Executive Leadership Program in Johnson County, Iowa
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The Executive Leadership Program (ELP) provides local executives and business leaders an immersive deep-dive into today’s most pressing leadership challenges, giving them the tools to successfully lead and grow their organizations.

The program consists of 4 full-day sessions throughout February to May. This structure enables participants to periodically remove themselves from day-to-day demands to collaborate with and learn from peers and experts in a cohort-style format. Each session is facilitated by an engaging, internationally-recognized expert affiliated with the Tippie Leadership Collaborative at The University of Iowa’s Tippie College of Business.

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Class of 2024

Applications for the 2024 ELP cohort are open!

Application deadline: January 31, 2024
Tuition: $3,000

2024 Session Details

Recruiting and Retaining Top Talent

Educator: Greg Stewart
Date and Time: Friday, February 23, 2024, 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

People are an organization’s most valuable asset, which means it is imperative that executives effectively manage personnel in a way that aligns with the organization’s strategy. This is especially true as record numbers of talented workers are leaving their organizations to pursue new opportunities. Through interactive discussions and problem-solving activities, this session will help participants learn and practice evidence-based talent management practices. One area of focus will be on the process of strategically recruiting employees into appropriate roles through sound work design and selection practices.

Leading a Diverse Workforce

Educator: Ken Brown
Date and Time: Friday, March 22, 2024, 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

For the last few years, diversity-related movements have dominated the news cycle. This news coverage, coupled with increased diversity of the workforce, creates daily challenges for building cohesion in diverse organizations. This session focuses on helping executives learn more about themselves and the diverse people in their organization so they can create more inclusive environments. Using interactive discussions, case studies, self-assessments, and problem-solving exercises, this session will begin with an overview of current diversity-related movements and language, and then move to practical, evidence-based steps that participants can take to be more inclusive in their leadership style, such as empathic language, perception and decision making, and fostering uniqueness and belonging simultaneously.

Fostering Engagement & Well-Being

Educator: Stephen Courtright
Date and Time:
Friday, April 26, 2024, 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

This session is based on the premise that executives and employees are most productive and satisfied when they feel engaged in their work. However, to be engaged, leaders must understand how they and others can better lead themselves–particularly their stress, emotions, work-life balance, and personal and work-related relationships. The focus in this session is on evidence-based strategies for feeling engaged at work and managing everyday aspects of life that can either add to or detract from one’s engagement. Specific evidence-based strategies to be learned include identifying symptoms of stress and burnout, regulating emotions for high performance, managing overlap between work and family domains, and creating meaningful relationships at work.

Leading Strategic Change

Educator: Jennifer Nahrgang
Date and Time:
Friday, May 31, 2024, 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Creating and managing change is an essential aspect of executive leadership, particularly since all organizations, especially in a post-pandemic world, operate in increasingly competitive and dynamic environments. This session will focus on executives as change agents and equip them with tools for successfully leading strategic change initiatives where stakeholders are aligned and engaged with the transformation. Using interactive discussions, case studies, and problem-solving exercises, this session will introduce evidence-base strategies for overcoming resistance to change as well as driving and cementing value-creating changes. Specific tools to be learned and practiced in this session include creating a sense of urgency, forming supporting coalitions, communicating a vision for change, and capitalizing on successes.

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