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Curriculum & Coaches: A Three Part Approach

Leadership Skill Building

The full cohort attends sessions on leadership topics once or twice a month from December through June. In these sessions, participants sharpen skills to become more effective leaders in their organizations and community. Sessions are led by subject matter experts and cover the following topics:

  • Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
  • Diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging
  • Effective communication skills
  • High performing teams
  • Conflict management
  • Building collaborative relationships and networks
  • Critical thinking and problem solving

Stay tuned for the Leadership Essentials 2024 Session Schedule.

Leadership Coaching

Leadership coaching is a tool utilized by some of the most savvy and experienced leaders in business today. Coaching sessions are confidential and can help a leader make appropriate decisions and strengthen leadership skills. Participants will experience:

  • One-on-one coaching sessions twice/month from January through June 
  • An objective sounding board
  • Reflections on professional and personal challenges

Interested in coaching with Leadership Essentials? Please contact Katherine Keefe at

Community Service Projects

Often considered a highlight of the program, participants work in small teams on a Community Impact Project to support a local nonprofit. Projects provide an opportunity for participants to put their leadership skills into practice, build relationships with their teammates, and make a difference in the local community. Many Leadership Essentials graduates stay involved with the nonprofits they work with during the program or find other ways to give back to the community upon completion of the program.

Continuing Education Units

Loyola University Maryland awards 90 hours of professional development credits for Leadership Essentials and 9 Continuing Education Units (CEUs). A CEU is not equivalent to a graduate or undergraduate course. However it is evidence of professional study as recognized by Loyola University Maryland.

Great format, presentation of concepts, and plenty of group discussion. The leadership seminar provides real techniques and tools that can be applied to daily challenges.
I appreciated the immediate and continued team interaction. The course presented subjects and case studies that I recommend for self-awareness and leadership training.
The strategic planning seminar was thoughtfully crafted and executed exploration into the topic at hand. The instructor used a creative approach and extensive experience to deliver on the goals of the class.