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Hubert H Humphrey Executive Leadership Program

The Hubert H. Humphrey Executive Leadership Program is designed for international participants in the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program at UC Davis, but it is also open to Humphrey scholars attending other U.S. universities. Each session explores a different leadership topic in depth, and is specifically tailored to the needs of Humphrey international students. 

The following represents the curriculum for the 2010-2011 program.

Topic Date
Cross-Cultural Conflict October 8, 2010
Building SMART Teams November 5, 2010
Mental Models January 2011
Role of Supervisor January 2011
Leadership Organizational Change February 2011
The Science of Desire February 2011

Cross-Cultural Conflict 
October 8, 2010
Explore interpersonal and inter-group conflict, in which parties have substantially different cultural perspectives, based on nationality, ethnicity, race, gender, religion or other cultural dimensions.  Learn to identify your preferred conflict management style, and to recognize and implement alternative ways to frame and resolve conflict in situations where cultural differences impede understanding.

Wafa Nijmeddin, Psy.D., O.D., R.O.D.C.
Wafa Nijmeddin has more than 20 years of management experience in private and public organizations and has worked extensively with diverse populations, both internationally and in the U.S. She specializes in leadership and organizational development consulting and training. Nijmeddin previously managed multiple, federally funded training programs at the Workforce Investment Board, and she served as training manager for the Fresno County Human Services System.   

Building SMART Teams
November 5, 2010
Learn to unlock the potential in every team, including those you lead and those you participate on. Teams are intended to unleash creativity, solve complex problems and leverage individual skills and talent. Examine the processes and techniques that lead to creating teams that live up to their promise. Gain key insights into how to create not just good teams, but smart teams. 

Paul Porter, Ed.D.
Paul Porter has been a teacher, counselor, director, school principal and university professor, as well as a school superintendent for 17 years. He is a well-known consultant and speaker and has worked with business and public agencies on the topics of leadership, team building, appreciative inquiry, management training, communication, dealing with difficult people, organizational development and motivation.

Mental Models
January 2011
Examine the mental models that lead us to coorperate and compete, and learn how these invisible shapers of thought lead us to assumptions about independence and interdependence. Every leader has “mental models” that shape his or her thinking about the organization they lead and the organizations they compete with. These mental models also shape how we work with people, both the people inside the organization and the customers/clients outside the company, agency, firm or business. One of the most important, and least understood, mental models is that of cooperation and competition. Explore how we can become aware of our unconscious mental models; and, even more importantly, how we can change our models.

Carolyn Penny, J.D.  
Carolyn Penny is director of Business and Management at UC Davis Extension, building leadership and productive workplaces in partnership with the Sacramento region. She brings to her role more than 20 years of experience in facilitation of multi-stakeholder problem-solving and conflict resolution.

Role of Supervisor
January  2011
Discover what and how you need to develop to be an effective supervisor. Identify the qualities and attributes of successful supervisors and managers in order to self-assess your own competencies and develop the essential skills to manage more successfully.  Define what you do best, strengthen your less effective characteristics and begin to build the characteristics you want.  Learn strategies to create cooperative and productive relationships with your staff. 

Jeanie Hagen-Greene 
Jeanie Hagen-Greene is founder and principal of H-G Training Group. She helps individuals and organizations improve their “people skills”—generation at work, customer service, communication and supervision/management effectiveness. Since 1993, Hagen-Greene has served corporate clients, as well as government agencies, universities and nonprofit organizations.

Leadership Organizational Culture
February 2011
Discover some of the dimensions of organization culture, including shared assumptions about: mission and strategy; the goals that derive from the mission and strategy; the means to achieve goals; measuring results, from what and how to when to measure; and how to repair or remediate strategies when the measurements indicate the strategy isn’t working (i.e., achieving its desired goals/outcomes). Leaders must understand the internal and largely invisible motivations and assumptions that drive behavior. Learn to analyze an organization’s culture, so you can help transform it--the very essence of leadership. 

Other dimensions of culture explored include shared assumptions about: what is real and true, in both the physical realm and the social world; time--how time is defined and measured; space--how space takes on symbolic value in organizations; human nature--what motivates human behavior; human relationships--how conflict should be resolved.

Gene Crumley, M.Div.
Gene Crumley was the director for the UC Davis Executive Program for 10 years, from 1998-2008. Currently, he is chair of UC Davis Extension's Business and Leadership department. Prior to coming to UC Davis, Crumley spent 13 years with Habitat for Humanity International. He is a graduate of both UC Davis and San Francisco Theological Seminary (Presbyterian).

The Science of Desire 
February  2011
Through discussion and group projects, experience how to apply "science" to your "desire" for positive results. Successfully launching meaningful products and services and obtaining the "desires" we want is not easy.Wil Agatstein, a leader in product development and services around the world, shares successful approaches for launching ideas, whether at your organization or beyond. Learn to address the issues surrounding products--from articulating the idea to validating the technology and developing marketing and business models. Discover how to execute your plan, no matter the difficulties.  

Wilton Agatstein
Wil Agatstein is visiting assistant professor at the UC Davis Graduate School of Management, where he leads the International Study Program and teaches corporate social responsibility. He is also executive director of the UC Davis Center for Entrepreneurship, where he helps scientists and engineers take their science out of the lab and into the world. Prior to joining UC Davis, he led Intel's innovation, specifically in and for the developing world. He is the father of the Intel Powered ClassMate PC—the $100$200 laptop.

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