Emerging Leaders Program
The Emerging Leaders Program (ELP) is a professional development program designed to develop and enhance the professional soft skills of Emerging Leaders enabling them to effectively develop and implement solutions to “real-world” challenges. Each track is hand-picked and designed to provide a pragmatic and comprehensive approach to developing well-rounded leadership attributes that can be applied across a diverse range of industries. Tracks include self-paced, online content taught by industry leaders coupled with hands-on, interactive in-class sessions moderated and guided by subject matter experts and practitioners. This blended learning environment allows participants to effectively combine foundational leadership concepts from online modules, with best practices gained during classroom interactions, to develop a well-rounded approach to problem-solving.
This comprehensive program, spread out over 5 months, consists of a series of topics on essential skills in leadership: team building, conflict management, persuasion & influence, negotiation, communication skills, and leadership integration (for in-depth information, check out the individual tracks section below).
Some of the important benefits of this program include networking opportunities with peers, interaction with influencers in the community, and case study-based, in-class discussions moderated by subject matter experts.
Upon successfully completing the program requirements, you will be conferred a “Certificate of Completion” from the Office of Professional Education & Workforce Development and recognized as an “Emerging Leader” in a “mini graduation” ceremony held at the end of the program.
$500 (Paid in Full)
* For individual track enrollment, visit the Track Information section below
Date: Jul 15, Aug 5 & 26, Sept 16, Oct 7 & 28, 2020
Time: 9 AM - 11 AM
UTRGV Center for Innovation and Commercialization (CIC):
307 E Railroad St,
Weslaco, TX 78596
Note: Qualifying candidates may apply for a private loan to cover the registration fee via private loans. Once you identify the private loan that best meets your needs, please use UTRGV’s School Code: 00359902. In addition, please note that the requested loan amount you indicate in the application cannot exceed the open enrollment course fee displayed on our website. Please note that the private loan request amount cannot be less than $500.00. Depending on the loan provider, additional service charges may apply.
Who should attend:
Anyone interested in developing their leadership skills or transitioning into a leadership role.
Track 1: Team & Conflict Management
Track 1A: Building & Directing High-Performance Teams
- Build a mission and vision to improve team effectiveness
- Identify traits of successful teams and team members
- Learn to motivate teams and develop individual capabilities
Track 1B: Resolving & Managing Conflict in Teams
- Identify and resolve conflicts that may negatively impact productivity
- Learn key actions for resolving conflicts within teams
- Identify opportunities for member-led or leader-led conflict resolution
Date: July 15 & August 5, 2020
Time: 9 AM - 11 AM
Track 2: Persuasion, Influence, & Negotiation
Track 2A: Building Rapport with Persuasion & Influence
- Learn to persuade and influence team members and stakeholders
- Recognize and apply influence techniques to build strong relationships
- Develop influence with and without authority
Track 2B: Creating Value through Negotiation & Empathy
- Apply best practices and essential tactics in negotiation
- Learn to prepare and plan for negotiation meetings
- Identify and compare internal and customer priorities/needs
Date: August 26 & September 16, 2020
Time: 9 AM - 11 AM
Track 3: Communication & Leadership Integration
Track 3A: Communicating with Confidence & Visual Aids
- Build presentation skills to present in front of an audience
- Develop best practices for communicating information and results
- Learn to utilize presentations and visual aids effectively
Track 3B: Emerging Leaders Capstone
- Integrate and utilize developed leadership competencies
- Recognize and apply essential leadership styles
- Identify the responsibilities and priorities of an emerging leader
Date: October 7 & 28, 2020
Time: 9 AM - 11 AM
Frequently Asked Questions
How is the program organized?
The program is organized into 3 six-week tracks, with two topics covered in each track. Each topic will consist of an online learning component (e.g. “LinkedIn Learning) followed by an in-person component (e.g. Track 1A: Building & Directing High-Performance Teams). Each in-person learning component will be 2 hours in length and will build on skills and competencies learned via LinkedIn Learning in the three weeks preceding the in-person class. Please refer to the Emerging Leaders Program framework presented in the “Course Description” section of the website.
To complete the Emerging Leaders Program, participants must complete all three tracks. Upon completion of all three tracks, participants will receive a Certificate of Completion for successfully completing the program and be recognized as an “Emerging Leader” by the UTRGV Office of Professional Education & Workforce Development (PEWD).
What are the benefits of being in the UTRGV’s Emerging Leaders Program?
As a participant, you will be able to leverage and capitalize on:
- Hands-on learning from subject matter experts and influential leaders.
- Professional networking opportunities with other Emerging Leaders.
- A targeted, immersive learning experience allowing you to develop and refine critical leadership skills for a current or future leadership role.
Once participants have successfully completed all three tracks, ELP participants will receive the Emerging Leaders Program recognition and the following benefits:
- A Certificate of Completion and recognition as an “Emerging Leader” from the UTRGV Office of Professional Education and Workforce Development (PEWD).
- LinkedIn Learning Certificates of Completion for online courses assigned and completed to showcase on your LinkedIn profile.
- Become more marketable as an emerging leader and garner the attention that comes with such recognition.
Must I complete all 3 tracks to complete the program?
Yes, all three tracks must be completed along with the required participation in face-to-face sessions and online LinkedIn Learning courses. However, if you are unable to attend all three tracks within this cohort, you will have the opportunity to complete the remaining tracks when the program is offered again.
How does the COVID-19 pandemic affect the Executive Certificate from UTRGV’s Emerging Leaders Program?
In-class sessions will be held in-person. However, the Emerging Leaders Program has been developed to maximize the amount of learning time off-premise via LinkedIn Learning to ensure participants can limit unnecessary interaction in-person. The program will implement social distancing policies in the classroom and the deep cleansing of all work areas utilized by participants to ensure participants feel safe and comfortable in the classroom environment. However, concerns regarding class attendance may be accommodated upon request.
Who may I contact if I have further questions?
If you have further questions please contact Guillermo Avilez at (956) 665-2072 or email us at email@example.com.
Is class attendance required?
To be conferred a Certificate of Completion and graduate from the Emerging Leaders Program, participants must complete all in-class and online LinkedIn Learning sessions for all three tracks.
What will be covered in the classroom?
The in-class component of the Emerging Leaders Program will cover the 6 topics identified in the three ELP tracks. The in-class sessions will integrate lectures, presentations, and small group discussions lead by subject matter experts and practitioners who will relate the materials covered in each track to real-world problems in today's workplace environment.
When will I receive the location, schedule, and instructor information for each class?
Participants will receive information on the exact location, time, date, and instructor for each in-class session the morning before the respective in-class session begins.
How is LinkedIn Learning incorporated into the program?
LinkedIn Learning will be used to build foundational knowledge of the 6 topics covered in the ELP program via a completely online, self-paced learning environment. LinkedIn Learning courses are taught by real-world experts and will allow you to obtain a certificate of completion for each assigned course completed to showcase on your LinkedIn. Upon completion of the designated LinkedIn Learning courses, participants will be prepared to develop a robust understanding and obtain real-world, interactive experiences for each topic via an in-class component facilitated by our subject matter experts.
Am I required to pay to access LinkedIn Learning?
No, the cost to access LinkedIn Learning will be included in the ELP program fee.
When do I receive access to LinkedIn Learning?
Students will receive access to Linked-In Learning within 48 hours from the time they registered for the Emerging Leaders Program.
Since LinkedIn Learning modules included in this program are taught by nationally recognized and renowned industry leaders who have specialized knowledge on the topics, the in-class sessions (which may be carried out as virtual sessions until COVID-19 situation resolves) will be moderated by Ms. Jayshree Bhat, Assistant VP for Professional Education & Workforce Development, along with hand-picked local experts as guest speakers. The capstone session will have a panel of industry experts from our region who will rate the group presentations and provide live feedback to the groups. There will also be a Q&A moderated by Office PEWD with the panel of experts during the final session, which will lend itself for a valuable takeaway for ELP participants.