What is the Contemporary Leadership & Management (CLM) Program? Utilizing contemporary leadership and management models, this training program focuses on competencies and techniques designed to improve job performance, increase personal commitment and fulfillment, and achieve organizational success.

Why should your cooperative or company send staff to these workshops?  It is important to invest in your employees. A Forbes article says, “People care if you take a genuine interest in their future. It helps build loyalty, and loyalty increases productivity. Good, talented people naturally want to advance, and appreciate meaningful support in the process.”

Who can attend?  All Employees – at any level – from those just beginning their careers with the cooperative to those who have years of experience working for the cooperative.

Are there any prerequisites required?   These workshops are designed as stand-alone sessions. There are no prerequisites. An employee may join the program at any time and take the workshops in any order. 

Does this program offer a certification?    Yes, there are two certificate levels.  Participation in the Certificate Program is optional.

    • Certificate of Completion, Level I:   Awarded upon completion of a total of 6 workshops
    • Certificate of Completion, Level II:   Awarded upon completion of a total of 9 additional workshops.

Can I receive continuing professional education credit for my attendance?   Yes, documentation confirming your attendance will be provided upon request. State boards have final authority on the acceptance of these continuing professional education credits. CPE: 6.6 credits

Who facilitates these workshops?  Sam Bruce, Master Professional Career Advisor, owner of Sapient Business Solutions, and a consultant to the University of Richmond’s Center for Career Management facilitates each workshop. He has designed and delivered these workshops to cooperative employees since 2011. Sam is a 30-year veteran of manufacturing leadership and brings that expertise to your staff.

How much does it cost to attend?

  • VMDAEC Members and Associate Members: $350 each
  • Non-VMDAEC Members: $420 each
  • Fees include facilitation, materials, lunch, break food and beverages

Email [email protected] or call (804) 346-3344.


2021 Workshops 

June 10 & 11: Interpersonal Skills Development
Virtual I 10th 1:00 – 4:00, 11th 9:00 – noon
Description: The strength and quality of relationships are fundamental to achieving success in your Cooperative. Being a leader requires learning and applying new skills in connecting and sustaining thriving relationships to achieve interpersonal-centered leadership in your Cooperative.
Deadline to Register: June 9th

July 20: Business Writing
Hybrid: Choose – Glen Allen, VA or Zoom 
9:00 – 3:30
Description: Writing is a fundamental business skill that can enhance your credibility and outcomes. Effective communications prevent miscommunications, save time and money and increase the likelihood that others will react appropriately thus improving effectiveness. (Formerly called Effective Business Writing)
Deadline to Register: July 16th

October 6: Communications in Leadership
Virtual I 9:00 – 3:30
Description: Communication is the greatest challenge confronting all leaders. In this workshop, we will actively participate in exercises designed to test our communication skills and understand barriers like body language, tone, pace and locations. This workshop will provide you with tools to increase the effectiveness of your communication. (Formerly called Effective Leadership in Communication)
Deadline to Register: October 5th

November 3: Failure Modes & Effects Analysis
Virtual I 9:00 – 3:30
Description: This FMEA workshop is an in-depth exploration of one of the most powerful tools in problem-solving. The FMEA tool is used in both process design and in existing processes. The FMEA is a tool to be used in the continuous improvement process and will introduce process mapping, supplier input and output charts as additional tools. (Formerly called Failure Modes & Effective Analysis (FMEA): An Advanced Problem-Solving Method)
Deadline to Register: November 2nd