Nominations Open Through Oct. 9 for LEAD Professional Development Program

September 12, 2023 | News, UToday
By Kirk Baird



Human Resources is accepting nominations for the third LEAD cohort, continuing The University of Toledo’s commitment to professional development and personal growth.

Launched in 2021, the LEAD program provides emerging campus leaders an opportunity to hone their skills through monthly courses taught by subject matter experts, career and leadership coaching, mentoring with campus leaders and the completion of a yearlong project.

“The LEAD program supports University of Toledo’s strategic plan to help attract and retain the best and brightest talent,” said Melissa Studer, director of training and organizational development. “The participants will hear from a variety of senior leaders and gather insights into different aspects of higher education, academic medicine, and exemplary leadership practices.”

“The LEAD professional development program is a noteworthy initiative in our organization and serves as a pathway for nurturing leadership potential and fostering growth among our employees,” said Ann Keegan, director of infection prevention and control for UTMC and a 2023 LEAD participant. “I feel this program is not just a career booster but a life-changing journey that helps equip the participants with the tools and knowledge needed to lead and excel in their respective roles. It has helped to cultivate current and future leaders that can and will steer our organization towards success.

“As someone who had the privilege of being nominated for this program, I can’t stress how engaging and empowering this program has been for me,” Keegan added. “The team that plans and conducts the programs have a wealth of knowledge and each of them bring a unique perspective and incorporate knowledge from other leaders across the organization into the program. They are a supportive team that offer valuable insights, and the program has exceptional mentors that are involved in the program to help us improve our leadership journey. I feel blessed to be a part of this.”

Interested staff members should complete an application form expressing their interest. Additionally, deans, vice presidents and other senior leaders may recommend an employee by submitting a nomination form on his or her behalf. Forms and additional information are available at the LEAD Program website.

“The LEAD program is a true game changer for anyone looking to elevate their skills in a multitude of areas,” said Mark Yuran, senior associate vice president and chief human resources officer. “It is a truly rewarding experience where one’s efforts will not be for naught. I cannot emphasize enough the importance of professional development and investing in oneself through the LEAD program and how the journey will truly be a fulfilling endeavor and expedition in positive experiences alongside fellow colleagues.”
The nomination period is open through Monday, Oct. 9. Participants selected to the program will be notified by the end of November. The LEAD program runs from January through December 2024.

In addition to the LEAD Program, The University of Toledo offers other professional development opportunities for employees including open workshops such as CliftonStrengths, Emotional Intelligence and Change Management as well as many others. Additionally, the Training and Organizational Development team offers management and leadership training, including New Manager Training, Management Operations Workshops and the Leadership Development Series. UToledo also has partnered with LinkedIn Learning to provide more than 16,000 online training courses available to all staff and faculty.

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