2019-2020 Leadership Academy

2019-2020 Leadership Academy

Develop. Inspire. Transform.


Applications are now closed for the 4th class of the UNICON Leadership Academy.

About the Leadership Academy

 The program is spearheaded by Kelly Bean, Washington University in St. Louis and Cathy Shea, Babson College.

This eight-month development program is designed specifically for university-based executive education professionals seeking to transition into leadership roles within member schools. The Academy is designed for individuals seeking T-shaped leadership development within the Executive Education industry and Director-level leaders, with two years of University experience.

 At the core of the Academy is a four-day immersion structured around the annual team conference that this year will take place at the Silicon Valley Executive Center at Santa Clara University’s Leavey School of Business (Santa Clara, California, USA) from November 19, 2019 through November 22, 2019. The flexible format blends online virtual content with face to face immersions and conference experience. The Leadership Academy registration fee of $850 includes the Leadership Academy in-person sessions (with lunch and coffee breaks) on Tuesday, November 19th (8:00 am to 5:00 pm) followed by a reception with the UNICON Board and Board Emeritus, Wednesday, November 20th (8:00 am to 12:00 pm) and Friday, November 22nd, (1:00 to 4:00 pm). Virtual job shadowing and mentoring, individual development planning and peer to peer coaching will take place in a series of webinars January-June, 2020.

Please note that the above fee does not include the Team Development Conference and hotel accommodations. You must register/pay for the Team Development Conference and your hotel accommodations separately through the UNICON/Santa Clara University registration process.​


Program Structure


 Leverage an expanded network of colleagues facing similar challenges and opportunities within the Executive Education industry, creating a platform for peer learning and knowledge sharing to further support individual, team, and industry growth.

Analyze and navigate competing stakeholder expectations to successfully position Executive Education as a key player within the business school as well as with clients.

 Innovate more effectively, applying newly acquired frameworks and best practices to ever-increasingly complex industry challenges.

 Utilize more advanced problem solving, decision making, and critical thinking skills for personal and professional development within the context of the Executive Education industry.

Important Dates

Applications are now closed for the 4th class of the UNICON Leadership Academy!

Program begins: November 1, 2019

Leadership Academy Program Around The Team Development Conference: November 19, 2019 – November 22, 2019


Interested parties can contact Kelly Bean directly with any questions or concerns at beank@wustl.edu.

To learn more visit the UNICON YouTube channel to view recent Leadership Academy informational webinars here.