Graduate Program

Graduate Leadership Development

Leadership Development Streams with a fountain icon

Build your capacity to make positive change in your academic, professional and personal work.

Whether you are looking for an immersive leadership development experience or just want to work on a specific leadership skill, the Graduate Leadership Development program has a stream to meet your needs. Each stream provides graduate students and post-docs with an opportunity to develop their leadership skills in an interdisciplinary environment through experiential learning.

There is no cost or materials required to participate in our graduate programs.

Do you want to wade, swim or dive? 

WADE: Workshops, skill-based, experiential, custom-made

Choose this stream if you want to focus on building specific leadership skills through topic-focused, experiential workshops.

Design your own leadership skill development program by participating in the workshops of your choice. Build your leadership skills with an interdisciplinary group of graduate students in one-off experiential workshops that focus on a specific leadership skill, from public speaking to negotiation to media training.


SWIM: Post-docs only, academic leadership and networking

Choose this stream if you are a post-doc who wants to develop your ability to meet the leadership challenges unique to academic institutions and connect with academic leaders on campus.

Academic leaders on campus share their expertise and experiences to build your capacity to navigate the complex higher education environment. Develop your personal leadership skills while considering the importance of organizational structure and context. Attend one or all four workshops to connect with other post-docs and help build a post-doc community on campus.


DIVE: cohort, academic year, adaptive, reflective, deep

Choose this stream if you want to focus on leadership challenges specific to you and develop your problem-solving skills.

Through this eight-month experience, you will work in an interdisciplinary cohort during monthly workshops to diagnose your leadership failures and challenges. An adaptive leadership framework helps graduate students move beyond their technical expertise to solve personal and real-world problems. Participants will dive beneath the surface of their leadership challenges to consider how their own experiences and histories may contribute to them. Participants also have advance access to all workshops in the Wade stream.


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