Emerging Leaders Program

Background:

In a rapidly changing and complex society, the vital role of leadership in all sectors is more important than it has ever been. As companies continue to adjust to ever-changing demands, cultivating a workplace environment in which employees are motivated, productive and innovative becomes vital to the growth of the organization.

Since 2008, Gonzaga University's Emerging Leaders Program in Spokane, Washington, has been giving rising talent and high-potential corporate employees the chance to stretch the skills they already possess, making them an even more valuable asset to their teams. The Emerging Leaders Program is designed to blend professional development education with practical experience that can be measured at each company's bottom line.

In a nine-month program, ELP participants collaborate with direct supervisors to create, or continue working on, a company project. In conjunction with the project, each participant undergoes thorough leadership assessments (360 and EQ), and attends six full-day courses on relevant leadership topics. At each session, participants will have the opportunity to learn directly from guest CEOs, who will present real life case-studies and offer their wisdom in navigating the complexities of leadership.

While Gonzaga University has long been known for excellent leadership programs at the undergraduate, graduate and doctoral level, the ELP grew out of a need for more leadership development within the local private sector. By extending training and mentorship opportunities to the Inland Northwest's up-and-coming corporate leaders, the Emerging Leaders Program provides the mechanisms for promising professionals to develop their self-awareness, confidence, and communication skills as leaders.

SCHOOL OF PROFESSIONAL STUDIES OFFICE
Tilford Center
502 E. Boone Ave.
Spokane, WA 99258-2616
(509) 313-6645
www.gonzaga.edu/sps

ELP Program Coordinator
Rachelle Strawther
Tilford Center, Office 221
(509) 313-3579
(509) 999-7320
strawther@gonzaga.edu