Leadership Academy

Leadership Academy is a comprehensive, four-year program designed to develop Park Scholars’ leadership potential. Topics addressed are relevant to leadership across a variety of fields and organizations, including both the for-profit and non-profit sectors.

Leadership Academy comprises the following modules:


  • Counseling for Support and Success
  • Self-Awareness
  • Email Extinguisher
  • Diversity: Identities, Privilege, Emerging Topics, Structural Racism (5 sessions)


  • Implicit Bias
  • Team Development
  • Task Mastery
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Public Speaking
  • Building Your Fan Base


  • Concepts and Models
  • Having Difficult Conversations
  • Leadership Interview (Park Scholars interview leaders in their fields of study to build connections between theory and practice)
  • Motivating Others
  • Taking Risks and Failing Well


  • Ethics and Values
  • Collaboration within Conflict
  • Leadership and Diversity

Leadership Academy Presenters for 2020-2021

  • Angel Bowers, Director, Prevention Services, NC State
  • Tremaine Brittian, Director of Recruitment and Student Engagement, College of Natural Resources, NC State
  • Roger Callanan, Assistant Vice Provost Emeritus, Division of Academic and Student Affairs, NC State
  • Becky Cibulskis, Programs Specialist, Global Training Initiative, NC State
  • Stephanie Davis, Learning & Development Manager, Human Resources, NC State
  • Shaefny Grays, Interim Director, Community for Diversity, College of Natural Resources, NC State
  • Dan Grigg, Project Manager, Office of Information Technology, NC State
  • Karey Harwood, Associate Professor, Religious Studies and Women’s and Gender Studies, NC State
  • Delisha Hinton, Associate Director of Student Services for Recruitment and Diversity, Wilson College of Textiles, NC State
  • Joe Johnson, Student Diversity Coordinator, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, NC State
  • Jones Loflin, Author, Coach, and Public Speaker
  • Stan Martin, Senior Director of Outreach, Communications and Consulting, Office of Information Technology, NC State
  • Gene Melton, Senior Lecturer and Academic Advisor, Department of English, NC State
  • Kristin Murphy, Principal, Green Peak Partners
  • Marcey Rader, Founder, Marcey Rader Coaching, LLC
  • Anne White, Learning and Organizational Development Consultant, Human Resources, NC State
  • Katy Wilson, Assistant Director of Human Resources, College of Veterinary Medicine, NC State

Leadership Academy: Concepts and Models Coaches for 2020-2021

  • Katyna Borroto-Esoda, Managing Partner, KBE Consulting LLC; Member, Board of Visitors, NC State
  • Tom Foster, Owner & President, Commissioning WorCx
  • Representative Rosa Gill, District 33 Representative, North Carolina General Assembly
  • Ravila Gupta, CEO, Bagchi Group
  • Brian Harry, Corporate Vice President, Microsoft; Farmer, Minka Farm
  • Vivian Howard, Restaurateur, Chef & The Farmer, Benny’s Big Time, Lenoir, Handy & Hot; Television Host, Somewhere South
  • David Powers, Principal, Powers Strategies LLC; Member, Board of Governors, University of North Carolina
  • Oliver Schabenberger, Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer, and Chief Technology Officer, SAS Institute
  • Barton Strawn ’10, Project Lead, Coel Studio

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