The 2022 program cohort will include 20 alumni from Foundations in Leadership cohorts. Participants will virtually attend classroom-style modules the first Friday of each month (4 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.
In Module 1 program participants will review some of the basic concepts they learned in the Foundations program, examining how they have implemented the material and how their self-awareness and behaviors have shifted. Additionally, participants will be introduced to three basic stages of the leadership process. The module will conclude with participants identifying their level of commitment to choosing behaviors that are aligned with their intentions.Close
In Module 2 participants will learn about the leadership process, the drivers of each stage of the process, and the behavioral continua along which one’s leadership style can be measured. Through self-reflection and reference to the results of an assessment taken prior to this module, participants will gain insight into how their inherent priorities manifest in their leadership style. The knowledge and insight gained from this module will help participants as they transition their thinking from their individual interactions with others to how their daily behaviors and ways of working impact their teams. Finally, participants will start to consider the type of environment they want to create for their teams and the standards to which they will ask their teams to adhere.Close
In Module 3 participants will shift their focus from themselves to their teams, while still considering their role as a leader in creating their team’s culture. Participants will first learn about how culture is created and will place this in the context of individual styles and their style as a leader. This module will also include an introduction to motivation research and the impact motives have on end results, followed by self-examination about participants’ own motivation tendencies and whether their inherent drives align with the leadership impact they hope to have and/or the organizations where they hope to build careers.Close
In Module 4 In Module 4 participants will analyze case studies in leadership. Through readings and videos participants will have an opportunity to observe the leadership of others and discuss the choices the leaders of interest made, the impact they had on their teams, and what they might have done differently depending on their desired impact.Close
In Module 5 participants will focus on planning for and implementing their leadership goals. This module will provide time to examine a model for developing people towards creating a high-performance team, as well as for participants to learn about the importance of candor and practice giving feedback with candor. By the end of this module participants will have a head start in creating a plan for themselves towards developing and refining their leadership behaviors to be in alignment with their goals.Close
In Module 6 participants will work with an assigned program group to present a leadership case study and analysis. The program will wrap up with a cohort activity designed to illustrate the concepts discussed throughout the program.Close
Dr. Diane Klotz is Director of the Office of Education, Training, & International Services, 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.
Dr. Nisha Cavanaugh is the Associate Director of Career Development & Postdoctoral Programs within Sanford Burnham Prebys' OETIS. In this role, Nisha oversees the portfolio of career and professional development programming for Sanford Burnham Prebys postdoctoral scholars and the co-curricular activities for graduate students. Additionally, she collaborates with OETIS faculty and with the Sanford Burnham Prebys Science Network to design new professional development workshops, programs and opportunities to enhance the postdoctoral experience. Nisha is a certified Influence Style Indicator™ facilitator and MBTI® practitioner, and she has completed certification in Conflict Management from Kilmann Diagnostics and the Gallup Successful Strengths Coaching course. She previously contributed to the National Postdoctoral Association Advocacy Committee, and now serves on the ASBMB Education and Professional Development Committee.
Nisha received her PhD in Biochemistry from the University of Colorado at Boulder where she elucidated the primase-polymerase enzyme mechanism in Herpes Simplex Virus-1 DNA replication initiation. As a postdoc at the National Institute for Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), she analyzed the structure-function relationship of DNA polymerase beta and the misincorporation of ribonucleotides during DNA repair. Nisha is passionate about creating and developing innovative programs for early career PhDs that complement the education and research training they receive to provide them with the necessary tools to successfully achieve their research and career goals. This desire stems from her own graduate education and postdoctoral training experience as well as her time spent as Chair of the NIEHS Trainees Assembly, the NIEHS postdoctoral association.
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You MUST have completed the Foundations in 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.
To be accepted into the program, complete the application form in full. The parts of the application include:
**To kick off this new program we are offering full reimbursement of the program fee for participants who complete all program requirements: live participation in all modules, timely submission of projects, and active participation/contribution in program team activities.