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About the Course

This innovative leadership development program provides senior leaders in PA State Government the opportunity to further develop their leadership abilities and succeed at the highest levels of their profession. Developed through a collaboration between Alvernia University, Harrisburg University of Science and Technology, and the Governor’s Office of Administration, this unique program gives participants the opportunity to enhance their understanding of their workplace culture and to learn strategies, tactics, and management techniques applicable to the unique challenges government employees face.

The program offers:

  • Mentorship & networking opportunities
  • Discussions on real life issues and concerns
  • Leadership skills assessment

New Virtual Format The 2022 Cohort of the Leadership Development Program will be delivered via an engaging and dynamic virtual platform.

The plan is to allow the cohort to attend virtually.  However, if COVID-19 mitigation efforts end and CDC guidelines change, sessions may be offered in a hybrid format of in-person and virtual sessions for those choosing to continue using the virtual format.

Target Audience

This course is intended for senior leaders working in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, including both agencies on the Governor’s jurisdiction as well as independent agencies.

Learning Methods

The program curriculum is based around case studies, team projects, role playing and scenario planning. Classes offer a “safe space” for senior leaders to discuss issues they may face in their positions while promoting inter-organizational collaboration.

Schedule & Topics Covered

Class Schedule:

  1. Classes meet online on Mondays from 8:30 am – 12:00 pm
  2. Program runs over a 4-month period
  3. Each date provides a half-day of virtual classroom instruction.

See full schedule at the bottom of the page for class dates

Below is a sample of topics that were included in past Cohorts.  The sessions for 2022 will be posted at a later date.

Previous Cohort Topics Included:

  • Leadership vs. Management
  • Effective Communications
  • Resilience and Adaption
  • Negotiation & Conflict Resolution
  • Strategic Planning, Setting Objectives, Measures and Initiatives
  • Performance through Excellence – Project Leadership & Project Management
  • Citizen-Centric Design & Innovation
  • Data-Driven Decision Making
  • Leading Innovation
  • Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion

A full course syllabus with topics by module will be distributed at Orientation.

Preparation

To prepare for the Leadership Development Program, each participant will:

  • Take a Personality Inventory
  • Take a Leadership Skills Assessment
  • Complete a short Personal Biography
  • Identify one cross-organizational issue with which they have been involved.

Coaching & Mentoring

Program participants are divided in teams. Each team is assigned a mentor/coach. The mentor/coach meets (virtually) with the team at least once collectively and at least once with each program participant individually.

Class Attendance Policy

Attendance at a minimum of 90% of the sessions is required.

Certification of Completion

Awarding of a certificate of completion will be based on a pass-fail assessment of the program’s curriculum, attendance, and project-based requirements.

Materials

The following materials are included in the cost of the course:

  • PDF versions of slides presented
  • Speaker bios
  • Access to the session recording links in the Learning Management System

Registration Fees

Commonwealth of Pennsylvania: $2,000

Application Process

Candidate Application

The application form allows candidates to present their learning goals, past experiences, expertise, and knowledge they will bring to the cohort for consideration.  Candidates will be notified in a timely manner as to their acceptance into the Leadership Development Program cohort.

Nomination Letter
Candidates will demonstrate the support of their senior leadership by submitting a letter of nomination written on their behalf.

The nomination letter should include current position and responsibilities of the applicant, along with skills, knowledge, and any special projects for which the applicant is responsible.

The nomination letter should be addressed to “Leadership Development Program directors” and emailed to ProfessionalEd@HarrisburgU.edu with the subject line as, “Leadership Development Program Nomination Letter for [YOUR FIRST AND LAST NAME]”

Acceptance Notification

Applicants will be notified by March 4, 2022 regarding whether they have or have not been accepted into the 2022 program. At that time, accepted applicants will receive full course details and an invoice for the registration fee.

See the specific deadlines under “Next Cohort” at the bottom of the page.

Testimonials

2021 LDP Graduate

“From program organizers and presenters, to classmates and coaches, everyone in the Program shared new perspectives and provided unique opportunities to reflect upon and challenge my own leadership mindset. A fantastic experience that I find myself referring back to on a daily basis.”

2021 LDP Graduate

“After being in leadership, and in the employ of the commonwealth for over 28 years, I was skeptical of what I could learn. I learned something in each session, that I could immediately use, to help improve my abilities as a leader. The opportunity to discuss, learn, and work with other leaders, during the Leadership Development Program, was invaluable and has helped me become a better leader. Anyone who participates in the program, will realize the benefit, during the first module. This program should be used as the basis for all commonwealth leaders.”

2021 LDP Graduate

“This year has been full of new experiences and challenges, such as leading a fully remote team, staying focused during a pandemic, and adjusting to constant change. The Leadership Development Program enabled us to engage with and learn from wonderful teachers, inspirational speakers, and empathetic coaches. They gave us opportunities to connect with other leaders and practice relevant techniques ranging from conflict resolution, diversity and inclusion, learning how to be resilient, and so much more. Whether you have been leading for years or are new to leadership, the Leadership Development Program will help you grow as a leader.”

2021 LDP Graduate

“After being in leadership, and in the employ of the commonwealth for over 28 years, I was skeptical of what I could learn. I learned something in each session, that I could immediately use, to help improve my abilities as a leader. The opportunity to discuss, learn, and work with other leaders, during the Leadership Development Program, was invaluable and has helped me become a better leader. Anyone who participates in the program, will realize the benefit, during the first module. This program should be used as the basis for all commonwealth leaders. Thank you, for allowing me to participate in the program.”

Logistics

Location

Online via Microsoft Teams

Contact

Professional Education |  ProfessionalED@harrisburgu.edu

Next Cohort

March – September 2022

Application Deadline:

Tuesday, February 15, 2022

All applications and nomination letters are due by this date.

See the “Application Process” above for detailed information

Acceptance Notification:

March 4, 2022

All applicants will be notified of whether or not they have been accepted into the program

Full Class Schedule

Student Orientation – Monday, March 14, 2022, 1:00 pm – 3:45 pm, Eastern

Module 1 – Monday, March 28, 2022

Module 2 – Monday, April 18, 2022

Coaching Session 1

Module 3 – Monday, May 9, 2022

Module 4 – Monday, June 6, 2022

Module 5 – Monday, June 27, 2022

Module 6 – Monday, July 18, 2022

Module 7 – Monday, August 8, 2022

Coaching Session 2

Module 8 – Monday, August 29, 2022

Graduation – Monday, September 19, 2022 at 2:30pm (both in person and virtually)

 All modules are held from 8:30 am – 12:00 pm unless otherwise specified.
For more information please contact Michelle Mafnas at ProfessionalEd@HarrisburgU.edu.
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