics include:

  • Understand how to manage your boss, your team, and your colleagues more effectively
  • Learn to leverage different work styles
  • Understanding ourselves and others
  • Influencing with – or without – authority
  • Leading for long-term results
  • Building emotional intelligence
Leaning Out® at Wellesley – A Workshop and Coaching for Late Stage Career Women in Transition

Length: 1 day

Instructor: Marge Watters

Program Fee: $2,200 (includes tuition, three 1:1 coaching sessions, materials and meals.  Travel not included)

Session Dates: June 10, 2019 OR November 13, 2019, OR March 26, 2020 OR June 8, 2020

Who Should Attend: Late-stage career women who want to define their post career success and purpose.


Professional women anticipate their post career lives with varied feelings. For some it means leaving behind an identity that has been core to their sense of worth. They feel unfocused, fearful and don’t know what to do. For others this transition is welcomed as a time of abundant possibility, a time not to retire, but “re-wire” and thrive in their post-professional “Primetime.”

In this seminar, female leaders on the cusp of a significant career transition will learn how to stand on the shoulders of their professional selves to envision and purposefully plan their next phase. This seminar will help women identify and talk about the feelings of ambivalence they may have about leaving their traditional careers behind and launching into the unknown. They will take an assessment of their experiences, skills, interests, knowledge and closest held values to develop their own post-career plan. They will receive clear action steps and accountability to guide them from their current professional role to their personal “Primetime.”


Key topics include:

  • A chance to look back at the best of your career
  • Identification of the key skills that contribute to what's meaningful to you
  • Identification of your Strategic Advantage and where that meets a market need
  • Engagement with subject matter experts on relevant topics
  • Networking with like-minded women to help form thoughts and plans

Note this seminar includes three one-on-one coaching sessions to be scheduled post seminar, and well as access to Leaning Out® webinars.

Making Teams Work - Collaborating for Results

Length: 3 days

Instructor: Margaret Andrews

Program Fee: $4,950 (includes tuition, materials, accomodations, and meals.  Travel not included)

Session Dates: July 15-17, 2019

Who Should Attend: This program is beneficial to currently working in or managing teams that understands the fundamentals of teamwork and wants to deepen their interpersonal and team management skills. Intact, ongoing teams are highly encouraged to attend together.


There is no doubt that teams can be a highly effective way to address complex challenges – and they are quite often a very challenging way to do work. Few people are trained in how to work in a team of highly diverse individuals, make collective decisions, or manage difficult interactions and as a result, a large number of teams ultimately fail to meet their objective. This program focuses on managing the complexities of working in groups, including work groups, project teams, cross-functional teams, management teams, and virtual teams.  You will learn to work with people with different styles and skill sets, build the collective intelligence of a group, manage cognitive conflict and redirect relationship conflict, how to help a team that is fractious or ‘stuck,’ and how to address the very difficult task of turning around an underperforming team. 


Key topics include:

  • Team process and dynamics
  • Establishing team norms and psychological safety
  • Sources of conflict on teams
  • How conflict can be beneficial (or destructive) to a team’s success
  • Balancing the desire for team harmony and the need for healthy conflict
  • Strategies and tactics for managing difficult team dynamics

Communication & Presentation Courses

Finding Your Voice - Communicating and Presenting with Influence

Length: 2 days

Instructor: Diego Arciniegas

Program Fee: $3,300 (includes tuition, materials, accomodations, and meals.  Travel not included)

Session Dates: Fall, 2019

Who Should Attend: Women would would like to enhance their communication and presentation skills with theater-based techniques.


Leadership is part performance, and some of the most effective powerful, persuasive speaking comes from techniques based on theater.  This course is dedicated to the acquisition of the skills necessary for the effective formulation and delivery of business communication.  Using a variety of means of expressions, physical presence, voice, gestures, storytelling, and compelling content, you’ll learn to practical theatrical performance techniques, and apply them to the delivery of argument.   Considerable focus will be placed on vocal production, breathing techniques, posture, and placement.  The results will be enhanced ability to speak with confidence, impact, and influence.  


Key topics include:

  • Creating a compelling presentation/argument
  • Speaking under pressure and thinking on your feet
  • Using storytelling techniques for business impact
  • Achieving consensus and gaining buy-in
  • The importance of nonverbals
Media and Virtual Presentation Skills - Controlling the Message

Length: 1 day

Instructor: Diego Arciniegas

Program Fee: $1,450 (includes tuition, materials, and meals.  Travel not included)

Session Dates: Fall, 2019

Who Should Attend: Women at all levels who would like to hone their communication skills for media presentations and virtual speaking events.


Speaking to the media is a much different skill than any other type of public speaking. A media interview is unlike any other conversation as you have absolutely no control over the context of how your words will be presented to the final audience. The media can present anything you say with their spin.  In this seminar, you will learn how to present your critical message and take control.  You will learn the art of body language, messaging, answer techniques and preparing appropriate quotes.  This seminar is also appropriate for those who present virtually, in webinars and other online formats.


Key topics include:

  • Getting the message right – creating key points and making them heard
  • Gaining credibility as a speaker
  • Speaking under pressure and thinking on your feet
  • Handling resistance and tough Q & A
  • Improving focus, mindfulness, and stage presence
Negotiation Strategies - Key Approaches for Women

Length: 2 days

Instructor: TBA

Program Fee: $3,300 (includes tuition, materials, accomodations, and meals.  Travel not included)

Session Dates: WInter, 2020

Who Should Attend: Women who need to negotiate for promotions, deals, new initiatives, projects or resources, and want to advance their careers and enhance their status as leaders.


Many would agree that there are gendered nuances to the art of negotiation. Some women fail to capitalize on opportunities to negotiate about roles, resources, salary and other important aspects of career success. In fact, negotiating is a critical skill that women have to master in order to be effective as leaders, and for enhanced success in life. This course will teach you how to ask for what you want, and to approach negotiation with confidence and skill.


Key topics include:

  • See how the complex world of gender and negotiation affects you
  • Proactive negotiation – how to use negotiation as a problem solving approach
  • Advocating effectively for yourself, your team, and your organization
  • Recognize when it’s time to negotiate and what to negotiate for
  • Build the collaborations necessary for success
  • Your negotiation style – be aware of how your style can affect a successful outcome and learn to bring yourself to the table

Professional Skills Courses

Golf 101 - Essential Knowledge to Start Saying Yes

Length: 90 minutes

Instructor: Leslie Andrews, Director of Golf at Nehoiden Golf Club

Program Fee: $35

Session Dates: May 22, 2019 OR June 3, 2019 OR July 16, 2019 OR August 8, 2019.  Can be brought to your location for a group.

Who Should Attend: Women interested in learning more about golf either to play or be able to discuss it.


Want to get started in golf, but not sure how to take the first step? This 90-minute session will de-bunk the myths, allay your fears and help you take the next step to get started in golf. Basic overview of terminology, how the game is played and the equipment/clothing needed. Join us for a scheduled class at Wellesley, or if you have a group, we will come to you.

Getting in the Game - Fast Track Beginner Golf

Length: 3 days (2 hours per day)

Instructor: Leslie Andrews, Director of Golf at Nehoiden Golf Club

Program Fee: $250

Session Dates: June 4,11 and 18, 2019 OR July 10, 17 and 24, 2019 OR Aug 14, 21 and 28, 2019

Who Should Attend: Women interested in learning to play golf.


This 3-day course gets you ON COURSE on Day 3. Learn to play golf in 6 hours: three days, 2 hours per day. Develop the basic skills of full swing and short game, then get out and play golf. We aim to expose women to the game, then take the plunge – too many women get “stuck” taking on-range lessons, and never get to experience the joy of actually playing golf. Our philosophy is to get on course ASAP before doubts creep in to keep you “off course.” Location: Nehoiden Golf Club at Wellesley College

Company Outing - Women, Golf and Business

Length: 90 minutes

Instructor: Leslie Andrews, Director of Golf at Nehoiden

Program Fee: Customized, please contact leslie.andrews@wellesley.edu

Session Dates: your choice

Who Should Attend: New and experienced golfers who would like to attend a relaxed golf outing and clinic at our highly rated course.


Host a women’s golf event at Nehoiden Golf Club at Wellesley College. Our “two-track” event offers an option for new or experienced golfers.  New golfers participate in a Women, Golf & Business Workshop on the basics of golf plus 90 minutes of instruction. Experienced golfers play a 9-hole scramble. Both tracks reconvene for networking.

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What does the Program Fee cover?

The fee covers:

  • Instruction
  • Program materials
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Coffee breaks
  • If the program is longer than 1 day, fees also include overnight accommodations.
How do I pay for the program?
  • Registration is not complete until you are paid in full.
  • Credit cards are the preferred form of payment and Visa, MasterCard, and American Express are accepted at the time of registration.
  • Payment by check is also accepted, however the processing of such must be initiated at least six weeks prior to the start of the program. Therefore, we highly recommended that you pay first with a credit card in order to ensure your seat in the program and then, if possible, seek reimbursement from your employer.
Do you offer discounts?

We currently offer discounts to:

  • Groups of two to five individuals attending the same program from the same organization: The first participant pays full price, and a 15 percent discount is extended to up to four additional participants. Please note that we do not allow more than five participants from one organization in any single open-enrollment program so that we can encourage diversity of industry and experience in the classroom.
  • Individuals attending more than one program: You pay full price for the first program registration and receive a 10 percent discount on any additional programs.
Are there any prerequisites?

Proficiency in written and spoken English is required for participation in all Professional Development programs. Participants are expected to have a bachelor’s degree or the equivalent work experience. See individual program pages for additional prerequisites.

Do you provide acknowledgement of participation?

You receive one certificate of participation upon completion of and active participation in the program. Grades are not assigned, and the programs do not count toward a degree. Professional Development programs do not appear on Wellesley College transcripts.

What if I have a disability?

If you have questions about accommodations for disabilities, please contact the Accessibility and Disability Resources office at jwice@wellesley.edu

Do you cover medical expenses while I'm on campus?

You must be covered individually with comprehensive health insurance for major medical emergencies and hospitalization. Check with your organization’s health insurance carrier before your arrival to ensure that you have adequate coverage. Wellesley College Professional Development is not responsible for medical fees incurred during your stay.

Do I need to be up to date with immunizations?

To ensure the safety and well-being of our entire campus community, Massachusetts law requires that educational visitors are immunized against common contagious illnesses. Please ensure your immunizations are up to date prior to arrival on campus.

What if I need to cancel my registration?

To cancel or transfer your registration, write to xxxx

Participants who cancel between four weeks and one week prior to the start of the program will be assessed a $300 cancellation fee.  Participants who cancel less than one week prior to the start of the program will be refunded half the program fee. If you do not cancel and do not attend the program, you forfeit the entire tuition.

What happens if Wellesley cancels the program?

Professional Development programs are rarely canceled because of inclement weather. If they are cancelled, a notice is posted on the homepage the day of cancellation. Participants are notified by email.

Programs may be added or cancelled throughout the year. If a program is cancelled, Wellesley will refund the program tuition in full, but is not responsible for travel, accommodations, or other expenses incurred by the participant.

Notice of Nondiscrimination

Wellesley College does not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, age, national or ethnic origin, political beliefs, veteran status, or disability unrelated to job or course of study requirements in admission to, access to, treatment in, or employment in its programs and activities.

Program Information and Changes

Wellesley College Professional Development reserves the right to make changes to the information printed in materials or on this website.


Registration for all sessions will open in January, 2019.  Please add your name to our email list and we will notify you as soon as registration is open. Be sure to register and complete payment early to reserve a spot, as space is limited. Note: Wellesley College Professional Development Programs are noncredit.