Leadership Strategies of Champions

In this workshop you’ll learn foundational roles, skills and functions of champion leadership, influence, negotiation, conflict resolution and accountability.

Leadership Strategies of Champions

In this workshop you’ll learn foundational roles, skills and functions of champion leadership, influence, negotiation, conflict resolution and accountability.

Workshop Overview

“The greatest leader is not necessarily the one who does the greatest things. He is the one that gets the people to do the greatest things.” – Ronald Reagan

Champion leaders are those leaders of leaders who unleash talent to drive organizational success. They understand and utilize a delicate balance of hard and soft skills. Moving beyond merely knowing what to do, a true leader is deeply invested in how to do it.  In this workshop, you’ll learn foundational roles, skills, and functions of champion leadership, influence, negotiation, conflict resolution, and accountability. We’ll conclude with a dynamic real-world exercise, translating learning objectives into practical leadership.

Available Dates:

  • January 26 – 27, 2022 – Bryant Conference Center, Tuscaloosa, AL
  • Custom training available on-site or via Zoom Livestream – On your schedule!


  • Early Bird Fee: $339 (expires December 26, 2021)
  • Standard Workshop Fee: $399
  • UA Employee Discount: $279 (call Registration Services at 205-348-3000)
  • For other discounts, please see our registration page.
This workshop has been approved for 12 hours of behavioral CPE by the AL State Board of Public Accountancy.

Who Should Attend

Managers and leaders of all levels seeking to enhance their leadership skills with the purpose of achieving strategic results on behalf of individuals, teams and the organization.

What You Will Learn

  • Learn the fundamentals of leadership competencies for future skill development
  • Develop specific strategies for creating a culture of accountability and performance
  • Lessons learned from the great leadership champions of athletics
  • Comprehend necessary strategies for influencing, motivating and negotiating with others
  • Analyze the dynamics of conflict and appropriate resolution strategies
  • Evaluate planned actions targeted toward a results-oriented focus

Workshop Outline

Title Overview
Day 1
  • Management & Leadership Foundations: Roles, Skills and Functions – Part 1
  • Leadership Styles of Champions: Tying Action to Skills – Making the “Process” Work with Brandon Gibson (Lunch Provided)
  • Management & Leadership Foundations: Roles, Skills and Functions – Part 2
Day 2
  • Negotiation & Influence Strategies
  • Networking Lunch
  • Resolving Conflict and Finding Solutions
  • Summary and Takeaways of Leadership Strategies

Workshop Leads

Brandon Gibson

Brandon Gibson

A talented and devoted athlete, he has always savored the joy of being a champion. Gibson was a tri-sport athlete at UMS-Wright in Mobile where he was a member of state championship teams in football as well as track and field. He was a top-5 football recruit within the state of Alabama and signed a scholarship with The University of Alabama.  During his career with The Crimson Tide, Gibson received several awards and accolades including (2010 & 2011) Special Teams Player of the Year; (2011) the Jerry Duncan “I Like to Practice” Award; (2011) Charlie Compton Award, which recognizes Christian leadership. In addition to the individual recognition awards, Gibson was also a member of the 2009 & 2011 National Championship teams. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications (Public Relations) and a Master’s Degree in Sports Management.

Dr. Lou Marino

Dr. Lou Marino

Lou Marino is Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship and Strategic Management at The University of Alabama and serves as Department Head in the Department of Management in the Culverhouse College of Business. He received his Ph.D. from Indiana University, his MBA from SUNY Buffalo, and his undergraduate from SUNY Geneseo. His primary areas of research and teaching include Strategic Management and Entrepreneurship with subspecialties including strategic alliances, strategic management in small and medium enterprises, and new venture creation. His research has won two national Best Paper Awards and appears in top management journals such as the Academy of Management Journal, Journal of International Business Studies, and at the Babson Entrepreneurship Research Conference. In the teaching arena, Dr. Marino is an award-winning teacher who has taught in the MBA, Executive MBA, Ph.D., and undergraduate programs, and has developed cases and supplemental teaching materials for various courses. He currently teaches Strategic Management, Negotiations, and Entrepreneurship.

Dr. Prescott

Dr. Robert K. Prescott, SPHR, SHRM-SCP

Dr. Robert K. Prescott, SPHR, SHRM-SCP has spent twenty years in industry and sixteen years in teaching and consulting positions. Included in Bob’s rich experiences is work in Corporate Engagement at the College of Continuing Studies at The University of Alabama, Graduate Faculty of Management at the Crummer Graduate School of Business at Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida, Director of Executive Education at Penn State and Director of Human Resources for BellSouth Communications, Inc.

In both corporate and academic settings, Bob has taught graduate-level courses in the Executive Doctorate, MBA, and Master of Human Resources (MHR) programs and business application training in the areas of strategic leadership, organization behavior, influence strategies, human resource management, supervision, and enterprise consulting.  He is a native of Birmingham, Alabama, holds a B.S. in Marketing from the University of Alabama and a Ph.D. in Workforce Education and Development from The Pennsylvania State University.

Shanna Ullmann

Shanna Ullmann, Ph.D.

Shanna Ullmann is the founding partner of Transformation Partners, offering specialized consulting and employee learning and development programs empowering clients to be more successful in all aspects of their business engagements. She has worked with a wide range of professionals teaching them the art and practice of effective interactions and communications with clients and between colleagues.

Shanna has over 25 years of hands-on human relations, executive education, and corporate training experience advising global corporations, universities, the US military, and US Federal government organizations on Leadership Development, Strategic Planning, Constituent Engagement, Cross-Cultural Communications, Diversity and Harassment, Professional Etiquette and Protocol, Business Communications, and Mediation and Workplace Conflict Resolution.

Mary Patterson, CPA

Mary Patterson, CPA

Mary Patterson works in the College of Continuing Studies at The University of Alabama as Program Manager where she assists the CCS team in designing and implementing professional development and training programs, industrial training programs, offered in on-campus, on-site, or online venues. Ms. Patterson has a Bachelor’s degree in Business from the University of Alabama’s Culverhouse College of Commerce with a major in accounting. She is a Certified Public Accountant and stays abreast of current developments relevant to business owners including management, economics, accounting, taxation, and marketing. She worked previously as Director of the Alabama Entrepreneurial Research Network (AERN) in the Culverhouse College of Commerce to bring the resources from the University of Alabama down to the community level. She is a member of the Tuscaloosa Chapter of the Alabama Society of CPAs, the Culverhouse Commerce Executives Society, and the Southern Automotive Women’s Forum.