L.E.A.D. Certificate Program for Supervisors


The L.E.A.D. Certificate Program for Supervisors (L.E.A.D.) provides university leaders with the opportunity to increase their leadership competency through classes, individual and team coaching, assigned readings, exercises, assessments and networking.   The program strategically focuses on the competencies associated with effective supervision and leadership simultaneously.  Participants gain the skills necessary to effectively drive the performance of their teams and the success of their unit, department or division.  L.E.A.D. is an intensive ten-month cohort program; participation is limited to 15 participants annually.

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Participants in the L.E.A.D. Program will:

  • Learn about themselves, their teams and the university as a whole
  • Empower their teams and be empowered to lead & serve
  • Achieve results
  • Develop strong networks and relationships


Here are some memorable moments from this cohort group:

  • “From the very first opportunity at Trinity Commons to connect with the LEAD classmates and instructors, I knew it would be a meaningful experience. Here, we talked about being in Vegas, and staying in Vegas.  And we grew fond of Vegas, as the year went on!  This set the tone for openness, trust, and feeling safe as a group. And made for a few good laughs along the way.  The instructors made us their priority, and made our development their focus. It was clear to me that LEAD is designed with intention, purpose, and a thoughtfulness toward personal development. It was clear that LEAD staff is a high-quality group. Within the small size of our LEAD class are professionals with diverse backgrounds and professional experiences. We came to learn of one another’s pain points in our roles, but more important, we rallied often to provide support, ideas, insight and experiences with one another. We learned from one another, which added tremendous value. We cared for one another. We helped each other grow. We trusted the space we were in; we trusted each other. We didn’t judge.”

  • “LEAD has been enlightening and transformational for me. While these words may sound big and powerful, they are sincere. I have experienced a huge transition over the course of the past six months. I moved into a different campus office, became a supervisor to 7 people while not having had previous supervisory experience, and entered a higher level position that included a higher level of expectations it felt very overwhelming. As a participant in the LEAD program, I have been able to learn more about the type of leader that I want to be. The group discussions have been very informative and the coaching experience has allowed me to learn more about myself and what I need to do to move forward in my life, career, and profession. I have gained some new tools in my tool box and feel fortunate to have had this once in a lifetime opportunity.”

  • “What is most memorable for me are the conversations with others in my cohort – learning from their experiences and laughing – LOTS of laughing and I have really appreciated that.  I have called this training “Career Spa”, because it is my opportunity to take time to really explore my identity and role in my career – how I am learning and growing in my career.”

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Representing LEAD 1-6 from left to right:
  • (Back Row): Dave Phillips, Laura Watt, Edith Reed, Kelli Caponero, Tana Spencer, Karma Topor, Shirley Mosley, Lisa Board-McShepard
  • (Front Row): Dawn Richards, Susan Frey, Jason Goodrick, Mary Beth Serrano, Eileen Connell, Kathleen Bates, Siu Yan Scott, Diane Domanovics
    Not pictured from LEAD 6: Melissa Hubbard, Carlier Myers, LaShon Sawyer, Stephen Scheidt, and Andrea Webb