Leadership NOW Seminar Series

The Leadership NOW Seminar Series is designed for leaders and business professionals at all levels and from any type of organization. Our goal is to foster business growth and success as participants increase knowledge, build skills, and improve individual and team performance. Facilitated by expert instructors from the School of Extended Education, Leadership NOW offers applied training on topics of current interest in an informal and experiential learning environment. Participants acquire relevant tools, tips and techniques based on applicable "best practices” and engage in peer learning through interaction with other business professionals.

Beginning January 2014, Leadership NOW seminars will be offered at Brandman University's Irvine Campus on a bimonthly basis. The seminars have been expanded from two to 2.5 hours, scheduled in the evening for convenience, and include a light dinner.

Seminars and workshops can be customized and delivered onsite for groups of employees. See Corporate Training & Custom Solutions for a list of over 60 topics currently in our library.

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Coaching for Results

Instructor: Vic Bullara
Research from a variety of sources demonstrates that coaching is one of the most effective ways to increase employee engagement and retention, improve team performance and boost organizational productivity. In this seminar, participants learn and practice coaching core competencies such as active listening, powerful questions, giving feedback, and accountability for results. The learning environment is dynamic and interactive with professional business coaches demonstrating best practices and facilitating group discussion.


Constructive Conflict Management

Instructor: Mari Frank
One of the least enjoyable aspects of leadership is dealing with workplace conflict – the inevitable disputes, disagreements and personality conflicts that arise. Unresolved conflict can cripple team effectiveness, result in lost business opportunities, or escalate into expensive and divisive lawsuits. In this seminar leaders will learn how to identify the root causes of conflict, “win-win” communication techniques, the collaborative approach to preventing conflict and critical conflict resolution “dos and don’ts.”


Developing Your Team

Instructor: Susan Gerke
Building effective teams take time, knowledge, and reinforcement. With proper development, a team can be one of the most powerful contributors to organizational productivity. In this seminar, participants learn the definition of “team,” identify the characteristics of the best teams, explore different type of teams, and consider the stages of team development. Learning is strengthened by participation in an experiential team building exercise. Participants also develop an action plan for applying the team concepts back at work.


Emotional Intelligence

Instructor: Anne Kerbrat
Emotional intelligence has been defined as the combination of emotional, personal and social competencies that influence the ability to be personally effective and professionally productive. Research indicates that what distinguishes star performers in every field, from entry-level jobs to executive positions, is not IQ, advanced degrees, or technical experience – it is “EQ.” Today’s business professionals must possess both the intellectual skills to perform the job and the emotional intelligence to effectively manage, develop, and retain people. Participants will identify areas for development and learn practical methods for increasing their emotional intelligence.


The Power of Resilience

Instructor: Jim Bauer
Resilience is a critical leadership competency. In this module, participants learn how to effectively transform disappointments, failures and mistakes into “stepping stones for success” by developing the skills and attitudes that will enable them to bounce back from set-backs. The step-by-step program includes learning how to 1) utilize the “Personal Responsibility Model,” 2) distinguish facts from stories, and 3) apply practical tools and techniques for building resiliency.


Setting and Achieving Goals

Instructor: Mike Lednovich
The capability to set and reach goals is crucial to business success. During this seminar, participants will learn strategies and methods for effectively developing and executing individual, team and organization goals. Using the S.M.A.R.T. model, they will understand the value and purpose of setting goals, develop a step-by-step approach to making goals a reality, and identify and overcome common elements that sabotage goal realization. Participants will engage in group exercises where they will have the opportunity to create goals and strategic plans for achieving them based on actual organization issues and current business situations.


Seminars are offered bimonthly on Tuesday evenings from 6:00-8:30pm, with a light dinner available from 5:00-6:00pm.

  • January 22, 2014: Emotional Intelligence
  • March 18, 2014: Setting and Achieving Goals
  • May 13, 2014: The Power of Resilience
  • July 15, 2014: Coaching for Results
  • September 16, 2014: Developing Your Team
  • November 18, 2014: Constructive Conflict Management


  • Registration closes the Sunday prior to each seminar.


  • $45 per seminar
  • $240 for pre-enrolling in all 6 seminars for 2014
  • Tuition includes a light dinner by Alonti Catering
  • Corporate discount available for organizations enrolling more than five employees


  • 0.25 CEUs per seminar
  • Participants attending all six seminars will earn a Certificate of Completion and 1.5 CEUs

Brandman University's Irvine Campus
16355 Laguna Canyon Road
Irvine, CA 92618