November 8-11, 2016
Dallas, TX

Where opportunity and
inspiration meet.

Accelerating the development of women leaders since 1997.
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™ in Dallas, Texas, on November 8-11, 2016 to dig deeper into these questions and challenges, and to be a part of the thinking and potential solutions.

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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.


Returning in 2016 for all alumnae of the Women in Leadership Institute:
The Women in Leadership Alumnae Program

Take your leadership journey to the next level, with even deeper dives and more focused group discussions with renown faculty as a part of your 2016 Institute learning experience. 

Join us at the 2016 Women in Leadership Alumnae Program, held during the Institute, for a rare opportunity to explore in greater depth the insights shared at WIL. The program features new alumnae-only content delivered by our faculty in an intimate, dialogue-oriented setting. In addition, ample time will be built in for collaboration and our distinctive learning team sessions. 

Space is limited for this program. To participate in the Alumnae program, please email or call +1.781.402.5555 for more information.

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Revised for 2016! The Forum for REAL Change:
Partners for Advancing Women

Senior leaders are challenged each and every day to ensure their organizations are capable and ready to drive innovation and breakthrough results in increasingly competitive environments. 

At the heart of the most successful companies is the commitment, strategic intention and true action in driving gender parity: ensuring that high potential employees from across the talent pool have the opportunities to amplify impact and achieve maximum results for their organizations. But while the intentions of gender parity may be clear, the reality of building a gender neutral organization may not be as clear, or easy.

This two-day executive forum, run in conjunction with our Women in Leadership Institute, is for all senior executives committed to supporting, creating and sustaining inclusive leadership practices and uncovering and resolving organizational and unconscious bias.

Space is limited for this program. To participate in the Forum for REAL Change (Revolutionizing Executives, Advancing Leaders), please email or call +1.781.402.5555 for more information.

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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 3-, 6-, 9-, or 12-month terms—call +1.781.402.5555 for details, or click here to learn more.


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 11 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 Year of Learning™ to continue your growth.

As an Institute participant, you’ll receive a full year of access to the LinkageNetwork™, an online learning environment featuring webinars, broadcasts, and content designed to expand on the competencies addressed at the Institute.

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Susan MacKenty Brady

Susan MacKenty Brady

EVP, Global Program Strategy & Development, Linkage; author; Institute Co-chair

Susan MacKenty Brady is the Executive Vice President of Global Program Strategy & Development at Linkage. Ms. Brady is an expert speaker, coach, and facilitator, and has extensive experience in building executives and leaders across all levels. Her coaching philosophy rests on the premise that behavior change comes from understanding the specific behaviors that may be preventing leaders from operating at their highest level of performance and then focusing on these behaviors in a deep and practical way. Ms. Brady is well known for her success designing and implementing targeted leadership initiatives focused on advancing women leaders. She is a contributing author of the book Enlightened Power: How Women Are Transforming the Path to Leadership. She published The 30-Second Guide to Coaching Your Inner Critic, co-authored Coaching Your Inner Critic on, and is currently writing her next book, The 30-Second Guide to Coaching Your Inner Jerk, which will be published Fall of 2016.

Juliet Funt

Juliet Funt

Founder & Owner, WhiteSpace at Work

Juliet Funt is the founder and owner of WhiteSpace at Work, a training and consulting firm that helps organizations, their leaders and employees flip the norms of business in order to reclaim their creativity, productivity and engagement. With thought-provoking content and immediately actionable tools, she has become a nationally recognized expert in coping with the Age of Overload, in which we all live and work. Her clients include a number of Fortune 100 companies and span a wide array of industries, from financial services to technology, manufacturing to the military, executive workshops to audiences as large as 7,000. Ms. Funt is a corporate speaker and consultant, a business owner, a wife, and a mother of three.

Carla Harris

Carla Harris

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

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. 

Jill Ihsanullah

Jill Ihsanullah

Practice Area Leader, Advancing Women Leaders, Linkage

Jill Ihsanullah, PhD, is a Principal Consultant at Linkage. An industrial/organizational psychologist, leadership consultant, and executive coach, she specializes in building strategic competency models to drive performance, and creating the systems and tools to support them. Dr. Ihsanullah has significant experience in mergers and acquisitions, change communication, the creation of new organizational structures, career paths, and assessment of large groups of employees for job placement. Most recently, she integrated her passion for leadership with her expertise in measurement as the architect of Linkage’s Return on Leadership Development system, a unique offering designed to measure the bottom-line impact of leadership development efforts. She holds a BA in psychology from Connecticut College and an MS and PhD in industrial/organizational psychology from Purdue University, where her research focused on measurement, decision making, and leadership styles.

Michael Kimmel

Michael Kimmel

Founder, Center for the Study of Men and Masculinities; Best-selling author

Michael Kimmel is one of the world’s leading experts on men and masculinities. He is the SUNY Distinguished Professor of Sociology and Gender Studies at Stony Brook University. Among his many books are Manhood in America, Angry White Men, The Politics of Manhood, The Gendered Society and the best seller Guyland: The Perilous World Where Boys Become Men. With funding from the MacArthur Foundation, he founded the Center for the Study of Men and Masculinities at Stony Brook in 2013. A tireless advocate of engaging men to support gender equality, Mr. Kimmel has lectured at more than 300 college, universities and high schools. He has delivered the International Women’s Day annual lecture at the European Parliament, the European Commission and the Council of Europe. He consults widely with corporations, NGOs and public sector organizations on gender equity issues, and was recently called “the world’s most prominent male feminist” in The Guardian newspaper in London.

Dalia Mogahed

Dalia Mogahed

Director of Research at the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding; author

Dalia Mogahed is the Director of Research at the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding, where she leads the organization's pioneering research and thought leadership programs on American Muslims. Mogahed is former Executive Director of the Gallup Center for Muslim Studies, where she led the analysis of surveys of Muslim communities worldwide. With John L. Esposito, she coauthored the book Who Speaks for Islam? What a Billion Muslims Really Think. President Barack Obama appointed Mogahed to the President’s Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships in 2009. She was invited to testify before the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations about U.S. engagement with Muslim communities, and she provided significant contributions to the Homeland Security Advisory Council’s Countering Violent Extremism Working Group recommendations. She is a frequent expert commentator in global media outlets and international forums. She is also the CEO of Mogahed Consulting.

Liz Wiseman

Liz Wiseman

President, The Wiseman Group; author

Liz Wiseman is a researcher, executive advisor, and speaker who teaches leaders around the world. She is the author of three best-selling books: Rookie Smarts: Why Learning Beats Knowing in the New Game of Work, Multipliers: How the Best Leaders Make Everyone Smarter and The Multiplier Effect: Tapping the Genius Inside Our Schools. Liz is a former executive from Oracle Corporation. She writes regularly for Harvard Business Review and Fortune and her work has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Fast Company, Entrepreneur, Inc. and Time Magazines. Liz has been listed on the biennial Thinkers50 ranking for 2013 and 2015, and named as one of the top 10 leadership thinkers in the world.


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day 1Tuesday, November 8


Opening Remarks

Liz Wiseman on Inspiring Commitment

Assessment Review: Unlocking Your Best Insights

Learning Teams

Networking Session

day 2Wednesday, November 9


Jill Ihsanullah on Influence

Coffee Break

Competency-Based Learning Sessions


Competency-Based Learning Sessions

Networking & Ice Cream Social

Carla Harris on Being Bold

Learning Teams

day 3Thursday, November 10


Susan MacKenty Brady on Awareness

Coffee Break

Competency-Based Learning Sessions

Juliet Funt on Clarity


Reflection Time

Michael Kimmel on Connectedness

Executive Impact Award Ceremony

Learning Teams

day 4Friday, November 11

Breakfast in Learning Teams

Coffee Break

Competency-Based Learning Sessions

Dalia Mogahed on Connectedness

Closing Comments

Premier Partner

First American McKesson Parexel TEKsystems Toyota

Institute Partner

Freddie Mac 

Omni Dallas Hotel

Hotel Accommodations

Omni Dallas Hotel
555 S Lamar Street
Dallas, TX 75202 USA
Phone: +1.214.744.6664

Hotel rooms are not included in the Institute tuition. A block of rooms is being held at the Omni Dallas Hotel 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 16, 2016, 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 September 27, 2016, 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.


1-3 participants: $3,495/person
4-6 participants: $3,295/person
7-10 participants: $3,095/person
11-15 participants: $2,895/person
16+ participants: $2,695/person

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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.