Women Who Mean Business

Together we rise with confidence.

Stay tuned! Applications for Cohort 5 (starting in Fall 2024) open Spring 2024.

Tackling the challenges of today’s business environment demands that leaders bring every tool and resource they have to the table. Human capital is critical, and no leader can fathom proceeding without their best talent at the ready. And yet recent events have heightened the already daunting challenge of developing and retaining our best female leaders. Women Who Mean Business is designed specifically to arm already successful women with the tools and perspectives they need to not only stay and thrive in the workplace, but to achieve their full potential.  

Women Who Mean Business is an executive leadership development program for high-achieving women in rising leadership roles eager to accelerate their careers. Taught by two CEOs and University of Texas McCombs School of Business Hall of Fame honorees, Gay Gaddis and Lynn Utter, the program brings Gaddis’s entrepreneurial background and Utter’s corporate experience together for a comprehensive women’s leadership development program for rapid career advancement. 

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Company profits and share performance can be close to 50% higher when women are well represented at the top.

McKinsey Report


I’ve literally never been in a group of women like this before. It has been inspiring and it actually feels like a place where I belong.

Christina D.


It’s unique and empowering. You can find a group of women who you can relate to, learn from, and contribute to as well.

Suzanne H.


Program Key Takeaways

  • Find your unique and successful leadership style
  • Learn how to create value for your key stakeholders
  • Hone your decision-making, communication, negotiation, executive presence, and team-building skills
  • Gain insights into how other successful executives have navigated personal and professional success
  • Lifelong strategies to support your ongoing leadership learning and development
  • A vibrant network of like-minded business executives