The Art and Science of Leadership – 2024

Gift of Life Institute is pleased to offer "The Art and Science of Leadership: Driving Results for Donation and Transplantation Professionals" (ASOL). May 6-9, 2024 at the Lodge at Union League Liberty Hill (Lafayette Hill, PA), June 24, 2024 at AOPO National Meeting (optional - San Antonio, TX) and November 13-14, 2024 at Gift of Life Institute (Philadelphia, PA).

Gift of Life Institute invites you to join us for this multi-faceted certificate program specifically designed for both emerging and experienced leaders who are looking to increase their management skills and strategic perspective, take on additional responsibilities, and seek to be effective in their organization.

This unique course pairs:

  • Academic expertise from two of the world’s leading universities – Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and Fox School of Business at Temple University.
  • Deep industry knowledge from leaders in the organ and tissue donation field.

May 6-9, 2024 (Lodge at Union League Liberty Hill, Lafayette Hill, PA): Participants gain a cross-functional view of various topics ranging from “Design Thinking” to “Transformative Change” through sessions led by Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, Fox School of Business at Temple University, and Moussa Consulting.

June 24, 2024 Optional Session (AOPO Annual Meeting, San Antonio, TX): TBA

July-October, 2024 (Remote):  Designed to complement the May sessions with a more tactical approach, these sessions will be led by Fox School of Business at Temple University faculty and OPO leaders.

November 13-14, 2024 (Gift of Life Institute, Philadelphia, PA): With the assistance of a coach, students will deliver individual capstone projects that address a challenge specific to their organization. We will end with an interactive session on “Beyond Emotional Intelligence” presented by Faisal Kahn, Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania faculty.

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Course Highlights

  • Learn from leaders in the field of academia and organ procurement.
  • Partner with an organ or tissue donation expert (current and former OPO CEOs and high level executives) to develop a capstone project plan that addresses a current challenge within your OPO.
  • Includes both in-person and remote sessions.
  • Join a dynamic learning community of 170+ current and former ASOL learners from 24 OPOs.

Read what others who have taken the course have said:

“Appreciate the ability/opportunity to speak about general leadership and organizational experiences, in addition to capstone coaching. The ability to connect with a long-time leader in the industry was one of the most valuable parts of this program.”

“. . . Attending the ASOL opened a new world of ideas for me, and provided tangible, real-life examples of how to lead, how to develop and mentor others, how to manage projects, and how to shape and transform organizational culture.”

“The capstone project is akin to building a business case to support a project or decision, which is often needed in a leadership role. The opportunity to build and defend a business case with the scrutiny of peers and leaders from across the organ procurement industry is a valuable one.”

“In addition to providing me with actionable leadership skills, the ASOL has given me a confidence I otherwise would not have had. . .”

“Linda was the perfect match for me. I am eternally thankful I was paired with her and loved how well she guided me through the program’s expectations. She made time for me, guided me, remained humble and offered advice that was relevant and impactful.”

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Dr. Tiffenia Archie has worked in higher education for almost 30 years in a variety of positions. Affectionately known as “Tiff,” students and colleagues look to her for direction in advancing social justice.

Though she lectures on a number of topics, most of her research involves issues related to race, class and gender, with a focus on minority faculty, staff, and student recruitment and retention, racial microaggressions, and African-American Muslim women and veiling. Archie holds undergraduate degrees in psychology and sociology and earned her PhD in sociology from Temple.

Jim Austin, a former senior executive at Baxter Healthcare, combines business strategy and organizational development theory with extensive industry experience.  His expertise is in working with senior management on strategic planning, organizational change, strategy execution and new business growth. In June 2016, Springer published his book, “Leading Strategic Change in an Era of Healthcare Transformation,” co-authored with two other Brown University faculty, for healthcare leaders trying to drive transformational change in their institution. In April 2018, the Health Administration Press published Jim’s second book, Transformative Planning: How Your Healthcare Organization Can Strategize for an Uncertain Future.

Todd Henshaw is a Senior Fellow, Center for Leadership and Change Management, The Wharton School. Prior to coming to Wharton, Todd was a Professor at Columbia University, and Academy Professor and Director of Leadership Programs at the United States Military Academy at West Point. A key architect of West Point’s Leadership Development System, Todd also served as the inaugural Director of the Eisenhower Leader Development Program, a graduate partnership with Columbia University that prepares Army captains to develop future officers.

Michelle Histand is the founder of Inkling Design Collaborative, a consultancy focused on working with organizations of all sizes to rethink and redesign programs, processes, services and culture. She also serves as the Deputy Director for Ready.Set.Philly!, a collaborative effort between business leaders, the Chamber of Commerce of Greater Philadelphia, and the City of Philadelphia to bring workers back to the city following the COVID shutdown. 

Michelle is also the Executive Director of the M. Night Shyamalan Foundation, where she works with global leaders of emerging nonprofits who are using innovative practices to change their communities and combat poverty and injustice. Michelle identifies, vets, and supports Foundation leaders through the grant process.

Jackie Linton has more than 20 years of executive leadership experience and is President of JL HR Solutions, LLC, a full-service HR consulting firm focusing on talent management strategies; HR strategic planning; HR policies and process improvements; diversity and inclusion training and improvement strategies; and executive coaching.

During her career, Jackie has held leadership roles in operations, engineering, and human resources with a primary focus on process improvements in each of these areas.

Faisal Khan is the founder of 1ExtraordinaryLife, LLC, a business that helps organizations optimize their talent through research-based practices and data science. He specializes in leadership, employee engagement, employee well-being, and resilience.

In addition to his substantial leadership experience in corporate finance and technology, Faisal is an expert in applied positive psychology, the science of human flourishing, and its application in organizations. He helps individuals and organizations flourish through consulting, executive coaching and training.

Faisal holds master’s degrees from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School and School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, and a Master in Applied Positive Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania. He is a professional certified coach, and organization and relationship systems coach, and a certified certified Dare to Lead facilitator (based on the research of Brene’ Brown).

Mario Moussa is an award winning author, keynote speaker, and management consultant who advises senior leaders about top team effectiveness, organizational culture, and large-scale change initiatives. He has delivered workshops on leadership, strategic persuasion and collaboration to thousands of executives in New York, San Francisco, Beijing, Shanghai, Mumbai, Sao Paulo, London, Istanbul and other major cities around the world. His work has been featured on National Public Radio as well as in leading publications, including Time Magazine, Business Week, U.S. News and World Report, Fortune, Forbes, Inc., Entrepreneur, The Economist, The Financial Times, and The Philadelphia Inquirer. 

Rebecca (Becca) Smith is an assistant professor of marketing at the Fox School of Business and a project executive with Fox Management Consulting, where she manages consulting engagements and leads marketing strategy for the practice. She has professional experience in entrepreneurial ventures, marketing, sales and nonprofit fundraising. Her consulting experience includes market evaluation for a financial services software company, new market development for a regional lender, sales training for loan officers at a local community bank, a U.S. market entry strategy for an Australian beverage company, a business model and revenue strategy for a fashion-related social media app and a turnaround strategy for a local performing arts center. Becca earned an MBA from Temple and a BA in English from Loyola University, Chicago.


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Fees and Registration

Event Registration includes: Educational materials, five nights of lodging (three in May and two in November), event meals and activities. The cost for “The Art and Science of Leadership” program is $9,950.00. Click here to register.

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