The George Washington University Center for Excellence in Public Leadership Names Faculty Director and Announces 2019 Schedule

Leslie Grossman at GWUCommPRO Editorial Staff

Leslie Grossman was appointed faculty director of the new Women’s Leadership Program at the George Washington University Center for Excellence in Public Leadership (CEPL).  GW CEPL has scheduled two 3-day women’s leadership programs for 2019:  April 3–5 and October 16-18, both to be held at GWU’s Alexandria, Va. Graduate Center. Grossman’s appointment and the 2019 dates for the executive leadership program was announced by Ina Gjikondi, director of executive education and coaching.

The Women’s Leadership Program at GWU CEPL was introduced October 24, 2018 with a highly interactive 3-day program developed by Grossman. It is designed for women executives in the private and public sectors who aspire to positions of greater influence and impact or have been identified as high-potentials in their organizations. The program provides participants with transformational communication skills, executive presence and guidance for building trust, culture, vision and thought leadership. In addition to Grossman leading the sessions, the program features experts and leaders as guest speakers and panelists.

“Our first women’s leadership program in Fall of last year, under Leslie Grossman’s direction, received accolades from the women leaders attending,” said Gjikondi. “We heard from participants that the transformational nature of the program produced great impact on their confidence and communication skills, and provided solutions to the unique challenges many women leaders face.” Gjikondi added, ” It is clear that women executives benefit from a gender-specific program and that Leslie Grossman was the right choice to lead it.”

Grossman is a senior fellow at GWU CEPL. In that role she leads workshops, including the Step Up to the Mic program, and is an executive coach in the CEPL Leadership Coaching Program. Previously, she founded The Women’s Leadership Exchange, a national conference program for women entrepreneurs and executives. She is the author of two books including “Link Out: How to Turn Your Network into a Chain of Lasting Connections” (Wiley). She is a graduate of The George Washington University Columbia College, attended New York University in Counselor Education and is a certified executive coach by Vistage International.

For more information or to register for the women’s leadership program, go to or contact Ina Gjikondi at and 202-994-5313