Ascending to the C-Suite: From Theory to Practice


This unique and experiential program is designed for senior-level women executives who aspire to the C-suite.

The program combines the world's leading business thinkers from Michigan Ross School of Business with leading business practitioners for an unprecedented educational experience.

"Ascending to the C-Suite: From Theory to Practice" immerses you in specialized subjects whose mastery is critical for C-suite executives yet often represent gaps in professional development for women leaders. Each topic is taught with a 360-degree view by pairing renowned Michigan Ross faculty with global business leaders.

Participants will dive deep into key business topics and leadership practices while hearing unfiltered insight and first-hand stories from executive role models. Participants will share a similar breadth and depth of experience in a learning environment that will foster strategic connections and relationships beyond the classroom.

Topics that will be covered in depth include advanced business and financial acumen, persuasion and influence, crisis communication, strategic innovation, and true networks.

Who Should Attend

This program is recommended for participants who have a minimum 15 years prior leadership experience and may also include:

  • Organizational levels that are one to two levels below C-suite
  • Executives with a consistent track record of career growth through promotions
  • Current successor candidate to C-suite executives
  • Women business entrepreneurs with sustained business growth and success

All attendees must apply and be accepted. Space is limited. Application deadline is October 15, 2020.

Let’s discuss how this program can help you achieve your goals.
Contact us at or call 734-763-1000​

The Experience

About Michigan Ross

#3 Global Provider, Open Enrollment - Financial Times 2020

Michigan Ross Executive Education was recently named a Top 3 global provider--and the #1 provider among U.S. schools--of open enrollment executive programs by the Financial Times.  The FT ranking, based on survey responses from managers around the globe, weighs factors from faculty to follow-up. Among the highlights, Ross earned #1 rankings in course design, faculty and facilities. We offer approximately 30 different open enrollment in-person and online course offerings and a variety of custom programs annually, serving over 4,000 business executives around the world. 

Ross delivers open enrollment program in Hong Kong and Mumbai and custom programs wherever our partners request.  Join us for any of our open enrollment program offerings or contact us to learn more about our custom program opportunities. We invite you to experience first-hand the Michigan Ross difference.

About Inforum

Founded in 1962, Inforum is the only professional organization in Michigan - and one of a few in the country - that combines strategic connections, proven professional development programs, a respected forum for new ideas, and original research to accelerate careers for women and boost talent initiatives for companies. Inforum programs serve a broad range of women in different stages and types of careers - from nonprofit professionals, to emerging and rising corporate leaders, tech entrepreneurs, veterans and corporate board leaders. Inforum also conducts and publishes original research on women's leadership influence. For more information, visit or call 313.567.0232.

2019 Michigan Ross Faculty*

  • Scott DeRue, Edward J. Frey Dean of Business, Stephen M. Ross Professor of Business
  • Cheri Alexander, Chief Innovation Officer, Faculty Management and Organizations
  • Susan Ashford, Michael & Susan Jandernoa Professor of Management & Organizations and Chair of Management & Organizations
  • Paula Caproni, Professor of Management and Organization
  • Gautam Kaul, Professor of Finance & Fred M. Taylor Professor of Business Administration
  • Maxim Sytch, Michael R. and Mary Kay Hallman Fellow, Associate Professor of Management and Organizations

2019 Executive Speakers*

  • Terry Barclay, President & CEO, Inforum
  • Shari Burgess, Vice President & Treasurer, Lear Corporation
  • Teresa Carroll, Former President and Executive Vice President, Kelly Services
  • Heather Rivard, Senior Vice President, Distribution Operations, DTE Energy
  • Maximiliane Straub, President of Global Business Services, Robert Bosch LLC

* The 2020 Faculty and Executive Speakers will be announced soon.

Read the Detroit Free Press article

Go to CBS Detroit  and watch UM Ross Dean Scott DeRue and Inforum President Terry Barclay discuss the program on the "Michigan Matters" show which aired on April 22, 2016.

Organizational Benefits
  • Learn how to pair strategy and finance with business acumen to garner momentum as you ascend to the C-suite.
  • Understand how successful leaders at the top echelons of their companies effectively utilize crisis management/communication to redirect potentially adverse or harmful situations.
  • Sharpen your ability to transform challenges into opportunities as you develop a personalized approach for establishing your negotiation leadership skills.
  • Strengthen your capabilities as an executive global leader as you gain real-world perspective from global industry leaders.
Individual Benefits
  • Return to your current role armed with an action plan that provides you with the strategic direction needed to successfully climb to the next leadership level in your organization
  • Create a personal leadership plan and legacy statement to drive your future
  • Gain a deeper understanding of business acumen including strategy and finance
  • Further develop skills in persuasion and influence, crisis management/communication, and negotiations
  • Gain appreciation for competencies required for success in global leadership
  • Capitalize and more deeply understand your network and how to further expand your professional relationships
  • Be inspired by leading role models who have ascended to the C-suite through your participation in a combination of lectures, interactive sessions, and leadership exercises that seamlessly blend academic and practical learning.

IN THEIR OWN WORDS...past participant insights

Participant Tiffany Albert, Chief Executive Officer
Blue Care Network

Participant Marijana Long, Systems Senior Manager
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles US

Participant Brenda McMahon, Client Management Leader
Willis Towers Watson

Participant Keisha Olinger, Senior Director & Client Management Leader
Willis Towers Watson

Participant Michelle Hall, Vice President Corporate HR


Tuition & Fees

The fee is payable in advanced in US dollars, is net of any tax, and includes:

  • Tuition
  • Instructional materials
  • Coffee/snack breaks

Please note that this event does not qualify for any special pricing.

All attendees must apply and be accepted. Space is limited.
Application deadline is October 15, 2020.

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The fee is payable in advanced in US dollars, is net of any tax, and includes:

  • Tuition
  • Instructional materials
  • Coffee/snack breaks

Please note that this event does not qualify for any special pricing.

All attendees must apply and be accepted. Space is limited.
Application deadline is October 15, 2020.

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