Willie L. Brown, Jr. Leadership Center { University Advancement }

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Leadership Program for Public Sector Professionals

The Leadership Training Program is one of the elements designed to carry out the Brown Center’s mission of connecting the University and local public service opportunities in the three county area of San Francisco, San Mateo and Marin.  The specific goal of the leadership program is to assist local governments in the education and training of their executive workforce for the 21st century.


The Leadership Training Program has three phases:


Pre-workshop consultation - Both participant and nominating party will jointly complete a questionnaire focusing on expected learning and development objectives.  Potential participants will also have a short telephone interview with the program facilitator.


Workshop – This 3-day program will combine workshops on communication, conflict management, emotional intelligence, change readiness/risk taking, and career development with presentations from regional political and public affairs officials.  Both individual and panel presentations will focus on the political and public policy context affecting a successful career as a public executive.


Follow-up and Reinforcement – Participants will meet together at least quarterly over the course of one year after completion of the program.  They will also be paired with a fellow participant over the course of that year to offer mutual support and encouragement in reaching the goals developed in the workshop.


Target market:  Mid-level supervisors and managers in public agencies in San Francisco, San Mateo and Marin Counties.


Application Process:  Applicants must be nominated by their immediate supervisor/manager.  Participants will be notified in writing of their acceptance at least two weeks prior to the start of the formal program.     



Class size: Not to exceed 20

Location:  San Francisco State University Downtown Center

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