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The Alice Houston Women’s Leadership Program is a half-year cohort experience helps women leaders master the dual role of leading others and managing up that can drive change and deliver results.  This program builds greater self-awareness, leadership presence, and resilience through reflection in a dynamic group of women leaders.

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For Mid-Level Managers and Directors

Women with significant work experience and a larger scope of work and larger teams to lead.

Half-Year Cohort Program

Including a two-day overnight retreat and monthly program days designed to develop one’s personal and professional self.

Access to a Large Network

Form deep relationships and stay connected through ongoing collaboration with your peers for years to come.

Drive Change, Innovation, and Results

Tackle the unique issues and opportunities that come with being a woman in the workplace.

Strengthen Critical Skills and Competencies

Establish expertise in affective communication, personal branding, inclusive leadership, and project management


The Alice Houston Women’s Leadership Program tuition is $4,900, which includes an overnight retreat, meals, and materials throughout the entirety of the program.


The Women’s Leadership program framework is organized into the WELL Model or Women’s Elevated Leadership Learning.


Ideal Alice Houston Women’s Leadership candidates are:

  • Women of all races, cultures, and backgrounds who have significant work experience, looking to continue to invest in their personal and professional growth.
  • Individuals who are actively pursuing experience to help master the dual role of leading others and managing up that can drive change and deliver results.
  • Over 30, are typically two or more promotions into their career, and need the skills to continue to move into upper leadership.

This program is a half-year cohort program. Including a mandatory two-day overnight opening retreat, and one full program day per month where you will receive professional development training specific to women’s advancement. Please check the program calendar to ensure the dates work for your schedule prior to submitting an application.

The Leadership Louisville Center programs have attendance policies designed to give everyone the best possible experience. Exceeding the allowed absences for your program will result in a review of your continued participation by the Leadership Louisville Center Board of Directors. At that point, you must petition the Board to review your status via a letter outlining the reasons for exceeding the allowed absences. The board chair will rule on these matters. Failure to petition the board will result in dismissal.

  • Full and partial days are counted. Any hours away from the program day will be tracked and 8 hours will add up to an absence.
  • Failure to attend the mandatory sessions in their entirety will result in automatic dismissal from the program and forfeiting of tuition.
  • When using an excused absence, please notify the program manager as far in advance as possible. In cases where you cannot provide advanced notice, day-of notification is helpful so staff will know who to expect.
  • Consult program calendars for dates of all mandatory events.


  • The two-day opening retreat in March is mandatory in its entirety.
  • One excused absence, or equivalent hours, is allowed. A second absence will result in a review of your continued participation by the Leadership Louisville Center Board of Directors.
  • If approved to continue after a second absence, a third absence would result in automatic dismissal.
  • Two consecutive absences will result in automatic dismissal.

Tuition for The Alice Houston Women’s Leadership Program is $4,900. This includes an overnight retreat at the West Baden Springs Hotel, meals, and materials throughout the entirety of the program. Tuition support can be requested if cost is a barrier.

The Alice Houston Women’s Leadership Program features curriculum, designed and taught by women with executive leadership and coaching experience. Participants will strengthen critical skills and competencies, including:

  • Influencing Up, Down, and Across
  • Strategic Problem-Solving
  • Effective Communication
  • Driving Change and Results
  • Negotiation Strategies
  • Executive Presence & Leadership Brand
  • Inclusive Leadership
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Resiliency
This program also gives participants access to a large network, while also providing the deeper connection of a smaller cohort. Following the program, participants have the option to become part of a peer coaching circle that they can access for years to come.

The Alice Houston Women’s Leadership Program classes are typically around 45 to ensure that all participants will be able to connect on a meaningful level.

Our selection committee considers experience, size of team, responses to essay questions, and approval from your employer/supervisor. The application consists of three parts:

Applications are considered complete once all components of the application have been received by the Leadership Louisville Center. A selection committee determines which applicants will be invited to participate in the Alice Houston Women’s Leadership Program.