A DIVISION OF THE L. DOUGLAS WILDER SCHOOL OF GOVERNMENT AND PUBLIC AFFAIRS

Services Offered

GEHLI Programs

VCU Leadership Development Program

The Virginia Commonwealth University Leadership Development Program is a 10-month program designed to enhance the knowledge, skills, and experience of current and emerging leaders who represent the academic and administrative units of the university and the VCU Health System.

Department Chairs Certification Program

Consistent with the goals of all leadership programs offered by The Grace E. Harris Leadership Institute, the Department Chairs Certification Program strengthens general leadership skills while also providing very specific information relevant to the department chair role.

HIGHER Ground Women's Leadership Development Program

The HIGHER Ground Women’s Leadership Development Program is a five-month leadership development experience for current and emerging women leaders who are committed to investing in themselves and their organizations.

Minority Political Leadership Institute

The Minority Political Leadership Institute is an intensive eight-month experience designed to promote leadership development for individuals interested in issues important to minority communities, including community economics, political climate, civic engagement and racial equity.

Training Solutions

The Grace E. Harris Leadership Institute provides training and education solutions to build the capacity of individuals, teams and organizations. The Institute uses existing models and custom-designed programs and services to create a product specifically shaped to meet the needs of clients. We offer various assessments that individuals and organizations can use to create productive teams and improve their work-life environment. Consultation, planning and facilitation services are available for organizations interested in short- and long-term training.

Services include:

  • Leadership assessments such as MBTI, the Leadership Circle, StrengthFinders and Change Style Indicator
  • Leader development
  • Organization development
  • Team building
  • Conflict resolution
  • Change management

Research Solutions

The Grace E. Harris Leadership Institute undertakes original scholarship, as well as customized research for sponsoring clients, including governmental agencies, educational organizations and nonprofits.

Services include:

  • Program evaluation and policy analysis
  • Quantitative and qualitative data analysis
  • Survey design
  • Field-based data collection such as focus groups
  • Needs assessment
  • Research consultation and support
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