YWCA Greater Cleveland


Executive Leadership For Women

Go beyond just coping and learn to thrive in a volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous environment with an overlapping set of strategies designed specifically for women leaders.

Momentum transforms women into outstanding leaders who can contribute to their organization’s ongoing success. Momentum is a unique forum for women leaders to explore ideas and strategies with each other in a challenging and collaborative learning environment that supports their advancement to executive leadership.

Who Should Attend

Momentum is ideal for those in mid- to upper-management roles who aspire or are new to executive leadership. The program is for women who have extensive management experience and lead a department or functional area. Momentum drives women to sharpen their skills and traverse the corporate ladder.



Program Schedule

Course Description

The number of participants per program are limited in order to provide a personally tailored experience which allows ample time for one-on-one and small group interactions with faculty and leaders. Applications are accepted on a first-come basis; a limited number of scholarships are available for participants from non-profit organizations. You may apply for a scholarship using the online application.


Heather Steranka-Petit
Manager, Learning Programs | 216-881-6878


Heather Steranka-Petit
Manager, Learning Programs

Women's Leadership programs:



In 2016, women now make up 47% of the American workforce and are the equal if not primary breadwinners in 40% of families. 

In 2014, 4.6% of Fortune 500 CEO, 14.6% of Fortune 500 executive officer positions, and 17% of board seats were held by women.

In Northeast Ohio in 2015, from a survey of 85 local employers, only 16.2% of board members, 14.5% of senior management, and 8.5% of suppliers were non-white (GC Partnership, COEI)

In a 2016 Washington Post survey, 88% of black Americans believe there is still work to be done for black Americans to achieve equal rights, while only 53% of white Americans agreed.


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