ELEVATE: Women’s Professional Development Program

Equip women with the skills they need to excel in their careers and personal lives.
May 6 - Aug 7
Katie Wiesel

About the program

The ELEVATE: Women’s Professional Development Program provides early career women with the confidence to take charge of their decision making, self-advocacy, and professional development. This program helps participants examine their strengths, values, and aspirations and provides the tools and strategies that will help them thrive now and in the future.

Target Audience

Ideal candidates for this offering are women in their 20s and 30s (or identify as early career), self-nominated or identified by their CHRO, Talent Management team, or direct manager. We welcome cohorts of 3-4 women from the same organization. The program can be customized for 12 or more women from the same organization.

What to Expect

You’ll join your peers at UVA’s state-of-the-art learning facility for two in-person modules. Module 1: May 6-8, 2024; Module 2: August 6-7, 2024. Days will begin at 9am and end before 5pm. Expect a blend of classroom time with experts, small group learning and interactive discussion. Between modules, you will work 1:1 with a coach who specializes in women’s professional development.


  • Three 1:1 Coaching sessions with a professional coach
  • Practice and reflect on new behaviors, skills and tools
  • Implement personal action plan to thrive in your role and relationships

Utilize Your Company’s Education Benefits

Price includes tuition, breakfast and lunch each in-person day, and three virtual sessions of 1:1 coaching.

If your organization is interested in sponsoring your employees, please reach out to us at northern@virginia.edu.

This program is truly invaluable and all corporate women should have the opportunity to learn from the amazing team and leaders who participate in these sessions!— 2023 Participant

Skills you will learn

  • Understanding Gender in the Workplace
  • Managing Yourself
  • Managing Your Career
  • Dealing with Uncertainty
  • Building Confidence Through Resilience and Agility
  • Embracing Conflict
  • Authentic Networking
  • Communicating Your Strengths
  • Taking Control of Your Professional Development
  • Your Story: Writing the Next Chapter

Session Overview

  • Session 1: Gender in the Workplace
  • Session 2: Negotiation
  • Session 3: Advocating for Self and Others
  • Session 4: Embracing Conflict
  • Session 5: Difficult Conversations
  • Session 6: Decision Making
  • Session 7: Creating the Future
  • Session 8: Networking
  • Session 9: Creating Your Personal Brand

Please note: All information is subject to change at the discretion of UVA Northern Virginia.