Detailed Program Curriculum

Sessions will be taught by faculty from Willamette University's Atkinson Graduate School of Management and College of Law and industry practitioners.  Sessions will be highly interactive, using business decision cases to illustrate concepts and sharpen leadership skills.  Participants have the opportunity to exchange experiences with each other and view their roles in a new context. The program has historically been approved for 24 Oregon CLEs (18 general and 6 practice skills) and 23.5 Washington CLEs - 2016 CLE approval is pending.

Day One: Leadership and You

9:00am-9:15am: Opening and Introductions
9:15am-10:00am: Leadership Styles
  • What is Emotional Intelligence and why does it matter?
  • What are the Six Styles of Leadership and which ones work best?
10:00am-10:45am: PREP Personal Strengths Profile
  • Learn your Strengths and Challenges
10:45am-11:00am: BREAK
11:00am-12:00pm: PREP Personal Strengths Profile (cont'd)
  • Understand how to use and bridge differing Communications and Problem-solving Styles
12:00pm-1:00pm: LUNCH
1:00pm-2:00pm: 360 Feedback
  • What does it mean?
  • How can you use it?



Building a Successful Team

  • What is your vision?
  • Why use a coaching approach?

Understanding and Leading Change

  • What is change theory and why does it matter?
  • Using the ADKAR Change Model

Putting it Together into a Leadership Development Plan

4:45pm-5:00pm: Wrapping it up

Facilitator(s): Jo Smith

Day Two: Strategy and Project Management

8:30am-9:00am: Introductions and Context
9:00am-9:50am: Providing legal advice in context of business strategy
9:50am - 10:00am: BREAK
10:00am-11:30am: Managing risk through the lens of your company's business model and culture
11:30am-12:00pm: Case:  "Legal advice in a start-up's interactions with 3rd parties"
12:00pm-1:00pm: LUNCH
1:00pm-1:30pm: Case (cont'd)
1:30pm-2:30pm: Planning, Executing, Completing Projects
2:30pm-2:40pm: BREAK
2:40pm-3:00pm: Planning, Executing, Completing Projects (cont'd)
3:00pm-4:00pm: Managing issues and risks in the context of projects (key questions)
4:00pm-4:30pm: Change and Transition Management
4:30pm-5:00pm: Wrapping It All Up

Facilitator(s): Donald Nagle

Day Three: Legal Advice and Financial Reporting

9:00am-9:10am: Welcome and Introduction
9:10am-10:25am: How the balance sheet, the income statement and the statement of cash flows describe an organization
  • From transactions to financials, what each tells and how/where basic transactions and items are reflected in the financial statements
10:25am-10:35am: BREAK
10:35am-11:50am: Interpreting the balance sheet
  • Structure, key terms and indicators
11:50am-12:50pm: LUNCH
12:50pm-2:05pm: Interpreting the statement of income
  • Structure, key terms (margins, EBIT< EBITDA, net income, EPS, market cap) and indicators (margins and efficiency)
2:05pm-2:15pm: BREAK
2:15pm-3:30pm: Interpreting the cash flow statement
3:30pm-3:40pm: BREAK
3:40pm-4:55pm: How management decisions, reporting and governance intersect with law
  • How is financial information used?
  • Internal uses (P&L, bonuses, budgets)
  • External uses (reports to stakeholders)
  • GAAP, 10-K overview

Facilitator(s): Nicole Thibodeau, Assistant Professor of Accounting

Day Four: Financial Reporting (cont.) & Communication

9:00am-9:10pm: Learning objectives and review
9:10am-10:25am: The accounting and financial reporting environment
  • 10-K: components (identification, risk, mergers and acquisitions), management responsibilities, financial statements with footnotes, auditor reports, 10Qs, SoX, executive certifications
10:25am-10:35am: BREAK
10:35am-11:25am: Using accounting information to identify risks and to protect and enable
  • Contingent losses and commitments
  • Debt, equity and hybrid instruments

11:25am-11:35am: BREAK

11:35am-12:30pm: Additional topics in finance and accounting

  • Incentive compensation (income-based, equity, restricted equity, stock options and taxes, cashflows) and contracting
  • Mergers and acquisitions: valuations, purchase price allocation, goodwill, form of payment
12:30pm-1:30pm: LUNCH
1:30pm-4:30pm: Communicating with Business Decision Makers
  • Communicating General Counsel's role and value
  • Understanding and integrating into the business organization, culture and strategy
  • Framing advice for maximum effectiveness
  • Influencing and adding value

Facilitator(s): Nicole Thibodeau, Assistant Professor of Accounting and Geoff Guilfoy, Executive Professor