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Leading with Impact

Skills for Complex Challenges


In today’s interconnected world, how can we lead and manage most effectively in the face of global challenges, crisis and disasters, funding constraints, and political and cultural tensions?  Navigating such crises can become a defining moment for public officials, private sector executives, community organizers, and others in leadership positions.

“Leading with Impact”

“Leading with Impact” equips you with the tools to prepare for, adapt to, and manage such complex challenges, and to inspire others to act. This executive education program offers practical frameworks for dealing with a wide range of topics for operating in diverse environments, and how to integrate tools of strategic communication, crisis management, political strategy, conflict mitigation, and collaboration.  The seven, two-hour per session program brings together these interdisciplinary topics and leaves participants with new expertise they can deploy immediately for increased organizational impact.

World-Renowned Instructors

The program is taught by world-renowned academics, researchers, and practitioners from Columbia University and Harvard University, including William EimickeJoseph PfeiferJoann BaneySteven Cohen and Jeh JohnsonMihir Mysore, and Daniel L. Shapiro. Leading with Impact also offers an exceptional opportunity for participants to expand their professional networks working with rising and accomplished executives from leading positions at corporations, government institutions, foundations, and international agencies from around the city and state of New York, and globally.

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Columbia University
Columbia University
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Global Leader, Crisis Response & Resilience


This seven session intensive course offers a unique opportunity for mid- and senior-level managers from government, as well as from the private and non-profit sectors, to gain an in-depth understanding of core leadership skills needed to manage a crisis.  The course is specially designed into two-hour sessions for busy officials, executives and emergent leaders by having generally two live online sessions per week with other activities that can be completed at the participant's own pace.

The program will enhance participants’ ability to appreciate the complexity of managing large-scale organizations and events, not only from an operational viewpoint, but also from a policy and strategic perspective.

Areas Of Concentration:

Cross-Sector Collaboration - Develop effective multi-organization partnerships across sectors through interactive exercises to evaluate collaborative impact.

Crisis Leadership - Examine human performance in a crisis and how leaders get others to adapt to extreme events in a connected world.

Effective Negotiations - Improve negotiation skills by learning and practicing a five-point negotiation framework that turns emotional obstacles into assets.

Strategic Communications - Identify core messages to communicate to various audiences and practice delivering them in challenging circumstances.

Policy Influencing - Learn how to influence policy discussions and decision makers in complex conditions.

Managing Risk -  Discussion on how organization deal with risk, preparedness and resilience.


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Dates: Nov. 2, 9, 15, 22, 29, Dec. 7, 14, 2022
Time: 9:00-11:00 AM
Tuition: $1,900

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Professional Benefits

  • Earn a Columbia University awarded Certification of Participation.
  • Participate in customized education designed by expert faculty and practitioners.
  • Understand the forces of a crisis that affects human performance.
  • Implement strategies for managing difficult challenges such as climate change and homeland security. 
  • Set conditions for cross-sector collaboration and coordination.
  • Refine professional and interpersonal management skills. 
  • Acquire better self-awareness and responsiveness to others through simulations.
  • Improve the ability to make critical decisions under stressful conditions. 
  • Observe and develop one’s communication and negotiation styles.
  • Develop a lasting network of leaders from around the country and the world.
  • Access a large collection of faculty-selected readings on key leadership development topics.


Columbia University Online Executive Education

Live 2-Hr. Online Sessions  
11/2/22 Course Introduction
Risk Assessment & Crisis Resilience
Joseph Pfeifer
Mihir Mysore
11/9/22 Cross-Sector Collaboration William Eimicke
11/15/22 Crisis Leadership Joseph Pfeifer
11/22/22 Influencing Policy Steven Cohen
11/29/22 Strategic Communications Joann Baney
12/7/22 Effective Negotiations Daniel Shapiro
12/14/22 Integrity and Strategic Response Jeh Johnson
Self Pace Activities  
  Pre-Recorded Lectures  
  Digital Case Studies  
  Online Discussions  
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Contact Us

Maria-Cecilia Barcellos Raible
Manager of Executive Education, Picker Center
[email protected]

420 W 118th St Room 400 | New York, NY 10027
+1 212-854-2710

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