Leadership Washburn

Schedule and Session Descriptions


Unless otherwise noted, sessions start promptly at 8:30a.m. and end by 4:45p.m.  

Welcome Reception

Friday, September 12, 2014
(4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.)

The welcome reception will be held in conjunction with Alumni After Hours hosted by the Vice President for Academic Affairs.  This optional event will recognize the new participants as well as Leadership Washburn alumni.



Thursday, September 18, 2014
Friday, September 19, 2014
(8:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.)

This two day session introduces participants to each other, the program, and the University. As leaders at Washburn, it is important to have a solid understanding and appreciation of the University’s history, traditions, values, connections with the community, as well as institutional challenges and opportunities.


Strategic Leadership and Change

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Facing the constant of change in complex environments, leaders are challenged to think and act strategically. This session explores a process of strategic planning and provides a model of problem solving to guide participants in their group project.  


Leaders in Context

Thursday, November 13, 2014 

Context refers to understanding leadership in terms of self and the organization. Effective leadership requires an understanding of the systems in which the individual interacts and how one develops an adaptive leadership approach. It also requires an assessment of self in terms of life influences, future goals, and life balance.


Project Work Session

Thursday, December 11, 2014
(1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.)

An optional work session has been scheduled to facilitate and support efforts towards the Leadership Project Group. In addition to the group members and facilitators, other stakeholders and contributors may participate to support progress.


Leadership in Higher Education

Thursday, January 22, 2015           

Regardless of one's position at the University, it is essential to gain a clearer understanding of the higher education system in Kansas, current political and economic issues shaping higher education policy, and subsequent implications for Washburn.


Communication Skills for Leaders  

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Effective communication skills are critical to a leader’s success.  Communications are a complex pattern of behaviors that are based on multiple variables.  Information is sent and received in many forms, and this session will provide a framework for enhanced understanding of the types of communication used in the workplace, as well as how to deal more effectively with conflict in the workplace. Time allocation for this topic extends to the first half of the next meeting.


Leadership and Innovation:  Bringing it All Together

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Leadership and innovation are complementary concepts. Content and applications throughout the Leadership Washbburn program have reflected values and core elements of innovation for organizational excellence. This session will connect prior program content through presentation, reflection, and case examples of leadership and innovation.


Leadership in Action: Plans, Project, & Recognition

Thursday, April 23, 2015 

This final session is the culminating event whereby participants share their individual action plans, group project, and receive recognition.