Course Dates and Time

May 2-3, 2019   

10:00 a.m - 4:00 p.m.

 Course Cost

Regular Tuition: $1,995

Course cost includes a light breakfast, coffee breaks, lunch, and class materials. It does not include housing.

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Register for May 2nd-3rd, 2019

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The Leader as a Facilitator of Systemic Change 

In a more dynamic and connected world, command and control leadership approaches are no longer efficient as they were a few decades ago. This is because linear ways of thinking and implementing do not adapt to the non-linear reality on the ground. Effective leaders must have the facilitation skills to organize environments that are designed to thrive in non-linear processes. This not only requires facilitating groups, but also thinking about the whole system as they provide direction.

In this interactive workshop, students will learn frameworks to help think through facilitating these change processes whether within their organizations or across diverse stakeholders. They will also get a chance to learn and practice facilitation techniques designed to help them lead groups in efficient, decision making processes. We will draw on resources from the work of the Heath brothers, Jim Collins and others.

Course Goals

By the end of the class, students will be able to:

  • Describe how to organize support for creating change;

  • Examine the different rational and emotional elements inherent in leading others;

  • Gain insight into what it takes to build successful inter-disciplinary coalitions; and

  • Understand and evaluate the important aspects of system thinking.

Target Audience

This course is for leaders in any public or private institution that feel stuck and know there are more efficient ways to achieve results with their teams. This could be:

  • Government employees doing herculean efforts navigating the bureaucracy of the system;
  • Managers at companies interested improving their bottom line while keeping employee morale high;

  • Professionals at non-profit wanting to channel their organization’s sense of purpose into new initiatives that generate high impact and revenue.



Andres Marquez-Lara is the Founder and President of Promethean Community, LLC, a social enterprise devoted to the facilitation of systemic change in Latin America and the Caribbean. His company designs interactive workshops for community and organizational leaders that strengthen and leverage collaboration, trust, and communication to create sustainable solutions to today’s complex challenges. Professor Marquez-Lara is also a Senior Fellow at the Center for Excellence in Public Leadership at the George Washington University, Faculty at the Executive Master in Policy Leadership at the Georgetown University McCourt School of Public Policy,  and a Visiting Lecturer at the Institute for Transformative Leadership at Georgetown University. He has collaborated with multiple national and international organizations to include the INCAE Business School in Costa Rica, the US Office of Personnel Management, the Inter-American Development Bank, and the DC Department of Mental Health. In 2014, Professor Marquez-Lara was named one of the emerging social innovators in North America by Ashoka/American Express; in 2011, he received the George C. Askew Award from the American Academy of Certified Public Managers for his team’s exceptional curriculum development. Professor Marquez-Lara earned a BA in psychology from Duke University, and a graduate degree in clinical community psychology from the Universidad Católica Andrés Bello in Caracas, Venezuela.


Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

Students who complete this course will earn 1.2 continuing education units.

Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) Alignment

The content of this course covers competencies addressed by the following ECQs: Leading Change; Leading People; Building Coalitions.

Ready to Lead?


Register for May 2nd-3rd, 2019

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Additional Executive Institute Courses

Develop new skills by participating in another short course this year.


Questions? Contact Our Executive Education Team

Whether you are looking to broaden your skill set or are seeking to customize an educational experience for a group of employees, we can help you find or build the right program to fit your needs, schedule, and budget.

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