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We’ve taken the UCLA Leadership Institutes in a bold, new direction! Check out our new Multidimensional Leaders’ Institute!


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All your career, you’ve prided yourself on making a difference—and you’ve done it in the face of misconceptions and stereotyping all along the way. Now you’re entering the executive leadership ranks, the stakes are higher and the obstacles aren’t going away. You’re ready for the kind of breakthrough strategies that will advance your career and enhance your reputation as a broadly capable manager.

UCLA’s groundbreaking Leadership Institute for Managers with Disabilities produces powerful leaders, expert at leveraging diverse perspectives and harnessing innovation to drive the future success of their companies.

Program Topics

The Experience

The three day on-campus experience is the hub of a five month engagement, with extensive pre-work and assessments, and in-depth post-program analysis that reinforce insights gained, gauge your progress and drive home the workplace applicability of what you’ve learned.

Management assessment tools — including the Birkman Method and a customized leadership competencies assessment, are combined to provide you with a clear understanding of your personal leadership style, how it impacts others and areas that could benefit from improvement. The assess¬ments are completed and reviewed in detail with your coach, delivering results you can employ to drive your leadership development.

Coaching – divided into coaching clusters, you and your cohorts will serve as peer mentors in-person during the program and as a virtual developmental community afterwards. Each coaching cluster will work with a professional coach to ensure progress is tracked and goals are achieved. You will also have the chance to work with a coach individually to define your personal goals and develop specific leadership competencies.

Action Journal – This comprehensive reference resource is the compass that will guide your progress through the Institute. It contains materials with personal application questions, space to note your “ah-ha” moments, and additional post-program readings. In essence, the Action Journal tells you what you can expect from each session and how it applies to your workplace. It will also help you to understand what is expected of you.


This unique institute will have a tremendously positive impact on you, and also the organization that supports your participation.

You: enhance your credibility and strengthen your position within your organization; create and sustain effective developmental relationships and alliances that advance your career; maximize your personal, professional, and organizational potential through better teamwork and team leadership; think, lead, and manage in ways that celebrate your individual attributes and perspectives; develop valuable personal and business connections with fellow managers from leading organizations and corporations.

Your Organization: builds better leaders who are more prepared for organizational advancement; increases employee retention rates and succession planning efforts; develops and ensures a more inclusive management team which can draw on the full diversity of its experiences and perspectives; fortifies positioning as a corporate leader in the area of social responsibility.


Laurie Dowling
Corinne Bendersky
Kelly Bean
Harilyn Rousso
Martha Miller
Chris Erickson
Audrey Murrell
Iris Firstenberg

Who Should Attend

The UCLA Leadership Institute for Managers with Disabilities is ideal for those with five or more years of experience managing people and/or projects. You will have experience in identifying and working through the leadership challenges and opportunities faced by managers in a corporate, public sector, entrepreneurial or non-profit environment.

Program Format and Fees

The UCLA Leadership Institute for Managers with Disabilities comprises a five-month experience centered in a three-day, on-campus immersion in releasing your leadership potential. The fee of $6,250 includes: The on-campus sessions, web conference program Kick Off, Birkman Assessment, Leadership Capabilities Assessment, three Individualized coaching sessions, two coaching cluster Web Conferences, an Action Journal, educational materials and most meals while attending the on-campus session.

Founding Organizations

The Leadership Institute for Managers with Disabilities is offered with the support of:

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