Tag: leadership development

Lifebridge Health Leadership Academy Grows at Towson University

Over the past three years of running the Towson University Professional Leadership Program for Women, we have been able to tactically grow and expand the program. With increased awareness of the program and the unique content format, we have attracted more government, non-profit, and corporate partners. This has allowed us to build community relationships and help to support BTU—the growth of partnerships to better address the needs of the region. A New Leadership Academy Forms An exciting example of this is the LifeBridge Health Leadership Academy at Towson University. Over the past two years LifeBridge Health has sent several...

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The Importance of Leadership Development

Leadership development programs have become an increasingly hot topic not only in the private sector but also in the public sector. More often than not, individuals enter a work position due to the fact they possess a unique or strong skill set. They are essentially the best person for their position. Over time they may change positions and sometimes take on more leadership roles. However, in most cases, people in leadership roles have not been taught leadership skills and principles. Leadership development programs help address this skills gap and help align leadership with corporate goals. Making an Investment Leadership...

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TU Professional Leadership Program for Women: 2017 Preview Event

Over two years ago, Towson University created the TU Professional Leadership Program for Women as a way to equip women leaders with the knowledge and skills needed to elevate their careers. Since that time, 38 women have graduated from two classes and the program has become the leading leadership development space in the Baltimore region. On Tuesday, October 4, Towson University and President Kim Schatzel, Ph.D., will host a Preview Event for the 2017 class. This is a great opportunity for prospective candidates and their employers to learn more about TU’s Professional Leadership Program for Women. Program Facilitator Kathleen...

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Towson University Professional Leadership Program for Women, 2016 Class

This morning I helped to welcome 21 women from the Greater Baltimore region into the 2016 class of the Towson University Professional Leadership Program for Women. Dr. Tim Chandler, Towson University interim president, said at this morning’s opening session, “Leadership development is at the core of Towson’s mission and this program really reflects that.” When we developed this program in 2014, we had high hopes that this would be a meaningful program and that the experience would be a rewarding one for both the participants and their employers. I believe the feedback from the 2015 class, their organizations, and...

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Professional Leadership Program for Women: Keynote Speaker

A couple months back, I wrote about the impact the Towson University Professional Leadership Program for Women had on participants, their employers and their organizations. On January 20, 2016, we will welcome another class of women from diverse backgrounds to Towson University for another semester-long program. Once again, the Leadership Program will allow participants to understand their personal leadership style. practice communicating with authority, projecting a professional presence, having difficult conversations, handling crisis communications, and networking. learn how to negotiate effectively, identify organizational culture, and excel within organizations. develop their personal brand and a road map for the future....

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TU Professional Leadership Program for Women

In 2014, leaders from Towson University began talking about how the University could harness our connections and provide a forum that would empower women with new leadership skills. We wanted to create a forum where women leaders could gain more self-awareness and create positive changes in their organizations and communities. Out of those conversations came the Towson University Professional Leadership Program for Women. Feedback for the Professional Leadership Program for Women In January 2015, we welcomed seventeen leaders from a diverse background of leadership roles into our inaugural class. The semester included panel discussions, group and individual coursework taught...

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Leadership Tips from a Workforce Development Professional

The Towson University Center for Professional Studies is working with the National Association of Workforce Development Professionals to hold the first Mid-Atlantic Leadership Academy for Workforce. The program kicked off at the end of January, and we were very grateful the weather cooperated!  Last month we held a webinar on the topic of Servant and Situational leadership. Our guest speaker was Josh Davies, who has been a key player in the workforce development industry throughout the country, and is the CEO of The Center for Work Ethic Development, based in Denver, Colorado. During the webinar, Josh talked about the attributes he thought made a successful leader. I found his insights really interesting and energizing, and wanted to share them with you. Here are five tips presented: Be explicit—Don’t use words like “maybe” or “probably.” Raise your expectations—Here he discussed a gas station/convenience store company called QuikTrip. The company has high expectations for employees, and they have met the challenge, giving QuickTrip very high levels of customer satisfaction. Additionally, QuikTrip has become one of the Fortune Magazine 100 best companies to work for. Be authentic—This is a theme that was all discussed by Katty Kay when she delivered a keynote address for the Towson University Professional Leadership Program for Women and emphasized how important this is, especially for women leaders. Give powerful recognition—When you give recognition make sure you explain...

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TU Launches Professional Leadership Program for Women

I often describe myself as a “self-proclaimed leadership junky.” What I mean by this is I’ve experienced the gamut of leadership programs from Leadership Washington to Leadership Maryland to Leadership Howard County to leadership programs specifically for Economic Developers. Each of these leadership experiences has left me with a different gift and given me insights and tools I continue to utilize in my professional and personal life. So, when our President Dr. Maravene Loeschke approached me earlier this year with an idea for developing a professional leadership program for women I didn’t have to think twice—I was in! But,...

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Preparing the Next Generation of Workforce Leaders

Earlier this year I was asked to present on the topic of leadership at the National Association of Workforce Development Professionals (NAWDP) annual conference. Like many industries, workforce is facing a crucial period of transition within senior management. With a brighter economic forecast, many C-suite personnel will be finally looking toward retirement or reduced organizational roles, leaving the next generation opportunities for progression. Leadership There are literally thousands of books and theories on effective leadership, but the most important aspects of leadership are fairly consistent – as leaders we: Know our strengths Understand our business Readily accept responsibility Develop responsibility in our team Make decisions Lead by example Understand what motivates our team Communicate, communicate, communicate There are some great authors who have covered leadership extensively – Stephen Covey, Kouzes and Posner (my favorite), Jim Collins, and Daniel Pink to name a few. Knowing what attributes make great leaders is only one step in the equation, it’s also important to recognize obstacles to leadership and how individuals are able to overcome those obstacles. We recently surveyed 600 workforce leaders in Maryland and they collectively identified several obstacles to leadership including: funding/budgets, bureaucracy, loss of institutional knowledge, and changes in technology – staying current. Again, when looking at the next generation of leader, we must make sure that they can overcome our industry specific obstacles. The Next Generation of Leader...

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