The Women in Leadership Institute - Linkage

November 11-14, 2019
Phoenix, AZ

Where opportunity and
inspiration meet.

20 Years. 10,000 Leaders. Join Us in 2019 for the Women in Leadership Institute's 20th Anniversary!


Accelerating the development of women leaders since 1999. Changing the landscape of leadership. Changing lives.

If companies that financially perform best have the greatest numbers of women in leadership positions, why do women continue to lag behind in assuming leadership and board roles?

Projections show that at the current rate of advancement, women and men won’t be equally represented in leadership until 2085! The harsh reality is that the talent pipeline is leaking at all levels, and women just aren’t stepping into enough key roles that would allow them and their companies to realize their full potential. Why is that and what can we do, as a collective group, to help women leaders advance more quickly in the workplace?  

Join us at Linkage’s Women in Leadership Institute™ to dig deeper into these questions and challenges, and to be a part of the thinking and potential solutions.

Building on your experience at WIL, you may also choose to partner with Linkage after the event to implement a customized leadership development solution in the support of targeted organizational needs and objectives. Find out about Linkage's Immersive Learning solutions featuring WIL for details.  

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Best of #LinkageWIL 2018 Keynote Highlights 

This highlight summary captures leadership insights from our faculty that are too good not to share.

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The Executive Forum for Advancing Women and Inclusion

Co-hosted in Phoenix with WIL, the Executive Forum for Advancing Women and Inclusion is a unique offering designed for executives committed to creating and sustaining inclusive leadership practices. As a participant, you will focus on how to help your leaders model inclusive leadership, and on best practices for building a pipeline of women in your leadership ranks. To reserve your space today, please email or call +1.781.402.5555.  

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Expand Your Institute Experience with Extended Coaching Post WIL

Many organizations engage Linkage coaches after WIL to accelerate individual change and personal growth. When you combine the immersive Institute experience with Linkage’s signature coaching process, your leaders experience true transformation—and can turn inspiration and intentions into action.  Our coaching options add rigor and focus to the development process—and give your leaders an objective counsel to help them successfully navigate the day-to-day challenges of leading. 

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The Women in Leadership Institute is designed to engage and inspire high-performing women leaders toward accelerating their leadership abilities. Past attendees span Fortune 1000 companies, nonprofits, and global government agencies and include women team members, managers, directors, presidents, CEOs, and every level in between.


Get Started Before You Begin

The Women in Leadership Institute sessions are filled with usable knowledge and insights that become even more valuable when leaders have a better understanding of their own strengths and opportunities. Each Institute participant will complete a 360° assessment prior to attending the Institute to gain better insights into her own strengths and key development areas. Use your assessment results to plan your time and areas of focus so that you can maximize results and push your own potential.


Extend Value, Fast-Track Success

Build on your experience at the Institute with optional one-on-one coaching sessions with one of Linkage’s expert coaches. You’ll discuss your individual Women in Leadership Assessment results, create a Growth Plan, track your progress over time, and receive powerful tools to start and maintain your focused leadership growth. Think of your coach as your personal guide to fast-tracked success and development.

Executive coaching sessions are available in 6-, 9-, or 12-month terms—contact us online or call +1.781.402.5555 for more details.


Keynotes, Competencies, and Camaraderie

Through over 25 years of research, we’ve found that there are three core developmental areas that women leaders need to effectively drive results across all levels of an organization: leading authentically, leading others, and leading the future. This finding is at the core of our Women in Leadership Institute Model™, which provides the foundation for your Institute experience.

Explore 6 competencies from the model and learn from world-class leaders in exhilarating keynote sessions and competency-based workshops. You’ll delve into influencing change, building a brand, coaching, and leading strategically, to name just a few.


More than Standard Sessions

Beyond the intense curriculum, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to connect and network with your peers. Not to mention inspiring keynotes from leaders and world-renowned educators spanning business, arts, and academia.

You’ll also have the opportunity to reflect on your own experiences and gain expert insight during your daily small group Learning Team sessions with others who have similar roles, years of experience, and leadership responsibilities. 


Keep It Going

During the Institute, you’ll undoubtedly gain new insights and new tools while expanding your own competencies and strengths. But following the Institute, you also gain access to the Linkage Leader for Life™ to continue your growth.

As an Institute participant, you’ll receive a full year of access to an online learning environment featuring webinars and content designed to expand on the competencies addressed at the Institute. In addition, you can visit our resource page that features the latest thought leadership from Linkage and faculty members. 


Premier Partners

Dentsply Sirona  FedEx Ground  Lenovo  Lenovo  Lenovo  Medtronic  Lenovo  Lenovo  TEKsystems  Toyota  U.S. Bank  

Institute Partners 

American Family  DotFoods  DotFoods   Freddie Mac  Hyster-Yale   LPL Financial  LPL Financial  The Walt Disney Company

Academic Partner 

MIT Management Sloan School 


1-4 participants: $3,695/person
5-7 participants: $3,495/person
8-11 participants: $3,295/person
12-15 participants: $3,095/person
16+ participants: $2,795/person

Executive Forum for Advancing Women and Inclusion Tuition: $3,295/person 


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JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort

Hotel Accommodations

JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa
5350 E Marriott Dr
Phoenix, AZ 85054
Phone: +1.480.293.5000

Hotel rooms are not included in the Institute tuition. A block of rooms is being held at the JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa at a reduced rate for Institute participants. Discounted rooms are available on a first-come, first-served basis. To benefit from the Institute rate, you must act by October 21, 2019, and mention the Linkage Women in Leadership Institute when making your reservation.

Enrollment Policy
  1. Payment: Full tuition must be received in US funds. Group reservations will be billed to the primary contact unless otherwise specified.
  2. Cancellation: A $350 administrative fee will be applied to any cancellation at any time. After September 30, 2019 cancellation of any and all registrations—including “no shows”—is subject to the full Institute fee. An organization may substitute one paid participant for another at any time with no additional fees or charges.


Frequently Asked Questions

What is a typical day like at the Institute?
The days are filled with speakers, interactive learning team sessions, and networking opportunities. Importantly, the Institute is not a passive listening environment—we prefer for active participation to create a completely immersive experience. Because of your active role in the Institute, we suggest that you plan to be completely removed from work while on-site—this will help you to get the most out of your experience.  
What is the difference between an Institute and other conferences?
Our Institutes are all based on competency models designed from years of market research. We draw the parallel to an accelerated university program, exploring a semester’s worth of information in a few days. The days are intense and require each participant’s full attention to ensure the maximum benefit. Prior to the event participants complete an online assessment designed to measure their proficiency in each competency—their assessment results influence their learning team placement.
What is a learning team?
Learning teams are small, facilitator-led groups that meet at designated times during the Institute to discuss the content from the sessions and how participants can apply key concepts to their own roles as leaders. Prior to the event, each attendee completes an assessment; Linkage then organizes learning teams based on individuals’ assessment results, taking into consideration each attendee’s title, function, and years of experience.
Will I be in a learning team with my colleagues?
Some organizations send a team and keep them together for the on-site experience, while others elect to have participants experience the Institute as individual leaders. Both experiences offer different benefits. For organizations that send an intact team, the group is able to view the Institute through the lens of a real-world opportunity or event from their organization. Alternately, organizations that choose to have team members dispersed across the learning teams benefit from exposing their leaders to a diverse group of peers with a variety of experiences and viewpoints.
Why do I complete an assessment before arriving at the Institute?
The assessment serves as the basis for the Institute experience, guiding participants’ placement in a learning team and individual learning tracks.
Why do I have to complete my assessment by a specific date?
In order to customize each participant’s on-site experience, all assessments must be completed by the date given in the confirmation email.
Is there a dress code?
Institute attire is business casual. We suggest that participants wear comfortable shoes and dress in layers, as the day’s program will move between rooms in the hotel and the temperature can vary.   
What if I have dietary restrictions?
Please notify us at if someone in your party has special dietary needs. Participants should also identify themselves to a member of the wait staff on site at each meal.