The Chicago Booth Executive Program for Emerging Leaders (EPEL) is designed for University of Chicago staff with high potential. It delivers new approaches to leadership development, how to build and develop high-performance teams, manage cross-functional and cross-organizational relationships, and craft strategy. This program benefits staff who are responsible for improving the performance of their organizational unit, as well as contributing to the University of Chicago's broader strategic goals.
The program content goes beyond training in the administrative operations of the University. Through small group discussions and highly interactive faculty presentations, EPEL teaches participants to think beyond their own organizational unit and incorporate broader strategic considerations into their management decisions and style.
EPEL is delivered in a convenient format that minimizes disruptions to daily operations. Classes convene on Fridays for a total of 10 class days over five months.
The content is based on the University of Chicago Booth School of Business' general management and leadership programs. It features highlights from our best programs taught by our own thought-provoking faculty. This program also offers specific content sessions led by officers, vice presidents, and deans focusing on critical challenges and opportunities at the University of Chicago.
During this seminar, you will learn to:
- Identify the characteristics of strategic leadership in higher education.
- Be better able to identify initiatives that create value.
- Analyze financial data and understand how funds are allocated.
- Understand how and when to build a strong team.
- Develop a strategic action plan for delivering value.
- Build social capital and leverage networks and the informal organization.
- Recognize and rise above organization boundaries.
- Manage across organizational boundaries.
- Engage others to implement important initiatives or change
Ten Fridays: August through December 2017
Course begins at 8:30 a.m. and ends at 4:30 p.m. each day.
- August 11 and 25
- September 8 and 15
- October 6 and 20
- November 3 and 17
- December 1 and 8
Application deadline: July 14, 2017
Fee: $13,600 per participant
Location: Chicago Booth, Gleacher Center, Chicago IL
Embarking on the EPEL journey has impacted me, both professionally and personally, more than I could have imagined. The opportunity to develop skills in strategic thinking, leadership, and decision-making has inspired me to approach my work with refined clarity and purpose. Perhaps the best and most surprising outcome of the program was building relationships with University-wide peers whose perspectives and experiences strengthened my understanding of and commitment to the University of Chicago mission.
— Brooke Noonan, Director, Graduate Student Affairs, The University of Chicago
EPEL wonderfully highlights the valuable contributions of University staff. Although we support and promote the faculty and academic culture of the University, this course allows a unique forum for sharing best practices and leadership ideas from a staff perspective. It also provides an appreciation for staff diversity and illustrates the consistency of the University’s mission across many departments and schools. A highlight was meeting and hearing from senior level leaders at the University. I left every class feeling more connected to the University and its mission and with a renewed appreciation for being a steward of this great institution.
— Patty Keegan, Associate Dean, Executive MBA Program North America, The University of Chicago Booth School of Business
I found the Executive Program for Emerging Leaders to be tremendously valuable. The course covered a range of topics – from communications planning to creating value in negotiations to evaluating social capital to managing personal and organizational brands-and I gained new awareness and learned tools for effective leadership in all of these areas and more. What made this program outstanding for me was the participation of University leadership. It was wonderful to hear the thoughts of the provost and vice presidents on the attributes of successful leaders, and to learn about the initiatives, priorities, and values of the University in their own words. EPEL is not a course that prescribes a certain way of thinking. Instead it gave me frameworks for thinking, and provided plenty of fuel for an ongoing examination on the topic of leadership. As well, I met many smart and talented staff from across the University, and I look forward to staying connected with them and growing together in our careers.
— Stacey Shintani, Manager of Strategic Web Communications, IT Services / Web Services, The University of Chicago
I was excited about the opportunity to be part of the Booth Executive Program for Emerging Leaders since the program was designed to explore different facets of leadership. I was also excited that the program incorporates Booth Faculty who, as leaders in their field, could provide quality and engaging instruction for leaders from throughout the University community. The program offered me a rare opportunity to step back, reflect, and develop my own leadership. The Booth Program also provided me with the time and skills to look critically at my own department and think about its long-term future. The program was a great experience. It gave me a new set of tools to hone my leadership skills, introduced me to parts of the University with which I had limited familiarity, and more importantly helped me develop relationships with a talented set of colleagues who I know I could call upon to provide assistance and guidance.
— Richard J. Mason, Executive Director, UChicago Dining
The benefits of the EPEL program emerge on many different levels. First, you have the academic rigor of attending ten Chicago Booth Executive Education sessions and working through the associated case studies and group exercises. Second, it is a very unique opportunity to gain a greater appreciation for the University as a whole and expand your perspective about the University beyond your division or area of responsibility. Finally, the opportunity to connect with and get to know other peers / leaders from around the University really built a sense of professional community that I did not have outside of my division before attending the program.
— K.C. Goodell, Senior Executive Administrator, Departments of Neurology & Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience, The University of Chicago Medical Center
The program is designed for University of Chicago staff members who may or may not have managerial experience but have demonstrated the potential to assume mid- to senior-level leadership positions in the future.