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Eller Executive Education

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About the course

Being a senior public sector leader in the US Southwest presents a unique opportunity to shape the future of government in ways that resonate at a national and international level.

The Southwest Leadership Program addresses many of the complexities, challenges, and rewards of leadership as a public servant in this region as well as bring best practices and ideas from other sectors as well as other regions of the world.

This five-day program helps you to develop your leadership arsenal, establish professional networks with colleagues in the Southwestern region, and rejuvenate your leadership energies.

The program consists of a combination of classroom instruction, guest lectures, group discussions, case studies, and self-directed learning. Hands-on experience applying newly learned skills provides reinforcement of learning concepts and develops competencies beyond typical learning.

Topics in the Southwest Leadership Program include:

  • Leadership
  • Innovation
  • Success Signals
  • Strategic Management
  • Mastering Your Message
  • Honoring the Past
  • Designing the Future
  • Negotiating for Government Leaders

Participants earn a Certificate in Management and Organizations from the University of Arizona and return to their public sectors with new skills and insights on a broad range of topics, enabling them to lead more effectively right away.

Who should attend

  • Elected officials
  • Senior Managers of local, state, and tribal governments
  • Municipal senior executives
  • Leaders of public educational systems
  • Leaders of nonprofit organizations with a focus on the public sector
  • Law enforcement and emergency response executives
  • Healthcare executives

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Lehman Benson III

Degrees Ph.D., University of Lund Sweden MA, University of California, San Diego BA, University of California, Davis Areas of Expertise Sports Management Judgment and Decision-Making Organizational Justice The Effects of Time Constraints and Stress on Judgment and Decision-Making Negotia...


Paul Melendez

Degrees Ed.D., The University of Arizona Areas of Expertise Organizational Ethics International Business Innovative Thinking  Bio Dr. Paul Melendez has been with the Eller College of Management since 1996. He earned his doctorate from The University of Arizona with a specialization in “pr...


Nathan Podsakoff

Degrees Ph.D., Organizational Behavior and Human Resources, University of Florida A.B., Psychology, Princeton University Areas of Expertise Employee Citizenship/Prosocial Behavior Organizational Stress Leadership Scholarly Impact in the Field of Management Research Methods in Organizationa...


Nancy Ahern

Nancy has been in the tech world for 34 years, presently working as an engineering project manager with 2 decades of experience in a variety of communication industries. She has most recently worked on programs within DoD and Federal/Civil systems, as well as the commercial wireless network indus...


Kathy Kerchner

Five quick facts about Kathy Kerchner: -Kathy Kerchner is an expert in helping people do better presentations and more successful interviews with the news media. Kathy Kerchner has trained hundreds of people in the US, Europe, and Asia. -Kathy Kerchner has prepared clients to go on "60 Minutes"...


John King

Founding Partner and CEO of Cultural Architecture, Inc., and the Cultural Architecture Institute. Cultural Architecture is an education oriented consulting firm focusing on strategic Leadership, Strategy and Cultural Change issues, and the strategic training and development of Key Executives. Pr...


David Landis

David Landis is the Director of the Urban Development Department for Lincoln, Nebraska, a 28 year veteran of the Nebraska Legislature, an award winning teacher and skilled negotiator in the public arena. Landis left the legislature in 2007 having passed 391 bills, the highest total in Nebraska hi...


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