The Graduate School at Nichols College

HECCMA Leadership Academy

The HECCMA Leadership Academy, proudly presented by the Graduate School at Nichols College in collaboration with the Higher Education Consortium of Central MA, is open to all Consortium school faculty and staff aiming to improve their leadership skills. It serves as a platform for growth, whether actively pursuing a leadership role or looking to enhance your impact in your current capacity.

Start your journey toward effective leadership today.

Program Outcomes

Our Leadership Academy is built to equip aspiring higher education leaders with the skills and tools needed to succeed in higher education. Through a balanced mix of virtual and in-person sessions led by seasoned experts, you'll gain actionable insights on pertinent topics. Join a community of peers who share your aspirations and refine your leadership skills.

  • Recognize the benefits of and how to foster inclusive environments
  • Enhance the effectiveness of their team through productive communication, synergistic collaboration, improved decision-making, and a positive, motivational culture
  • Articulate how their role and department fit in their institutional structure and contribute to achieving strategic goals
  • Gain confidence in interacting with diverse stakeholders at all levels of their organization and increase their executive presence

Program Schedule

Kick-Off Event

On-Campus Event

September 26, 2023 | 4:00pm - 6:30pm

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI)

Dr. Calvin Hill, Vice President of Inclusion and Community Engagement, will address the importance of DEI in higher education leadership, fostering an inclusive environment, and navigating diversity-related challenges. This topic will also be infused throughout the other sessions to emphasize its significance.

Dr. Len Samborowski

Virtual Session

October 25, 2023 | 8:00am - 9:30am

Leading Groups and Teams

This session will explore effective leadership strategies for guiding and motivating groups and teams within a higher education setting, emphasizing the importance of collaboration and fostering a positive work culture.

Dr. Jean Beaupre

Virtual Session

November 14, 2023 | 8:00am - 9:30am

Meeting Management

Participants will learn essential skills for conducting efficient and productive meetings, including agenda-setting, facilitation techniques, and decision-making processes that enhance committee and organizational effectiveness.

Dr. Laura Blake

Virtual Session

January 24, 2024 | 8:00am - 9:30am

Strategic Thinking

This session will delve into the principles and practices of strategic thinking, equipping participants with tools to analyze complex challenges, anticipate future trends, and develop innovative solutions within the higher education landscape.

Dr. Bryan Coleman

Virtual Session

February 27, 2024 | 8:00am - 9:30am

Budget and Using Data

Participants will gain an understanding of higher education budgeting processes, financial management, and data-driven decision-making, empowering them to make informed choices that align with institutional goals.

Carrie Grimshaw

Virtual Session

March 21, 2024 | 8:00am - 9:30am

Mentoring and Coaching

This session will explore effective mentoring and coaching techniques, enabling participants to develop and nurture the talents of their colleagues, fostering professional growth, and enhancing organizational capacity.

Closing Session

On-Campus Event

April 10, 2024 | 4:00pm - 6:30pm

Trends in Higher Education

Christopher Cox, Higher Education Assurance Leader at PWC, will share insights into emerging trends and challenges in higher education, empowering participants to adapt and lead their institutions through change and innovation.

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