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SMACNA Leadership Development Program

SMACNA Leadership Development Program

May 21-24, 2018

Executive Development
UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School
Chapel Hill, NC

About the Program

The SMACNA LDP experience provides career-minded executives and managers the opportunity to enhance career plans and prepare for senior leadership. We prepare you by taking a strategic approach to providing you with the right skills, knowledge and social awareness to launch your candidacy for promotion or business ownership.

Our course is designed to:

  • address the most pressing critical business challenges you’ll face in the next 3-5 years.
  • Identify critical industry trends that cause the most concern and create the most opportunities.
  • Help you better understand how changes in technology are affecting your business.
  • Demonstrate the capabilities/skills that will serve you the best in addressing business challenges.

Program Focus
UNC Leadership DevelopmentThe SMACNA LDP focuses on producing results that enable leaders to effectively manage constant innovation and continuous change. Anchored in the world of contracting, the program focuses on group diversity, application, and real-life learning simulations and networking experiences.

The Program addresses:

  • Leadership Style
  • Talent Management, Acquisition and Retention
  • Generational Differences
  • Change Management

Benefits to the Individual

  • Enhance leadership effectiveness, including self-awareness, and identify dominant leadership preferences and how to use those to one’s advantage.
  • Help to create a talent management plan.
  • Understand multigenerational characteristics and how best to motivate and manage each specific generation.
  • Create individual change goals and work to identify and avoid personal barriers to success.

Benefits to the Organization

Deepen leadership capabilities to drive strategic and operational performance,

Who should attend

The ideal candidate is an individual with a minimum of 5-7 years of leadership and/or management experience and have demonstrated a talent for future leadership roles within the organization.

About the Faculty

UNC Kenan-Flagler’s world-class professors partner to guide and coach program participants to think critically and creatively, work collaboratively, identify and enhance their personal strengths and sharpen their underdeveloped skills. This hands-on, intensive approach provides the kind of honest, critical, and individualized feedback that helps leaders achieve breakthrough performance.


Mabel Miguel
Clinical Professor of Organizational Behavior and Director of the Global Business Center

Mabel Miguel is professor of leadership and management and Director of the GBC and Global Education Initiative at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Kenan-Flagler Business School.  She leads global education programs and initiatives, and teaches core leadership and management skills to MBA, Executive MBA, MBA@UNC and global OneMBA® students. Read more about Mabel

Matthew PearsallMatthew Pearsall (Matt)
Associate Professor of Organizational Behavior

Matt Pearsall is an Associate Professor of Organizational Behavior and an award-winning teacher. He currently teaches Negotiations and Leadership in the full time MBA program. Read more about Matt.


JennJennifer Giordano (Jenn)
Affiliate Faculty, UNC Executive Development

Jennifer Giordano has over a decade of coaching and facilitation experience. She worked internally at Fortune 500 companies, and then launched her own coaching and training practice in 2009. Read more about Jenn.


John AustinJohn Austin (John)
Professor of Leadership Studies

John Austin works at the intersection of scholarship and practice as a professor in the School of Leadership Studies at Fielding Graduate University. Prior to that, Dr. Austin was a Principal at Decision Strategies International and a management professor at Penn State University and The University of Washington. He has taught executives at Georgetown University, Thunderbird School of International Management, Duke CE, and The Wharton School and he continues to teach executives at The University of North Carolina.  
Read more about John.


Registration and Hotel Information

Pool Patio at UNC's The Rizzo CenterUNC Executive Development’s unparalleled facility consistently ranks among the top facilities worldwide for executive education. The Rizzo Center combines sophisticated meeting space with a serene setting, integrated instructional technology, and award-winning service.

Surrounded by 30 acres of woodlands and landscaped grounds, the Center encourages fresh perspectives and creative thinking. Designed for adult learning, the retreat-like setting underscores UNC Executive Development’s commitment to delivering quality executive education and to support meaningful reflection and lasting learning.

The Rizzo Center is located less than 20 minutes from Raleigh-Durham International Airport. The University of North Carolina campus and downtown Chapel Hill are just 3 miles away.

A lounge at UNC's The Rizzo CenterAccommodations at the Rizzo Center include a spectacular hotel, meals and all the amenities offered by the hotel. Program participants will have accommodations made on their behalf by SMACNA at The Rizzo Center. See registration form for additional information.

The registration fee includes program materials, hotel accommodations (4 nights), breakfast / lunch / dinner each day, and transportation to offsite events.

This program is open to SMACNA members only.