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Increase your leadership impact

Develop your full potential

The UCT GSB Executive Women in Leadership course is designed for women in, or preparing for, senior leadership roles. This immersive course addresses the challenges that women executives face and provides practical insight and tools for women to increase their leadership impact and visibility – and bring value to their organisations. 







Bulk discounts and early bird specials available


Research shows that although more women are filling senior roles, they still face challenges at leadership level – such as managing internal stakeholders and politics, balancing work and home, and guiding change. The UCT GSB’s Executive Women in Leadership course offers a unique, supportive and practical approach to develop your leadership capacity, and equip you to face any challenges with confidence and authentic leadership. You will be given coaching and support as you implement tools techniques back at work. 

The UCT GSB is globally recognised and one of less than 100 business schools in the world to be triple-crown accredited.

Decided that this is the programme for you?


“We are living in a world where change is outstripping the rate in which we can learn and plan. We need to be increasingly agile, be able to operate in ambiguity, and be comfortable with being being uncomfortable. That is what we’re trying to prepare people for [on the Executive Women in Development Programme]”

- Liz De Wet, Course Convenor


If you have made your decision and you are ready to apply for this course, please click here.

If you’d like more information or if you have any further questions, please click here. You will receive an email with our course brochure along with a link to apply to this course.

As a businesswoman, you will benefit highly from this course if you:

  • Have recently taken up a senior leadership role
  • Are preparing for a senior leadership position
  • Are making the shift from a specialist role to general management 

Delegates on the Executive Women in Leadership course will gain:

  • Individualised coaching
  • A supportive environment to explore the particular challenges that women face in the workplace
  • Tools to increase leadership impact and visibility
  • Practices to establish influence and authority
  • A focus on translating authentic leadership into value for the organisation

Course content includes:

  • Understand the particular demands and challenges on executives in the 21st century
  • Develop your signature presence as a woman leader
  • Recognise personal blind spots and patterns, which can undermine impact
  • Manage your energy and attention
  • Create congruence between personal and professional life
  • Hold bold conversations and develop clear boundaries
  • Lead authentically
  • Understand how to build game changing executive teams and how to contribute beyond the areas of functional expertise
  • Create environments for excellence
  • Understand cross-functional collaboration
  • Engage effectively with stakeholders and build influence
  • Establish a strong network
  • Navigate organisational politics
  • Be able to lead change and transition
  • Engage diversity for innovation and growth
  • Discover how to energise teams and people

Delegates need to arrange their own accommodation.

Accommodation is offered in the Breakwater Lodge, on the UCT GSB campus, at special rates.

  • 15% early bird discount for applicants who have secured and confirmed payment two months before the application deadline.
  • 25% discount for registered non-profit organisations.
  • 15 % bulk discount for organisations that send 3 – 6 applicants (discount applied from third applicant).
  • 10% bulk discount for organisations that send 7+ applicants (discount applied to all applicants).

Please note: These discounts cannot be used in conjunction with any other discounts.

Course Convenor

Liz de Wet is a process design and facilitation specialist with a particular focus on leadership practice and executive team development. Her key interest is in facilitation methodologies that create meaningful impact for both individuals and organisations and she has spent her 17 years of experience in organisational learning and change in refining an approach that turns ideas into sustained practice.

She is an independent practitioner who works in partnership with key institutions and individuals both locally and internationally. Her collaborations include the UCT Graduate School of Business where she has been responsible for the design and delivery of a range of customised executive education interventions; the Pentacle Virtual Business School where she is an international associate; the Centre for Innovation in Health Management at University of Leeds, that specialises in whole system intervention and change; and Ashridge Business School where she is an international associate.


Rosemary Grant's career spans senior roles in both the global healthcare industry and the UK public sector. Her signature business strengths are people development, international business re-structuring and operational excellence. She has an outstanding record of delivering business performance while balancing the human dimensions of rapid change. This unique breadth of leadership experience is the foundation for her current focus on executive coaching and customised leadership development.

Rosemary's professional qualifications include BSc, MBA and CIPD. Formal coach training began in 2005 with the Coach-U corporation. She enhanced her qualifications with the Academy of Executive Coaching, graduating with the Advanced Diploma in 2009. Recent areas of study have included the Thinking Partnership programme with Nancy Kline, Gestalt methodology and mindfulness practise.


The Executive Women in Leadership Programme can be customised to suit your organisation’s learning and development needs and can be delivered anywhere in the world, wherever it is convenient.