Leadership Academy

The cohort for the 7th class of the UNICON Leadership Academy beginning in Fall 2022 is now full and applications are no longer being accepted at this time.

About the Academy 

The UNICON Leadership Academy is an eight-month development program 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. 

The Academy  is geared towards analyzing the Business Model proposition and is fully integrated into the Team Development Conference. The program includes teamwork, projects, webinars, mentoring, individual development planning, peer coaching, and an in-person session to coincide with the annual team conference. 

Check out recent testimonials from current participants!
Apply to the Leadership Academy
Apply Now for Fall 2022! Seats are limited!
Apply Today!
Available to
UNICON members only.

About the Academy 

The UNICON Leadership Academy is an eight-month development program 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. 

The Academy  is geared towards analyzing the Business Model proposition and is fully integrated into the Team Development Conference. The program includes teamwork, projects, webinars, mentoring, individual development planning, peer coaching, and an in-person session to coincide with the annual team conference. 

Check out recent testimonials from current participants!

About the Academy 

The UNICON Leadership Academy is an eight-month development program 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 who have two years of university experience. 

The Academy  is geared towards analyzing the Business Model proposition and is fully integrated into the Team Development Conference. The program will be held online and includes teamwork, projects, webinars, mentoring, individual development planning, peer coaching, and participation in the annual team conference. 

Check out recent testimonials from current participants! 
Apply to the Leadership Academy
Apply Now for Fall 2022! Seats are limited!
Apply Today!
Available to UNICON members only.

About the Academy

The UNICON Leadership Academy is an eight-month development program 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. 

The Academy  is geared towards analyzing the Business Model proposition and is fully integrated into the Team Development Conference. The program includes teamwork, projects, webinars, mentoring, individual development planning, peer coaching, and an in-person session to coincide with the annual team conference.

Check out recent testimonials from current participants! 

I highly recommend the LA for skill building and motivating key team members. One
thing the pandemic has taught us is that yesterday’s ways of doing Executive Education
are not sufficient to ensure success in the future and the LA helps keep everyone who
attends up-to-date with some of the latest developments around our industry.

Mike Malefakis

Former CEO & Associate Vice Dean, Wharton Executive Education

The Leadership Academy is a unique program for leaders in our relatively
niche industry. Whilst I’ve had the opportunity to participate on non-industry-specific
leadership programs previously, this UNICON program is all about the issues,
challenges, and opportunities for leaders in University based Executive Education!

Yuk Meng Foo

Deputy Director, Executive Education National University of Singapore

Yuk Meng Foo

The UNICON Leadership Academy has provided several managers within my team
with a unique opportunity for tailor made talent development. The program is run
by experienced executives from our industry, and the highly relevant content,
as well as the peer-to-peer learning facilitation, is invaluable.

Lise Hammergren

UNICON Board Chair, Executive Vice President, BI Norwegian Business School

To me, people are definitely the highlight of the Academy. From the speakers and
coordinators to participants, they are all devoted, serious and energetic about the program
which makes it successful and valuable. I treasure our monthly meetings as I
can talk to people who truly care and are willing to share about the industry.

Karen Tse

Manager, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

It’s been wonderful meeting such a diverse, open, and sharing group of individuals.
Hearing of others' experiences and realizing how much you share in those
experiences helps to validate what you do and feel less alone.
Being able to learn from the cohort has been invaluable.

Maria Sierra-Wilburn

Associate Director Enrollments, Chicago Booth Executive Education

I highly recommend the LA for skill
building and motivating key team
members. One thing the pandemic has
taught us is that yesterday’s ways of
doing Executive Education are not
sufficient to ensure success in the
future and the LA helps keep everyone
who attends up-to-date with some
of the latest developments
around our industry.

Mike Malefakis

CEO & Associate Vice Dean,
Wharton Executive Education

The Leadership Academy is a unique
program for leaders in our relatively
niche industry. Whilst I’ve had the
opportunity to participate on
non-industry-specific leadership
programs previously, this UNICON
program is all about the issues,
challenges, and opportunities for
leaders in University based
Executive Education!

Yuk Meng Foo

Deputy Director,
Executive Education National University of Singapore

Yuk Meng Foo

The UNICON Leadership Academy has
provided several managers within my
team with a unique opportunity for tailor
made talent development. The program
is run by experienced executives from our
industry, and the highly relevant content,
as well as the peer-to-peer learning
facilitation, is invaluable.

Lise Hammergren

UNICON Board Chair,
Executive Vice President,
BI Norwegian Business School

To me, people are definitely the highlight
of the Academy. From the speakers and
coordinators to participants, they are all
devoted, serious and energetic about the
program which makes it successful and
valuable. I treasure our monthly meetings
as I can talk to people who truly care and
are willing to share about the industry.

Karen Tse

Manager,
The Hong Kong Universityof Science and Technology

It was actually interesting to see how
similar the challenges are between the
different Executive Education units
regardless to university size. And how
solutions are, in general, quite similar.The
networking is giving me access to
generally non-competing peers who
have been and, I’m confident, will
continue tobe willing to share their
experiences facing different challenges or
advise to avoid obvious pitfalls.

Mohamed AbdelSalam

Executive Director,
School of Business Executive Education,
The American University in Cairo

Mohamed Abdelsalam

It’s been wonderful meeting such a
diverse, open, and sharing group of
individuals. Hearing of others'
experiences and realizing how
much you share in those experiences
helps to validate what you do
and feel less alone. Being able to learn
from the cohort has been invaluable.

Maria Sierra-Wilburn

Associate Director Enrollments,
Chicago Booth Executive Education

Networking

Build new relationships with other executive education professionals and industry giants. 

Industry Knowledge

Gain new insight, skills, and approaches to burning topics. 

Career Mentorship

Mentorship for career advancement. 

Expectations for Leadership Academy: 

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 for business schools as well as clients.

Innovate more effectively, applying newly acquired frameworks and best practices to 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.

Program Structure

October

The Business of Developing Business Leaders; Appreciative Inquiry into the Past, Present and Future of Our Industry - 4 Hours

November/December

The Ever-Changing Landscape and Its Challenges - 2 Hours

In person program at Team Conference - Tues, November 29 (TDC 11/30-12/2)

January/February

Delivering Value to Our Customers - 1.5 Hours

Reaching Out - 2 Hours

What Are Customers Willing to Pay For - 1.5 Hours

March/April

Building a Value Proposition Canvas - 2 Hours

What Are Operations Really All About? - 1.5 Hours

Making the Most of 0ur Assets - 1.5 Hours

May

Building Alliances - 1.5 Hours

Making a Budget Sheet That Works - 1.5 Hours

June

What Makes a Good Leader in Exec Ed - 1.5 Hours

Using the Business Model Canvas to Bring It All together - 2 Hours

Program Structure

October

The Business of Developing Business Leaders; Appreciative Inquiry into the Past, Present and Future of Our Industry - 4 Hours

November/December

The Ever-Changing Landscape and Its Challenges - 2 Hours

In person program at Team Conference - Tues, November 29 (TDC 11/30-12/2)

January/February

Delivering Value to Our Customers - 1.5 Hours

Reaching Out - 2 Hours

What Are Customers Willing to Pay For - 1.5 Hours

March/April

Building a Value Proposition Canvas - 2 Hours

What Are Operations Really All About? - 1.5 Hours

Making the Most of 0ur Assets - 1.5 Hours

May

Building Alliances - 1.5 Hours

Making a Budget Sheet That Works - 1.5 Hours

June

What Makes a Good Leader in Exec Ed - 1.5 Hours

Using the Business Model Canvas to Bring It All together - 2 Hours

Hear from a Program Director

Monica Sacristan Fanjul, Dean

University Extension and Executive Development at ITAM

UNICON Leadership Academy Program Director

Watch on Youtube

Hear from Our Participants

David Deegan, Director of Practice Development

Cranfield Executive Development, Cranfield University

Leadership Academy Participant 2020-2021

Watch on Youtube

Hear from Our Participants

Kaitlin Dumont, Associate Director of Business

Leadership Programs at Tuck Executive Education
at Dartmouth College

Leadership Academy Participant 2019-2020

Watch on Youtube

Hear from a Program Director

Monica Sacristan Fanjul, Dean

University Extension and Executive Development at ITAM

UNICON Leadership Academy Program Director

Watch on Youtube

Hear from Our Participants

David Deegan, Director of Practice Development

Cranfield Executive Development, Cranfield University

Leadership Academy Participant 2020-2021

Watch on Youtube

Kaitlin Dumont, Associate Director of Business

Leadership Programs at Tuck Executive Education at Dartmouth College

Hear from Our Participants

Leadership Academy Participant 2019-2020

Watch on Youtube

Connect with Leadership Academy 

Interested parties can contact Taryn Streed directly with any questions or concerns. To learn more, visit the UNICON YouTube channel and view recent Leadership Academy informational webinars.