Professional Development & Continuing Education Programs

Leadership Development Program (LDP)

Certificate Program Overview

This innovative leadership development program provides senior leaders the opportunity to further develop their leadership abilities and succeed at the highest levels of their profession. It also provides the opportunity to enhance understanding of workplace culture as well as learning strategies, tactics, and management techniques. LDP is built to ensure participants are focused on enthusiastically returning to their workplace to immediately begin applying the skills learned in the classroom. The program offers:

• Mentorship & networking opportunities
• Discussions on real life issues and concerns
• Leadership skills assessment

Format & Curriculum

Course Format
The program is offered from May through September.  The class meets for a full day every other Monday.  The class takes place at Harrisburg University, 326 Market St., Harrisburg, PA. 

The program curriculum is based around case studies, team projects, role playing and scenario planning. Classes offer a “safe space” for senior leaders to discuss issues they may face in their positions while promoting inter-organizational collaboration. The following subject areas are covered:

• Leadership versus Management
• Team Building and Motivating Employees
• Working with Millennials (and other generations)
• Communicating Effectively with Coworkers and Customers
• Understanding and Working within the Organization’s Culture
• Business Relationship Management
• Successful Negotiation Techniques and Conflict Resolution
• Strategic Planning, Tactical Planning, and Setting Objectives, Measures and Initiatives
• Project Leadership and Project Management
• Data Driven Decision Making
• Continuous Process Improvement
• Managing Innovation & Change

"This is such a great program. We made great contacts in other agencies. We met some fantastic mentors. It was also an opportunity to learn a variety of leadership skills. We all have different strengths and weaknesses and this program really took that into account."

Session I

Inventory Review; Leadership versus Management; Next Generation Worker

Session II

Managing Innovation and Change; Team Building and Motivating Employees; Creating Citizen Centric Organization

Session III

Strategic Planning; Mentoring/Coaching Session

Session IV

Project Leadership and Project Management

Session V

Data-Driven Decision Making; Implementing Continuous Improvement

Session VI

Effective Communication

Session VII

Successful Negotiation Techniques and Conflict Resolution; Mentoring/Coaching Session

Session VIII

Program Evaluation – Planning Next Steps, Life-long Learning, & Where Do We Go From here? ; Graduation

Coaching & Mentoring

Program participants are divided in teams. Each team is assigned a mentor/coach. The mentor/coach meets with the team at least once collectively and at least once with each program participant individually.

Adrean Turner

Adrean Turner, “The Career Fulfillment Expert”, is a Certified Career Coach, Speaker, Business Consultant and Professional Development Trainer. As owner of Turner Coaching, Training and Consulting, LLC, she uses 23 years of experience in Management, Marketing, Operations, Teaching and Training to motivate and support clients to excel to achieve success.

Adrean hosts the daily syndicated podcast “F.I.T.® Tips for Success”. She is a Master Coach, with the Muse®, Trainer for the TriCounty Community Network and Instructor for Chambers throughout PA. Her passion for teaching has led to a 7-year career in academia. And she currently serves as an Adjunct Professor at Alvernia University. Adrean is a highly regarded public speaker for women’s groups, businesses and non-profit organizations.

Adrean received coaching certifications from the Life Purpose Institute, LLC. She holds a B.S. in Economics, a Master’s degree in Management and an MBA, all from the Pennsylvania State University.

Keith Chase

Keith Chase is a Senior Management Consultant with Gannett Fleming Inc. His managerial and executive leadership experience spans the public, private and nonprofit sectors. His professional interests include strategy, consensus building, leadership development, public policy, and public-private partnership formation.

Mary Soderberg

Mary Soderberg has 30 years of experience working and volunteering in Pennsylvania state government. In addition to serving as the Budget Secretary during the Rendell administration, she has been the Executive Director of the PA House Appropriations Committee, Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration for the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education, Executive Deputy Secretary of the Office of the Budget, and Budget Advisor to the Auditor General.

In 2014 she co-chaired the Wolf Transition Budget Deficit and Fiscal Stabilization Task Force and in 2015 she served on the Governor’s Task Force on Municipal Pensions.

Currently, Ms. Soderberg sits on the boards of the State Employees Retirement System, Pennsylvania Economic Development Financing Authority and the Pennsylvania Parks and Forests Foundation. She is the vice chair of the Friends of Pine Grove Furnace State Park.



To prepare for the Leadership Development Program, each participant will:
• Take a Personality Inventory
• Take a Leadership Skills Assessment
• Complete a short Personal Biography
• Identify one cross-organizational issue with which they have been involved.


Participants will be expected to complete readings and some written work prior to sessions.


Attendance at a minimum of 90% of the sessions is required.


Awarding of a certificate of completion will be based on a pass-fail assessment of the program’s curriculum, attendance, and project-based requirements.

Enrollment Fee

The enrollment fee for the program is $2,000 per individual. Payment is due after being admitted into the program. Instructions and details on how to submit payment will be given to those who have been approved into the program at a later date. 

Included in Program

Included with the course enrollment fee are light refreshments and lunch, which will be provided during each class.

Parking Information

Parking is not included in the enrollment fee. For information on parking and to view current hourly rates, please visit Standard Parking’s website at:

Contact US

David Myers

Alvernia University, Executive Director of O'Pake Institute

  • 610.790.2961

Kelly Powell Logan

Harrisburg University, Vice President Strategic Workforce Development & University Centers

  • 717.901.5171