Advanced Leadership Development in Higher Education

Advanced Leadership Development
in Higher Education

March 23 - 25, 2020 | Chicago, IL

May 27 - 29, 2020 | Beaver Creek, CO

June 1 - 3, 2020 | Beaver Creek, CO


All events have been

Coronavirus update: To ensure the safety of participants and speakers, these programs have been postponed. More details to come.


Take a 360° assessment of your leadership, and prepare yourself to better lead at your institution.

Join us for a three-day, intensive leadership development program designed specifically for higher education. This comprehensive, robust, and practical training is facilitated by leadership development experts with more than fifty years of combined experience. As a part of this unique leadership training, you will:

  • Complete a 360° assessment and will work in peer-to-peer coaching teams
  • Receive one-on-one coaching with the program facilitators
  • Master skills in four areas of leadership: personal, interpersonal, team, and systems
  • Learn alongside peers from across the enterprise of higher education
  • Participate in interactive and experiential sessions to assess and develop your leadership style
  • Build a toolkit of leadership techniques and frameworks that you can use immediately
  • Develop a leadership portfolio with your strengths and challenges, goals, values, and reflections


Limited Attendance

Given the intensive nature of the program, middle and senior managers who have experience leading teams or units will benefit from attending. We have intentionally designed this program for administrators across the institution including those on the academic side, such as deans and provosts.

Only the first thirty registrants will be allowed to participate. If you have questions about whether this program is right for you, please contact Amit Mrig, at (720) 988-1210 or


360-Degree Assessment

One of the highlights of this program is the opportunity to complete a 360° evaluation. Once you register, we will email you with detailed instructions on how to complete the assessment. Your results will be delivered to you at the workshop, and you’ll have an opportunity for a personalized coaching session with one of the program facilitators.

Read expert Pat Sanaghan's article to learn how seeking anonymous 360° feedback can support you on your leadership development journey.


Hear From Past Participants

Over 350 professionals in higher education have gone through this leadership training. It is consistently one of our highest-rated programs and participants tell us that it is intense, illuminating, humbling, and changes the way they think about themselves as leaders. See how this program has helped others become better leaders for their institution.

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Your registration fee includes full access to all conference sessions and materials, breakfast, lunch, and access to the networking reception on Day 1, breakfast and lunch on Day 2 and 3, as well as refreshments and snacks throughout the conference.
Day 1: Self-Awareness and Working with Others

8:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Purposes and Principles
In this introductory session, the facilitators will share the program’s outcomes and underlying principles. In small groups, you will prepare questions for the facilitators.



Five Steps of Leadership Development
As an initial contribution to your portfolio, you have prepared a personal definition of leadership to begin to understand the qualities, skills, and behaviors leaders need to develop. As part of this session, the facilitators will share an overview of how leadership is developed and define the difference between leadership and management. You will then prepare a personal definition and a preliminary assessment of your strengths and challenges relative to that definition.



Thinking Styles Inventory
Understanding the diverse thinking styles of others provides insight into how to lead them effectively. Using a validated assessment that identifies four primary thinking styles, you will uncover your dominant style of thinking and problem solving and discuss how this can and should influence your leadership style.



Leadership Derailment
Research by the Center for Creative Leadership has identified several factors that can derail leaders and limit their effectiveness. The facilitators will share these factors and strategies for mitigating them.



5 Paths to Leadership
In addition to understanding the way they think and solve problems, leaders must understand how their own behaviors impact those around them. During this session, you’ll take an assessment that will divulge your operating style and its impact on others. Suggestions will be offered for mitigating the effects of overused strengths and for overcoming challenges created by shortfalls in other areas.



360° Assessment
Receiving feedback from others is a critical aspect to continually improving your effectiveness as a leader. Prior to the program, you will complete an online 360° assessment. In this session, the facilitators will share these assessments and help you interpret your results. After time to review results, the facilitators will divide your cohort into small groups and facilitate a discussion on how to identify goals and strategies based on the feedback received.



Day 2: Team-Building & Systems Thinking

8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.


Check-In and Share Reflections



10 Differentiators of Exceptional Teams
What do the most successful teams in higher education, government, military, and the corporate sector have in common? Independent of their purpose or affiliation, research shows that high performing teams share many things in common that enable them to perform at high levels. In this session, you’ll learn about each of these characteristics and have a chance to measure your team against these benchmarks.



Analyzing Effective Teams
Using a published assessment tool, individuals will diagnose the effectiveness of their teams in several critical areas of performance including leadership, results orientation, group climate, communication, and assessment. You will identify areas of needed development and strategies you can employ when returning to campus.



During this time, a simulation will be used to demonstrate the complexities and challenges of building effective teams. You will develop principles and guidelines you can use back on campus when working with new and existing teams.



Power & Systems Simulation
In this interactive session, you will simulate a complex organizational challenge that highlights the naturally occurring dynamics of organizational life. At one point or another we are all accountable for certain outcomes, are affected by others, or are in the middle. In this session, you will gain insight into ways that you can contribute productively to situations—and encourage others to do the same—regardless of the role you are playing.



Principles for Leading Change
In this session, you will debrief the previous activity and develop guiding principles for avoiding the inherent problems discovered in the simulation.



Building Trust
In this unique session, you will watch a video of a speech delivered by a college president and examine how authenticity and transparency can inspire and build trust.



Day 3: Skill-Building and Learning Plan Development

8:00 a.m. - 3:45 p.m.


Check-In and Share Reflections



Dialogue: A Tool for Conducting Difficult Conversations
When delivering feedback, entering into a negotiation, or whenever there is conflict, the stakes are usually high. In this session, you will explore common pitfalls and learn principles for conducting difficult conversations.



Mastery: The Foundation of an Authentic Leader
Building on your personal definition of leadership, in this session you will develop a personal mission and vision statement, and articulate your personal values. These ideas provide an anchor for leaders and enable authentic actions and decisions across your personal and professional domains.



Tools for Effective Collaboration
You will learn and walk through the use of a simple but powerful tool to leverage the input of others. This activity can be used to gather data, diagnose challenges, and develop shared goals.



Future Timeline
You will be exposed to a unique activity designed to identify the trends, events, and issues that will impact the higher-education industry over the next ten years. This activity can be used to build the horizon-thinking capacity of others on campus and to generate an important dialogue about the future of the institution. The results of the activity have powerful implications for current and future leaders and will be captured and shared with all participants.



Distilling Critical Lessons on Leadership
In this session, you will reflect on the last three days and distill the most important lessons and takeaways about leadership of self, others, and organizations.



Learning Plan Development and Coaching
As the program draws to a close, you will work in your peer coaching teams to create personal developmental plans. The teams will also learn how to work together following the program and make their initial commitments to one another.



Final Q&A and Program Wrap-up


March, May & June 2020 events have been postponed.

All Room Reservations have been canceled for this event.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Niecie Washington at or 720.988.1264.




Patrick Sanaghan

The Sanaghan Group

Dr. Sanaghan serves as the head of The Sanaghan Group, an organizational firm specializing in leadership development, executive coaching, strategic planning, and leadership transitions. Pat has worked with over 200 campuses and hundreds of organizations in the last twenty-five years. He has taught leadership to thousands of leaders in higher education, and helped over one hundred campuses conduct collaborative, transparent strategic planning processes. He is the co-author/author of six books, numerous articles, and several monographs in the fields of strategic planning, leadership, and change management. His most recent books include: Collaborative Leadership in Action and How to Actually Build an Exceptional Team. Dr. Sanaghan also serves as a board member of the College of Saint Benedict in St. Joseph, MN.


Clint Sidle

Cornell University

In addition to his current position at Cornell, Clint Sidle is the Immediate Past Director, Roy H. Park Leadership Fellows Program, Johnson Graduate School of Management. He is widely sought as a keynote speaker and consultant in leadership development, executive coaching, and managing strategic change. He has worked with Fortune 500 companies, state and local educational systems, and some of the nation's leading universities and nonprofit organizations.

His leadership program in the Johnson School at Cornell has earned national recognition as a unique and powerful contribution to management education. His developmental approach is based on a unique experiential learning model that is the topic of his book The Leadership Wheel: Five Steps to Achieving Individual and Organizational Greatness released in September 2005. He elaborates on the inner aspect of leadership development in his most recent book, This Hungry Spirit: Your Need for Basic Goodness, published in December 2009.

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*All-inclusive members receive $250 off of conference registrations (in addition to the early bird discount if applicable). Academic Affairs, Advancement/Alumni Relations, Business Office, Enrollment Management, Student Affairs, and Leadership members will continue to receive $100 off conference registrations. Upgrade your membership to qualify for a higher discount. Please note this discount is not applicable on pre- or post-conference workshops or conference binders.


“I've been to my fair share of conferences/workshops, but I can honestly say this ranks among the best. What made this conference stand out is not just learning what, but the ‘how’.”
- Sandra McLean, Chief HR Officer, Parker University

“One of the most valuable and directly applicable conference I have attended ... ever.”
- James Moore, Assistant Dean of Graduate Studies, University of California, Santa Cruz

“An intense and illuminating experience enhanced by diverse high caliber conference participants.”
- Janet Egiziano Associate Director, MBA Program CSU Channel Islands

“I came away from this workshop humbled and inspired to become a more effective dynamic leader. I would highly recommend this workshop to all levels of leadership positions.”
- Kevin Campbell, Director of Financial Services, Central Washington University

“The Advanced Leadership Conference was engaging, empowering, and will change the way you think about leadership and lead others.”
- Harriet Watkins, Manager of Academic Partnerships, University of Texas Arlington

“This was an excellent opportunity. The speakers were experts in their fields with many personal examples. The small group interaction was very valuable to my personal growth in leadership.”
- Sharon Chappy, Director of Post-Licensure Programs, University of Wisconsin - OshKosh

“As an emerging leader, I found this (my first conference) experience to be excellent. I learned more about myself as a leader through the raw 360-degree analysis and the leadership wheel. The suggestions, tools, and skills I learned at the conference will be shared with my other colleagues who are emerging leaders at my institution. This conference is a must for all new and mid-career leaders in higher ed.”
- Melissa Lucas, Administrative Director of the Department of Media, Culture and Communication, New York University

“Best leadership conference I have attended. Intense, hard work, but with strong payoff. I left with a plan to help me move forward personally and professionally.”
- Art Sanders, Associate Provost for Curriculum and Assessment, Drake University

“You will learn something you can apply immediately!”
- Jin Wang, Dean of Bill and Vieve Gore School of Business, Westminster College

“Techniques, plug-and-play strategies, experience and networking opportunities...this conference has it all. A must attend.”
- Dr. Hitesh Rai Kathuria, Chair of Department of Science, Indiana University East Richmond