CMULead — Congratulations to our Program Graduates
On Monday, September 20, our 2020 CMULead cohort completed their final program requirements and successfully graduated. And, that “2020” is not a typo. Our largest class to date (27) also had to be our most flexible. Our participants started in February 2020, but like so many personal and professional tasks, the COVID-19 pandemic forced a pause to the program.
In June 2021, the Office of Human Resources (OHR) re-launched the program with virtual sessions including a half-day re-orientation session. OHR also added monthly networking events to help recreate the interactions that typically occur organically among program participants.
Over the course of the CMULead program, participants devoted at least 70-80 hours to the program including events and training, pre-work, final project presentations and the graduation ceremony. Session topics included: Working in a Top-Tier Research University; Strategy, Vision and Impact; Inclusive Leadership; and Building Leadership Competency for the Future. Every topic was supported by presentations from deans, vice presidents, and functional leaders and subject matter experts across faculty, staff and student services.
In 2021, OHR also introduced a final project requirement to the program. The program participants embraced this additional requirement, presenting on timely leadership topics including:
- Concrete ways to embrace an inclusive workforce
- Solutions for individual and team well-being
- Developing a business case or model to drive change
- Paying it forward (supporting others through coaching or mentoring)
- Becoming a visionary leader
So, please join OHR in congratulating our most recent CMULead graduates!