Executive Leadership Program

About This Program

Executive leaders are uniquely positioned to transform their organizations and the communities they touch. To be able to accomplish this, executive leaders must learn to see themselves in new ways — now, and over the course of their careers. 

This is not your typical executive leadership program. We believe that leaders already possess many of the technical and interpersonal skills that have helped them to achieve their current role. Instead, this program will focus on cultivating an expansive, agile leadership mindset that has the capacity to embrace innovation and lead change. This is 21st century leadership.

This cohort experience will provide a collaborative environment where leaders can tap into the collective brilliance of their peers and be guided by leadership experts and personal executive coaches. The result is an invigorated, purposeful and supportive network of executive leaders who are motivated to move forward — as individuals and together — to inspire a ripple effect of unprecedented positive change throughout their organizations and communities.

Sessions Overview

Built on a foundation of current leadership research, the program is designed to maximize linkages across three themes:

  • Leading people: Understand human behavior — self as well as others; develop models and mindsets for innovation
  • Leading organizations: Build and shape a culture where excellence thrives and scales
  • Leading change: Discover that change leadership is about leaders transforming themselves in order to successfully lead transformation in their organizations

Executive Leadership course schedule

What You’ll Learn

By the end of the program, executive leaders will have gained the knowledge to:

  • Better realize their impact and drive behavioral change through the results of 1:1 coaching and leadership assessment data.
  • Lead by design with authenticity, power, and a deeper understanding of human behavior and their own leadership strengths.
  • Create and scale an organizational culture in which innovation and excellence thrive.
  • Return to work rejuvenated with strategic action plans and the leadership skills to effectively implement them.
  • Tap into an expanded, deeply connected network of fellow executive leaders.
Program Snapshot
  • Classroom-based learning in downtown Portland, OR
  • 7 days + 5 individual coaching sessions
  • Cohort experience
Program Cost: $10,000

We believe that organizational diversity brings richness into the classroom. A reduced rate of $8,500 is available for executives in 501(c)(3) organizations.

Who Should Attend

 Eligibility Requirements
The program size is limited. Applications are open to those who:

  • Currently hold an executive leadership position (C-Suite, Executive Director, VP or equivalent) in any industry;
  • Possess a minimum of 5 years senior management experience; and
  • Can commit to full attendance on the program dates (see schedule here)
Application Requirements 

Deadline: March 15
To ensure that participant goals are aligned with the goals of the program, eligible executives must submit an application form, including:

Application review and notification of status will occur within 5 business days of submission of application. Post-acceptance, applicants will be provided registration information.

Program Leadership

The participants in this program will be guided by a variety of leadership experts from diverse backgrounds, including personal executive coaches, guest speakers, and panelists.  Some of the most valuable learning will come from participants themselves, as well as their peers in the program. Learn more about the program leaders and executive coaches below.

Program Leaders/Executive Coaches:

David RichardsDavid Richards has served as a leadership and executive development professional at Intel for the past 12 years, and he previously worked at Nike in supply chain management.  He has created and directed a successful portfolio of executive and leadership development programs and solutions to accelerate a pipeline of high performing leaders. 

David earned his BA in Business Administration from Weber State University and holds a leadership coaching certificate from New Ventures West, which he has employed in coaching senior leaders across multiple divisions at Intel. He is also certified to deliver and interpret the Hogan Assessment & Leadership Practices Inventory (LPI).

 Dr. Rachel Shafran is a business transformation consultant, leadership coach and facilitator with over 20 years of experience in leadership development, change strategy and organization effectiveness. She is currently a Global Leadership and Learning Manager at Intel Corporation. Previously, she worked at Nike leading business transformations in Sales, IT, Technology and Finance. Rachel also worked in international human resources at AT&T, Lucent, and Johnson & Johnson. 

Rachel founded Global Leadership Coaches to help emerging leaders develop experiential and individualized developmental plans to enhance their global competencies. She holds a BA from Brandeis University, an MA in Human Resource Management from Rutgers University, and an EdD in Organizational Leadership from Pepperdine University. Rachel also earned a Master's Level Certificate in Leadership Coaching from Georgetown University.

Executive Coaches:

Samuel AshbySamuel Ashby is the director of performance excellence for Legacy Health Systems. Previously, he worked as managing principal of Speed of Thought Consulting and in process improvement leadership roles for Nike, Converse, GE Capital, Medtronic, and Toyota. Samuel hold a BA from Eastern Kentucky University. He is a Change Acceleration Process Coach and a certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt.

Margy EvansMargy Evans brings over 25 years of executive, operational, and human resource management experience to her work as a coach, consultant, and training professional. She serves as the workforce development manager for Portland Parks and Recreation.


René LégerRené Léger has held diverse senior leadership positions with companies such as Nabisco Brands, the Oregon Business Council, Portland Public Schools, and Camp Fire Columbia. He earned a BA in Political Science from State University of New York and an MBA from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. René is certified as an Integral Coach through New Ventures West.


Guest Leadership Experts:

Elena EinsteinElena Einstein is president of the Einstein Group and contracts site leader for Harris Corporation. She previously served as senior contracts manager and chief of staff for The Boeing Company. Elena has experience in leadership, strategy, diversity and inclusion, and employee development. Elena holds an MS from the University of La Verne and a Doctorate in Organizational Leadership from Pepperdine University.

Lori EmerickLori Emerick, principal of the Aspen Group, brings more than 20 years of organizational and leadership development expertise to her teaching work, including experience at Intel, Nike, and Kaiser Permanente. Lori’s roles have spanned human resources, leadership, diversity and inclusion, team facilitation, and process excellence. Lori earned an MBA in Human Resource Management from Seattle Pacific University.


Contact Nicole Sisco at nsisco@pdx.edu to learn more about whether this program is right for you.