Women in Technical Leadership

Join other women working in STEM careers to explore the unique challenges facing women as they navigate growth and leadership tracks within traditionally male-dominated fields.

Program Overview

Program Details

Upcoming Program Dates

October 8 – 10, 2019

January 21 – 23, 2020


The Aloft Hotel, Hillsborough Street, Raleigh, NC



Program fee includes all class materials, simulation license fees, faculty coaching, and most meals.

Despite more women pursuing careers in science and technology than ever before, an increasing number are also abandoning these fields prematurely. While all aspiring leaders face adversity, men continue to fill the majority of leadership roles in these fields. The resulting gender imbalance has left many ambitious, talented women questioning both their value and long-term viability in their once boldly-chosen career paths.

To combat these challenges, Women in Technical Leadership teaches high-potential businesswomen in STEM fields the specific strategies and tools they need to demonstrate and communicate their value more effectively to key stakeholders, and expand their portfolio of leadership experiences in their field.

Participants will learn skills in negotiation, conflict management, emotional intelligence, design thinking, change management, and more; all directly and immediately applicable to advancing their careers and overcoming the challenges they face as women in science and technology.

Moving Women in Tech Forward.

Key Takeaways

After this program, you will be able to…

  • Navigate the “double bind” challenge facing women in leadership; that is, If they’re assertive leaders, they may be viewed as domineering and abrasive, thus encountering resistance; if they aren’t assertive enough, they may be viewed as weak making it potentially more challenging to get support within the organization
  • Use emotional intelligence to judiciously yet empathetically manage interpersonal relationships
  • Leverage design thinking principles to drive innovation
  • Understand your personal communication preferences and those of others
  • Identify critical decision points when managing change
  • Outmaneuver typical negotiation traps to which women are often susceptible


Program Sessions

World-class Instructors

Learn from our program experts — widely recognized as skilled educators, successful change agents, groundbreaking researchers, and award-winning authors — as they use their extensive industry backgrounds, consulting successes, field-based research, and experiential learning techniques to address the complex challenges facing women business leaders across the globe.

Who should attend

  • Early to mid-career women in technical roles aspiring to improve their leadership effectiveness and impact and advance within their current career path
  • Women in fields where they are in the gender minority, including: engineering, software use/development, IT, data science, analytics, supply chain, biotech, and scientific research
  • Identified high-potentials seeking to lead organizational change initiatives
  • Women seeking to inspire others and create influence at all levels of their organization


***Participants should have technical backgrounds and tech-oriented responsibilities within their current job role***


Participant Experiences

Suzanne Jacobs, Innovation Manager at Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina

“I’m the only woman on my team at work. When I spent three days in a room full of women, it showed me a dimension of what work would be like if I engaged with women more often. It was very refreshing and eye-opening to be with a group of women in the same field sharing insights and approaches. It was powerful! As a participant in the inaugural program, I was amazed at both the quality of the content and the engagement between everyone involved. I can only imagine how much better this is going to get over time."

Preethi Thomas, Software Engineering Associate Manager at Red Hat

"I attended first The Women In Tech leadership training at NC State from June 12-14. The experience level of the attendees was diverse, including individual contributors and women with wide range of experience in leadership roles. Overall, this program was three days well spent networking and learning new strategies and tools to sharpen my leadership skills with an amazing group of women.”


To enroll in this program, please complete the application at the link below.




Questions about this program? Please email our program director, Myra Moses, at mgmoses@ncsu.edu.