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Northern Women in Leadership

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About this course

This unique course is for women in leadership roles at all levels. It will address how female leaders in business can advance their career in times of change, maximise business objectives, and manage the demands of modern leadership.

In each module, delegates will gain an enhanced understanding of their own capabilities, develop new skills and knowledge, increase networking, and develop objectives and plans for their leadership roles. In this unique, interactive programme, we will blend practitioner experience with the wider evidence-base, to encourage debate, problem-solving, and action learning. As well as benefiting individuals, the outcomes from this course will be directly transferable into organisations. The programme leads will offer local and global expertise and experiences from a range of sectors and disciplines. 


  • In the short term, organisations will benefit from increased engagement as well as better use of talent. Delegates will develop their own leadership blueprint and increase their self-confidence.
  • In the medium term this course will enable delegates to build a profile through a network of women leaders, opening up new opportunities for support, mentoring and being a role model.
  • In the long term you will be following a path of continuous learning, leveraging the resources of our professional university. 

What does the programme offer?

The programme has been designed as 4 x one-day modules, with pre-work and inter-module work included. Participants will need to attend all four days.

Topics include:

  • Executive Presence & Visibility
  • Authentic Leadership
  • Delegation and Feedback
  • Influence and Building Relationships
  • Accountability for Results
  • Business & Financial Acumen
  • Change Management
  • Corporate Stamina 

Who should attend:

The programme is designed for women who:

  • Are currently in leadership positions, with direct reports
  • Aspire to more senior levels of management
  • Seek to refresh skills and knowledge, or enhance their professional influence
  • Are entrepreneurs or business owners
  • Are prepared to engage openly and share their own experiences of leadership 

We can also work with you to create bespoke courses that are tailor-made for you and to fit the needs of your organisation. To contact our expert staff to create a bespoke course and to receive updates about Continuing Professional Development courses, please fill out the enquiry form.

Learn from the Best

Northumbria University is a research-rich, business-focused, professional university with a global reputation for academic quality. We work with public, private and cultural sector organisations in the North East of England and beyond.

Course Leads:

Ruth SacksRuth Sacks

Ruth works in Leadership and Organisational Development as part of the Corporate and Executive Development Centre in the Newcastle Business school at Northumbria University. 

Her areas of interest are the changing roles of leadership and the impact of diversity within the context of organisation development. Ruth created and directed the successful Women for the Board programme at Westminster Business School. She also runs an independent consultancy company Boardroom Focus .

Ruth is a contributing author to the recently published:   More Women on Boards, An International Perspective (2018)  eds: Devnew.L, Janzen Le Ber, M., Torchia, M. Burke,R  Vol.7  IAP         

Sacks, R. Maatwk, F. (2018) Analysis of the Perceived Role and Value of Women’s Support Networks in Helping Women Gain a Board Position, 

Hannah Hesselgreaves

Hannah Hesselgreaves joined Northumbria University as an Associate Professor in 2018. She is the Enterprise and Engagement Lead for the Department of Leadership and HRM, and Programme Lead for the MSc Leadership and Management. Hannah also founded her own research company and has driven many research and consultancy projects commissioned across the public sector.

Learning Environment

The Northern Women Leadership Programme will take place in the brand new Business Hub located on the 3rd Floor of the Sandyford Building, and the conference will be held in the Great Hall in Sutherland Building.

The Business Hub opened in October 2018 in response to the need for a high quality, professional, technology-enabled space. The Hub provides a welcoming environment, consisting of two meeting rooms, a boardroom and a large programme delivery room which can be split to deliver short courses, workshops and continuing professional developments for external clients.

Research- rich Learning

Throughout your course you will be an active participant in the on-going research agenda. With conferences and research events regularly taking place, and with staff discussing their own research as it relates to the topics you will study, there is a strong emphasis on engaging in up-to-date enquiry-based learning.

Course info

Award Type Short Course

Delivery Method Four one-day modules

Sector Leadership and Management

Location City Campus

Start Thursday 5 March 2020; Thursday 2 April 2020; Thursday 21 May 2020; Friday 12 June 2020

Duration The four-day programme will take place one day a month from March to June 2020.

The four-day programme will take place one day a month from March to June 2020. 

Thursday 5 March 2020

Thursday 2 April 2020

Thursday 21 May 2020

Friday 12 June 2020

There are no entry requirements to attend this course


By the end of the programme, participants will;

  • have a better understanding of their leadership purpose, strengths and values 
  • feel more confident in their strengths to lead and communicate with authenticity 
  • have improved their networking  skills 
  • be more assertive in their use of negotiation strategies 
  • be able to navigate organisation politics with more confidence
  • have an improved understanding of the organisation’s financial context and its impact on their role
  • be more aware of how to use and develop their personal gravitas
  • have a clearer career direction and strategies to achieve their professional goals



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