Neeley School of Business

The Emerging Leaders Program

The role of the leader has never been more important. In an age of complexity and uncertainty, leaders at all levels can absolutely make a tremendous impact for their team, for their organization, and for their community. Accepting and navigating the challenges of leadership takes courage, creativity and a new range of capabilities focused at succeeding in a challenging and unpredictable landscape.

Spring 2022: March 22 – May 10

Seven live online sessions will be held Mondays from 11:00 a.m - 1:00 p.m. CST.

Cost: $1,895

* A 20 percent discount will be given to companies that enroll two or more employees.
* A 30 percent discount will be given to TCU Alumni and TCU Faculty/Staff.
* A 10 percent discount will be given to U.S. veterans and employees of non-profit organizations.

Who Should Attend?

Soon-To-Be, New-To-Role, and Early-in Career leaders and managers; Project leads and program managers.

What You Will Learn

Real-life leadership approaches, key leadership skills and practical approaches you can put in to practice immediately.

The Program Difference

Attend all live sessions virtually from the comfort of your office, from your own home, or from where ever you are. Each session will also be recorded to accommodate the demand and changes in your schedule as an emerging leader for your organization.

Engage with faculty, industry experts and your fellow participants in dynamic weekly live sessions designed to deepen your leadership capabilities, challenge your thinking, and create new connections with your classmates across the Neeley School of Business.

At TCU Neeley School of Business, our #1 rated MBA faculty create highly engaging learning environments that combine leading edge thinking with practical, real-word approaches. As a participant of the Emerging Leaders online learning program, you will engage weekly with our top-rated faculty and topic experts

Each week, expert faculty will cover a range of real-life approaches and tools that you can use immediately to meet the ongoing challenges and opportunities you encounter in your journey as an emerging leader.

  • At the conclusion of the Emerging Leaders program, you will participate in our Emerging Leader Case Competition – a challenging and fun opportunity to apply the program lessons in a team-based competition with your fellow participants.
  • We will also follow up the program 3 – 4 months later with a Virtual Leadership – giving you the opportunity to engage with our faculty and your peers again as you apply the topics you learned in the program to your real-life role as an emerging leader.

As an alumnus of the Emerging Leaders program, you will have access to recorded classes, webinars, graduate seminars and more.

Program Schedule

  • 7 weeks
  • Monday sessions are live, interactive online classroom conversations. Structured to create discussion & connections, they will also be recorded to provide both flexibility and a learning resource that can be accessed again later.
  • Includes self-assessments, recommended readings, case analysis, access to faculty and real-world scenario discussions.
  • Capstone session with real-world emerging leadership case discussion and review.
  • Post Program Virtual Application Workshop – “3 Key Challenges or Questions for Emerging Leaders”.
  • TCU Emerging Leaders Program Certificate.


Program Topics

  • Challenges for New Leaders
  • Making the Transition
  • Leading in the '20's
by Abbie Shipp

  • Challenges Across Generations
  • Motivating, Engaging and Inspiring Employees
  • Culture & Leadership Style
Jim Roach

  • Know Where You're Going and Why
  • Creating Context and Providing Focus
  • Building Accountability, Aligning Resources, and Navigating Challenges
Ann Bluntzer

  • Designing Dynamic & Highly Effective Teams
  • Operating Principles that Drive Agility & Innovation
  • Key Challenges for Leaders & Teams
Brad Harris

  • Key Communication skills for Leaders
  • Creating a High Impact Communications Culture
  • Mastering Difficult Conversations
Greg Stephens

  • Creating the Environment for Successful Coaching
  • Key Coaching Skills for Leaders
  • Navigating Critical Coaching Situations
Linda LaCoste

  • Captstone session
  • Real-world case-based discussion and review
Jim Roach


Faculty Leaders

Photo: Ann Bluntzer

Ann Bluntzer

Acting Director, Ralph Lowe Energy Institute
Associate Professor of Professional Practice
Management and Leadership Department

Dr. Ann Bluntzer is currently an Associate Professor of Professional Practice for TCU’s Neeley School of Business. She teaches in the department of Management and Leadership, primarily focusing on curriculum in transformational leadership, business ethics and the non-profit management space. She also teaches and advises for Neeley’s Energy MBA Program.

She currently serves on the TCU Energy Institute Board and Neeley’s Energy MBA Advisory Board. Dr. Bluntzer has taught leadership and management courses to various higher education institutions for over 20 years to include: University of South Carolina, Texas A&M University, University of Jakarta, Austin Business College, and Warsaw University of Life Sciences. She is President and Founder of The Agrarian, a strategic consulting business that specializes in land/real estate conservation and development, with notable clients such as The Nature Conservancy, United States Department of Agriculture, United States Department of Education, United States Agency for International Development, United States Marine Corps, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. She has also served in executive leadership positions with various nonprofit organizations globally. Dr. Bluntzer began her career serving in the Foreign Agriculture Service, for the United States Department of Agriculture and State. Some of her assignments included: Poland, Lithuania, Indonesia, and Australia.

Dr. Bluntzer holds a PhD in Organizational Leadership Management and Education Administration from the University of South Carolina, and a Master of Education in Leadership & International Studies and Bachelor’s in Agricultural Development from Texas A&M University.
Photo: Brad Harris

Brad Harris

Associate Professor
Academic Director, BNSF Neeley Leadership Program
Management and Leadership Department

Brad Harris is an Associate Professor of Management and Leadership in the Neeley School of Business at TCU. He is an award-winning teacher and researcher with focal interests in leadership, groups/teams, and individuals’ organizational transitions (e.g., newcomer, socialization, turnover, boomerang employees). Brad is currently an associate editor at two respected journals and serves on several other leading journal editorial boards. His work has been featured in leading scholarly and popular press outlets, including the Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Applied Psychology, Personnel Psychology, Journal of Management, The Leadership Quarterly, Harvard Business Review, The New York Times, and Fast Company. He has also co-authored a book (with Brad Kirkman), titled 3D Team Leadership: A New Approach for Complex Teams (Stanford University Press). He earned his Ph.D. in Management from Texas A&M University and was previously a faculty member at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Photo: Jim Roach

Jim Roach

Executive Director
Executive Education

Mr. Roach has 25 years of experience in corporate human resources leading learning and development programs to build leadership capabilities, enhance organizational effectiveness and deliver improved business results. He spent more than 20 years at Verizon leading the organization effectiveness initiative and developing custom leadership and functional development programs. He also spent 15 years leading executive education leadership certificate programs at SMU and five years leading programs for L-3 Link Simulation & Training. He has been honored with several teaching excellence awards and has designed and delivered courses on subjects such as executive presence and communication, authenticity, presentation style, leading in today’s business environment, learning agility, creativity and leadership, retaining top talent, and building and managing the employment relationship. He holds a BA and MS in economics from the University of Illinois.
Photo: Abbie Shipp

Abbie Shipp

Department Chair
Management and Leadership Department

Dr. Abbie Shipp is a Professor of Management and Faculty Director for “The Adaptive Leader” executive education program at the TCU Neeley School of Business. She is an award-winning professor, teaching graduate and executive audiences on topics such as adaptive leadership, employee engagement, and leading change. Her research focuses on the psychological experience of time at work including: how individuals think about the past/present/future, trajectories of work experiences over time, how individuals react to change, and how time is spent on work tasks. She has published a two-volume book on how time impacts work environments and she is currently an editorial board member of four premier journals in management. Dr. Shipp has previously taught at Texas A&M University and the University of North Carolina. In addition, she has worked for The Boeing Company, TV Guide, and as a consultant for companies of all sizes. Dr. Shipp holds a Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Photo: Gregory Stephens

Gregory Stephens

Associate Professor
Management and Leadership Department

Dr. Stephens is a Texas court qualified mediator, an ombudsman for the Academy of Management and a sought-after management coach. He conducts training and facilitation for numerous organizations as an expert in dialogue/communication, negotiation, conflict management, team-building and other key management skills. His research on leadership development, work-life balance, cross-cultural management and other topics has been published in prominent professional journals. He holds a BS in psychology and MBA from Brigham Young University and a PhD in management from the University of California-Irvine. Dr. Stephens teaches both undergraduate and graduates classes at TCU and has been honored with several TCU teaching awards. He is the academic director of the BNSF Neeley Leadership Program.


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