Assertive Communication Strategies for Women

Being able to confidently and elegantly advocate for what you want can be challenging. This assertiveness training for women will help you effectively navigate today’s dynamic workplace by reviewing academic research and collective experiences.

Key Program Information
Categories Business | Degrees, Certificates, and Courses for Contemporary Learners | Professional and Workforce Development
Program Type Non-Credit
Delivery Format Face-to-Face
Series Supervisory Management Certificate Program

Who Should Attend

Anyone who wants strategies on how to be more assertive at work

Joan Kelly, Supervisory Management Certificate program participant

Program Description

How to become more assertive

Keeping relationships strong while being able to confidently and elegantly advocate for what you want or believe in is a key to the success of any professional. Research consistently tells us that men feel more confident in comparison to women in situations where advocacy is required. Additionally, men succeed in getting what they want at higher rates than women.

During this session, we’ll explore some of the reasons why this is the case and share strategies that will help women improve upon their assertiveness skills. We will draw from academic research and the collective experience of those in the program (including men, who are welcome).

Topics you will discuss:

  • How to set and manage boundaries.
  • Leveraging your personal power to remove barriers and improve your chance of success.
  • Practical communication strategies for women.


Let’s face it—expertise in a chosen career field doesn’t automatically make someone a good supervisor. Supervisors must learn important soft skills to confidently manage a team of people and do it well.

If you’ve been promoted to supervisor but aren’t sure you have the skills to supervise well; if you’re looking to advance into a supervisor position; or if you’ve been supervising a team for a while and have struggled through conflict and communication issues, a certificate in supervisory management may be just what you need!

Working for this certificate will help you:

  • Gain confidence in your leadership skills
  • Communicate better with your team
  • Encourage your team to be more productive
  • Deal with conflict effectively
  • Find success and advance toward your career goals

Your instructors are experts in management and leadership who will share their knowledge, experiences, and best practices face to face. Learn and share insights with other students to really make the most of the seminars.

How the Certificate Works:

You’ll take three, 2-day core classes covering the most important supervisory skills (Learning to Lead; Orientation, Time Management, and Delegation; Employee Evaluation and Performance Management), plus six more days of electives in 1- or 2-day format that enhances specific skills you want to build on. 

Each 2-day seminar earns you 1.3 Continuing Education Units (CEUs); each 1-day seminar earns you 0.65 CEUs. A total of 7.8 CEUs is required to earn your certificate. You can take up to five years to complete the program.

Not interested in taking the whole certificate? You can also take classes individually. 


As Founder and CEO of Effectability, LLC, Allison Cooley brings 25+ years of senior leadership, organization development, facilitation and business ownership experience to her workshops. Her enthusiastic, engaging style and deep knowledge of people and organization systems have inspired thousands of leaders and team members at hundreds of organizations to communicate more effectively, better manage change and conflict, build stronger relationships, create productive, resilient cultures and get things done. Allison holds a Certified Executive Coach designation from the Center for Executive Coaching, is a Board Certified Coach (Center for Credentialing and Education), is a Myers‐Briggs practitioner (CAPT) and is DiSC certified (Wiley). She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin‐Eau Claire and her master’s degree in Adult Education from the University of Minnesota.