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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Registration is open for Spring 2019 LEAD Academy

We are now accepting registrations for Spring 2019 sessions of the LEAD Academy.

Classes will be held at Skagit Valley Hospital in Mount Vernon and Samaritan Healthcare in Moses Lake.

We are also offering an Advanced LEAD Academy at Samaritan Healthcare in Moses Lake.

To be added to the list to receive schedule information, or if you are interested in bringing LEAD Academy to your organization, please e-mail Mike Toney at

Below are descriptions and schedules for the LEAD Academy and Advanced LEAD Academy

LEAD Academy is an I​​ntensive six-day, 12-module training experience using innovative tools and experiential learning to empower recently hired, newly appointed or previously untrained health care leaders to better understand and use their strengths. Designed for health care supervisors and managers, LEAD is built on the underlying principle that effective leadership requires productive relationships to support excellence in patient care, sustainable business objectives and a safe patient environment.

LEAD Academy sessions provide a safe environment to practice newly learned skills and align work goals and actions to support the broader vision of the organization. Engaging activities guide participants through the process of understanding differing leadership styles and overcoming the distinct challenges of being a leader. Specific program focus areas include:

  • Self-development
  • Supporting the development of others
  • Managing and developing a successful organization
Session 1:  April 3, 2019 - Moses Lake 
                     April 26, 2019 - Mount Vernon
                     Module 1: From Peer, to Manager, to Leader
                     Module 2: Leading People Differently
Session 2:  May 20, 2019 - Moses Lake
                     May 23, 2019 - Mount Vernon 
                     Module 3: Leadership Communication Best Practices
                     Module 4: Coaching  Employees to Higher Performance
Session 3:  June 5, 2019 - Moses Lake
                    June 17, 2019 - Mount Vernon 
                    Module 5: Leading Others Through Change
                    Module 6: Managing Performance 
Session 4:  July 9, 2019  - Moses Lake
                    July 25, 2019 - Mount Vernon
                    Module 7: Planning and Running Effective Meetings
                    Module 8: Building and Leading Effective Teams
Session 5:  August 13, 2019 - Moses Lake
                     August 16, 2019 - Mount Vernon
                     Module 9: Resolving Interpersonal Conflict
                     Module 10: Organizing Your Time, Work and Priorities
Session 6:  September, 12, 2019 - Moses Lake
                     September, 13, 2019 - Mount Vernon 
                     Module 11: Why and How of Organizational Policies
                     Module 12: Business and Finance for Today’s Health Care Leaders
At the conclusion of the LEAD Academy, participating health care managers will be able to:
  • Improve the performance of the people and groups that report to them
  • Enhance their contribution to the achievement of facility and System objectives
  • Increase their own self management skills during everyday and stressful situations​

The total cost for the 6-day, 12-module program is $1,910. This includes breakfast and lunch each day, course materials, and a DISC assessment, as well as follow-up tools and a certificate of completion for each module. You also have the option of registering individually for each 2- module, day-long session. Session one is $365, while each of the following sessions are $315 per day. Preference is given to those who register for the full 12-module session.   
QUESTIONS If you have questions about this program, please call Beth Zborowski at (206) 577-1807 or e-mail           

Take your leadership to a new level with Advanced LEAD Academy. This three-day, six module program is the perfect next step for those who want exposure to more advanced skills, and for people who have basic leadership skills and want to explore their leadership potential. Six comprehensive training modules strengthen competencies and cultivate skills of leaders at any level of the organization interested in learning how to:
  • Balance strategic focus, operating objectives and interpersonal relationships
  • Target and identify opportunities for innovation and change
  • Manage and inspire the performance of their employees
  • Assess personal strengths and limitations to engage in continuous self-improvement
Session 1:  April 4, 2019 - Moses Lake 
                     Module 1: Advanced Leadership Strategies: EQ-i
                     Module 2: Negotiation as a Leadership Skill
Session  2:  May 21, 2019 - Moses Lake  
                     Module 3: Managing and Leading Effective Projects
                     Module 4: Successful Change
Session 3:  June 6, 2019 - Moses Lake  
                     Module 5: Coaching for Development
                     Module 6: Organizational Politics and Building Trust

The total cost for the 3-day, 6-module program is $900. This includes breakfast and lunch each day, course materials, as well as follow-up tools and a certificate of completion. You also have the option of registering individually for each 2- module, day-long session for $315 per day. 
Pamela Cunningham is a Six Sigma Black Belt skilled at blending the technical with the human side of high performance. A highly regarded trainer, Pam conducted leadership training for clinical and non-clinical managers for private- and public-sector health care organizations including Marquette General Health System, BCBS Michigan, Metro Healthcare and CIGNA. She also has advised hospital executives on how to quickly and effectively resolve various organizational issues in such organizations as Lutheran, St. Vincent and Baptist Hospitals.

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