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WOMEN WHO MEAN BUSINESS

TEXAS EXECUTIVE EDUCATION PROGRAM

WOMEN WHO MEAN BUSINESS

TEXAS EXECUTIVE EDUCATION PROGRAM

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 women with the tools and perspectives they need to not only stay and thrive in the workplace but to achieve their full potential.
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-achieving women 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.
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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 50 Participants
Completion
Verifiable Social Badge
with Certificate of Completion
Apply or Nominate
Apply or Nominate a Rising Leader in Your Organization
Model
Instructor-led, In-Person

Who Should Apply

Women Who Mean Business is designed for high potential female 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 female leaders that work for corporations, nonprofits, the military and government agencies
Women Who Mean Business
Application Deadline: Aug 20, 2021

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.

Harness Your Superpowers
Increase self-awareness and confidence, and instill personal accountability for your professional growth.

Topics
  • Self-Awareness and Personality Types
  • Building Your Personal Brand: What Makes You Unique and Authentic?
  • Team Dynamics – Diversity and Shoring up Blind Spots
  • Networking (Beyond the Cocktail Party; Currency and Coinage)
  • Cultivating Your Personal Board of Directors
  • Goal Setting (Again, and Again)
Deliver The Goods
Elevate your understanding of what it means to create value in a professional context.

Topics
  • Value Creation
  • Big Changes to Big Things
  • Adaptability and Innovation
  • Negotiation
  • Professional Risk Taking and Ambition
  • Decision Making
  • Power: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly
  • Building Your Team: Courage and Compassion
Build Your Executive Presence
Probe the opportunity to build and leverage your executive presence in a modern context embracing diversity and inclusion.

Topics
  • Executive Presence
  • Understanding Bias
  • Walking away from F.U.D. (fear, uncertainty and doubt)
  • Grit and Perseverance
  • Opting In (-or- the Cost of Opting Out)
Channel Your Ambition
Build your personal development plan and a process for self-renewal.

Topics
  • Build Trust
  • Building a Kick Ass Culture
  • Mentors, Sponsors, and Circles
  • Know Thyself (Personal Values)
  • Personal Risk Taking
  • Having It All: Designing Your Life
About Your Instructor
Gay Gaddis 

T3 Founder, Author, Artist, and Entrepreneurial Trailblazer


Gay Gaddis is the founder of T3, an innovative digital and marketing agency that grew into the largest woman-owned independent agency in the U.S., with offices in Austin, New York, Atlanta, Chicago and San Francisco. Under Gay’s leadership for over 30 years, T3 rose to national prominence developing digital solutions for clients such as Dell, UPS, Allstate, 7Eleven, Capital One, amongst others. In November 2019, Gay sold T3 into acquisition by Lieberman Research Worldwide (LRW).


Today, Gay is focusing her always-on energy to empower entrepreneurs and the next generation of business leaders to take big leaps in their careers and lives. She is an active speaker on women’s leadership, company culture and entrepreneurship. Her book, Cowgirl Power, released in January 2018, shares insights and examples for women to develop personal power and lead like fearless cowgirls. Gay is also a regular contributor to Forbes and a part of the Fortune’s Powerful Women Insider Network.


Gay is the first female Chairman of the Texas Business Leadership Council and is former Chairman of The Committee of 200 (C200), a leading organization that advances women’s leadership in business, and is on the Board of Directors of the Texas Cultural Trust. She’s also an immediate past board member for Monotype Imaging Holdings, Inc.


Throughout her career, Gay has received numerous awards including the Liz Carpenter Lifetime Achievement Award by Women Communicators of Austin, Fast Company’s “Top 25 Women Business Builders,” Inc Magazine’s “Top 10 Entrepreneurs of the Year,” C200’s Luminary Award for Entrepreneurial Excellence and was recently inducted to the McCombs School of Business Hall of Fame.


After graduating Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Fine Arts, inducted into Mortar Board and being named one of the top three “Outstanding Students” in her class, Gay is still deeply involved with the University of Texas at Austin. She is on the board and Executive Committee member of Texas Exes, the official alumni association of The University of Texas, is part of the Dean’s Advisory Council to The University of Texas McCombs School of Business, and is an advisor for both the College of Fine Arts and the Moody College of Communication.


As an artist, Gaddis’ bold and vibrant paintings have been shown in several prestigious galleries around the country including a solo show at The Curator Gallery in New York City, featured in Paper Magazine and by Texas Monthly magazine naming Gaddis as one of the “Top Ten Artists to Collect Now.” Gaddis and her husband own and operate the Double Heart Ranch in the Texas Hill Country which houses Gay’s private art studio and gallery.

About Your Instructor
Lynn Utter

Independent Director of WESCO International, Lincoln National, NextEra Energy, and Vista Outdoor Operating Partner, Atlas Holdings, LLC


Lynn’s career is grounded in distribution and supply chain excellence. Her reputation was built in the food and beverage sector and more recently has extended to more industrial spaces. Lynn is an experienced operator having served as the Chief Executive Officer for First Source LLC, the largest packager and distributor of candy and specialty foods in the United States. Prior to First Source, she served as the global President and Chief Operating Officer of Knoll Office. At Coors Brewing Company Lynn’s roles included Chief Strategy Officer, President of Coors’ Distributing Company, and Group VP over Coors’ container manufacturing joint ventures. Her previous experience includes six years with PepsiCo/Frito-Lay, and four years with Strategic Planning Associates in Washington, D.C..


In recent years Lynn has transitioned fully to corporate board service. She currently serves as an Independent Director for four publicly traded companies, WESCO Distribution, Lincoln Financial, NextEra Energy and Vista Outdoor. Lynn formerly chaired the board for private equity-backed Merchants Metals and now serves as an Operating Partner for Merchants’ former financial sponsor, Atlas Holdings, LLC.


Lynn has also served on a myriad of not-for-profit boards within The University of Texas, The Aspen Institute, and United Way; and recently co-chaired the Stanford GSB's Task Force on Women. She was inducted to the McCombs School of Business Hall of Fame, received the Paradigm Award from the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, has been twice recognized as a recipient of Stanford University’s Award of Merit, and was honored as an Outstanding Young Texas Ex. Lynn received a bachelor's degree in business administration from The University of Texas’ Business Honors Program, and she earned an MBA from Stanford. Lynn and her husband share an empty nest in Philadelphia, PA.


Lynn appreciates that her path has been paved with a combination of education, hard work, privilege and mentorship. Sharing her experiences and insights with talented and ambitious businesswomen so that they can more readily navigate their own personal paths to success is an opportunity and responsibility she embraces. Lynn loves working with Women Who Mean Business.

“THE TIME TO STEP UP TO OUR LEADERSHIP POTENTIAL IS NOW.”
— LYNN UTTER
“LEADERSHIP IS SHIFTING IN A WAY THAT’S ALIGNED TO WOMEN’S NATURAL STRENGTHS.”
— GAY GADDIS
Women Who Mean Business
Application Deadline: Aug 20, 2021
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
Application Deadline: Aug 20, 2021
Program Dates
The program consists of four, two-day hands-on sessions conducted over a six-month timeframe.
Session dates are as follows:
Session 1: Sept 9 - 10, 2021
Session 2: Nov 18 - 19, 2021
Session 3: Jan 27 - 28, 2022
Session 4: Mar 24 - 25, 2022
Cost
Women Who Mean Business Program
$8,350
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
 1.00
Accommodations
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.
Sample Justification Email/Letter
Need help convincing your manager to approve the time and cost related to taking this course? Use this customizable template as a starting point to help demonstrate the value of the program for your organization.

Dear [YOUR MANAGER'S NAME],

I would like your approval to attend Women Who Mean Business, an immersive program for rising female leaders. The program consists of four, two-day hands-on sessions over a six-month timeframe (Sept 9-10, 2021; Nov 18-19, 2021; Jan 27-28, 2022; and March 24-25, 2022). Taught by two CEOs and University of Texas McCombs School of Business Hall of Fame winners, Gay Gaddis and Lynn Utter, the program brings entrepreneurial skills and corporate experiences together for a comprehensive leadership program for rapid career advancement. This program will offer me real-world experiences and the tools needed to dramatically improve the [ADD YOUR PRODUCTS/SERVICES] we deliver and how we work internally.

This class is in-person and interactive at the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas, Austin. It will include lectures, small group exercises, key speakers, and networking events as well as a McCombs School of Business certificate of completion.

Topics will include:

● Value Creation
● Difficult Decisions
● Risk-Taking
● Adaptability and Innovation
● Negotiation
● Power Dynamics
● Team Building
● Understanding Bias and Intentional Inclusion
● Executive Presence
● Grit and Perseverance
● Self-awareness and Personal Development Planning

After each session, I will be able to share tangible takeaways and learnings with our whole team. Additionally, I will be able to use these sessions to focus on strategies to grow our business and/or contribute to the profitability of the company.

Additionally, Women Who Mean Business isn't just for emerging corporate executives. The program is also designed for entrepreneurs to offer a cross-pollination of ideas while networking on future innovations. I'm excited to apply our principles of [**ADD YOUR CURRENT CORPORATE INITIATIVE HERE**]

The total cost to attend this six-month program is detailed below:

● Program Registration: $8,350 ($7,500 for early registration)
● Travel: [INSERT AMOUNT]
● Hotel: [INSERT AMOUNT]
● Meals: [INSERT ESTIMATE **Lunches & dinners during sessions included in Registration Fee]
TOTAL: [SUM OF ABOVE]

You can learn more about the program here [link inserted here].

Thanks for taking the time to review this request. I look forward to talking to you about it.
Regards,
[YOUR NAME]
Curriculum
4 Sessions, One Goal: Rise with Confidence.

Learning Objectives & Topics >>
Sample Session Schedule
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CEU/CPE Credits 
Participants earn 1.4 CEUs and/or 14 CPEs for this course. A certificate of completion will be presented from Texas Executive Education.
Session Preview & Schedule

Schedule is subject to change 


SESSION 1

Thurs, Sept 9, 2021


5:30 pm: Registration

6:00 pm: Networking Social Hour

7:00 pm: Dinner with Keynote Speaker

9:00 pm: Cohort Check-Ins


Fri, Sept 10, 2021


8:30 am: Breakfast

9:00 am: Classroom discussions on a specific topic:

  • Frameworks, Experiences, and Discussions
  • Small Group Exercises
  • Breakout Sessions

Lunch: Speed Networking with McCombs Hall of Fame Recipients


2:00 pm: “Off the Record” | Closed-Door Conversations with Notable Keynote Speaker

3:00 pm: Departure



SESSION 2

Thurs, Nov 18, 2021


5:30 pm: Registration

6:00 pm: Networking Social Hour

7:00 pm: Dinner with Keynote Speaker

9:00 pm: Cohort Check-Ins


Fri, Nov 19, 2021


8:30 am: Breakfast

9:00 am: Classroom discussions on a specific topic:

  • Frameworks, Experiences, and Discussions
  • Small Group Exercises
  • Breakout Sessions

Lunch: Speed Networking with McCombs Hall of Fame Recipients


2:00 pm: “Off the Record” | Closed-Door Conversations with Notable Keynote Speaker

3:00 pm: Departure



SESSION 3

Thurs, Jan 27, 2022


5:30 pm: Registration

6:00 pm: Networking Social Hour

7:00 pm: Dinner with Keynote Speaker

9:00 pm: Cohort Check-Ins


Fri, Jan 28, 2022


8:30 am: Breakfast

9:00 am: Classroom discussions on a specific topic:

  • Frameworks, Experiences, and Discussions
  • Small Group Exercises
  • Breakout Sessions

Lunch: Speed Networking with McCombs Hall of Fame Recipients


2:00 pm: “Off the Record” | Closed-Door Conversations with Notable Keynote Speaker

3:00 pm: Departure



SESSION 4

Thurs, March 24, 2022


5:30 pm: Registration

6:00 pm: Networking Social Hour

7:00 pm: Dinner with Keynote Speaker

9:00 pm: Cohort Check-Ins


Fri, March 25, 2022


8:30 am: Breakfast

9:00 am: Classroom discussions on a specific topic:

  • Frameworks, Experiences, and Discussions
  • Small Group Exercises
  • Breakout Sessions

Lunch: Speed Networking with McCombs Hall of Fame Recipients


2:00 pm: “Off the Record” | Closed-Door Conversations with Notable Keynote Speaker

3:00 pm: Departure

Curriculum & Learning Objectives

HARNESS YOUR SUPERPOWERS

Objective: Increase self-awareness and confidence, and instill personal accountability for your professional growth.


Topics

  • Self-Awareness and Personality Types
  • Building Your Personal Brand: What Makes You Unique and Authentic?
  • Team Dynamics – Diversity and Shoring up Blind Spots
  • Networking (Beyond the Cocktail Party; Currency and Coinage)
  • Cultivating Your Personal Board of Directors
  • Goal Setting (Again, and Again)

DELIVER THE GOODS

Objective: Elevate your understanding of what it means to create value in a professional context.



Topics

  • Value Creation
  • Big Changes to Big Things
  • Adaptability and Innovation
  • Negotiation
  • Professional Risk Taking and Ambition
  • Decision Making
  • Power: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly
  • Building Your Team: Courage and Compassion

BUILD YOUR EXECUTIVE PRESENCE

Objective: Probe the opportunity to build and leverage your executive presence in a modern context embracing diversity and inclusion.


Topics

  • Executive Presence
  • Understanding Bias
  • Walking away from F.U.D. (fear, uncertainty and doubt)
  • Grit and Perseverance
  • Opting In (-or- the Cost of Opting Out)

CHANNEL YOUR AMBITION

Objective: Build your personal development plan and a process for self-renewal.


Topics

  • Build Trust
  • Building a Kick-Ass Culture
  • Mentors, Sponsors, and Circles
  • Know Thyself (Personal Values)
  • Personal Risk-Taking
  • Having It All: Designing Your Life
Reimbursement Kit 
We've packaged together the details you'll need to seek approval and request reimbursement in one handy prep pack. 
Women Who Mean Business
Application Deadline: Aug 20, 2021
Have Questions?
Feel free to contact us with any questions about this program.
Nancy Nagle
Director, Custom Programs
Texas Executive Education
(512) 475-9086