Certificate in Women’s Entrepreneurial Leadership

Launch Your Ideas With Confidence


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About this Program

This program is currently on hiatus and will be offered again in the 2025-26 academic year. To get updates, sign up for program updates ("Want to Get the Latest?") below.

Starting your own business or a new venture requires an idea — and an entrepreneurial mindset. Achieving your vision also often requires strong professional and community connections, especially for women-led ventures. According to the World Economic Forum, having access to mentors and supportive networks is key to empowering anyone who wants to build business skills and confidence and bring their ideas to life.

In this program, you’ll learn to craft compelling pitches for your ideas and make sound business decisions in finance, sales and marketing, human resources, and more. You’ll understand common traits of successful startups, investors and intrapreneurs, and you’ll meet inspiring entrepreneurs who were once on a similar path. From day one, you’ll become part of a collaborative peer-to-peer network, and you’ll learn directly from our mentors and instructors, who bring extensive knowledge of the entrepreneurial ecosystem.

Designed For

Anyone who wants to start or operate their own business, join an early-stage startup, pitch a new venture at their current workplace, or become a stronger leader. Also good for investors, business partners or others who want to support women’s entrepreneurship.

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Video Overview

Instructor Kia Davis discusses the value of learning how to be an entrepreneur through this program and the holistic set of tools and support it provides.

Duration: 3:08

What You’ll Learn

  • How to make great business decisions and implement a winning launch strategy
  • Ways to tackle fears, overcome obstacles and dive deep into the personal motivations that fuel your drive
  • Essential skills for building a network of partners, suppliers and customers
  • Strategies to confidently navigate the entrepreneurial ecosystem
  • Insights on your leadership style, personal strengths and areas for improvement

Get Hands-On Experience

  • Build a business plan, pitch your idea and get direct feedback from established entrepreneurs and investors
  • Develop networks with fellow entrepreneurs and work in small teams to support each other's ideas
  • Learn to leverage your strengths with the guidance of our leadership coaches

Discover even more about Seattle's thriving entrepreneurial community via WE Lead at the Buerk Center for Entrepreneurship.

Earn a Joint UW-WWU Certificate

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This certificate program is a partnership of UW Professional & Continuing Education and Western Washington University Professional and Continuing Education. When you complete the program, you'll earn a joint UW-WWU certificate.


You may be eligible for a scholarship or funding to cover some of the costs of this program, including:

▸ Women's Entrepreneurial Leadership (WEL) Certificate Scholarship
▸ Western Washington University scholarships 

​After you apply and are accepted into the WEL Certificate program, you'll receive additional information about scholarship opportunities. Scholarships are awarded based on financial need and the potential of the program to positively impact your career.


Connect with an enrollment coach to learn more about this offering. Or if you need help finding the right certificate, specialization or course for you, reach out to explore your options.


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.

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