Launched during the 2011-12 academic year, the Global Leadership Academy is a Webster University employee leadership development program created as a way to invest in employees and develop internal talent and leadership. GLA fellows work side by side as they explore leadership and learn the value of leading from wherever they are in the University.
For 2015, 16 fellows will be selected from all areas of the University for this unique opportunity to build cross-departmental relationships and explore all facets of Webster University’s educational and business model.
“The overarching goal of the GLA is to invest in the people of Webster University because we each play a distinct role in advancing Webster’s vision and mission,” said President Beth Stroble when the academy was launched.
Hear it from the Participants
Participants in the 2012 pilot year raved about the value of the program:
“As a staff member, this gives you the chance to step out of the box that you might find yourself in day after day,” said Laura Wainz, manager of Licensure & Information Resources. “It’s an opportunity to focus on our strengths and think about what we are good at and how we can use our personal strengths to help Webster achieve its goals. Each and every faculty and staff member can contribute and think about what he/she can do to serve students more effectively.”
Two years later, participants in the 2014 cohort are already seeing the benefits of the program after only two of their three sessions:
“The Global Leadership Academy has exceeded my already high expectations for the program. The depth and breadth of the curriculum serve the varied needs of the fellows well,” reports Shelly Sawalich, director of the Academic Resource Center. “The insight that I am gaining about myself, Webster University, and leadership, in general, is directly applicable in both my professional and personal life. Furthermore, the connections that I have made through GLA have allowed me to move forward on initiatives that will benefit our faculty, staff, and students.”
Live Information Sessions
The Global Leadership Academy information sessions are open to all staff and faculty. The scheduled sessions are (all times are Central Daylight Time):
- Tuesday, Aug. 19 – 10-11 a.m. in the Faculty Development Center (Library 420)
- Tuesday, Aug. 19 – 2-3 p.m. via WebEx – register for this session here.
- Wednesday, Aug. 20 – 8-9 a.m. via WebEx – register for this session here.
- Wednesday, Aug. 20 – 2:30-3:30 p.m. in the Faculty Development Center (Library 420)
Commitment Dates for 2015
The 2015 Global Leadership Academy Cohort will convene three times per year for the following week-long meetings.
Spring Break 2015
Monday, March 9 – Friday, March 13, 2015
Location: St. Louis, USA
Monday, June 8 – Friday, June 12, 2015
Location: Vienna, Austria
Fall Break 2015
Monday, Oct. 19 – Friday, Oct. 23, 2015
Location: U.S. Extended Campus Area TBA
All faculty and staff (full-time and part-time) with at least one year of experience at Webster may apply for the program. Applications for the 2015 GLA cohort are being accepted until Sept. 26, 2014. Learn more and apply today at webster.edu/globalleadershipacademy.