Become an Entrepreneurial Leader
Next start date:
January 4, 2020
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.
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.
This is a program for aspiring entrepreneurs, intrapreneurs and innovators, with no formal admission requirements. Students at all levels are encouraged to apply.
If you're not a native English speaker, you’ll need to have at least basic English language skills to enroll. To learn more, see English Language Proficiency Requirements.
To enroll, international students must have a visa that permits study in the United States. This program does not enable students to obtain or maintain F-1 visa status. For more information, see Admission Requirements for International Students.
You must have access to a computer, and we recommend a high-speed internet connection.
You earn the certificate by adhering to the program's attendance policy and successfully completing all required courses. For more information, see Earning the Certificate.
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.
Designing a New Venture
Pitching & Launching Your New Venture
Certificate in Women’s Entrepreneurial Leadership
Approved by the UW Foster School of Business.
View this program's advisory board.
Each of our programs uses an advisory board to review content, guide design and recommend updates to ensure the program remains current as the field of study evolves. By tapping the minds of the top thinkers, doers and leaders in the field, we offer a transformational learning experience. The following individuals serve as the advisory board for this program.
Mamtha Banerjee, Senior Director of Technology, Expedia
Brian Ficken, Director, Seattle Pacific Foundation
Star Fischer, Partner, R&D Tax Services, Moss Adams LLP
Judy Loehr, Enterprise SaaS Startup Adviser, Bayla Ventures
Janis Machala, Managing Partner, Paladin Partners
Rana Muminoglu, Finance & Growth Strategy Consultant
Ashley Pan, Program Manager, UW Continuum College
Selina Petosa, Founder and Chief Creative Officer, Rational Interaction
Heather Redman, Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Flying Fish Partners
Jane Reisman, Founder and Senior Advisor of ORS Impact, Founder and Partner of Moving Beyond
Jaren Schwartz, Director, Create33
Kapil Sharma, Managing Director, Zachary Scott & Co.
Shauna Swerland, CEO, Fuel Talent
Jin Zhang, Director of Technical Product Management, Amazon Web Services
Cindy Zu, Senior Business Development Executive, PitchBook Data
Join an upcoming information session to learn more about the program, curriculum and instructors.
“The UW program gave me a lot of connections, which is very useful. It’s given me a powerful voice in the industry.”
Enjoy a blend of in-person classes and online study. You’ll learn with the same group of students throughout the program, getting ample opportunity to connect with each other and your instructors. Learn More »
Founder and CEO, Artemis Corporation
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