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work up the ladder Crash Courses for Your Career No matter where you're perched on the corporate ladder, give your career a boost with local workshops or continuing education classes Madison College Leading Lady Helping young businesswomen confidently grab the reins Service Corps of Retired Executives Rachel Krinsky knows a thing or two about being a leader. The former executive director of The Road Home Madison and the current CEO of YWCA Madison, she's also an organizer of Madison's first Moxie Conference—a full day of workshops and speakers devoted to helping professional women in a way she says is sorely needed. "It's an important issue," says Krinsky. "Empowering women to be in leadership roles is really critical." She hopes it will be the first step of many to help women find sturdier ground when climbing toward the top. Tell us about the Moxie Conference happening this May. The conference focuses on women's leadership in business. Breakout sessions led by various local leaders focus on an of array skills from confidence to networking. What are some of the challenges women face when it comes to gaining leadership positions? While women and men are hired equally, women hold only 25 percent of senior management positions. Women tend to be less assertive and not reach for opportunities. Also, leadership strengths for women include the ability to build strong relationships and consensus—traits that identify women as powerful leaders, but aren't actively sought when hiring leadership roles. How will the Moxie Conference help women work toward their leadership goals? While there's only so much you can do in a four-hour conference, there's certainly the ability for personal improvements. If there are women who leave this conference with greater tools and understanding of how to find and use opportunities, that will increase their career paths. The Moxie Conference will take place May 23 at the Monona Terrace. To learn more visit BRAVA Magazine April 2013 A nonprofit organization composed of retired business experts, SCORE offers free online workshops aimed at keeping your business mojo, nurturing growth and motivating employees. One-on-one mentoring is also available. University of Wisconsin The UW School of Business carries a series of courses designed to launch you into leadership roles and keep you there. With teachings that range from "First Steps" to "Managing Conflict," professors are on hand to lend leadership guidance in many ways. The Wisconsin Women's Business Initiative Corporation An economic development corporation, WWBIC holds one-time courses aimed at boosting business skills. Ongoing, monthly workshops also offer guidance on topics such as "Traditional Networking," "Developing Your Leadership Skills" and "Top-Notch Customer Service." Photo by Sarah Maughan By Kelsey Bewick 34 With a host of offerings such as "Business Management" and "Meeting and Event Management for the Administrative Professional," Madison College courses will have you prepared for whatever the leadership world sends your way.

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