Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Am I eligible to apply for the program if my one-year anniversary with the
school is after the application deadline but before the start of the program?
A: Applicants must have completed their one-year anniversary with the school
before the application deadline.
Q: How often will this program be offered?
A: For the 2013-14 school year, the program is being offered once
during the school year. It is not running during the summer term.
Q: Is it possible for an employee and his/her supervisor to attend in the same
A: It is possible for an employee and his/her supervisor to participant in the
same cohort if both participants are comfortable with this arrangement. Given the
value of applying the learning to personal experience inside the classroom and actively
participating in class discussions, some participants may feel most comfortable
participating in a cohort separate from a colleague with whom they work closely.
Q: After completion of the program, what are the outcomes? What does it signify?
A: The Leadership Academy provides an opportunity to invest in an individual’s
personal and professional development. Participants completing the program achieve
a more holistic perspective on The Smith School and how their roles fit into the
broader mission and business of the school and the university. Knowledge, skills
and networks developed over the course of the course of the program allow participants
to not only be more effective in their roles but also to make their day-to-day work
experience more enriching.
Q: Will I receive a certificate for completing the program?
A: Yes, you will receive a certification of completion from the Smith Office
of Executive Programs.
Q: Could you have recommendations from both your supervisor and a senior leader?
A: Yes, you may have two recommendations, though it’s not required. The quality
and strength of the supervisor recommendation(s) are important factors in the selection
Q: Who is serving on the selection committee?
A: The five-person selection committee is comprised of both senior staff and
faculty members and the selection process is facilitated by Smith Human Resources.
The application pool and the selection process discussions are kept confidential
within the committee.
Q: How much time should participants expect to dedicate to their Action Learning
Projects throughout the program?
A: Approximately ten hours per week.
Q: How big is the cohort?
The cohort can be anywhere from 12-20 participants.
Q: Will there be pre-reading and other prep work?
A: Yes, each class will have articles and/or chapters assigned as pre-reading
in order to allow participants to make the most of their time in the classroom by
participating in discussion and applying concepts during in-class exercises. Pre-reading
allows more content to be covered in the program, allows participants to apply new
concepts to projects and exercises during the program, helping to create a more
applied and integrated learning experience.
Q: Does the curriculum take into account that people come from all different
backgrounds, not just business?
A: Yes, participants come from a range of professional and educational backgrounds.
Where possible, faculty tailor the curriculum to Smith and incorporate the experiences
of participants into the class. Small group discussions and team exercises allow
for a valuable exchange of ideas and allow participants to contribute based on their
experiences and learn from each other.
Q: Was this program modeled after a program at another school?
A: This program was modeled after Smith School executive education programs with
Fortune 500 clients. Our programs incorporate lectures, case studies, hands-on exercises
and an experiential Action Learning Project in order to integrate real-world experiences,
facilitate learning through a variety of modes including learning by doing, and
allow participants to apply their learning to real and immediate business challenges.