Excellence Through Leadership

The Excellence Through Leadership (ETL) Program provides development for the university's senior leaders through a nine-month program, conducted in collaboration with Emory's Goizueta School of Business.

About this Program

Program Goals

The goals of the Excellence Through Leadership Program are to:

  • Strengthen leadership performance across the university
  • Establish a leadership pipeline for succession planning

Offered every other year, the program provides leadership development activities that:

  • Provide competency-based learning experiences and on-going development activities
  • Guide self-discovery and facilitate awareness of leadership strengths and development areas
  • Provide a forum for the exchange of ideas and the opportunity to build collaborative networks
  • Create leaders that serve as role models to others

Nomination and Selection Process

Candidates must be nominated by their Dean, Vice President or above level position. Each candidate must meet the following criteria to be considered for the program.

  • Hold the position of Director (or equivalent) or higher
  • Have at least one year of full-time service with Emory University
  • Demonstrate high performance in professional experience
  • Regarded as a high potential applicant for future advancement

Faculty members are eligible to participate in the program.

To identify potential candidates, the Director for Learning and Organizational Development and the Vice President for Human Resources will meet with Deans and Vice Presidents to discuss their talent and solicit nominations.

A selection committee will review the nominations and select participants for the program based on the leadership competencies as well as their diverse personal, educational and experiential backgrounds. For each program, 14-21 participants are invited representing a cross-section of the university community.


Attendance is mandatory for all ETL events including the orientation, kickoff, workshops and graduation. Interested employees are encouraged to review the Program-at-a-Glance to gain an understanding of the commitment that is required.

As part of this program, participants also work on a team to complete a group project. Projects usually addresses important strategic issues at Emory.

Project work requires a substantial commitment of time outside of the workshops.

View the 2022 ETL project presentations

View Program-at-a-glance


Participants will attend engaging, interactive sessions that explore 4 key areas of focus:

  1. People Focus: Interpersonal Skills and People Management
  2. Personal Focus: Personal Effectiveness and Integrity
  3. Business Focus: Strategic Thinking and Organizational Excellence
  4. Results Focus: Results Orientation

In addition to the workshop sessions, participants receive assessments and feedback, executive coaching, and work on group-based, strategic-level action learning projects.

Program Cost

There is no cost to participate in this program.


Anisthasia Carter, MPA, Director, Learning & Development