Leadership Washburn

Schedule and Session Descriptions


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


Thursday, September 15, 2016
(8:30 a.m. – 4:45 p.m.)

Friday, September 16, 2016
(8:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.)

The Leadership Washburn orientation session introduces participants to each other, the program, the University, and key frameworks of leadership. 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 6, 2016
(8:30 a.m. – 4:45 p.m.)

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 with their group project.

Leadership in Context

Thursday, November 10, 2016
(8:30 a.m. – 4:45 p.m.)

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 complex systems in which the individual interacts and how one develops an adaptive leadership approach. During this session, participants will explore the nexus of self and system, and how they might leverage their engagement with various systems to affect positive change.

Leadership in Higher Education: State

Thursday, December 1, 2016
(8:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.)

Increased calls for accountability, changing student demographics, funding cuts, and pressures to cap tuition are just some of the issues impacting faculty, staff, administrative and board leadership at virtually every public and private college and university. Regardless of one’s position at the University, it is

essential to have a good understanding of the higher education system in Kansas, the current issues facing higher education, legislative and community politics and priorities, and their implications for Washburn. The focus of this half-day session will be at the state level and will include presentations by leaders from the state legislature and the Kansas Board of Regents.

Project Work Session

Tuesday, December 6, 2016
(1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.)

This work session serves 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: Local and University

Thursday, January 26, 2017
(8:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.)

The topic continues with a half-day session focus on the local aspects of higher education, including discussions with local and university leaders.

Communication for Leaders

Thursday, February 16, 2017
(8:30 a.m. – 4:45 p.m.)

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 an enhanced understanding of the types of communication used in the workplace, as well as help you understand conflict and conflict strategies.

Leading a Culture of Innovation

Thursday, March 16, 2017
(8:30 a.m. – 4:45 p.m.)

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, and Recognition

Thursday, April 20, 2017
(8:30 a.m. – 4:45 p.m.)

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