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.
Applications are not required to participate, but registration is required as each workshop is limited to twenty participants. These sessions may be used towards the University of Alberta Professional Development Requirement which includes an individualized career plan document called an Individual Development Plan (IDP) and the completion of eight hours of professional development activities inspired by your career plan. All professional development activities must be approved by your department.
Get to know our speakers in the Speaker Biographies document.
Communication Skills for Leaders
September 11, 2019
Learn the fundamentals of impactful public speaking including how to use your voice, body, and concise language to improve your communication skills. Public speaking coach Alyson Connoly will lead you through a series of exercises to help you overcome your anxiety about public speaking and improve your ability to get your message across effectively.
October 17, 2019
Build your capacity to engage in difficult conversations while maintaining the dignity of all involved. Shana Dion will help you identify your own barriers to communicating authentically and teach you how to create conditions for uncomfortable conversations that maximize a positive result. Shana will do her best to make sure this is more of a visit with a friend sharing her journey as a Nehiyaw Iskwew. She will share some of her Cree teachings that have grounded her along her journey. She will also guide a sharing circle together so everyone in the sacred circle can better open their hearts in understanding, connect with each other and learn from each other.
Navigating Imposter Phenomenon
November 21, 2019
Explore why high-performing people often doubt their abilities and struggle to enjoy their success. Writer and performer Darrin Hagen will share his own experiences with imposter phenomenon and lead you through activities that will help you identify why you get in your own way and how to get out of it.
The Art of Failure
December 9, 2019
Students will work with a string quartet led by composer Dr. Aleks Sternfeld-Dunn, and use music and storytelling to learn the power of risk taking not only to grow ones individual strengths, but how to energize others to do the difficult work needed to make progress on our biggest challenges.
All of us have a personal bandwidth, a way of dealing with certain problems and certain people, in specific ways. However, to be a successful leader we will need to learn to grow our bandwidth, and step outside of the things that make us comfortable. As our society continues to evolve and change future leaders will need to expand their limitations by learning how to speak from the heart, take risks, and more importantly recover from the failures that come with that positive risk taking. This workshop will allow participants to develop their leadership skills by expanding their personal bandwidth, and practicing experimentation, failure, and recovery.
Branding Your X Factor
January 16, 2020 | 8-10 am
Joyce LaBriola, Winspear Centre Vice President of Brand and Experience, will introduce you to tools to develop your personal brand and identify your X factor to be synonymous with your leadership style. Through a series of exercises and storytelling fundamentals, participants will construct an authentic and concise elevator pitch to leverage what makes each leader stand apart from the crowd.
Essential Skills for Strategic Leadership
February 10, 2020 | 3-5 pm
Unpredictability, uncertainty, and change: these have become the hallmarks of our work environments. But how do you manage and show in situations like this? Salima Ebrahim will use her current experience as a senior leader at the City of Edmonton to provide you with tangible tools and techniques that will help you be persistent in the face of setbacks, align conflicting priorities, and respond strategically to environmental shifts.
The Power of Storytelling
March 17, 2020 | 5-7 pm
Vulnerability is a strength: a well timed, intentional personal story can build a connection between leaders and those they are mobilizing. Queer rights advocate Marni Panas used her own story to leverage change to trans rights legislation in Canada; join her to learn how when we lead with our stories, we build trust and strengthen as a team. She will provide you with the tools and encouragement to use your own story as a powerful catalyst to positive change.
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Leading with Purpose
April 24, 2020 | 12-2 pm
Staying connected to our purpose grounds our leadership in our deepest values instead of the competing demands of others. Cristina Stasia will lead participants through an adaptive leadership activity that challenges them to consider why they are doing what they are doing--and identify strategies for what to do when the what is disconnected from the why.
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