Professional Learning Summits at Penn GSE are multi-day events that deliver experiential learning opportunities focused on teaching, learning, and leadership development.

What Sets Us Apart

  Connect and network with fellow educators and leaders
  Learn from world-class experts and faculty
 Engage in experiential and transformative learning activities

About the Program

Professional Learning Summits are highly experiential and engaging professional development experiences. During your time with us on campus, you will take part in networking opportunities, seminars and workshops led by Penn faculty and experts, connect and collaborate with past, current, and future certificate program participants, and get energized to teach and lead with passion, purpose, and skill.

Application deadline
April 5, 2024

Certificate:Penn GSE Certificate of Participation

Designed for mid-level and senior leaders in:

  • K-12 schools/districts
  • Higher Education
  • Non-profit 
  • Private/Corporate Learning & Development 
  • Human Resources
  • On-campus

Communication for the Modern Leader

April 19-20, 2024

Join us for a two-day, on-campus summit, to experience a comprehensive program designed to empower leaders with the skills and insights needed to communicate effectively, foster collaboration, and inspire high-performing teams. This program is tailored to help you align your communication approach with your unique leadership style, ensuring authenticity and impact.

Learning Goals:

  • Develop a personalized communication plan that aligns with your leadership style
  • Develop enhanced interpersonal communication skills
  • Practice active listening techniques to better understand others and respond empathetically
  • Identify methods to communicate effectively in culturally sensitive ways when communicating with diverse/global teams 
  • Identify ways to provide constructive feedback and coaching to help team members grow and succeed.
  • Implement storytelling as a powerful tool for conveying vision and motivating teams.
  • Gain insights into strategies for preventing conflicts before they arise
  • Learn how to foster strong communication within virtual teams, enhancing productivity and morale
  • Review techniques to influence and persuade others positively
  • Develop awareness around nonverbal cues and body language

Summit Enrollment and Cost:

Add-on for a current learner in a Fall '23 or Spring '24 program$500
Open Registration$1,300
Penn GSE Alumni & Penn Employees $1,040






Summit Agenda

Join us for an in-person, hands-on learning experience on campus at Penn GSE, located at 3700 Walnut Street, Philadelphia. 

Friday, April 19
1:30-2:00 p.m. Check-in 
2:00-5:00 p.m.Track 1: Communicating Through Changing TimesAntionnette McDermott
5:00-6:00 p.m.Networking Reception 
Saturday, April 20
8:30 - 9:00 a.m. Registration, coffee, and networking 
9:00 a.m. - noonTrack 2: Communication Through CareEmma Grigore 
Noon - 1:30 p.m.Lunch Break (optional campus tour) 
1:30 - 4:30 p.m.Track 3: Complex CommunicationDr. Cheryl Logan
4:30 - 5:30 p.m.Reflection and closing 

Our Faculty

Penn GSE Faculty Emma Grigore
Head of Human Resources, Wharton
M.L., Penn Carey Law
Penn GSE Faculty Cheryl J. Logan
Executive Director McGraw Center for Educational Leadership
Ed.D., University of Pennsylvania
Penn GSE Faculty Antionnette McDermott
Director of Graduate Program, Wharton Communication Program

Program Leadership

Alana Elkins, Ed.D.
Senior Associate Director & Portfolio Manager