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.
Communication Skills for Leaders
September 11, 2019 | 4-6 pm
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 | 5-7 pm
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 | 5-7 pm
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 | 12-2 pm
Society currently demands that leaders innovate and take big risks, yet at the same time when there’s no net to catch us how can we risk failing? In this experiential workshop participants will work with composer Dr. Aleks Sternfeld-Dunn to practice failing, experimenting, and recovering.
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.
Salima Ebrahim is the Head of External and Intergovernmental Relations with the City of Edmonton. Prior to joining the City of Edmonton she was the Executive Director of the Banff Forum, a national public policy organization whose mission is to reinvigorate public debate in Canada and strengthen the country through engaging leaders from diverse backgrounds and industry sectors, and came to that role after spending a number of years as a management consultant with Deloitte in Toronto. She is also a former fellow with the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights.
Salima currently sits on the board of Pier21, Canada’s Immigration Museum and is vice-chair of the Inspirit Foundation. She has received several awards for her public service leadership including being a Top 40 under 40, and a National Women Who Inspire recipient awarded by the Canadian Council of Muslim Women. Salima is bilingual and has her undergraduate degree from the University of Alberta and a master’s degree from the London School of Economics.
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.
Marni Panas leads the diversity and inclusion team with one of Canada's largest employers where she is dedicated to creating safer, more welcoming and inclusive environments in health care. She holds a degree in Health Administration and a Canadian Certified Inclusion Professional designation. Marni has been invited to share her experiences and expertise inclusion and cultural safety for LGBTQ2S+ people locally, nationally and internationally. She was part of the work that led to gender identity and gender expression being added as protected grounds to Alberta and Canada’s Human Rights Acts. She was a member of the Advisory Committee that helped draft the apology that Prime Minister Justine Trudeau delivered to LGBTQ2S+ people in Canada in the House of Commons in November, 2017. You can hear Marni in local and national media and has made appearances on CNN and the BBC. Marni embraces storytelling as a means to inspire change. In her honest and inspiring TED talk, Marni shares, through her personal stories, her sometimes heartbreaking, other times funny, but always real journey as a transgender woman finding the courage to overcome fear.
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.
Dr. Cristina Stasia is an award-winning university lecturer and the Director of Instruction at the Peter Lougheed Leadership College. She is currently completing an executive certificate in Public Leadership, with a focus on adaptive leadership, at the Kennedy School of Government. In recognition of her teaching excellence and innovative pedagogy in the Faculty of Arts, she received the William Hardy Award for Excellence in University Teaching and, via the Last Lecture competition, was voted by students as one of the top three most inspiring instructors at the University of Alberta. Her commitment to experiential learning and putting theory into practice via community engagement led to being recognized as one of Edmonton’s “Top 40 Under 40” by Avenue magazine. Cristina is the founder of Level Consulting; as a consultant and leadership trainer, she has worked with clients including the City of Edmonton, government ministries, schools, and private businesses. She has served on numerous boards including SAVE (Sexual Assault Voices of Edmonton), ETSAB (Edmonton Transit Service Advisory Board), and was a founding member of WAVE (Women’s Advocacy Voice of Edmonton, chair of policy subcommittee).
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