Expanding Leadership: Applying What You Know to Achieve Your Leadership Goals

March - June 2024

This leadership program is open to alumni of Foundations of Leadership. In this program participants will expand their understanding of the concepts introduced in Foundations of Leadership through self-analysis, peer-feedback, and case studies. In addition, participants will analyze their current leadership behaviors against three key aspects of the leadership process, and how they lead teams. Throughout the program participants will continually add to their own draft of leadership standards towards developing a clear vision of the leadership climate they want to create for their current and/or future teams.

What Makes the Program Unique?

  1. Aligned with the “Foundations of Leadership” program, the cornerstone of “Expanding Leadership” continues with the theme that there is no single right way to lead, and that daily choices and behaviors are what ultimately establishes your reputation as a leader.
  2. While we expose you to new theories and frameworks through which you can evaluate your leadership development, rather than provide you with a prescriptive checklist of items against which you will continue to measure yourself as a leader, YOU will create your own roadmap of leadership competencies and aligned behaviors; this will allow you to assess how well your behaviors and choices align with YOUR goals.
  3. “Expanding Leadership” continues with the cohort model to support your continued professional development in a committed and like-minded group of peers while also growing your professional network. You will have an opportunity to connect with alumni from your “Foundations in Leadership” cohort as well as individuals from other cohorts in the last five years.

Program Outline

    Commitment to Leadership: Self

  • Module 1: Taking the Leap! Your Commitment to Leadership
  • Module 2: The leadership Process
  • Commitment to Leadership: Team

  • Module 3: Creating a Climate of Achievement
  • Module 4: Leading a Team to Success
  • Achieving Leadership Goals

  • Module 5: Program Finale


The 2024 program cohort will include 12-15 alumni from Foundations of Leadership cohorts. Participants will virtually attend classroom-style modules the fourth Thursday of each month* (3 hours each via Zoom, starting at 9:00 am PT/12:00pm ET), and engage in discussions and assigned projects in between modules. Participants will work in groups to develop a program project for presentation at the finale. See Program Timeline for more information. *The first module will be held on a Friday.

Program Faculty

Program Director
Diane Klotz, PhD
Chief Learning Officer
Associate Dean, Admin & professional Development

Dr. Diane Klotz is the Chief Learning Officer and Associate Dean of Administration and Professional Development in the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute in La Jolla, CA. In this position Diane oversees a team responsible for creating and delivering innovative programs to support the professional growth and complement the scientific education and training of Sanford Burnham Prebys graduate students and postdoctoral researchers. She also participates in institute-wide efforts in strategic planning with respect to education and training initiatives, and serves as an advisor to faculty on education and training best practices and to executive leadership on education and training policy. Most recently, Diane was selected to lead a new Sanford Burnham Prebys initiative to develop a leadership competencies model and new leadership development program for all employees.

Diane received her PhD in Molecular and Cellular Biology from Tulane University, and pursued her postdoctoral research training at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS, NIH). Diane’s research focused on cross-talk between steroid hormone receptor and growth factor signaling pathways in the female reproductive tract. Outside the lab, Diane served as a member and chair of the NIEHS postdoctoral association and was a member and chair of the National Postdoctoral Association (NPA) Board of Directors, where she remains active as chair of the NPA Advisory Council. Diane has served on the NIH study sections for the NIH Broadening Experience in Scientific Training (BEST) Award program and served as a member of the NIH BEST External Scientific Panel of advisors.

Diane’s career path has been shaped by her observations of and experiences with how scientific organizations function and how scientific leaders strive to effect change and make progress. Her focus in the education and training of scientists at all levels and in all career paths is on helping scientists find their voices as high impact leaders who are able to guide their teams with compassion, clarity, vision, and intent. Toward this end, Diane worked with academic labs, professional associations, and biotech companies towards developing high-performing teams and cultures that support them. Diane is a certified DiSC® facilitator, Influence Style Indicator™ facilitator, and MBTI® practitioner, and has achieved comprehensive certification in Conflict Management and Change Management from Kilmann Diagnostics, along with a certificate for Negotiation and Leadership from the Harvard Program on Negotiation.

You can contact us at sbpleaders@sbpdiscovery.org!


You MUST have completed the Foundations of Leadership Program.

The program's cohort of peer emerging leaders will be committed to fully engage in all program activities and support their fellow participants.

Application Process:

To be accepted into the program, complete the application form in full. The parts of the application include:

  • General Demographic & Contact Information
  • Copy of CV (as a PDF file)
  • Statement (as a PDF file) that includes answers to:
    1. Since completing the program, how has Foundations in Leadership impacted you as a leader/colleague/team member?
    2. How do you expect your participation in the Expanding Leadership Program will further your leadership vision and goals?
  • Acknowledgement that you will participate in the program fully (attendance will be required for every module and completion of all assignments and projects)
  • Program cost ($180) covers assessments and all program materials (to be paid in full only if you are accepted into program). The actual value of this program is $1,120 per person.
The application period for the 2024 program has closed. If you are interested in learning more about the program for the 2026 application cycle, contact us at sbpleaders@sbpdiscovery.org .

Deadlines & Important Dates:

  • Thursday, January 4, 2024 at 11:59 pm PT: Deadline to Apply
  • Thursday, January 18, 2024: Letters of acceptance into program sent
  • Thursday, January 25, 2024: Deadline for participants to pay program fee
  • Friday, March 1, 2024: Expanding Leadership program begins