Advanced Leadership Program

CEW accepts nominations for the Advanced Leadership Program during the months of June and July, and staff selected for the program are notified in August. Participants will experience a unique opportunity to further develop their leadership skills through presentations by executive and senior-level University administrators, active participation in focused discussions on organizational development that are supplemented by assigned readings and small group discussion, and the creation of an independent project that must engage the principles of leadership and systems change management. Participants will also receive individual and group consultation and support during the independent project phase.

Selection Criteria:

Employees must be nominated by a department/unit manager or supervisor to be considered for this program. CEW considers diversity of experience, representation across University units, and merit in assembling the cohort. If you have any questions about the Advanced Leadership Program, please contact CEW by phone at 734-764-6005 or via email at  

Presentation Topics:

Leadership, Vision & Values; UM Organization & Culture
; Emotional Intelligence in Leadership; Organizational Change Leadership; Multicultural Communication; Positive Organizational Structure.

Sample ALP Projects

  • Re-examine the unit’s mission and values to determine a clear vision and develop a strategic plan.
  • Plan and coordinate a staff retreat with the goal to constructively influence the development of a reorganized work team/unit for improvedcohesion, balance, understanding, and efficiency.
  • Implement a new clinical service across ambulatory care sites within the University of Michigan Health System.
  • Create an outpatient program that offers timely consultations to PCP referrals in the clinic, and to provide additional resident education opportunities within a clinic setting.
  • Facilitate a smooth and positive change process in two areas: to support the leadership transition of a new section director, and to initiate assessment and strategic planning for the development of a new project.
  • Develop a new student fellows program for those students who showed exceptional leadership skills.
  • Create a robust, easy to use and informative wiki to be utilized by reference desk staff of the nineteen libraries that make up the University of Michigan Library System. 

ALP Schedule (2014-2015)

September 2014 - December 2015 ALP Sessions
Wednesday, September 17, 2014, 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Wednesday, October 1, 2014, 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Wednesday, October 15, 2014, 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Wednesday, October 29, 2014, 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Wednesday, November 12, 2014, 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Wednesday, December 3, 2014, 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

December 2014 - March 2015 Project Work Phase
Groups of trios & quads, and individual consultations with project consultants

Wednesday, February 11, 2015 
Project Follow-up Session 3:00-5:00 p.m.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015 
Project Presentations 2:00-5:00 p.m.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015 
Project Presentations 2:00-5:00 p.m.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015 
Project Presentations 2:00-5:00 p.m.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015
ALP Reception 4:00-5:30 p.m.