The letter below is a template you can copy into an email and modify to your specific needs in order to help convince your employer to invest in the Leadership Lab for Women in STEM™ program at Weatherhead. Note: there are five areas in red that you will need to customize. Also, you may want to consider attaching this Executive Summary PDF within your email.
EMAIL SUBJECT LINE: Training Request: Leadership Lab for Women in STEM™
Dear <addressee: Human Resources Manager, CEO, etc.>,
As you know, it is essential to the continued success of <name of your company or department> that employees are well-trained for the industry and continually develop their skills. This is becoming increasingly more important for women in our industry as, according to many studies, women leave the workforce, especially STEM professions, at higher rates than men. <you may want to customize this first sentence based on your unique needs>
Case Western Reserve University’s Weatherhead School of Management offers an executive education program specifically designed for women in STEM careers. The program I am interested in attending is the Leadership Lab for Women in STEM™. The class schedule runs for eight days, spread out over three sessions, in April, June and July. The first session begins April 28, 2015.
Why Weatherhead? Case Western Reserve University’s strengths in science, technology, engineering and mathematics form a natural foundation for studying the female experience in STEM fields. Also, the Leadership Lab faculty have each conducted extensive research on what works to keep women in STEM professions. These instructors are part of Weatherhead’s organizational behavior department and are considered among the best in the world.
Attending this program will enable me to identify strategic applications for growing <my department and the company as a whole>, develop critical competencies for career development and network with other women in STEM fields. It will also guide me in articulating a personal leadership vision, which research supports as a powerful way to increase career engagement and commitment, and maximize contribution and satisfaction in my role.
2015 program dates:
This program takes place in three sessions (eight days total). This format allows for participants to apply and reflect on their learning between sessions and receive individualized coaching.
- April 28 - 30: Women in STEM: Bias, Barriers, and Opportunities
- June 17 - 19: High-impact Leadership for Women in STEM
- July 29 - 30: Skills and Strategies for Leading the Way Forward in STEM
Here’s the cost breakdown:
- Individual Participants: $10,000
- Non-Profits/CWRU Alumni/Affiliate Partners: $9,000
- Two or more registrations from the same organization: $9,000
With your permission, I’d like to secure a spot in the Leadership Lab for Women in STEM™ program before the class is filled. If you have any questions about the program, please visit the FAQ page or contact Weatherhead directly at either firstname.lastname@example.org, 216-368-6413 or 800-736-6403. Please reply as soon as possible, and I’d be happy to discuss this opportunity with you in more detail. Thank you for your consideration.
<Insert Your Name Here>