Professional & Organizational Development

SLP Level 1

The Strategic Leadership Program (SLP) provides a comprehensive education in the essential elements of leadership, in general and specific to the University.

If you are a supervisor with at least one direct report who’s a permanent UW employee, you’re expected to attend SLP. Because SLP is centrally funded, there’s no cost to you or your department.

Objectives and curriculum

SLP was developed and is facilitated by Professional & Organizational Development (POD). The curriculum is designed to teach you how to be successful as a supervisor at the University and achieve exceptional performance from your staff.

This unique program combines self-awareness with organizational awareness, policy knowledge with interpersonal skills, and tactics with strategy. Content is organized around four integral aspects of management:

  • Self (competency assessment, communication styles, emotional intelligence, and diversity)
  • People (performance management, situational supervision, coaching, motivation, and employee development)
  • Teams (group dynamics, conflict resolution, decision making, and human resources basics)
  • Organizations (change management, organizational culture, and managing up)

Upcoming workshops and registration

Whether or not you’ve already received an invitation to attend SLP, you’re welcome to register for an upcoming workshop. In addition, as a new or newly promoted supervisor, you’re expected to attend SLP Supervisor Orientation as soon as possible after starting your supervisory role.

Upcoming offerings:

Wednesdays & Thursdays
March 11, 12, 18, & 19
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Wednesdays & Thursdays
May 6, 7, 13, & 14
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Wednesdays & Thursdays
June 3, 4, 10, & 11
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Please note that spaces in this program fill up quickly. If you determine you cannot attend the workshop for which you’ve registered, email promptly so that someone else may have your space.

To be eligible for Level 1 of the Strategic Leadership Program, you should have at least one FTE or three student employees who report to you. If you have any questions regarding your eligibility to participate please contact

Workshop completion and credit

SLP is a four-day workshop delivered on Wednesdays and Thursdays over a two-week period, and attendance is required on all days. To receive credit, you must be present for the entirety of day one and cannot miss more than one hour total of the remaining classroom time.

After completing the four-day training, you’ll receive a certificate from POD.