Teresa Zumwald appointed to advisory board for Ashland University’s Women in Leadership Certificate Program

ENGLEWOOD, Ohio, May 18, 2024 – Teresa Zumwald has been appointed to serve a one-year term on the advisory board for the Women in Leadership Certificate Program at Ashland University in Ohio.

This online, executive education program was created to help women learn how to navigate the nuances of leading through thought leadership, barrier destruction and influence. It was designed by industry experts for professionals seeking expert advice, strategies and practical tools.

According to Program Manager Elissa Cham, the advisory board is comprised of a diverse, innovative and well-connected network of top executives at companies such as Amazon, Cleveland Clinic, Goodyear, Kroger, LiftMaster, Progressive Insurance, Sherwin-Williams, Summa Health, UPS, Walmart and Wipro.

The advisory board, which meets three times per year to discuss the curriculum, contributes to the program by working to:

  • Preserve and enhance the program’s reputation and quality through strategic review of courses
  • Provide course feedback that builds value to the program and the greater business community
  • Offer expert guidance to faculty and students through occasional classroom visits, forums and conferences
  • Promote the program’s goal of linking industry with academia to help ensure the university’s work is relevant and beneficial

Membership on the advisory board is by invitation only and is based upon the candidate’s personal and professional accomplishments, Cham said.

Throughout her career, Zumwald has been a champion for women in business and for ongoing professional development:

  • From 2010-2013, she served on the founding advisory board for Women in Business Networking, now a program of the Better Business Bureau.
  • Since 2020, she has served on an international committee helping to plan the learning programs for three world conferences hosted by IABC: the International Association of Business Communicators. This year, Zumwald is committee chair.

According to Cham, women in the self-paced, eight-module, 32-hour Women in Leadership program work on their own projects and use best practices developed by top companies. The eight modules are:

  • Module 1 – Pillars of Positivity​
  • Module 2 – Inspiring Emotional Intelligence
  • Module 3 – Winning Work-Life Balance & Mentoring​​​​
  • Module 4 – Improving Communication Habits​
  • Module 5 – Advocacy, Actions & Accountability
  • Module 6 – Skills for Contracts & Negotiations
  • Module 7 – Driving Ideas, Intellectual Growth & Transformation
  • Module 8 – Executive Leadership & Organizational Culture

Throughout the program, female experts and professional instructors guide students through each step. Projects are reviewed, and mentoring is provided. Women continuously build their tool set and develop their own personalized leadership portfolio.

The program has become a platform for women to engage and uplift each other by inspiring positive change. Learn more about the Women in Leadership Certificate Program and register here.