What is PLAN and why was this program created?

PLAN is the acronym for Professional Leadership Academy & Network – a yearlong professional development program, for Medical School and Danforth Campus staff. This program is stewarded by the University’s Office of the Provost. Its purpose is to enhance the growth and productivity of staff and to provide the University with a cadre of leaders who can contribute to University-wide initiatives and projects.

Can anyone apply to PLAN?

Applicants must provide a Statement of Support from their supervisors in order to participate and should be serving as key contributors currently in a leadership role within their department. They should be committed to diversity of thought, perspective and identity – including an understanding of how inclusion strengthens the University. Demonstrated communication and critical thinking skills are also expected. Washington University staff employed less than two years are not eligible to apply.

What is the selection process?

Applications will be available Friday, November 9, 2018. Complete applications must be submitted by December 10, 2018 at 9:00 am. An applicant should submit a cover letter, three short answer questions, a resume detailing relevant experiences, a Statement of Acknowledgement form from his or her supervisor, and up to two recommendation letters.

Please note : University staff employed less than two years are not eligible to apply.

The selection committee will announce the class in early January. More details will be provided on November 9.

What is the benefit for participants?

PLAN offers individuals a curriculum strategically designed to strengthen institutional knowledge, core leadership skills and an appreciation for the importance of inclusion. Each session builds upon the previous session and reinforces the University’s commitment to diversity and dedication to challenge its people – students, faculty and staff alike – to seek new knowledge and a greater understanding of our ever-changing, multicultural world.

What is the benefit to the university?

PLAN strives to develop, strengthen and exercise leadership potential to offer greater impact. It strives to provide the University with a cadre of leaders who can contribute effectively to University-wide initiatives and projects. It strives to build relationships across the University by fostering a greater sense of community and perspective.

Who covers the cost of attending?

All charges will be covered by the university.

What are the expectations of those who are selected for the program?

There are three classroom sessions which PLAN participants are expected to attend. These sessions occur over three days (Thursday, Friday & Saturday a.m.) in February, April and September. Throughout the program, attendance at “lunch & learns” with vice chancellors, deans and other administrators will also be expected. The training will culminate with a group project where PLAN participants will develop strategic solutions for key university issues. Participants will present strategies to University leaders in December, followed by a reception.

What happens if I cannot make all of the sessions?

To ensure an enriching and impactful experience for each individual as well as the collective, PLAN participants are expected to attend all modules of the program – including the multi-day sessions, “lunch & learns,” and team project presentations.