Program Features

Personal Assessments

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 growth areas. In mid-January, participants additionally complete an Emotional Intelligence profile that indicates an individual’s relationship strategies in difficult scenarios.

Fall Retreat

In late October, the cohort is brought together to Ross Point Conference Center for an interactive overnight retreat led by Dr. Joe Albert, ELP co-founder.

An Experienced Mentor

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

Stretch Project Assignment

Participants are expected to design and complete a strategically aligned initiative at their company that is likely to stretch their 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 (all inclusive)

Note: Some discounts apply. Please inquire with the coordinator for more information.

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2015-2016 cohort. Space is limited, so nominate before June 30th, 2015.

To nominate yourself or an employee for the cohort, please send the following documents to Rachelle Strawther at

  • A nomination letter from the company describing the nominee and explaining why he/she would benefit from ELP
  • The nominee's resume
  • A letter of intent from the nominee explaining what he or she hopes to gain from the program

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