Applications Open August 1, 2019 
Deadlines: March 15, 2020 (International Applications), April 15, 2020 (Domestic Applications)

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ECPL students begin the program in August, fulfilling the requirements for their program over the course of 12-months. A tentative course schedule is as follows:

Fall Semester (6 Credits)

This course examines the institutions that play major roles in the federal public policy process, including the presidency, the bureaucracy, the Congress, and the courts. Key stages of the policy-making process are analyzed, including agenda-setting, policy formulation, debate and deliberation, and implementation. Particular attention is paid to the external environment, including the political context that executives must operate in, outside factors (interest groups, the media), the motivations of key institutional players, and the aspects of the process where executives can effect change.
ECQ Alignment: Leading Change, Results Driven, Building Coalitions

Healy ClassFaculty: Dr. Nuku Ofori

Dr. Nuku Ofori is an Assistant Teaching Professor and Associate Faculty Director of the National Urban Fellows program. Prior to his teaching appointment, Dr. Ofori was an adjunct faculty member at Georgetown's McCourt School of Public Policy and American University's Department of Sociology. Dr. Ofori also served as a senior advisor in the Obama Administration to Secretary Hillary Clinton and John Kerry respectively. As an expert specializing in sociology and public policy, Dr. Ofori led a broad range of policy and legislative initiatives pertaining to foreign affairs, international security, international trade, and immigration. Notably, Dr. Ofori was an integral member of the crisis management teams that served as a conduit between U.S. embassies, Congress, and foreign governments for the Yemen Crisis of 2015, the Egyptian Revolution of 2011, and the Boston Marathon Bombing of 2013. Prior to accepting his political appointment, Dr. Ofori served as Legislative Director and Counsel to former appropriator Congressman Chaka Fattah. In addition, Dr. Ofori authored and ghost-authored articles on numerous topics, including an article about fundamental tax reform published in the Harvard Journal on Legislation. Dr. Ofori holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology and Political Science from Baylor University, a Juris Doctorate from Temple University’s Beasley School of Law, certifications from the United States Naval War College in National Security Decision Making and Joint Maritime Operations, and a Ph.D. in Sociology from American University.
This course examines the communication needs, styles, and challenges of today’s leaders. It focuses on the value and effectiveness of executive communication within a strategic organizational context as well as across boundaries in the global environment. It explores techniques used by national leaders and C-suite executives to enhance your ability to influence and persuade. The course also offers the opportunity to speak in a learning environment and to receive personalized feedback and coaching. It will sharpen your ability to build credibility and trust with your audience members, and to "gain their ears" such that they will remember what you have said. Building on lessons from psychology, communication, organizational behavior, politics, and cognitive science, this course distills the most important skills and qualities of effective communication in a rapidly changing global landscape.
ECQ Alignment: Leading Change, Leading People, Building Coalitions

Robert L. Trayhnam IIFaculty: Robert L. Trayhnam II

Robert Traynham is a respected political veteran and communications expert, who, for nearly two decades, has designed and executed impactful communications, marketing and external campaigns for elected leaders, political organizations, non-profits and Fortune 50 companies such as Wal-Mart, Comcast and currently Facebook. Dr. Traynham is currently the Head of External Affairs for Facebook in their Washington, DC offices where he oversees the external engagement relationships on behalf of the company to reporters, non-profit leaders, universities and other thought leaders across the country. For over 20 years, Dr. Traynham has been at the intersection of communications, technology, politics and public policy. He has revolutionized the integration of data-driven communications with digital and campaign style organizing to improve reputations, manage crises and drive people to action. He has successfully relaunched a news network; restored the reputation of a multinational retail institution; reshaped a national storyline on behalf of a leading United State Senator; and successfully managed an ongoing global crisis in communications for a well-known consumer technology platform. Dr. Traynham is a frequent public speaker and remains active in academia, having served as an assistant dean at Georgetown University and as a lecturer at George Mason and George Washington Universities, and is currently on Faculty at Georgetown University. As an appointed member of the Council of Trustees of Cheyney University, he serves the board of the oldest school of higher education among the country’s historically black colleges and universities. In 2019, Dr. Traynham was inducted into the Royal Society of Arts in London, England for his research on Anglo-American Transatlantic research. He earned his PhD in history at the University of Aberdeen, Kings College, Scotland. In his spare time, Traynham enjoys photography, kayaking, biking and good olive oil.


Spring Semester (6 Credits)

This course is an intensive, skills-based seminar that provides an analytical approach to creating and claiming more value in negotiations while strengthening individual and organizational relationships. Readings, interactive simulations, and class discussions provide students with a theoretical framework to prepare, conduct, and review negotiations in a range of sectors and cultural contexts.  The conflict management component of the course explores the sources of conflict, as well as tools for managing interpersonal dynamics in scenarios such as performance reviews, interdepartmental collaboration, and partnering with external organizations.
ECQ Alignment: Leading Change, Leading People, Building Coalitions

Ron ChristieFaculty: Professor Ron Christie

Ron Christie is Founder and CEO of Christie Strategies LLC, an independent strategic advocacy firm to advise clients on policy and strategic communications. Christie Strategies’ primary client is Twitter and its CEO Jack Dorsey as well as the head of People and Communications. Before founding Christie Strategies, Ron served as Vice President of Navigators LLC, a strategic consulting and communications firm where he was responsible for multiple Fortune 500 companies. From 2002 to 2004, he was Acting Director of USA Freedom Corps and special assistant to President George W. Bush. He began service at the White House in 2001 as deputy assistant to Vice President Cheney for domestic policy. Ron served as senior advisor to former House Budget Committee Chairman John Kasich from 1992 to 1999. Ron is an Adjunct Professor at the McCourt School of Public Policy and the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University. A native of Palo Alto, California, Ron received his B.A. from Haverford College and his J.D. from the George Washington University. He is the author of three books: Blackwards: How Black Leadership is Returning America to the Days of Separate But Equal (2012), Acting White: The Birth and Death of a Racial Slur (2010), and Black in the White House (2006). Ron is a frequent commentator on current political events and is a political analyst for BBC World in North America. The BBC will air Ron’s documentary on the first two years of the Trump presidency on January 9, 2019. Ron is SAG-AFTRA eligible as a background actor; you can catch him in the 2015 seasons of House of Cards and VEEP. In 2011, he was commissioned as a member of the Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels -- same Order as Colonel Sanders.

Rachel Milner GillersFaculty: Professor Rachel Milner Gillers

Rachel Milner Gillers is a conflict management consultant, mediator, and trainer. She is an Adjunct Professor of Negotiation and Mediation at the McCourt School of Public Policy and at Georgetown’s Law School, and she has trained mediators at the Harvard Mediation Program. Rachel has helped clients including the U.S. Department of Justice, the U.S. Department of the Interior, Procter & Gamble, Pfizer, and to identify and overcome interpersonal and organizational barriers to reaching agreement. Her areas of special interest and expertise include international development, workplace conflict, and gender and negotiation.  She has worked extensively within the United Nations system to train senior staff in negotiation and conflict management and has assisted the International Monetary Fund with conflict resolution capacity building for managers in both domestic and foreign mission contexts. Rachel has facilitated complex multi-stakeholder consensus building processes, including the U.S. Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative, a cross-sector effort driven by representatives from the extractive industries, government, and civil society. She holds joint Master’s degrees from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and Harvard Divinity School.
This course focuses on budgeting and financial management at the federal level of the US government from a managerial and policy perspective. It highlights the players, the process, and the politics of the fiscal and budgetary systems and the relationships to public policies. Students will explore practical applications of budgeting, strategic planning, financial reporting, management controls, and performance measurement to gain knowledge for planning, controlling, monitoring, and analyzing federal government operations and programs.
ECQ Alignment: Leading Change, Results Driven, Business Acumen

Healy ClassFaculty: Professor Adrienne L. Ferguson

Ms. Adrienne L. Ferguson is the Acting Department Chair, Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Academy and Professor of Practice at the National Defense University (NDU), College of Information and Cyberspace at Fort McNair military base in Washington, DC. She teaches Federal financial management courses to senior civilian and military leaders within the government in areas such as Federal budgeting and accounting; enterprise risk management, auditing, and internal controls; financial reporting and policy development; and performance management and strategic planning. Prior to working at NDU, Adrienne was an Assistant Vice President at Yale University, supporting the Yale CFO by implementing finance policies and strategies for the University. Before joining Yale, Adrienne served in a series of leadership positions at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Headquarters; the Department of Defense; and the Department of the Navy. She has over 35 years of government service. Adrienne is a member of the Association of Government Accountants, and the American Society of Military Comptrollers, where she lectures several times a year to hundreds of participants on various topics of interest to government leaders. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Grambling State University, Grambling, LA, and a Master’s degree in Public Administration from the American University, Washington, DC.

Summer Semester (3 Credits)

This course focuses on strategies and frameworks for decision making in today’s world of interconnection and dynamic change. It examines the relationships between strategic thinking, strategic planning, and decision making, recognizing that the wicked problems of today often cross disciplinary boundaries and geographic borders. Traditional approaches to decision making such as the analytic model and cost benefit analysis are compared to new approaches such as intuition and systems thinking. The course also examines the information rich world of executives, and addresses strategies for leveraging the abundance of information rather than being overwhelmed by it. Recent findings in cognitive and neuroscience are discussed and their implications for effective decision making explored.
ECQ Alignment: Leading Change, Results Driven, Business Acumen

Jeffrey GlickFaculty: Dr. Jeffrey Glick

Dr. Jeffrey Glick has over thirty years of senior management experience working across the governmental, private sector and international communities developing and directing a wide range of emergency management and national security programs. In addition, he has extensive experience leading and participating in response and recovery operations from natural and technological disasters as well as acts of terrorism and special events. Currently, Dr. Glick is a Senior Advisor to the Director of Cybersecurity in the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). He is also chief of the Interoperability Communications and Technical Assistance Program where he directs communications experts across the United States to develop and strengthen communications and emergency response and recovery capabilities at all governmental levels and with non-governmental organizations, critical infrastructures, and first responders. Previous to his current position, Dr. Glick worked as a Senior Policy Advisor for Emergency Programs in the Office of Science and Technology Policy, Executive Office of the President. Earlier he was responsible for the Office of Critical Infrastructure Protection, DHS, responsible for developing and coordinating emergency communications across federal agencies and private sector critical infrastructures in response to disasters or terrorism events. Dr. Glick worked for 20 years at the Federal Emergency Management Agency in various managerial positions developing plans, operational and response concepts and capabilities. To stay in physical shape for disaster work, Dr. Glick is an avid bicycler, biking 20 miles a day. Dr. Glick holds a PhD in Engineering Management from the George Washington University, an MA in National Resource Strategy from the National Defense University, and an MA in Social Service Administration from the University of Chicago.

Geoff SeaverFaculty: Dr. Geoff Seaver

Dr. Seaver is a full professor at the National Defense University in Washington, D.C. where he has held multiple key roles in creating, building, and leading executive education programs. Dr. Seaver is a recognized subject matter expert in enterprise strategic performance management, futures and foresight planning, and systems and design thinking. He has taught a wide variety of in-person, hybrid, and distributed learning courses, and has mentored multiple students through their capstone thesis or Master’s degree. During his twenty year career as a U.S. Naval Officer (active-duty and reserve), Dr. Seaver served as a strategic and operational logistics planner for both Naval and Joint military forces. He held a variety of leadership positions, including Commanding Officer, Executive Officer, and Department Head for several Naval Reserve Units. He earned his PhD in Public Administration from the George Washington University. He holds a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies from the U.S. Naval War College, a Master of Science in Systems Management from the University of Southern California’s Viterbi School of Engineering, an Master of Public Administration from San Diego State University, and a Bachelor in General Studies (Computer Science) from the University of Kansas. Dr. Seaver is frequently an invited speaker on the topics of foresight, systems thinking, and real-world scholarship; he presents regularly at the Academy of Management Annual Meeting.