Chatham University

Certificate in Executive Women's Leadership (CEWL) Curriculum

Chatham University’s Certificate in Executive Women’s Leadership (CEWL) is designed to address the distinctive challenges women leaders face in today’s business climate. As part of its mission to develop women as leaders and innovators, Chatham is now focused on educating a new generation of business women ---who are prepared to take their careers to the next level of success.

CEWL is ideal for women who currently hold entry-level to middle-management positions, and who are ready to advance to senior management and beyond. The CEWL program provides women with the theory, practical application, and networking to succeed in business.

Program Structure

The Certificate in Executive Women’s Leadership (CEWL) consists of 18 credits; 12 of which count toward the Chatham MBA program. This allows CEWL graduates to automatically be one-third of the way toward earning a graduate degree. The additional six credits are taken as a combination of elective courses through the Chatham MBA program and extra-curricular activities that reflect the student’s career and schedule needs.

CEWL partners with the Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship (CWE) at Chatham University for educational programs that may be used to fulfill the six elective credits. The CEWL takes approximately one year to complete. Successful graduates are awarded with an additional year of networking events and discounted admission to CWE events on Chatham’s Shadyside Campus.

Program Requirements

+ Degree Requirements

The 12 MBA credits include the following courses:

BUS571 Business Communication

This course targets key aspects of business communication: persuasive presentation skills, writing skills and listening skills. Students will be more effective in "selling" ideas to others, developing a more effective and adaptable communication strategy, and aligning objectives with those of the audience.

BUS573 Strategy and Entrepreneurship

The course requires the student to take the Chief Executive Officer's (CEO) perspective and consider strategies to develop resources and capabilities needed to gain and sustain competitive advantage for both established firms and entrepreneurial ventures. Strategic analyses employed in this course critically examine the direction and goals of an organization, the social, political, technological, economic, and global factors in the business environment, industry structure, market dynamics, and firm strengths and weaknesses. The skills to develop and successfully implement strategy in different types of firms across industries are refined through case analyses and simulations, with a particular emphasis on entrepreneurship.

BUS578 Negotiation & Persuasion

The ability to negotiate successfully rests on a combination of analytical and interpersonal skills. This course presents a toolbox of analytical and process frameworks, strategies, and skills that can be used to better analyze negotiations, prepare more systematically and engage more strategically. Rhetoric, persuasion techniques and other interpersonal skills will be covered.

BUS579 Creativity/Innovative Thinking

Students will be introduced to various models exploring ecreativity and the work place. Students will work with executives and engage in discussions on the issues of creative thinking, as well as interacting with artists both in class and at the studios to help understand how artistically creative people approach their art and craft. This course work will provide students with a much asked for component of management - the ability to think and utilize creativity in practical ways.

BUS621 Gender and Diversity in Leadership

This course is designed to provide students with ideas, information, and insights that pertain to women and diversity in leadership. Women have unique challenges as leaders and managers, and this course will provide tools for modern women executives to meet these challenges and succeed in the business world.

BUS623 Strategic Performance for Women Executives

This course will cover issues specific to women business leaders such as conflict management, negotiation and persuasion, mentoring structures, crisis communication, and organizational change. Other topics will include implicit and explicit attitude toward female authority in the workplace; implicit social cognition; attitudes, self-esteem, and stereotypes, etc.

The additional six credits may include any or several of the following.
BUS576 Sustainable Human Capital

This course cultivates theoretical examinations of human behavior in organizations, and ethical and practical skills for managing human capital. Organizational behavior is explored at the individual, group, and organizational levels of analysis focusing on topics of motivation, communication, group dynamics, decision making, culture, power, and politics. Students will also explore the effectiveness of tools for talent acquisition and development, such as compensation, feedback, and assessment.

BUS580 Business Ethics and Corporate Responsibility

This course provides an intellectual framework in which to consider the ways society and organizations affect an individual's and corporation's ethical decision making. Students apply ethical decision tools to the numerous moral challenges confronting them in their professional careers. The global context of ethical decision making is examined.

BUS607 Human Resource Management and Issues of Diversity

In this course the student will develop conceptual, ethical, and practical skills for managing people through the understanding of, and effective use of HR systems including compensation packages, feedback loops, assessment measures etc. In addition, ethical, legal and strategic issues concerning diversity, international HR challenges as well as domestic situations will be examined.

BUS608 Economics for Managers

The goal of this course is to provide students with the tools and concepts from managerial economics that practicing managers can and do use. Drawing on issues in both microeconomics and macroeconomics, fundamental principles are applied to business decision-making.

BUS609 Business and Sustainability

This course covers basic questions concerning sustainability and the challenges in reconciling free-market capitalism with the need for more sustainable business practices. Among topics covered will be: the need to translate real-world sustainability challenges into future business opportunities, and the economic moral challenges involved with the creation of a sustainable world.

BUS613 Health Policy and History

This course will provide an introduction to the history, structure and current issues in the United States' health care system. The interrelationships of the major stakeholders in the system, including providers, patients and payors, will be examined in detail. Particular attention will be given to the influence of legislative bodies, lobbyists and regulatory agencies.

BUS620 Risk Managment

This course will engage students in active discovery of risk management principles. It will focus on the ways in which businesses and society assess, control, and transfer risk. This process, known as the risk management process, is becoming an increasingly important tool in the management of busines and personal financial health. Prerequisite(s): BUS506, BUS509

BUS622 Advanced Topics in Leadership and Governance

This course provides an advanced overview and theoretical understanding of the common elements and differences that shape leadership and public policy issues in the private, voluntary, and public sectors. Students will learn how institutions and processes of management and governance in each sector, shape the development of its leaders and their role.

Pre-requisites may be required for some courses.

+ Additional Credit Options

CWE Kauffman FastTrac® program (2 credits)

Kauffman FastTrac is a nationally renowned, hands-on learning program designed to help entrepreneurs hone the skills needed to create, manage, and grow successful businesses. Tracks include helping the entrepreneur or intrapreneur understand current business challenges and how to develop the knowledge and skills needed to improve business performance. This program is 30 hours over 10 weeks.

Admission to the CWE Breakfast Series (1 credit)

The Women Business Leaders Breakfast Series features prominent regional women business leaders speaking on a variety of progressive business topics such as innovative entrepreneurship, strategic business growth, unique marketing strategies, and logistical business planning. Roundtable discussions follow each Breakfast Series and will be facilitated by CWE faculty and include participation by women business leaders within the Pittsburgh region. Sessions are held the second Friday of each month from September through June.

Business Golf Workshop (1 credit)

The game of golf can be a primary source of building your client base and even expanding networking opportunities. This distinctive and popular workshop will teach you proper course etiquette, how to conduct business on the golf course, short-game techniques, how to play in a company outing, and much more. Each entering CEWL cohort will be assigned a program advisor from CWE. Women business leaders will also function as mentors/coaches to each participant.