Elevating Women in the Workforce 2: Strategy and Influence

May 1, 2024 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Cost: $595 Per Person

Elevating Women in the Workforce 2: Strategy and Influence
May 1, 2024
9:00 am – 12:30 pm Central Time
Format: Live Online

Have four or more participants? Contact Monique Combs (mcombs@msci.org or 847.485.3004) for a group discount!

Strategic thinking enables you to define where a company is now, where it should be, and how to get there, and it also empowers you to make purposeful decisions to advance your career. Those who are recognized as great leaders motivate and inspire their teams to be high performers, get their needs met when collaborating with other departments, and have developed credibility with their bosses. Influence plays a key role in being more effective leaders in all of these areas. During this second workshop, we will focus on strategic thinking and influencing others through the content outlined below:

Strategic Mindset – Shaping Strategy
Strategy is about shaping the future and provides focus and direction to an organization. It is a filter through which business decisions are made, and against which goals are measured. This course will enhance your ability to think strategically and apply concepts and tools necessary to lead.


  • Practice using tools to identify new opportunities for growth
  • Identify the six key skills of strategic leaders
  • Characterize the relationship between strategic thinking and creativity
  • Define strategy and strategic thinking

Learning will be centered around the following topics:

  • What Does it Mean to Be Strategic?
  • What is Strategic Thinking?
  • Activity: How can we be perceived as strategic?
  • Making time to be strategic
  • Make Strategic Thinking Part of Your Job
  • Assessment: Are You a Strategic Thinker?
  • Six Key Skills of Strategic Leaders
  • Strategy needs creativity
  • Living up to our creative potential
  • Persistence

Internal Consulting and Influencing
How productive are your relationships with your colleagues? Do others see you as an ally and trusted advisor? Is it possible that you might not have the trust and credibility needed to forge very strong professional partnerships? Women leaders at all levels often must deliver services to or collaborate with other departments to achieve mission critical objectives. Success depends on having the requisite skills for identifying stakeholder needs, conducting assessments/discovery, influencing without authority, and creating action plans.


  • Prepare for successful influencing conversations with leaders at all levels.
  • Tailor your message to the audience to invite collaboration and keep the conversation moving forward.
  • Understand the integral role allies and partnerships play in the growth of a leader.
  • Set stakeholder expectations, then tailor internal client communications.

For this portion of the workshop, learning will be centered around the following topics:

  • Consulting defined
  • Consultants as Experts
  • Influence Without Authority
  • Why is Influence Important at Work?
  • Pillars of Influence
  • Bringing Your Best Self
  • Creating A Productive Relationship
  • Allies and Partnerships
  • The Power of Listening to Influence
  • The consultancy flow…
  • Business Relationships Activity
  • Creating Successful Business Relationships
  • Analyze & Synthesize
  • The Business Model Canvas
  • Organizational Politics: Positive or Negative?
  • Navigating the Organization
  • Communicating as a Consultant

Meet the Instructor

Nancy Nee, Lake Forest Center for Leadership Faculty

Nancy is a highly experienced executive leader and product expert. She is Senior Vice President/Chief Strategy Officer – Treasury Services at the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, a position she has held since 2019. Nancy is responsible for modernization and strategic initiatives, innovation and transformation strategy, and strategic planning.

Nancy holds a doctorate from Case Western. Her expertise is in leading and managing multimillion–dollar product portfolios, defining and driving product strategy and vision, developing and leading diverse teams, and executing successful business transformation and sustainability strategies to drive service design innovation and market growth.

Cancellation Policy

Cancellations made on or before April 10, 2024, will receive a full refund of fees paid. No shows and cancellations received after that date will not be eligible for refunds. Substitutions may be made at any time.

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