Thinking about GLA? Hear from colleagues via WebEx

Aug. 21, 2015

Thinking about GLA? Hear from colleagues via WebEx

Interested in applying for Global Leadership Academy (GLA) but not sure what to expect? Hear from colleagues who have been through it at any of three upcoming information sessions held via WebEx.

Launched during the 2011-12 academic year, the Global Leadership Academy is a Webster University employee leadership development program for faculty and staff created to invest in Webster's people and advance internal talent and leadership.

GLA fellows from throughout the global network work side by side as they explore leadership, increase their understanding of the global Webster network, and learn the value of leading from wherever they are in the University. The experience targets all four themes of the new strategic plan.

Learn more and apply through the Global Leadership Academy site. The deadline for applying for the 2016 cohort is Sept. 25, 2015. Applications are open to any faculty and staff from any Webster campus throughout the world.

Info Sessions with GLA Alumni

Three upcoming info sessions are scheduled, where you can hear from colleagues who completed the program and ask questions of these GLA alumni and the program directors:

Interested faculty and staff can also contact Holly Hubenschmidt, GLA co-director and head of Instruction, Liaison, and Reference Services, at

In Their Words

Here are a few reflections on the experience from recent GLA fellows:

"The Global Leadership Academy is an immensely valuable experience. The dedicated time we get to spend together really allows for collaboration and relationship building. Spending a week in Vienna was a transformational experience because together we navigated a foreign place and bonded over the common experiential learning experience. We ask our students to become global citizens, and this time together in Vienna gave us a glimpse of what a global citizen might look like. By visiting an international campus, we not only talk the talk, but we walk the walk of what we want a Webster student to gain by taking advantage of everything Webster has to offer."

-- Robin Assner, (GLA 2015), associate professor, Art, Design and Art History

"I’m honored to work for an institution that values the voices of its stakeholders - faculty, staff, students, and community. Webster’s commitment to an engaged institutional culture is demonstrated by its investment in the GLA and other collaborative ventures. Through GLA I have begun to realize the enormity of the challenges facing this institution - and higher education in general - but I also have a renewed enthusiasm for the future because of the inclusive, global approach that Webster is taking to deal with these challenges."

-- Linda Dahlgren (GLA 2013), development officer, Advancement

"GLA has been a transformative experience. This opportunity has opened my eyes and mind to new cultures, new people, new friendships and new ideas for the betterment of our Webster University Community as a whole. It's truly amazing to see how Webster's sense of community can transcend the globe. Webster students across the world want high quality educational experiences within an environment of professionalism and care. The GLA is truly instrumental in fostering and creating the leaders Webster needs for the next century."

-- Justin Barton, (GLA 2015), assistant director, First Year Experience

"I have grown over this past year. I thought I knew so much about Webster already having held several different roles in my time here, yet within the first day of the GLA, I realized I have so much more to learn and so much more to contribute and I am looking forward to both in the new role I have now taken on at Webster."

-- Lori Sharp, (GLA 2013), adjunct faculty administer, Global Internship Experience

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