We asked twenty-five senior level executives from ten health systems across the United States for their thoughts on what would constitute a valuable curriculum and learning experience.

To be an effective change leader, as these executives told us, requires the key competencies of emotional intelligence, vision, the ability to lead effective teams, and accountability. Executive respondents emphasized the need for highly interactive, practical experiences that enable leaders to immediately apply the lessons they learn.

We utilized that feedback and additional research to develop a rigorous and valuable curriculum that is reflected in the overview below:

  • The Experience – Course instructors and facilitators, with extensive leadership experience in some of the country’s most respected health systems and educational institutions, bring diverse and inspiring perspectives to class instruction, discussions, and individual program mentoring.
  • Relevant Case Studies – Case studies are selected from experiences in health systems and large businesses. Participants are asked to discuss current challenges from their own experience during small group discussions and shared learning experiences.
  • Coaching and Mentoring – Real-time coaching and mentoring is available from faculty throughout the course of the program.
  • Network and Alumni Program – Continuing connections with peers, Institute faculty, and inter-organization networking enables continued learning long after completion of the program.

A Unique Learning Environment

  • Approach – We believe that leaders learn best by doing, therefore the learning journey includes collective and individual work, practical case studies, simulations with real practice and feedback, and time for reflection to assimilate the learning. The program is designed to help participants increase their understanding and mastery of 1. Leading Self; 2. Leading Others; and 3. Leading the Business.
  • Venue – The program is conducted at the newly constructed Kem C. Gardner Transformation Center on the campus of Intermountain Medical Center. This state-of-the-art building, with commanding views of the stunning Wasatch Mountains, was carefully designed for the purposes of this program. It fosters an environment of collaborative learning, reflection, imagination, perspective, and insight.
  • Assessments – Leadership assessments are used to help leaders understand their starting place on the journey toward more effective and satisfying leadership.
  • Format – Two, intensive week-long forums (in October 2018 and January 2019) are held at the Intermountain Gardner Transformation Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. Forums are designed to allow participants to learn in exciting and innovative ways including: case study, simulation, and program mentoring.