It's Time to Break the Glass Ceiling. These Online Courses Can Help.

May 21, 2018

These new courses are intended to help develop more women into leaders.

Here’s a troubling stat – if the current rate of change stays the same, it will take 217 years to close the economic gender gap.

So just think: not until the year 2235, will women have the same opportunity as men. That’s unacceptable.

At LinkedIn Learning, we want to help change that. So, we’ve invested in creating courses to empower women in the workplace to rise into leadership roles. 

I am proud to see our team deliver these courses from expert women leaders, not only because they help teach critical lessons for women to thrive at work, but also because they are a clear example of how we are realizing our vision at LinkedIn to provide economic opportunity to all members of the global workforce.

The best news? For the month of May, we’ve unlocked four of these expert-led courses for aspiring women leaders. Watch them now through May 31st for free on LinkedIn Learning.

They are:

    1. Body Language for Women

Instructor: Dorie Clark, an expert on leadership and personal branding. Inc. declared her book "Stand Out" the #1 leadership book of 2015. She teaches at Duke’s Fuqua School of Business, is a regular contributor to HBR and works with clients like Google, Microsoft and The World Bank.

Course Description: Body language is critical for women as they’re often judged more harshly than men. This course will review how to convey power, authority, interest, and more.

    2. Proven Success Strategies for Women at Work

Instructors: Elizabeth Robillard and Deborah Kolb, a mother-daughter team. Kolb, a Ph.D., is the Deloitte Ellen Gabriel Professor for women in leadership and co-founder of the Ford Foundation funded Center for Gender in Organizations at Simmons College School of Management. Robillard is a vice president of partnerships and operations at Lytics with 15 years experience in business development, partnerships, negotiation and diversity and inclusion programs.

Course Description: Get what you want at work - get the jobs, the pay you want, and the credit. “We are a mother-daughter team who work, teach and write about women in business.... Like you, as women who work, we are committed to helping you and other women succeed.”

You will learn:

  • How to put yourself forward for opportunities.
  • Helpful feedback to advance your career.
  • How to build a strategic network and of sponsors and mentors.
  • How to deal with everyday bias at work that can get in your way.

    3. Executive Presence for Women

Instructor: Roberta Matuson, a best-selling author and former executive who has run her own consulting business for more than 20 years, working with the likes of GM and Microsoft.

Course Description: For aspiring leaders and managers, learn to communicate confidence, polished professionalism, and authenticity. Learn strategies to navigate unique challenges when projective executive presence.

    4. Confronting Bias: Thriving Across our Difference

Instructors: Arianna Huffington and Verna Myers. Huffington is the renowned founder of The Huffington Post and Thrive Global, and author of 15 books. Myers, a graduate of Harvard Law School, is the founder and chief cultural innovator of The Vernā Myers Company and was chosen as one of The Network Journal’s “25 Influential Black Women in Business.”

Course Description: Find greater meaning, well-being, and productivity by learning how to interact with others across differences. In this course, Arianna Huffington and Verna Myers discuss the impact of our cultural lens on our daily relations and how to counter bias in our words and actions.

These courses alone won’t fix the gender gap – that’ll require a commitment from organizations across the world to break biases, expand pipelines and change perceptions.

But, we do hope these courses put at least four more cracks in the glass ceiling.  And, if we’re lucky, many more once the women who watch them are able to apply what they learn and rise as leaders.