Guided Discovery for Personal Leadership and Workplace Effectiveness (GDPLWE) Program

Stanislaus State is pleased to once again offer an exciting professional development opportunity this spring 2022 semester for any faculty, staff or administrator interested in participating in an engaging and facilitated self-discovery program designed to enhance personal leadership skills and create plans for further professional development and growth.

Participants will meet and learn from colleagues and an expert facilitator; hear and speak with panels of campus leaders and experts in different fields; utilize new tools to better understand leadership styles; and gain insights, skills and knowledge that will be beneficial personally and professionally. GDPLWE participants will meet on Zoom on eight Fridays from noon to 1 p.m. (see dates below).

The program will be led by Professor Annette Nellen from San José State University who launched a similar, very successful professional development program eight years ago that continues today at San José State University.

What’s involved:

  • Eight (8) Zoom meetings from noon to 1 p.m. (sessions will be recorded for participants).  Recommendation is that you are available to personally attend 6 out of the 8 scheduled Zoom sessions so you are able to participate in the discussions and receive the maximum benefit from the program:
    • Feb. 11 (meeting from 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.)
    • Feb. 25
    • March 11 and 25
    • April 8 and 22
    • May 6 and 20
  • Read, review and discuss two leadership strengths books that participants will receive at no cost:
    • Emotional Intelligence 2.0, Bradberry, T. & Greaves, J. Includes an online assessment tool.
    • The Essential Enneagram: The Definitive Personality Test and Self-Discovery Guide – Revised and Updated, Daniels, D. & Price, V.
  • It is expected that attendees participate in this optional and voluntary program by using non-work hours to read the two short books; eight lunch hours will be used to participate in discussions via Zoom. Since the lunch hour meetings will be recorded, it will be possible to view these facilitated conversations at a later date if occasional conflicts arise.
  • Opportunities to learn from fellow participants and campus leaders about leadership skills and ideas to practice and further develop a plan for professional growth and future accomplishments.
  • Option to attend occasional voluntary meetings (via Zoom) with colleagues in smaller groups to share ideas and plans.

President Ellen Junn is very pleased and supportive of this professional development opportunity and she encourages supervisors to support and allow staff to adjust their lunch hour to accommodate voluntary participation in the eight sessions over the course of the spring semester. Human Resources, Equal Opportunity and Compliance (HREOC) together with Academic Affairs and University Extended and International Education are covering all associated costs.

Questions? Please contact Nina Rocha or Marla Clark in HREOC.


Professor Annette Nellen, CPA Esq.

Leadership Journey Reflection Panel

Carolina Alfaro, Director of the Warrior Cross Cultural Center

Christine Erickson, Ed.D., Vice President for Student Affairs 

Richard Ogle, Ph.D., Provost & Vice President for Academic Affairs

Miguel Pulido, M.A., P.P.S., Interim Director of Admissions and Outreach Services

Rosalee Rush, Ph.D., Sr. AVP for Communications, Marketing and Media Relations