Today’s leaders need a host of tools as they seek to build innovative and sustaining work cultures that are inclusive, build community and address injustices. How can leaders create inclusive environments where courage and compassion lead to a sense of belonging for all members? How can shared values help leaders achieve the mission of their group, organization or business? The William & Mary Washington Center’s new leadership course combines theory and practice to explore these questions through the lens of our values with generations of W&M leaders (see full speaker lineup below). With a focus on service, W&M aims to educate leaders to continue serving the greater public good.
W&M Associate Vice President for Health & Wellness; Director of Center for Mindfulness and Authentic Excellence
Michael Powell '85, D.P.S. '02
President and CEO of NCTA – the Internet and Television Association and chair of the W&M Foundation Board of Directors
Robert M. Gates '65, L.H.D. '98
Communication and Branding
Dawn Edmiston Ed.D. '20
W&M Clinical Professor, Marketing
W&M Clinical Associate Professor, Organizational Behavior
Dealing with Uncertainty and Crisis
James Comey ’82,
Former FBI Director
Equity and Inclusion
Associate Chancellor & Chief Diversity Officer at University of California, Merced
W&M Senior Associate Provost for Planning & New Ventures
Supporting an Innovative Culture
Cliff Fleet ’91, M.A. ’93, J.D. ’95, M.B.A. ’95
President and CEO of the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation
W&M Executive Director of Entrepreneurship Center & Clinical Lecturer
W&M Chief Human Resources Officer
Leadership Course Description
The course in this program features W&M faculty, alumni and community leaders who will offer ideas, guide discussions in small group settings and equip participants with the leadership tools they need to put their ideas into motion. Self-reflections will allow participants to actively consider their role as a current or aspiring leader. Attention to the power of leading in place and in collaboration with others provides alternatives to old constructions of leadership. Participants will leave with concrete takeaway tools, with practice on using these skills provided in the sessions. If you are interested in having a positive impact in your work—come join us!
PLEASE NOTE: This course is non-credit bearing and not part of a W&M degree or Certificate program and no W&M credential will be awarded upon completion. However, participants who successfully complete the course will have a W&M transcript indicating the non-credit course.
Each of the ten sessions will begin with an introduction to the topic and a guest lecture. Unlike the fall "teaser" webinars, this course is designed for everyone to participate and engage with the content. Each presentation will be followed by small, facilitated break-out groups. Participants will talk through their personal leadership experiences and make connections to the content being presented. Each session will conclude with a full-class debrief and review of concrete takeaway tools.
Through discussion boards and journaling, participants will build towards two final projects: a professional development plan and a personalized leadership profile, both of which participants will submit for feedback.
Upon registering, each participant will receive a welcome email from Program Manager Krista Schroth, asking for additional information, which will be used to personalize the course experience.
Each participant will receive a workbook to guide learning and networking throughout the course.
Participants will engage with high-profile leaders and ask questions in a small setting.
Participants will network with others in the class and build connections with other values-driven leaders.
Participants will explore their personal leadership values, skills and abilities in a safe setting.
Participants will receive expert feedback on a professional development plan and a personalized leadership profile.
Participants will earn a leadership certificate for their resumes.
Mode: Synchronous, online classes
Assignments: Participants will be asked to complete some asynchronous pre-meeting readings so that the synchronous sessions are even more engaging, contribute to discussion boards and reflect on the content through journaling (less than two hours/week total outside of class).
Dates: Tuesday, April 27 -Thursday, May 27, 2021
Times: Tuesday & Thursday evenings from 5:00-7:00 p.m. (see FAQs for timezone conflicts)
Meetings: 10 sessions total, 2 hours per session
Requirements: Participants who complete 9/10 modules (although all 10 are encouraged) and associated reflection assignments will earn a certificate of completion from the William & Mary Washington Center.
Expectations and Takeaways
Participants will be expected to:
spend no more than one hour each week on pre-readings
spend no more than one hour each week participating in discussion boards and journaling
Participants will leave the course with:
A detailed professional development plan
A personal leadership profile
A certificate of completion from the William & Mary Washington Center
Registration Fees and Policies
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All costs above include a $25.00 administrative fee.
*Need-based scholarships considered as requested.
Cancellation Policy: Cancellation requests must be submitted by email to email@example.com and received by the W&M Washington Center by April 16th at 11:59 p.m. You may receive a full refund for cancellations made by this deadline. Alternatively, you may substitute a non-registered person in your place at any time.
Frequently Asked Questions
Where will the class take place? Online, through Blackboard (tutorials will be made available.)
When is the deadline to register? Participants may register up until 11:59 a.m. on 4/27, the first day of class.
What do I need to have in place to participate? Participants will need a computer and stable internet.
Will I receive credit for this class? This course is non-credit bearing and not part of a W&M degree or Certificate program and no W&M credential will be awarded upon completion. However, participants who successfully complete the course will have a W&M transcript indicating the non-credit course.
What if I need to miss one of the ten sessions? We understand that participants are working professionals with many competing responsibilities. While all sessions are strongly encouraged, participants are able to miss one class and still earn a certificate.
I'm interested, but not available on these dates. Will you offer this class again? Maybe! We certainly hope to make this leadership course a regular opportunity, but this first time through is a pilot. After this course runs, we'll use data from the experience to plan for possible future iterations.
Will there be homework? There is some work involved, but nothing extensive enough to be considered "homework." Participants will not be graded. Some reading and reflection will be required each week and participants will spend the five weeks building a professional development plan and a personalized leadership profile to submit for feedback at the end.
For whom is this class designed? This course is designed for anyone interested in leadership. Current and upcoming leaders alike will find value in the topics and reflections presented. Small group discussions will be determined based on participants' self-disclosed current leadership levels to ensure individual needs are met.
How big is the class? Class size will not be clear until it begins on 4/27, but there is no cap. Regardless of the overall size, however, small group discussions and personalized feedback will be included in the format.
I’m a current W&M employee and I’d love to take the class. How do I see if my department/unit will cover the fee? Great! Employees are encouraged to follow their unit or department’s protocols for requesting professional development funds. If you don't already know, just ask your supervisor.
I'm in a different time zone so a 5:00 p.m. start time will be impossible for me. Is there an asynchronous option? All sessions happen synchronously to maximize learning. However, if you are in a different time zone and 5:00-7:00 EST excludes you from participating, please email [[klschroth,Krista Schroth]] and we will work to accommodate you. There is a potential option for you to watch the recorded full-class sessions and then participate with others in a small discussion group that better fits your time zone schedule.
Will the sessions be recorded? Full class sessions will be recorded and shared with the course participants only. Small group discussions will not be recorded.
I'd like to participate with a larger group. Is there a discount for a participating team? Working teams or groups of at least 10 people are eligible for special rates. Please contact [[roadle,Roxane O. Adler Hickey]] for more details.
For more information, please contact:
[[roadle,Roxane O. Adler Hickey M.Ed. '02]], Director, Washington Center
[[klschroth,Krista Schroth M.Ed. '20]], Leadership Program Manager