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Certificate in Women’s Entrepreneurial Leadership

Become an Entrepreneurial Leader

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Program Details

  • Location: Online
  • Duration: 6 months
  • Times: Weekends, Flexible
  • Cost: $3,797

Next start date:

January 9, 2021

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About this Program


The number of female-owned businesses in the United States has soared in recent years. One major study found that the number of these companies increased nearly five times faster than overall business growth between 2007 and 2018. As Angela Braly, the former CEO of WellPoint Health Networks, once said, "The most important factor in determining whether you will succeed isn't your gender, it's you. Be open to opportunity and take risks.”

This certificate program explores the fundamental principles of entrepreneurship that are paramount for success in today’s business climate. You’ll learn what makes for a compelling vision and how to craft a business plan to execute that vision. We’ll examine all major aspects of founding and operating a business — finance, sales and marketing, HR, management and more — and discuss common traits of successful startups. We’ll also explore key roles within the broader entrepreneurial ecosystem. 

Designed For

Women who want to start or operate their own business, join an early-stage startup, invest in or advise a new company, pitch a new venture at their current workplace or become leaders. 

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What You’ll Learn

  • How to refine your vision to design a business model and implement a winning business strategy
  • Methods for defining customer segments, needs and pain points and for optimizing sales and marketing channels
  • Essential skills for budgeting, financial modeling, forecasting, and risk assessment and mitigation
  • Strategies for pitching a proposal to investors, partners and management
  • Insights on your leadership style and tips for overcoming common barriers facing women in the workplace

Get Hands-On Experience

  • Build and pitch your business plan and get guidance and inspiration from established entrepreneurs and investors
  • Work in teams to evaluate and support each other’s ideas
  • Reflect on how to leverage your strengths with the guidance of a leadership coach

Earn Joint UW-WWU Certificate

The autumn 2020 offering of this certificate program is jointly offered by UW Professional & Continuing Education and Western Washington University Outreach and Continuing Education. When you complete the program, you’ll receive a joint UW-WWU certificate.

Program Overview

Complete the courses listed below to earn the certificate. You may be able to take individual courses without enrolling in the certificate program; check the course pages for details.

Learning Format

Online With Real-Time Meetings

Combine the convenience of online learning with the immediacy of real-time interaction. You’ll stream courses online and interact with your instructors and fellow students via chat, web conferencing or phone, all in real time. Learn More »

Program Sessions

Online With Real-Time Meetings

Closed Sessions

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