The Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG) Institute for Regional Excellence (IRE) in partnership with the George Washington University (GWU) Center for Excellence in Public Leadership are offering one- and two-day leadership training courses this summer in finance, leadership, and strategic thinking.
Professionals employed by COG’s member jurisdictions and partnering agencies can register for these highly-rated programs at a discounted rate. These short courses are taught by “pracademics”—including those who have been senior leaders in local government.
COG/GWU Regional Training Courses
Front Line Leadership – July 18
A one-day class for supervisors and team leaders that focuses on the Five Practices of Exemplary leadership. Participants will conduct a self-assessment of their leadership capabilities, and walk away with individual leadership development plans.
Financial Management Basics for Non-Financial Managers – July 19-20
A two-day class for non-financial managers helps participants develop literacy in government finances—from budgeting and forecasting, to capital spending, to performance-based financial management.
Strategic Thinking in the 21st Century – August 6
A one-day class for professionals at any level that cultivates sharper strategic thinking. Participants will be introduced to methods for applying strategic thinking principles in their own organizations.
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GWU Open Class Offerings
In addition, COG affiliates and IRE REDP graduates can now access additional open course offerings by GWU—ranging from three-day workshops to certificate programs. These are also available at a discounted rate.
- Senior Leader Program
- Emerging Leaders Workshop
- Powerful Conversations: Communicating for Breakthrough Results Workshop
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Each year COG and GWU also partner to offer the IRE Regional Executive Development Program (REDP). Through this prestigious year-long program, more than 365 regional leaders have earned their Certified Public Managers designation.