The Women in Leadership Institute - Linkage

November 12-15, 2018 - Phoenix | SOLD OUT!
November 11-14, 2019 - Phoenix | REGISTRATION OPEN

Where opportunity and
inspiration meet.

This event is sold out! 

Join us next year for the Institute's 20th anniversary on November 11-14 in Phoenix, AZ. 

Reserve your spot today.


Accelerating the development of women leaders since 1999. Changing the landscape of leadership. Changing lives.

If companies that financially perform best have the greatest numbers of women in leadership positions, why do women continue to lag behind in assuming leadership and board roles?

Projections show that at the current rate of advancement, women and men won’t be equally represented in leadership until 2085! The harsh reality is that the talent pipeline is leaking at all levels, and women just aren’t stepping into enough key roles that would allow them and their companies to realize their full potential. Why is that and what can we do, as a collective group, to help women leaders advance more quickly in the workplace?  

Join us at Linkage’s Women in Leadership Institute™ to dig deeper into these questions and challenges, and to be a part of the thinking and potential solutions.

Building on your experience at WIL, you may also choose to partner with Linkage after the event to implement a customized leadership development solution in the support of targeted organizational needs and objectives. Find out about Linkage's Immersive Learning solutions featuring WIL for details.  

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Visit our resource page for the latest thought leadership on the subject of women in leadership, both at an indvidual and organizational level, from Linkage and our faculty members.

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The Executive Forum for Advancing Women and Inclusion

Co-hosted in Phoenix with WIL on November 13-14, 2018, the Executive Forum for Advancing Women and Inclusion is a unique offering designed for executives committed to creating and sustaining inclusive leadership practices. As a participant, you will focus on how to help your leaders model inclusive leadership, and on best practices for building a pipeline of women in your leadership ranks. Click here for the full program details.  

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Expand Your Institute Experience with Extended Coaching Post WIL

Many organizations engage Linkage coaches after WIL to accelerate individual change and personal growth. When you combine the immersive Institute experience with Linkage’s signature coaching process, your leaders experience true transformation—and can turn inspiration and intentions into action.  Our coaching options add rigor and focus to the development process—and give your leaders an objective counsel to help them successfully navigate the day-to-day challenges of leading. 

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The Women in Leadership Institute is designed to engage and inspire high-performing women leaders toward accelerating their leadership abilities. Past attendees span Fortune 1000 companies, nonprofits, and global government agencies and include women team members, managers, directors, presidents, CEOs, and every level in between.


Get Started Before You Begin

The Women in Leadership Institute sessions are filled with usable knowledge and insights that become even more valuable when leaders have a better understanding of their own strengths and opportunities. Each Institute participant will complete a 360° assessment prior to attending the Institute to gain better insights into her own strengths and key development areas. Use your assessment results to plan your time and areas of focus so that you can maximize results and push your own potential.


Extend Value, Fast-Track Success

Build on your experience at the Institute with optional one-on-one coaching sessions with one of Linkage’s expert coaches. You’ll discuss your individual Women in Leadership Assessment results, create an Individual Development Plan, track your progress over time, and receive powerful tools to start and maintain your focused leadership growth. Think of your coach as your personal guide to fast-tracked success and development.

Executive coaching sessions are available in 6-, 9-, or 12-month terms—contact us online or call +1.781.402.5555 for details.


Keynotes, Competencies, and Camaraderie

Through over 25 years of research, we’ve found that there are three core developmental areas that women leaders need to effectively drive results across all levels of an organization: leading authentically, leading others, and leading the future. This finding is at the core of our Women in Leadership Institute Model™, which provides the foundation for your Institute experience.

Explore 6 competencies from the model and learn from world-class leaders in exhilarating keynote sessions and competency-based workshops. You’ll delve into influencing change, building a brand, coaching, and leading strategically, to name just a few.


More than Standard Sessions

Beyond the intense curriculum, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to connect and network with your peers. Not to mention inspiring keynotes from leaders and world-renowned educators spanning business, arts, and academia.

You’ll also have the opportunity to reflect on your own experiences and gain expert insight during your daily small group Learning Team sessions with others who have similar roles, years of experience, and leadership responsibilities. 


Keep It Going

During the Institute, you’ll undoubtedly gain new insights and new tools while expanding your own competencies and strengths. But following the Institute, you also gain access to the Linkage Leader for Life™ to continue your growth.

As an Institute participant, you’ll receive a full year of access to an online learning environment featuring webinars, broadcasts, and content designed to expand on the competencies addressed at the Institute. In addition, you can visit our resource page that features the latest thought leadership from Linkage and faculty members. 

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Sandy Asch

Sandy Asch

Principal Alliance for Organizational Excellence LLC; Bestselling Author

Learn from the expert who taught the San Diego Zoo to Roar with purpose and passion. Sandy Asch is Principal Alliance for Organizational Excellence LLC, bestselling author of ROAR: How to Build a Resilient Organization the World Famous San Diego Zoo Way, internationally recognized speaker, global consultant, Best Place to Work expert, woman of influence award winner and architect of the Resilience at WorkTM model. Sandy partners with companies globally to create workplaces that are passionate, focused, healthier and resilient. 30,000 leaders in 350+ companies in 50 countries and 6 languages have implemented her strategies to win best place to work awards, navigate mergers and embrace change. Sandy’s presentations are rich in content and highly interactive to provoke deep thought, challenge old paradigms, stimulate meaningful dialogue and activate immediate application. 


Simon Bailey

Simon Bailey

CEO of Simon T. Bailey International; Teacher; Bestselling Author

A best-selling author, Success Magazine's 2018 Top 25, and renowned teacher, Simon has shaped the lives of more than 2 million people in 45 different countries. Simon challenges individuals to shift their thinking and create their future. He believes in the power of meaningful connections—and equips people with tangible tools to make their dreams come true. He is the CEO of Simon T. Bailey International, a transformational education company specializing in creating learning and development content for individuals and organizations. Simon derives great joy by sharing and inspiring men and women with a simple framework and the tools needed to create a purposeful life and a meaningful and profitable business. He is the top-selling author of nine books and creator of the Shift Your Brilliance System, a personal development program that takes individuals and organizations on a transformational journey to create a brilliant life and business.


Susan MacKenty Brady

Susan MacKenty Brady

Institute Co-Chair; EVP of Linkage Solutions

Susan MacKenty Brady inspires, educates and ignites leaders globally on fostering a mindset of inclusion and self-awareness. As an expert in the advancement of women leaders, Susan advices C-level executives on how to create gender parity in organizations and motivates women to fully realize—and manifest—their leadership potential. As Executive Vice President of Linkage Solutions, Susan oversees the product management and marketing of Linkage’s two global solution areas: Purposeful Leadership & Advancing Women Leaders. She founded and now serves as co-chair of Linkage's Women in Leadership Institute™, which boasts a network of over 10,000 alumni worldwide and is now in its 19th year. Susan led the launch of Linkage’s work in Advancing Women Leaders and Inclusive Leadership, and guided the field research behind the 7 Leadership Hurdles Women Face in the Workplace™. She is the author of Mastering Your Inner Critic and 7 Other High Hurdles to Advancement (McGraw-Hill, November 2018), and The 30-Second Guide to Coaching Your Inner Critic (Linkage, 2014).

Molly Fletcher

Molly Fletcher

Former Sports Agent, Entrepreneur; Motivational Speaker

Molly Fletcher is a trailblazer in every sense of the word– a rare talent of business wisdom, relationship brilliance and unwavering optimism. As a CEO, she shares her unconventional and unique techniques that made her one of the first female sports agents in the high stakes, big ego world of professional sports and now a successful entrepreneur. Formerly, as president of client representation for sports and entertainment agency CSE, Molly spent two decades as one of the world’s only female sports agents. She was hailed as the “female Jerry Maguire” by CNN as she recruited and represented hundreds of sport’s biggest names. As she successfully negotiated over $500 million in contracts and built lasting relationships, she also observed and adopted the traits of those at the top of their game. Molly is the author of four books: Fearless At Work; A Winner’s Guide to Negotiating; The Business of Being the Best; and The 5 Best Tools to Find Your Dream Career.

Carla Harris

Carla Harris

Institute Co-chair; Author; Vice Chairman, Managing Director, Morgan Stanley

Carla Harris is a Vice Chairman, Wealth Management, Managing Director and Senior Client Advisor at Morgan Stanley. Ms. Harris has extensive industry experience in the technology, media, retail, telecommunications, transportation, industrial, and healthcare sectors. In August 2013, Ms. Harris was appointed by President Barack Obama to chair the National Women’s Business Council. Ms. Harris was recently named to Fortune Magazine’s list of “The 50 Most Powerful Black Executives in Corporate America,” U.S. Bankers “Top 25 Most Powerful Women in Finance” (2009, 2010, 2011), Black Enterprise’s “Top 75 Most Powerful Women in Business” (2010), Black Enterprise Magazine’s “Top 75 African Americans on Wall Street” (2006 – 2011), Essence Magazine’s list of “The 50 Women Who Are Shaping the World,” and “Woman of the Year 2004” by the Harvard Black Men’s Forum and in 2011 by the Yale Black Men’s Forum. Ms. Harris is also an author and gospel singer, and intensively committed to and involved in her community. 

Christine Whelan

Christine Whelan

Author; Professor; Speaker

Dr. Christine B. Whelan is an author, professor and speaker. Dr. Whelan is a clinical professor in the School of Human Ecology at the University of Wisconsin – Madison, and director of MORE: Money, Relationships and Equality. She has been published in The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, and The New York Times, among other national outlets. She is the author of The Big Picture: A Guide to Finding Your Purpose in Life (Templeton Press, 2016), Generation WTF: From "What the &%#$?" to a Wise, Tenacious and Fearless You (Templeton Press, 2011), Marry Smart: The Intelligent Woman's Guide to True Love (Simon & Schuster, 2009) and Why Smart Men Marry Smart Women (Simon & Schuster, 2006). 



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day 1Monday, November 12


Opening Remarks

Keynote: Susan MacKenty Brady on Being Aware

Assessment Review: Unlocking Your Best Insights

Learning Teams

Book Launch and Networking Reception

day 2Tuesday, November 13

Keynote: Christine Whelan on Being Clear

Coffee Break

Competency-Based Learning Sessions


Competency-Based Learning Sessions

Keynote: Simon Bailey on Inspiring

Networking Social

Learning Teams

day 3Wednesday, November 14

Keynote: Sandy Asch on Being Bold

Coffee Break

Competency-Based Learning Sessions


Keynote Presentation; Molly Fletcher on Being Connected

Competency-Based Learning Sessions

Executive Impact Award Panel

Learning Teams

day 4Thursday, November 15

Learning Teams

Keynote: Carla Harris on Being Influential

Closing Comments

Competency-Based Learning Sessions

Competency Session Topics:

  • Purpose
  • Networking/Communication

Competency-Based Learning Sessions

Competency Session Topics:

  • Purpose
  • Networking/Communication

Competency-Based Learning Sessions

Competency Session Topics:

  • Courage
  • Inner Critic

Competency-Based Learning Sessions

Competency Session Topics:

  • Courage
  • Inner Critic

Premier Partners

Dentsply Sirona  FedEx Ground  Lenovo  Lenovo  Lenovo  Medtronic  Lenovo  Lenovo  TEKsystems  Toyota  U.S. Bank  

Institute Partners 

American Family  DotFoods  DotFoods   Freddie Mac  Hyster-Yale   LPL Financial  LPL Financial  The Walt Disney Company

Academic Partner 

MIT Management Sloan School 


1-4 participants: $3,495/person
5-7 participants: $3,295/person
8-11 participants: $3,095/person
12-15 participants: $2,895/person
16+ participants: $2,695/person

Pricing subject to change on January 1, 2019.  Reserve your seat today.

Executive Forum for Advancing Women and Inclusion Tuition: $3,295/person 


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JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort

Hotel Accommodations

JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa
5350 E Marriott Dr
Phoenix, AZ 85054
Phone: +1.480.293.5000

Hotel rooms are not included in the Institute tuition. A block of rooms is being held at the JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa at a reduced rate for Institute participants. Discounted rooms are available on a first-come, first-served basis. To benefit from the Institute rate, you must act by October 22, 2018, and mention the Linkage Women in Leadership Institute when making your reservation.

Enrollment Policy
  1. Payment: Full tuition must be received in US funds. Group reservations will be billed to the primary contact unless otherwise specified.
  2. Cancellation: A $350 administrative fee will be applied to any cancellation at any time. After October 1, 2018, cancellation of any and all registrations—including “no shows”—is subject to the full Institute fee. An organization may substitute one paid participant for another at any time with no additional fees or charges.


Frequently Asked Questions

What is a typical day like at the Institute?
The days are filled with speakers, interactive learning team sessions, and networking opportunities. Importantly, the Institute is not a passive listening environment—we prefer for active participation to create a completely immersive experience. Because of your active role in the Institute, we suggest that you plan to be completely removed from work while on site—this will help you to get the most out of your experience.  
What is the difference between an Institute and other conferences?
Our Institutes are all based on competency models designed from years of market research. We draw the parallel to an accelerated university program, exploring a semester’s worth of information in a few days. The days are intense and require each participant’s full attention to ensure the maximum benefit. Prior to the event participants complete an online assessment designed to measure their proficiency in each competency—their assessment results influence their learning team placement.
What is a learning team?
Learning teams are small, facilitator-led groups that meet at designated times during the Institute to discuss the content from the sessions and how participants can apply key concepts to their own roles as leaders. Prior to the event, each attendee completes an assessment; Linkage then organizes learning teams based on individuals’ assessment results, taking into consideration each attendee’s title, function, and years of experience.
Will I be in a learning team with my colleagues?
Some organizations send a team and keep them together for the on-site experience, while others elect to have participants experience the Institute as individual leaders. Both experiences offer different benefits. For organizations that send an intact team, the group is able to view the Institute through the lens of a real-world opportunity or event from their organization. Alternately, organizations that choose to have team members dispersed across the learning teams benefit from exposing their leaders to a diverse group of peers with a variety of experiences and viewpoints.
Why do I complete an assessment before arriving at the Institute?
The assessment serves as the basis for the Institute experience, guiding participants’ placement in a learning team and individual learning tracks.
Why do I have to complete my assessment by a specific date?
In order to customize each participant’s on-site experience, all assessments must be completed by the date given in the confirmation email.
Is there a dress code?
Institute attire is business casual. We suggest that participants wear comfortable shoes and dress in layers, as the day’s program will move between rooms in the hotel and the temperature can vary.   
What if I have dietary restrictions?
Please notify us at if someone in your party has special dietary needs. Participants should also identify themselves to a member of the wait staff on site at each meal.