Skip to content

Leadership Institute

Asset 3

 The Institute was established over 40 years ago by the Springfield Regional Chamber to teach mid- and upper-level managers the crucial thinking and problem solving skills needed to enable them to be effective leaders in service to the community and in their workplaces. In 1982, a partnership was formed between the Chamber and the Western New England University College of Business. This partnership to develop leadership skills in members of the business community continues today. The Institute is directed by Dean of the College of Business Sharianne Walker and Assistant Professor of Management Natalie Cotton-Nessler. 

The Springfield Leadership Institute focuses on developing core management and leadership skills for increasing personal and organizational effectiveness. This practical and applied program will equip you with the knowledge and skills to take your leadership to the next level and expand your professional and personal network: 

• A series of six workshops, facilitated by WesternNew England University faculty, will take you through a range of evidence-based tools and frameworks that you can apply immediately to your leadership practice. 

• You will have the opportunity to apply and extend your learning through peer coaching. 

This program is ideal for aspiring managers, new managers, and professionals who are interested in increasing their effectiveness and/or expanding their impact within or beyond their current role.

Receive a Free Graduate Course—Upon successfully completing the Leadership Institute you will be eligible to enroll in a free graduate course offered through the College of Business at Western New England University (subject to certain requirements). This is a value of $3,000 based on the 2023-2024 tuition rate of $1,000/credit.