Nevada Tribal Leadership Development Program

An Executive Education Program developed and delivered by the Nevada Leadership Program, part of the College of Business at the University of Nevada, Reno

Program Overview

The Nevada Tribal Leadership Development Program has been developed specifically for elected and appointed representatives and organizational leaders of Nevada’s various tribal councils and tribal communities.  The Program’s curriculum is designed to teach effective leadership and managerial skills.

Program participants will participate in a series of in-class residency sessions and receive a series of one-on-one coaching sessions with the Program’s faculty.  In addition to the one-on-one coaching sessions and in-class residencies that will include a number of small group exercises and instruction, Program participants will also be asked to develop a comprehensive organizational strategic plan for their organization and/or community as part of a Program-long project.

Program Curriculum and Schedule

  • Individual One-on-One Coaching Sessions

    Round 1:  January 22, 23, and 24, 2020

    Round 2:  February 19, 20, and 21, 2020

    Round 3:  June 17, 19, and 20, 2020

    Nevada Tribal Leadership Development Program faculty will schedule 30 minute individual one-on-one coaching sessions with each Program participant.  These individual one-on-one coaching sessions will occur before each of the two in-class residency sessions and after graduation.  The first round of one-on-one coaching sessions will focus on program orientation and individual assessment.  The second round of one-on-one coaching sessions will focus on the progress each individual Program participant is making on developing their organizational and/or community strategic plan.  The third round of one-on-one coaching sessions will focus on helping the Program participant implement their strategic plan’s implementation plan and will include a thorough Program assessment.

  • Two In-Class Residency Sessions:

    Session 1, Leadership and Managerial Functions and Development and Assessment of Public Policy

    February 6, 2020 and February 7, 2020 (Both days will be held on the main campus of the University of Nevada, Reno in Reno, Nevada)

     

    Day 1:  February 6, 2020

    • Self-Awareness: participants will receive a general introduction to the course including an outline of the basic assessments and activities that they will be expected to complete.
    • Individual Behavior and Characteristics: participants will receive general instruction into how organizational processes are impacted by various characteristics and individual behaviors, including specific leadership and managerial styles.  Specific topics to be addressed here include culture and diversity, communication and engagement, and creativity and innovation.
    • Group and Team Processes: participants will receive general instruction into how they can positively contribute to organizational processes and maintaining organizational structure.  Specific topics to be addressed here include decision-making, team approaches, and managing conflict and negotiation.
    • Strengthening Organizational Culture in the Context of Tribal Governance in Nevada: participants will participate in a number of discussions and small group exercises designed to provide the participant with a context for the remainder of this Program.  This will include specific group and individual discussion and assessment regarding Nation Building in Nevada and will cover a variety of topics ranging from the relationship between Nevada’s tribal communities and other local governments, the state government and various state agencies, and the federal government and various federal agencies.  Participants will be introduced to the specifics of strengthening indigenous governance structures, through both assessment and solution building, in Nevada’s Native American communities and tribal governments.
    • Development of Program Project, Part 1: as part of this Program, participants will develop a comprehensive organizational and/or community strategic plan for their organization and/or community.  Program participants will receive instruction on the fundamentals of comprehensive strategic planning including how to complete both an internal and external environmental scan and assessment and in the development of a strategic plan’s basic component parts including a set of core values, a strategic mission, a strategic vision, a set of strategic goals and objectives, an implementation plan, and an evaluation plan.

     

    Day 2:  February 7, 2020

    • Organizational Context, Part 1: participants will explore ways to combine and bridge the various topics discussed and presented during Day 1 of Session 1 of the Program in a way that positively contributes to organizational processes.  Specific topics to be addressed here include public policy analysis, project management, budgeting and finance, ethics, conducting efficient and effective meetings, influence and politics, and strategy and structure.
    • Organizational Context, Part 2: the second part of discussion and small group exercises centered around organizational context will focus on specific public policy assessment tools such as strategic planning, risk management, and even economic development.  The purpose of this second part is to introduce Program participants to a wide variety of organizational functions and best practices through case study assessment and presentation.
    • Development of Program Project, Part 2: as part of their group project, participants will be asked to develop an initial plan for completing the internal and external environmental assessment as part of their organizational and/or community strategic plan.  Program participants will be asked to develop a plan for engaging their organizational and/or community members in the strategic planning process that they will lead for their organization and/or community between Session 1 and Session 2 of this Program.

     

    Session 2, Implementation and Administration of Public Policy

    March 5, 2020 and March 6, 2020 (Both days will be held on the main campus of the University of Nevada, Reno in Reno, Nevada)

     

    Day 1:  March 5, 2020

    • Modernization of Organizational Functions: participants will be provided a general overview of how new technologies and communication processes, including the use of social media, can enhance both public accountability and responsibility and overall organizational efficiency and effectiveness in the implementation and administration of public policy.
    • Leadership in Implementation and Administration of Public Policy: participants will have the opportunity to revisit the various themes and topics discussed and reviewed during Session 1 of the Program in the context of implementation and administration of public policy.  Program participants will learn how different leadership and managerial styles can impact how successful public policy alternatives are implemented and administered and how different leadership and managerial styles can be institutionalized within the community and the governance structure of the organization.

     

    Day 2:  March 6, 2020

    • Implementation, Administration, and Sustainability: participants will have the opportunity to revisit the various themes and topics discussed and reviewed during Session 1 of the Program in the context of implementation and administration of public policy in a sustainable manner.  Program participants will learn how these different tools should be incorporated into public policy recommendations, how to successfully build support within the tribal government and throughout their community, and how to successfully manage the implementation process through effective governance, budgeting, goal measuring, and coalition building.
  • Graduation Ceremony and Dinner

    Graduation:  April 11, 2020 

    The Graduation Ceremony and Dinner will be held in Reno, Nevada.  Program participants will present an overview of their comprehensive organizational and/or community strategic plan during the graduation ceremony and dinner.

    Travel and accommodations for each of the two sessions and the graduation dinner are the responsibility of the Program participant and/or their organization.  A continental breakfast, morning refreshments and a lunch will be provided at no cost for each Program participant for each of the four days of in-class residency.  The graduation dinner will also be provided to the Program participant at no cost.  All additional meals and food are the responsibility of the Program participant and/or their organization.

Program Application

The Nevada Leadership Program is happy to announce full scholarships will be offered to the first cohort of the inaugural program year of the Nevada Tribal Leadership Development Program, a $4,500.00 value.  The first cohort of the inaugural program year of the Nevada Tribal Leadership Development Program is limited to 30 total enrolled participants.

In order to apply for enrollment, please submit a one-page letter and a one-page resume and/or curriculum vitae to Frederick Steinmann, Assistant Research Professor with the College of Business at the University of Nevada, Reno by email (fred@unr.edu).  Your one-page letter should detail why you have chosen to participate in the Nevada Tribal Leadership Program and, specifically, what you hope to get out of the Program and how you plan on using what you learn during the Program to better your organization and community.  Please include your full name, organization and contact information (mailing address, phone number, and email address) in your one-page letter and in your one-page resumes and/or curriculum vitae. 

Please submit your completed one-page letter and one page resume and/or curriculum vitae by Monday, December 30, 2019 by 5:00pm.

Admitted participants for the first cohort will be notified by mail Monday, January 13, 2020.

If you have any questions regarding this program and/or the application process, please feel free to contact Frederick Steinmann by email (fred@unr.edu) or by phone (775.784.1655) or Daphne Hooper by email (dhooper@CityofFernley.org) or by phone (775.784.9864).