Leadership programs are development platforms for all levels of leadership, from individual contributors to those managing teams and cross-functional groups.

Leadership Development Programs

Connex Leadership creates customized Leadership Development Programs in many contexts. From select divisions to company-wide groups and from cross-functional teams of any size to targeted high potentials, our goal is to create a platform for leveraging cultural impact. Our approach provides experiential coach-supported sessions where participants come away with new practiced skill sets to transform their real-life business results.

The Why of Leadership Development

Leadership Development plays a critical role in the human dynamics to achieve an organization’s strategic goals. Key pivot points that can be enhanced with a leadership development program include:

  • Prepare strategically for an expanded growth phase
  • Leverage current human capital to achieve specific goals
  • Empower high-potential leaders for next leadership level
  • Define and enhance cultural norms
  • Create common language and framework for leadership challenges
  • Unify divisions to create aligned working agreements
  • Define and increase employee engagement
  • Provide a valued employee benefit while meeting company-wide strategic goals

The How of Leadership Development Programs

Our customized programs are designed for you and your goals, addressing immediate needs and developing a platform for future growth. Program components may include:

  • Assessment programs with business simulations utilizing professional actors
  • Teaching and practice of core leadership models
  • Immersive team building exercises
  • Facilitated work sessions
  • Small group coaching*
  • Peer support sessions*
  • Learning modules spanning a wide variety of leadership topics*

*Can be delivered virtually or in-person.

Leadership exists at all levels in an organization. It is available to be nurtured and grown within every individual.


What our clients say about us

“Debra and team designed, developed and deployed one of our organizations' most impactful leadership development and change management programs. My team was a 1,000+ product, technology and information systems organization, which was geographically distributed. We were going through significant changes and dealing with major pressures to transform capabilities and leadership skills, while at the same time lower costs and increase output. The highly effective leadership program was deployed to 100 of our top managers and leaders. It was done cost effectively using a continuous model that combined face-to-face meetings along with ongoing virtual and online interactions. The process brought our key managers new skills in leadership, change management, collaboration and innovation. It raised morale tremendously and set the stage for significant changes moving forward.”

Rob Wrubel | EVP, Apollo Group (2011-2014)

“Debra's experience as a seasoned executive coupled with her leadership coaching experience made her an excellent partner for the Innovation organization at Apollo Education Group. Debra was a key advisor for the leadership team in developing programs and designing and facilitating off-sites. Her partnership and facilitation brought the leadership team more aligned with a unified vision and plan. Debra was instrumental in helping leaders understand their key strengths and blind spots, and brought the leadership team together to create a high performing team.”

Maria Weaver | VP, IT Planning & Operations
Apollo Group (2011-2013)

“Debra has been a valuable and trusted partner in designing and delivering our coaching, team, and leadership development initiatives over the past four years. We have had the opportunity to design content and delivery approaches for two Leadership Development Programs for our top leaders and management teams. Debra quickly developed a deep understanding of our organization, and applied that understanding, along with proven methods and leadership models, to help craft customized programs that have supported significant growth in our leadership capabilities. Having been a chief executive herself, Debra brings both a strategic and organizational skill set that sets her apart from other leadership development professionals. She is impeccable with her commitments and an overall pleasure to work with.”

Stacy Colby-King | Senior Vice President
Human Resources and Corporate Operations
Recurrent Energy (2010-2016)