Leadership Washburn

Schedule and Session Descriptions


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

Welcome Events

Conversations about Leadership: A Discussion with President Farley
Friday, September 12, 2014
(8:15 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.)

President Jerry Farley welcomes the incoming Leadership Washburn class with an informal discussion centered on leadership and the upcoming program. Leadership Washburn alumni are also invited to participate with alumni representatives facilitating the discussion. Participation in this event is encouraged, but is not required.  

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 event will recognize the new participants as well as Leadership Washburn alumni. Participation in this event is encouraged, but is not required.  


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 assessment of self as a leader in terms of life influences and future goals. It also requires an understanding of the systems in which the individual interacts and how one develops an adaptive leadership approach.


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 is critical to a leader’s success.  Communication is a complex pattern of behaviors that are based on multiple variables. This session will provide a framework for enhanced understanding of the types of communication used in the workplace, as well as helping you understand conflict and conflict strategies.


Leading a Culture of Innovation

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Leadership and innovation are complementary concepts. And while the term “innovation” may not have been always been used, content and applications throughout the Leadership Washburn program reflect the importance and value of innovation for organizational excellence. This session explores the concept of innovation with a focus on strategies and applications to foster an organizational culture of 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.



Thursday, September 17 - Friday, September 18, 2015

Strategic Leadership and Change

Friday, October 16, 2015

Leadership in Higher Education

Friday, November 13, 2015

Project Work Session

Friday, December 4, 2015

Leadership in Context

Friday, January 29, 2016

Communication Skills for Leaders

Friday, February 26, 2016

Leading a Culture of Innovation

Friday, March 25, 2016

Leadership in Action: Plans, Project, and Recognition

Friday, April 29, 2016