By Brian Riley
The Leading With Edge is a new leadership certificate program designed to help women learn to lead in a professional environment. This is done through eight information sessions, the first of which was held on March 18. The session was called Leading for Result… Up and To the Right, and was designed to “help participants to understand the many inputs into leadership styles, starting with your social/personality style,” according to program’s website, executive.liu.edu.
Fourteen executive women from Long Island attended the first session. The cost was $3,500 if registered before February 15 or $4,000 anytime afterwards. The fee includes all eight of the information sessions and supplemental materials, including a notepad, pen, and published work from the presenters. At the end of the course participants will receive a certificate from the College of Management.
This was the first initiative of the Center for Executive Education, which was created this month as a way for executives in the business world to learn new skills, according to Ivy Algazy, director of leadership initiatives for the Center for Executive Education.
The instructor for the first session, Angelina Rouse, shared her experiences as a former chief accounting officer at Pall Corporation and chief financial officer of the North American Components division at Arrow Electronics.
Although this program is only for working professionals, LIU is planning to bring a similar program for students and possibly a youth program targeting women in high school at an unspecified time, according to Algazy. She believes attempting to implement all of these programs at once would have been too complicated, and elected to go with a rollout plan.
Algazy is the pioneer of the developing Center for Executive Education, which was a result of her prior experience with the Women’s Collaborative. The Women’s Collaborative brings executive women from several fields from across Long Island together to further their leadership abilities, which is what she is trying to do at Post.
The Women’s Collaborative was created in partner with the Long Island Association in 2014. The LIA is a business organization on Long Island that brings together the executives from the top companies on Long Island.
President Cline is one of only 13 women on 68-person board of directors for the LIA, according to longislandassociation.org. Naturally, when Algazy came to Post this momentum turned into The Center for Executive Education.
Graziela Fusaro, the associate dean of the College of Manage ment, was responsible for some of the smaller details of the program, such as how the Leading With Edge webpage would fit into Center for Executive Education website, or the finances of the course such as profit and loss of the program.
The second session, which will be held on April 1, is called Language of Leadership. The focus will be on how to convey a strong message through either body language, word choice, and how to use these skills to eventually ascend to higher places throughout the course of an individual’s career