Emerging Leaders Program: Lead Effectively as a New Manager

The transition from an individual contributor to a manager role is undoubtedly one of the most exciting (and intimidating) career steps to make. The Daniels College of Business offers newer managers an opportunity to face this career change in a dynamic, engaging and safe environment. With the support of a robust leadership curriculum, experienced faculty and a cohort of managers who are at similar points in their careers, Daniels can help you develop into a successful and fulfilled leader. 

The real world applications of knowledge gained in ELP were immediate and positive. The program helped me shift my viewpoints with respect to work, household, personal interactions… everywhere leadership is required.- Scott Gunshore, Operations Manager, Arcata Associates, Inc.

Learning Outcomes

ELP is a five-week program focused on the following learning outcomes:

  • Understanding and articulating the role of a manager/leader in an organization
  • Understanding fundamental management and leadership theories
  • Increasing self-awareness and individual’s impact as a manager
  • Increasing ability to reframe and refocus under challenging situations
  • Demonstrating effective team member and team leadership skills
  • Demonstrating effective ways to coach for performance
  • Expanding communication skills around influence, conflict and listening
  • Development of personal philosophy of leadership
  • Assessment of leadership potential

Key Faculty

graham-rjRJ Graham

Dr. Graham specializes in leadership development, executive coaching, teamwork, organizational communications, conflict management and strategy design to optimize organizational success. Dr. Graham’s work experience includes over a decade in leadership positions for Fortune 100 companies and extensive consulting experience working with industries including transportation, telecommunications, IT and banking.



obenchain-beverlyBev Obenchain

Bev is a consultant and educator with experience in business strategy, planning, leadership, communications, project management, finance and performance measures. Bev has worked with a multitude of agencies, companies and industries including government, environmental, public radio, communications and technology. Bev delivers innovative and powerful academic and non-academic programs in the areas of leadership, strategy, communications, change management and negotiation.

2017 Program Dates

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Program Details

Program StructureEmerging Leaders begins with a two-night, three-day retreat in the mountains of Colorado followed by four half-day morning sessions on consecutive Fridays taking place on the University of Denver campus.
Program Dates/Class ScheduleSpring 2017:

Monday-Wednesday, April 17, 18 & 19 (Monday 8 a.m.–Wednesday evening) 
Friday, April 28, 8 a.m.–Noon 
Friday, May 5, 8 a.m.–Noon
Friday, May 12, 8 a.m.–Noon
Friday, May 19, 8 a.m.–Noon

Admission RequirementsIdeal candidates have one and three years of management experience or are currently transitioning into a management role. Additionally, the application requires a professional resume, personal statement (outlined on application), nomination/recommendation from your supervisor and if taking the program for academic credit, unofficial transcripts of past college-level work.”
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Not-for-credit: $4,000
For-credit: $5,032 (4 credit hours @ $1,258/credit hour)

Discounts available for DU Alumni, Corporate Partners, and Nonprofits.