The Executive Assistant Leadership Program

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Introduction & Background:

The Executive Assistant Leadership Program is a 4-day training program focusing on professional and personal growth. Through a series of interconnected sessions, you will develop the essential skills relating to your role as an Executive Assistant, allowing you to better understand your own potential, and the potential of others around you.

The program will begin with a 3-day retreat at Elk Ridge Resort. With the peace and seclusion this environment offers, you will be able to fully immerse yourself in the teachings from expert facilitators and interactions with other participants. The program is followed up with 1 day of training in Saskatoon, followed by one-on-one consultations with facilitators on the final day. 

Click here for information on each session. 

Key Learning Objectives:

This highly engaging program provides you with the opportunity to:

  • Deepen your understanding of the fundamental roles of leadership and the supporting practices that will help you to build your capacity to influence others 
  • Improve your communication skills, confidence, and ability to manage difficult conversations
  • Learn how to manage others’ expectations of you and communicate with different audiences to get results
  • Focus on and develop personal renewal practices to sustain your long-term effectiveness
  • Gain greater self-awareness and understanding of others through the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator Step II, and explore its links to leadership, communication, understanding differences,
    dealing with stress, and managing time

Over the course of the program, participants will:

  • Complete and perform an in-depth analysis of the MBTI Step II assessment
  • Actively learn and engage through collaborative breakout activities and sessions
  • Use professional development tools and scenarios to emphasize lessons and learning
  • Engage in daily fitness activities to return focus to a healthy and balanced lifestyle
  • Spend 3 days in the peace and seclusion of Elk Ridge Resort
  • Have time to collaborate, learn, and network with other colleagues from the University of Saskatchewan
  • Receive practical tools and real-time assessments to monitor growth in between March and April sessions
  • Have one-on-one consultations with facilitators to discuss goals, progress, and deepen learning

Instructor Profiles:

Dr. Ruth Kinzel, Co-owner/Consultant, Kinzel Cadrin & Associates

Ruth Kinzel is a workplace change agent and educator. Her passion lies in process as she works with others to build their collective and personal capacities. Ruth’s process skills are combined with content expertise in organizational culture and change, human relations, group dynamics, conflict, leadership, performance management, equity and diversity issues, and applied research. She holds a Ph.D. in Applied Social Psychology, has extensive training from the NTL Institute for Applied Behavioural Science, and is a Certified Human Resource Professional (CHRP). Ruth is a founding member of the U of S Conflict Management Team, a Professional Affiliate of the U of S Department of Psychology, and a faculty member in Royal Roads University’s Peace and Conflict Studies graduate program in Conflict Analysis and Management. She sits on the Saskatchewan Council of Human Resource Associations (SCHRA) and has been an active volunteer in many capacities for more than 25 years.  At home and at work, Ruth fosters deep awareness and ease of well-being.  She is an insightful analyst in complex and ambiguous situations, working with organizations to support business excellence.

Mr. Bruno Konecsni, Assistant Professor, Edwards School of Business

Bruno Konescni is the former Senior Human Resources Director at the University of Saskatchewan. In prior years, he was employed at Sears Canada Ltd. in a number of managerial and leadership roles.  With over thirty years’ experience in human resources, Bruno has performed a variety of specialist functions as part of his goal of becoming a senior human resources generalist.  He has focused his activities in the areas of personal effectiveness, leadership, alternate dispute resolution processes, and developing collaborative workplace relationships.  He is an experienced facilitator and coach with an engaging and personable style.  Bruno also volunteers his time to the community by supporting the Saskatchewan Abilities Council and in particular, Camp Easter Seal, through his involvement with the Draggins Rod and Custom Car Club.

Ms. Rita Priestley, Consultant focusing on Organizational Renewal and Strategic HR Management

Rita Priestley is a consultant specializing in creativity, organizational renewal, and strategic human resource management.  She is a qualified user of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator and the Kirton Adaption Innovation Inventory (KAI).  She was voted YWCA Woman of the Year Award for recognition of her expertise in business, labour, and professions.  An experienced adult educator, she has won national teaching awards and is an invited faculty member to annual creative problem-solving institutes at several national and international universities. Rita has also been involved as a creative problem solving workshop leader for private and public sector businesses in Canada and the US. Using MBTI, KAI, and Creative Problem Solving, she has facilitated courses, seminars, and retreats for leaders from education and business from countries all over the world.

Program Fees

$3,750 plus GST

Take advantage of this special introductory price!

 Refund Policy

  • Participants may withdraw from this course at any time, however, a $800 administration fee will be charged for withdrawing from the course up to 14 days prior to course start date.
  • No refunds will be processed after this time.
  • Non-attendance does not constitute notice of withdrawal.