2017 UNICON Leadership Academy

2017 UNICON Leadership Academy

Now Accepting Applications

Following an exceptionally successful debut in 2016, UNICON is now accepting applications for the second iteration of the UNICON Leadership Academy.   This six-month development program is designed specifically for university-based executive education professionals seeking to transition into leadership roles within member schools.

At the core of the Academy is a four-day immersion structured around the annual team conference that, in December 2017, will take place in beautiful Monterrey, Mexico.

For Samantha James, a participant in the inaugural Academy, this was a particularly impactful experience.

“The sessions during the Team Conference were really insightful,” she said. “Monica Sacristan’s strategic planning workshop could not have come at a better time, because I was working on a strategic plan back at the University of Maryland’s Smith School.  I learned so much, and was able to apply it immediately at a one-day retreat I led as soon as I returned from the conference.”

Other elements of the UNICON Leadership Academy include webinars, coaching calls and a leadership action plan.

“Our challenge to the Academy’s participants is, what would you do if you were the Associate Dean?” said UVA’s Kelly Bean – the Academy’s creator.  “We are striving to enhance the next generation of leadership in our field.   We want to equip them not only with deep industry knowledge, but also with the skill set necessary to lead change and execute on a vision.”

Chuck Black, also part of the first cohort, was impressed with the Academy’s facilitators.

“The people in the room are industry giants,” he said.  “They had decades of experience in the field, many of them at some of the most prestigious executive education shops in the world.  Coming from the Weatherhead School of Management – a relatively small school – it was fascinating to hear the breadth of perspectives on burning topics such as the value equation and the competitive landscape.”

Melbourne Business School’s Nick Williams saw the value of the experience extending far beyond the four days at the conference.

“The highlight for me was the opportunity to grow my network and build friendships with new colleagues,” he said. “I like to think I didn’t just make professional connections, I actually built friendships that will last beyond the Academy and that are globally diverse. I just hope I get the opportunity to meet with these new friends again at some stage.”

Leadership Academy Application deadline: September 30th

Program begins: Wednesday, November 1st

Registration form

Interested parties can contact Kelly Bean directly at BeanK@darden.virginia.edu

A recent webinar on the academy by Kelly Bean, UVA Darden School and Cathy Shea, Babson College has been posted to the UNICON YouTube Channel

Last year’s Academy graduates:

Chuck Black
Assistant Director, Custom Solutions – Weatherhead Executive Education
Case Western University
Stephen Kenneth Brown
Manager of Executive Education
The University of Western Australia
Alan Chen
Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business
Melissa Creech
Program Director
Alberta School of Business
Einnar Manuel Escamilla Moreno
Strategic Planning B2C Programs
Instituto Tecnologico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey
Kristin Evans
Program Manager, Executive Education, Ross School of Business
University of Michigan
Luke Harper Greenwood
Manager Executive Education
The University of Western Australia
Samantha M. James
Director of Executive Development Programs
University of Maryland
Kristen D. Johnson
Managing Director, Marketing
Babson College
Kellie Ann McCaffrey
Director, Executive Education
Carnegie Mellon University
Pedro Mejia
Commercial Manager of Executive Education and Masters Online
Instituto Tecnologico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey
Jason S. Pileggi
Associate Director
IESE Business School
David Saladoff (Dave)
Account Director
UCLA Anderson School of Management
Haydee Penelope Tejada
Strategy Manager
Angela Thomas
Account Director
UCLA Anderson
Stuart Peter Wells
Head of Business Development
University of Manchester
Nick Michael Williams
Regional Business Development Manager
Melbourne Business School
Rebecca L. Yancey (Becca)
Director, Open Enrollment, Executive Education
Darden, University of Virginia


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