I've literally never been in a group of women like this before. It has been inspiring and it actually feels like a place where I belong.
— Christina, Fall 2021 Cohort

Tackling the challenges of today’s business environment demands that female leaders bring every tool and resource they have to the table.

Human capital is critical, and no organization can succeed in an ever-changing business climate without its best talent at-the-ready. And yet recent events have heightened the already daunting challenge of developing and retaining our best female leaders. Women Who Mean Business is designed specifically to arm already successful leaders with the tools and perspectives they need to not only stay and thrive in the workplace but to achieve their full potential.
It's unique and empowering. You find a group of women who you can relate to, learn from, and contribute to as well.
— Suzanne, Fall 2021 Cohort
4 Sessions, One Goal:
Rise with Confidence
Consisting of four, two-day hands-on sessions conducted over a six-month timeframe, the program offers real-world experiences and the tools needed to rise to the top.

Program Overview

Women Who Mean Business is an executive leadership development program for high-achievers in rising leadership roles eager to accelerate their careers. Taught by two CEOs and University of Texas McCombs School of Business Hall of Fame honorees, Gay Gaddis and Lynn Utter, the program brings Gaddis’s entrepreneurial background and Utter’s corporate experience together for a comprehensive leadership program for rapid career advancement.
I am walking away inspired and already have tools I will use for my career conversations.
— Vianney, Fall 2021 Cohort

Advice From Our Participants

  • Make Connections
    "I want all the female bosses I know to complete this program. The specific time to set aside for learning is so necessary for growth. I feel like I have a core group of connections I could reach out to in any moment personally or professionally for support, and that is the impactful value of this program!"
  • Push Yourself
    "This program really has helped me to think a lot about where I am and where I'm going in my career while giving me perspective I otherwise would never have gained. I'd recommend for any woman who wants to take the next step to push herself towards both self-discovery and professional potential."
  • Get Inspired
    "This is the first time I have ever been in a room of such accomplished, ambitious women. It's really inspiring - not just all the presenters (who have been fantastic), but also the cohort of women. The topics are really relevant to my work and this program has really made me sit down and think about what I really want to get out of life."
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Key Takeaways

Find your unique and successful leadership style
Learn how to create value for your key stakeholders
Hone your decision-making, communication, negotiation, executive presence, and team-building skills
Gain insights into how other successful executives have navigated personal and professional success
Lifelong strategies to support your ongoing leadership learning and development
A vibrant network of like-minded business executives

How It Works

4 Sessions
2-Days Per Session
Program Duration
6 Months to Complete
Cohort Size
Limited to 40 Participants
Verifiable Social Badge
with Certificate of Completion
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Instructor-led, In-Person

Who Should Apply

Women Who Mean Business is designed for high potential leaders who have a track record of success with 5+ years of experience.
Entrepreneurs and business owners
Those identified as high-potential talent by their organizations
Rising leaders with 5+ years of leadership experience who currently lead teams or have direct reports
Mid- and senior-level managers who aspire to positions of greater influence and authority in their organizations
Rising leaders that work for corporations, nonprofits, the military and government agencies

Program Highlights

Explore how to use your power, strengthen your influence, and transform your leadership skills and career trajectory.

The Course is taught in-person at the University of Texas AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center in Austin, Texas, and participants will be expected to arrive in time for dinner Thursday evening and will depart after each session ends mid-Friday afternoon. Participants will be expected to stay on-site, with one overnight stay each session, and will have homework exercises to complete between sessions.

Learn and Recharge
in Austin, TX
The program is held on the beautiful campus of the University of Texas at the AT&T Executive Education Center, located in the heart of downtown Austin.

Session Dates & Program Cost

Join forces with McCombs School of Business to prepare for a successful transition to senior leadership
Program Dates
The program consists of four, two-day hands-on sessions conducted over a six-month timeframe.
Session Dates:
Session 1: Sep 6-7, 2023
Session 2: Nov 30-Dec 1, 2023
Session 3: Jan 25-26, 2024
Session 4: April 4-5, 2024

Women Who Mean Business Program
Course Completion
CEU/CPE Credit
Participants earn 1.4 CEUs and/or 14 CPEs for this course. A certificate of completion will be presented from Texas Executive Education.
Certificate Course Credits
All WWMB participants will be invited to register for a Reunion after program completion. This 1-day, immersive experience offers a chance to continue learning and reconnect with past WWMB graduates. Learn More >>
Applications for cohort 4 are now open!
The AT&T Executive Center & Hotel

Located on the edge of The University of Texas at Austin campus, the AT&T Hotel & Executive Education and Conference Center is a state-of-the-art facility that offers Texas Executive Education participants a comfortable and convenient location to learn and stay during their program.

Employer Reimbursement

Courses offered by Texas Executive Education often qualify for employer reimbursement.
Have Questions?
Feel free to contact us with any questions about this program.
100% Participation Policy
One of the cornerstones of the Women Who Mean Business program is the network we build within each Cohort offering support throughout and beyond our time together. Every session includes time to reflect, discuss and build trust with a Circle of participants within your Cohort. When a participant is not present, their Circle and Cohort suffers. Therefore, to be respectful of your fellow participates, we require 100% participation in every session to graduate and receive a certificate. Session materials can be found on Canvas following each session, but sessions cannot be made up at a later date.