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

January - June 2022

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, or how they lead teams. Throughout the six sessions of this program participants will continually add to their own draft 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 in 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 Culture of Excellence
  • Module 4: Case Studies in Leadership
  • Achieving Leadership Goals

  • Module 5: Leading Others to Success
  • Module 6: Program Finale


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.

Program Faculty

Program Director
Diane Klotz, PhD
Director, Sanford Burnham Prebys' Office of Education, Training, & International Services

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.

Program Manager
Nisha Cavanaugh, PhD
Associate Director, Career Development & Postdoctoral Programs

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.

You can contact us at sbpleaders@sbpdiscovery.org!


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.

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. What benefit do you hope to gain in participating in the Expanding Leadership Program that will help you achieve your leadership goals/vision?
  • Acknowledgement that you will participate in the program fully (attendance will be required for every module and completion of all assignments and projects)
  • Program Fee: $120, reimbursable upon successful completion**

**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.

The application period for the 2022 program has closed. Contact us at sbpleaders@sbpdiscovery.org if you are interested in learning more about this leadership development program.

Deadlines & Important Dates:

  • Sunday, November 14, 2021 at 11:59 pm PT: Deadline to Apply
  • Monday, November 22, 2021: Letters of acceptance into program sent
  • Wednesday, December 1, 2021: Deadline for participants to pay program fee
  • Friday, January 7, 2022: Expanding Leadership program begins