MARCH 2014


The EML program has established cooperative partnerships with Southern California Leadership Network (SCLN) and Leadership California. Our most recent collaboration was the strategic leadership discussion event led by General David Petraeus, which was co-hosted with SCLN.  ”We’re  excited to collaborate with SCLN and Leadership California on bringing exciting and meaningful programming to our EML students and alumni. By collaborating with other leadership programs, we’re responding to our alumni’s interest in maintaining or broadening their connection to USC, the EML program, and the community,” says Rosana Martinez, EML Program Administrator. We are currently exploring possible topics and speakers with our partners and look forward to offering you some fantastic events!


The Price School’s Leadership@USC program has contracted with Los Angeles County to deliver an Executive Leadership Development Program (ELDP) to several hundred employees of the county government. Like many other jurisdictions, the county is anticipating massive turnover in its highest level positions and wants to prepare a new generation of leaders to move into these position in the near future.

The ELDP program will involve five cohorts of twenty students each per year and is built on the school’s highly successful Executive Master of Leadership degree and other related executive education programs.

Participants take several in-person classes on topics such as change leadership, motivation, communications, project management, and political acumen, then engage in a couple of weeks of online network-building and skill development. Participants will also work in small groups to complete a “real-life” project addressing a significant issue being faced by the county, for example, succession planning, strategies for coordinating social media efforts, and fiscal transparency. Finally, each participant receive two personal coaching sessions from the school’s leadership development staff.

Bob Denhardt and Paul Danczyk, co-directors of the program, report that the first two cohorts of the ELDP program are just finishing their work and will be honored at a reception and ceremony on May 19, 2014.  Denhardt commented, “The participants in this program bring significant experience with them, but also show a real commitment to learning more about leadership and related issues. It’s nice to be a part of the county’s preparation of a new cadre of leaders in county government”  Dean Jack Knott of the Price School of Public Policy reported that the contract supporting this effort was the largest the school has ever received for an executive development program.  This program is another indication of the school’s developing capacities and reputation in the area of leadership development.

EML Alumni Event with General Patraeus

Alums of the USC Executive Master of Leadership Program joined alums  from the Southern California Leadership Network (Chamber of Commerce) for a joint session featuring a presentation by General David Petreaus on strategic leadership.

General Petreaus is now the Judge Widney Professor at USC and is considered one of the most effective military leaders in recent U.S. history, serving in command positions in both Iraq and Afghanistan, and later serving as Director of the Central Intelligence Agency.

The joint meeting, hosted at USC, was attended by over seventy-five participants and is a part of EML’s effort to reach out into the Los Angeles community and develop relationships with other groups and organizations interested in leadership development. EML and SCLN plan other joint events in the near future.

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