Chief of Staff Seminar

The role of Chief of Staff continues to grow in corporate and nonprofit America. While responsibilities of this role vary from organization to organization, within organizations, and even between predecessors and successors, common challenges exist across the board. Chiefs of Staff are inspired and inspiring professionals, dedicated to the success of their executives and their organizations. They are leaders, eager learners, selfless with their time and energy, and masters of navigating sensitive situations.

In this seminar, we have curated the most relevant content from both the highly regarded Communications Academy CRA has conducted at Sundance for nearly 15 years, with our behavior-based knowledge from Admired Leadership. We will offer insights into the competencies and behaviors that make Chiefs of Staff more effective leaders, advisors to the c-suite, and internal champions for their organizations. Rooted in a contrarian perspective of leadership and communication, the seminar will cover content and provide a forum around key topics relevant to today’s Chief of Staff and include individual coaching hours for participants.

Jorge Ortega and Julia Merrill, Managing Directors of CRA’s Strategic Communication Practice, will lead a developmental discussion across the following areas:

  • Establishing Trusted Advisory Relationships
  • Building Credibility and Having Greater Influence Through Your Leadership Style
  • Becoming Internal Champions of the Organization
  • Communicating During Times of Change, Ambiguity, and Sensitivity
  • Mastering Your Time and Energy

CRA Partners and Managing Directors with a minimum of 10 years advisory experience in Fortune 50 organizations lead each Seminar, and Seminars will typically include a variety of other CRA staff and clients who lend texture to the discussion. The agenda spans one and one-half days, with the content intentionally limited to six discussions – the goal is to engage a smaller number of more meaningful issues with depth. While individual Seminars can vary, a typical agenda is:

    Thursday, April 13

    • 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. | Content sessions
    • 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. | Lunch break
    • 1:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. | Content sessions with breaks
    • 6:30 p.m. | Group happy / coffee hour

    Friday, April 14

    • 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. | Content sessions
    • 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. | Lunch break
    • 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. | Content sessions with breaks

    For additional information or to enroll, please contact our Event Coordinator at 610-644-5597 or