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The Leadership Intensive

Jackson, WY

An Intensive Leadership Program

CWC and Silicon Couloir offer this intensive leadership program that combines theory and experiential practice

Program Overview:

The goal and purpose of the Leadership Intensive is to promote and create a greater depth of leadership capacity within the individuals, teams and organizations of the Jackson and surrounding communities.  The intensive will offer interested and selected participants the opportunity to study specific concepts of leadership that will enhance both their present positions and offer new perspectives toward development in their personal lives.  The course format will offer leadership theories and models while being highly experiential allowing participants the opportunity to put theory into direct practice.

Outcomes for the Leadership Intensive:
  • Examine and raise the overall leadership skill set of the participant
  • Understand leadership in teams
  • Develop effective followers
  • Understand systems thinking (process of understanding how things influence one another within a whole) and its application to leadership
  • Form a network of peers for continued learning and support
Sandy Schultz Hessler

Sandy Schultz Hessler brings a wealth of business and teaching experience to the front of the classroom. She has taught at Harvard, Tufts University and U. Miami Ohio and has been a successful entrepreneur and marketing professional. She states, "Creating a strong foundation for your business, that is the mission of the Start-Up Institute. Everything we do develops the knowledge, the synergy and the support to help you build a successful business."

Kat Smitthhammer Leadership Intensive facultyKat Smithhammer

Kat approaches life with curiosity, creativity and awe. She has a Master of Arts in Leadership and Training from Royal Roads University, a Bachelor of Arts in Education from Queen's University and a Bachelor of Arts from Trent University. She has been teaching facilitating, coaching and building highly effective teams in the office, the classroom and outdoors for over 20 years. She divides her time betwee the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS Pro) and her consulting business, Leadership at Play, LLC.She has led over 100 wilderness expeditions in North America, Argentina, Chile and Australia. Highlights include canyoneering the Shuttle Crew STS 122 during 100 year flood conditions and summiting Mt. Burney, Chile for the second time, 30 years after its first ascent. 

Allison Bergh, Leadership Intensive FacultyAllison Bergh

Allison started working for the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) in 1994, which she credits with developing her personal leadership style and inspiring her adventurous spirit. She launched Leadership at Play in 2010 with her business partner, Kat Smithhammer, with the goal of sharing their passion for helping individuals and teams develop their leadership capacity. Examples of Allison’s work include teaching a communication class to a NASA astronaut crew in the canyons of Utah, to facilitating a leadership development and teambuilding experience for the United Nations Development Programme. Allison currently sits on the Board of Womentum, whose flagship program is a women's mentoring program designed to effectuate meaningful social change for women. She lives in Wilson, WY, with her three dogs and always finds the time for wilderness adventures with friends. 



Self: Personal Leadership

Objective: To give participants an overview of leadership, their leadership style and provide a common language of leadership.

 Participants will:

  • Identify effective leadership behaviors & practice self-awareness
  • Identify leadership structure within groups (designated, peer, self)
  • Be able to identify and speak to their personal leadership style
  • Understand the critical relationship between leadership and followership

Team: Leading Others

Objective: Understand the leadership/followership dynamics in teams and give participants diagnostic tools to intervene in groups

 Participants will:

  • Know how to intervene at appropriate levels during group dysfunction
  • Utilize effective communication strategies
  • Use effective communication strategies during interpersonal and group conflict

Systems: Seeing and understanding organizations

Objective: Understand why organizational structures behave the way they do, using Systems Theory (process of understanding how things influence one another within a whole).

 Participants will:

  • Understand the dynamics of Systems Theory
  • Identify the systems, in which participants are in leadership roles
  • Understand the dynamics of personal and organizational change

Course Format and Schedule


The course is designed for a cohort of 12-30 participants.  The program will consist of a 2.5-day* intensive for a total of 15 hours of instruction.  We will convene:

  • Thursday, January 18  5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  • Friday, January 19    9:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Saturday January 20    9:00 am - 4:00 pm


Location: Center for the Arts  Jackson, WY

Cost:  $395.00 per student

Class size:  Minimum 10, Maximum 25

Email Program Director Liza Millet at to reserve your spot now

*All days are mandatory for completion