Professional Development

SAGE is proud to co-sponsor a Graduate Leadership Workshop with GWISE and the GSO:

The Leadership Challenge with Speaker Dick Heller

Are you a graduate student looking at your future career and thinking to yourself “I’m supposed to head a lab? Be a PI? Manage a research team? Work in industry? They want me to be a leader! I don’t know anything about being a leader!” Well, friend, you’re in luck!

The Leadership Challenge Workshop will introduce participants to an accessible and application-oriented model of leadership. Backed by over thirty years of leadership research data from over one million leaders, The Leadership Challenge Workshop is an intense and unique discovery process. The workshop is based on the book, “The Leadership Challenge” by Jim Kouzes and Barry Posner, now in its fifth edition. The workshop will involve discussions and activities to delve into the behaviors that support leadership practices and consider ways to apply them in current and future settings. The content has had a long and successful history in corporate, academic, public sector, and other organizational settings. It promises to be a fun and intriguing session to develop skills for leadership and career success.

Attendance includes participation in the workshop activities, an informational packet to take home, and breakfast. RSVP is required! Attendance is limited to 50 participants.

Questions? Contact Kira Sullivan-Wiley (

The Graduate Leadership Workshop will take place

Saturday, January 30th @ 9 AM – 1 PM
PHO 901

Cost is $10
RSVP via Eventbrite

Dick Heller has consulted and trained with organizations in the U.S. and abroad to design programs that enhance leadership, branding, and team building. He has consulted with senior management groups to create leadership and organizational development interventions aimed at achieving and surpassing corporate and business objectives and trained all levels of organizational personnel on these issues. Dick has also coached leaders in a number of organizations and trained coaches in using the Leadership Practices Inventory (LPI) in their practices.