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Monique McKay, LL.B, LL.M
Assistant to the President,
University Ombuds
Edward Hall 211
Telephone: 239-590-1022
Fax: 239-590-7407

Dr. Debra Giambo
Faculty Ombuds
Merwin Hall 273


Florida Gulf Coast University
Edwards Hall, Room 211
10501 FGCU Boulevard, South
Fort Myers, Florida 33965-6565

(239) 590-1022, or via TTY: 711
Fax: 239-590-7407

Leadership Enrichment Program


Florida Gulf Coast University


Florida SouthWestern State College

Leadership Enrichment Program

Florida Gulf Coast University and Florida SouthWestern State College collaborate to provide an interactive leadership program to help staff and faculty enhance leadership competencies and embrace the challenges of leading in a post-secondary environment.

The Leadership Enrichment Program is designed to:

  • Increase self-awareness about individual leadership style, skills, and impact on others;
  • Improve communication, conflict resolution and management skills, and relationship-building skills for inspiring, engaging and motivating other team members;
  • Design a capstone project that demonstrates understandings about the skills learned throughout the program; and
  • Build campus-wide networks and increase understandings, partnerships, and alignment with FGCU’s and FSW’s missions.


The program focuses on five themes:

  • Leaders as models. Great leaders demonstrate excellence and encourage others to follow goals, adopt principles about how others should be treated, and create opportunities for success.
  • Leaders inspire a shared vision. Great leaders have a clear vision about what the future should hold, are passionate about that ideal image, and get others excited about sharing in working towards that vision.
  • Leaders as change agents. Great leaders are innovative, take calculated risks, are strategic decision-makers, and learn from mistakes and failure.
  • Leaders as collaborators. Great leaders are strong team builders and understand the value of respect, strengthening and empowering others, and fostering collaboration.
  • Leaders are principled. Great leaders have strong, positive values and demonstrate principled decision-making and actions.


Session 1 - September 22, 2017 @ FSW - Team Building and Introduction to Project

Session 2 - October 6, 2017 @FGCU Communication and Conflict Resolution Skills

Session 3 - October 27, 2017 @FGCU Understanding Diversity and Inclusion

Session - 4 November 17, 2017 @FSW Leadership Qualities; Understanding your style and your impact on others

Session 5 - January 19, 2018 @ FSW Understanding Higher Education; Financial, Legislative and Legal Considerations

Session 6 - February 16, 2018 @FGCU The Importance of Community Engagement and Building Relationships

Session 7 - March 16, 2018 @FSW Student Engagement and Understanding the Academic Operations of a University

Session 8 - April 4, 2018 @FGCU Wrap up; presentation of projects

The first session will be an all day, interactive team-building exercise and will be held from 9-4. Participants should wear comfortable clothing. All remaining sessions will be held from 9-12. We will hold the program at both FSW and FGCU. Room locations will be sent to participants at the beginning of the program.


Program participants must:

  • Be a full-time employee at Florida Gulf Coast University or Florida Southwest State College;
  • Have at least a Bachelor's degree; Master's or other higher degree preferred;
  • Make a commitment to attend all sessions of the program; and
  • Have permission from their supervisor to participate in the program.

Selection Criteria

Representatives from FGCU and FSW will review the applications and select the participants based on the written statement, educational background, and years of experience in higher education.


LEADERSHIP ENRICHMENT PROGRAM APPLICATION  (Please click here for the application form and select ‘Save’ or ‘Save as’ if prompted)  The deadline is September 1, 2017 at 12pm.  


For more information contact Monique McKay, Florida Gulf Coast University Ombuds & Assistant to the President at or 239-590-1022


Susan Bronstein, Director of Human Resources at Florida SouthWestern State College at or 239-489-9357