Professional Development

PLLC invites you to develop your leadership skills through lectures and workshops. Professional development opportunities currently available include:

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Lougheed College Lectures

This annual series offers the U of A and members of the public the opportunity to hear from some of today's most inspirational, influential, and innovative visiting scholars and practitioners of leadership. Most lectures are recorded and available to watch afterwards.

The 2021-22 series is organized around the theme of Leadership Skills for an Altered Present and includes monthly events throughout the academic year. 

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The Art and Danger of Adaptive Leadership

A new education course this Spring

Leading effectively and inclusively in today’s increasingly polarized world requires both head and heart. Building your team’s — and your — ability to adapt to unforeseen realities also requires you to hold steady during periods of intense change. This course uses an adaptive leadership framework to strengthen your ability to tackle complex problems in your professional and personal worlds. Adaptive leadership is a critical tool and skill set for those looking to drive systemic change while being accountable to their own values and goals.

Participants will engage in public learning to test the adaptive diagnostic process together. Public learning is a collaborative process where we use the class itself as a case study, paying attention to how authority and leadership are alive in the classroom, and using classroom engagement itself as a testing ground for these new leadership approaches.

Upon completing this course, students will receive a digital badge from PLLC and are eligible to receive 21 hours of elective credit towards the Faculty of Extension's Advanced Certificate in Leadership.

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Apr 9–28, 2022



Evening & weekend — 21 hrs


Enterprise Square



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Previously, Adaptive Leadership had only been offered to graduate, law, and professional students through the Dive stream in our Graduate Leadership Development program. With limited capacity—and much demand—this programming attracted two to three times more applications than there were spaces in the program. This collaboration between the PLLC and the Faculty of Extension changes that. By offering this course publicly, anyone willing to put in the work to become a leader in their communities and organizations can now participate, regardless of previous credentials.

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Diversity in Diplomacy: A Speaker Series

In partnership with University of Alberta International and Intersections of Gender, we jointly host the Diversity in Diplomacy speaker series to offer a EDI perspective on diplomatic service. 

The latest event: 

African Woman Diplomat: Challenges and Opportunities with Fatima Braoulé Méïté, Ambassador of the Republic of Mali in Canada

This event was on Thursday, Feb. 25, but the recording is available on PLLC's YouTube channel.

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Student Leadership Competencies

Student Leadership Competencies are beneficial skills for graduates and professionals, too! The following six competencies are developed at our Professional Development events:

  • Creating Change
  • Diversity
  • Listening
  • Responding to Change
  • Self-Development
  • Social Responsibility
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