Program Features

Leadership Skill Assessment

The program begins with each participant completing a Checkpoint 360 and Profile XT survey involving feedback from the participant’s supervisor, subordinates, and peers which will identify his/her strengths and challenge areas. In mid-January, participants additionally complete an Emotional Intelligence profile which indicates an individual’s relationship strategies in different difficult contexts.

Fall Retreat

In late October, the cohort is brought together to Bozarth Mansion for an interactive overnight retreat led by Dr. Joe Albert that will allow them to examine their leadership abilities and engage with fellow participants. The 2014-2015 retreat will be held Thursday, October 23rd - Friday, October 24th.

An Experienced Mentor

Each participant is matched with a respected and trusted member of the community whose career has included leadership responsibility and high performance expectations. Participants are provided with guidance in order to maximize the interaction with their mentors.

Stretch Project Assignment

A strategically aligned initiative at your company that is likely to stretch the participant's leadership and technical skills. This can be a new or continuing project.

Practical Courses

Six full-day sessions (one Friday per month from December to May) bring the cohort to Gonzaga and other locations for highly-interactive discussions led by guest facilitators. (Participants will determine the dates of these sessions early in the fall.) . Instructional and mentor sources are carefully selected from the Gonzaga network of faculty, local professional practitioners, and credible affiliates. Class sessions include CEO case studies and practical strategies for immediate application in these focus areas:

  • Self-Leadership
  • Change Management
  • Productive Conflict Resolution
  • Employee Engagement
  • Interpersonal Communication
  • Public Speaking
TOTAL COST: $6,200 per participant

Nominations now being accepted for the 2014-2015 cohort. Space is limited, so nominate early!

For more information, please contact Rachelle Strawther, Emerging Leaders Program Coordinator, at or call (509) 313-3579

Tracy Kelly, Bill Radobenko and Mike McAllister engage in a small group talk during the 2013 Fall Retreat
Dave Berberick, Senior Project Manager for Lucky Friday Mine, takes his fellow ELP participants on a tour of the shaft, 5800 feet underground!
Keva Sonderen (Co-Owner, Sonderen Packaging) and Zack Wolf (Assistant VP, Northwest Farm Credit Services) welcome guests to the 2014 ELP Achievement Ceremony.