KPMG Executive Leadership Institute for Women

KPMG Executive Leadership Institute for Women is designed to equip participants with skills to achieve leadership excellence.

Elizabeth K. Lawson

Elizabeth K. Lawson

Partner, Audit, KPMG LLP

+1 703-286-8178

Ryan Marren

Ryan Marren

National Leader, Valuation & Business Modeling Services, KPMG US

+1 703-286-8032

KPMG Executive Leadership Institute for Women is a leadership development program that was founded by KPMG’s Network of Women in conjunction with The Leaders Edge/Leaders By Design in 2009. The KELIW demonstrates KPMG’s commitment to skills development and leadership training for women executives as well as provides the opportunity for participants to cultivate relationships with other women executives in the Washington, DC metro area.

Why should you join?

  • A certificate-based curriculum developed and taught by experienced executives, who are also trained psychologists, researchers, and PhDs—most with more than 30 years of experience in executive coaching, leadership development, and career counseling
  • A program of four half-day leadership sessions conducted over the course of a year, reinforced with monthly virtual meetings that provide personalized instruction and support from trained facilitators
  • An opportunity for networking with a diverse group of senior women executives who represent a cadre of prestigious global companies



Thursday, June 10, 2021
9:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m. (Virtual)

Building Self-Awareness & Understanding Your Leadership Style

This session deals with the personal and interpersonal aspects of leadership and addresses how to interact effectively with others in the workplace. Participants will: use an online leadership style assessment instrument to determine their own predominant leadership style; gain insight into the four unique dispositions of leadership; and learn how to apply or ‘flex’ each to the appropriate workplace situations. The session will also discuss strategic networking as an important leadership tool and provide participants with the opportunity to examine the role of networking in achieving their professional and organizational goals. A discussion on how confidence effects relationships in the workplace is also included.

Thursday, September 16, 2021
8:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.

Leading Change and Leveraging Your Influence

This session will focus on organizational dynamics and influencing tactics – including how and when to use them to motivate, enact change or move an initiative forward. Participants will analyze their current ability to influence stakeholders to achieve organizational goals and further learn how to align their influencing style and tactics with their stakeholders to benefit the organization. This interactive session includes a case study that provides participants the opportunity to practice matching their influencing tactics with the business interests of their stakeholders.

Thursday, December 9, 2021
8:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.

Being Resilient: A Key to Leadership Success

This session reveals strategies to recover from tough hardships and difficult challenges and how to build and exercise resiliency during the everyday stresses and disappointments in work and life. Participants will use a self-assessment instrument to determine their current level of resiliency. The instrument will be reviewed to pinpoint strengths and potential vulnerabilities and to chart new strategies for enhancing personal well-being and overall performance. Additionally, this session provides new approaches to creating team resiliency. At the conclusion, participants will develop an action plan to build an internal reservoir of resiliency.

Thursday, March 10, 2022
8:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.

Accelerating Success: Strategies for Career Growth

Participants will be led through an interactive session focused on taking greater control over their careers and will be provided with the motivation and guidelines to do so. During the session, each participant will explore her skills, strengths, accomplishments and career interests. A gap analysis will determine which experiences, skills or resources each participant needs to acquire to achieve her potential and career goals. Additionally, participants will explore their “brand” and learn the importance of defining it. The session will conclude with a discussion on how to move forward in their career development journey whether it be towards finding sponsors, joining a board, honing self-promotion skills or another professional endeavor.

Thursday, TBD

Location to be determined.