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 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 and inclusion, negotiation, communication, conflict resolution, performance evaluation and accountability. Included are dynamic real-world exercises, translating learning objectives into practical leadership.

Available Dates:

  • April 24-25, 2024
  • University Hall on the University of Alabama campus, Tuscaloosa, AL


  • Early Bird Fee:  $424  (In effect until 3/23/2024)
  • Standard Fee:  $499
  • UA Employee: $424 (Call Registration Services at 205-348-3000 for discount)
  • Other Discounts Available: Please see the registration page or call Registration Services at 205-348-3000

Cancellation Policy:

A cancellation charge of 100% of the registration fee will be assessed on cancellations occurring within seven (7) days of the start of this session. Any changes to the session registration type (example: in-person to virtual or virtual to in-person) within seven (7) calendar days of the program will be assessed a $25.00 administrative fee.  Refunds will not be granted after the program has begun. The University of Alabama reserves the right to cancel, postpone or combine class sections, limit registration, or change instructors. Contact the Registration Services department at 205-348-3000 or to cancel your registration.  View the OTIDE Cancellation Policy.

This workshop will provide continuing education credits for CPAs and human resource professionals.

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.

You Will Learn To:

  • Apply the fundamentals of leadership competencies for developing high-performance organizations
  • Develop specific strategies for creating a culture of accountability and performance
  • Adapt 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: Negotiations and Influence Strategies – Part 2
Day 2
  • DEI, Performance Management and Accountability
  • Networking Lunch (Lunch Provided)
  • Resolving Conflict and Finding Solutions
  • Summary and Takeaways of Leadership Strategies

Workshop Leads:

Brandon Gibson's photo

Brandon Gibson

A talented and devoted athlete, Brandon Gibson has always savored the joy of being a champion. 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, He 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, 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. Prescott

Robert K. Prescott, Ph.D., SPHR, SHRM-SCP

Robert K. Prescott has spent 20 years in industry and over 16 years in teaching and consulting positions. His work experience spans from corporate engagement at the Office of Teaching Innovation and Digital Education at The University of Alabama to being director of executive education at Penn State, among many other positions.

In both corporate and academic settings, Bob has taught graduate-level courses in the doctorate, master of business administration and master of human resources programs. In addition, he has taught 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 bachelor’s degree in Marketing from The University of Alabama and a Ph.D. in Workforce Education and Development from The Pennsylvania State University.

Dr. Shanna Ullmann

Shanna Ullmann, Ph.D.

Shanna Ullmann specializes in 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.

Ullmann has over 25 years of hands-on human relations, executive education, and corporate training experience advising global corporations, universities, the U.S. military, and U.S. federal government organizations on leadership development, cross-cultural communications, diversity and harassment, professional etiquette and protocol, business communications, and mediation and workplace conflict resolution, among others.

Program Manager

Mary Patterson, CPA
Mary Patterson, CPA, SHRM-CP
Phone Number: 205-348-7049


Mary Patterson works in the Office of Teaching Innovation and Digital Education, Continuing Education and Lifelong Learning at The University of Alabama as Program Manager, where she assists the OTIDE team in designing and implementing professional development and training programs, industrial training programs, and executive education programs. She is a Certified Public Accountant as well as a certified professional in the Society for Human Resource Management. She works closely with HR departments to design custom training to enhance work objectives, increase productivity and build a positive culture.