Neeley School of Business

The Emerging Leaders Program

The role of the leader has never been more important. In an age of complexity and uncertainty, leaders at all levels can absolutely make a tremendous impact for their team, for their organization, and for their community. Accepting and navigating the challenges of leadership takes courage, creativity and a new range of capabilities focused at succeeding in a challenging and unpredictable landscape.

September 20 - October 25, 2022

Six live online sessions will be held Tuesdays from 11:00 a.m - 1:00 p.m. CST.

Cost: $1,895

* A 20 percent discount will be given to companies that enroll two or more employees.
* A 30 percent discount will be given to TCU Alumni and TCU Faculty/Staff.
* A 10 percent discount will be given to U.S. veterans and employees of non-profit organizations.

Who Should Attend?

Soon-To-Be, New-To-Role, and Early-in Career leaders and managers; Project leads and program managers.

What You Will Learn

Real-life leadership approaches, key leadership skills and practical approaches you can put in to practice immediately.

The Program Difference

Attend all live sessions virtually from the comfort of your office, from your own home, or from where ever you are. Each session will also be recorded to accommodate the demand and changes in your schedule as an emerging leader for your organization.

Engage with faculty, industry experts and your fellow participants in dynamic weekly live sessions designed to deepen your leadership capabilities, challenge your thinking, and create new connections with your classmates across the Neeley School of Business.

At TCU Neeley School of Business, our #1 rated MBA faculty create highly engaging learning environments that combine leading edge thinking with practical, real-word approaches. As a participant of the Emerging Leaders online learning program, you will engage weekly with our top-rated faculty and topic experts

Each week, expert faculty will cover a range of real-life approaches and tools that you can use immediately to meet the ongoing challenges and opportunities you encounter in your journey as an emerging leader.

  • At the conclusion of the Emerging Leaders program, you will participate in our Emerging Leader Case Competition – a challenging and fun opportunity to apply the program lessons in a team-based competition with your fellow participants.

As an alumnus of the Emerging Leaders program, you will have access to recorded classes, webinars, graduate seminars and more.

Program Schedule

  • 6 weeks
  • Tuesday sessions are live, interactive online classroom conversations. Structured to create discussion & connections, these sessions include self-assessments, recommended readings, case analysis, access to faculty and real-world scenario discussions.
  • TCU Emerging Leaders Program Certificate.


Program Topics

  • Challenges for New Leaders
  • Making the Transition
  • Leading in the '20's
by Abbie Shipp

  • Know Where You're Going and Why
  • Creating Context and Providing Focus
  • Building Accountability, Aligning Resources, and Navigating Challenges
Ann Bluntzer

  • Key communication skills for leaders
  • How to leverage important behavioral components when communicating
  • Mastering authentic, courageous and purposeful conversations
Matt Hirst

  • Challenges Across Generations
  • Motivating, Engaging and Inspiring Employees
  • Culture & Leadership Style
Jim Roach

  • Designing Dynamic & Highly Effective Teams
  • Operating Principles that Drive Agility & Innovation
  • Key Challenges for Leaders & Teams
Meghan Wright

  • Creating the Environment for Successful Coaching
  • Key Coaching Skills for Leaders
  • Navigating Critical Coaching Situations
Linda LaCoste


Faculty Leaders

Photo: Ann Bluntzer

Ann Bluntzer

Executive Director, Ralph Lowe Energy Institute
Associate Professor of Professional Practice
Management and Leadership Department

Dr. Ann Bluntzer is currently an Associate Professor of Professional Practice for TCU’s Neeley School of Business. She teaches in the department of Management and Leadership, primarily focusing on curriculum in transformational leadership, business ethics and the non-profit management space. She also teaches and advises for Neeley’s Energy MBA Program.

She currently serves on the TCU Energy Institute Board and Neeley’s Energy MBA Advisory Board. Dr. Bluntzer has taught leadership and management courses to various higher education institutions for over 20 years to include: University of South Carolina, Texas A&M University, University of Jakarta, Austin Business College, and Warsaw University of Life Sciences. She is President and Founder of The Agrarian, a strategic consulting business that specializes in land/real estate conservation and development, with notable clients such as The Nature Conservancy, United States Department of Agriculture, United States Department of Education, United States Agency for International Development, United States Marine Corps, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. She has also served in executive leadership positions with various nonprofit organizations globally. Dr. Bluntzer began her career serving in the Foreign Agriculture Service, for the United States Department of Agriculture and State. Some of her assignments included: Poland, Lithuania, Indonesia, and Australia.

Dr. Bluntzer holds a PhD in Organizational Leadership Management and Education Administration from the University of South Carolina, and a Master of Education in Leadership & International Studies and Bachelor’s in Agricultural Development from Texas A&M University.
Photo: Jim Roach

Jim Roach

Executive Director
Executive Education

Mr. Roach has 25 years of experience in corporate human resources leading learning and development programs to build leadership capabilities, enhance organizational effectiveness and deliver improved business results. He spent more than 20 years at Verizon leading the organization effectiveness initiative and developing custom leadership and functional development programs. He also spent 15 years leading executive education leadership certificate programs at SMU and five years leading programs for L-3 Link Simulation & Training. He has been honored with several teaching excellence awards and has designed and delivered courses on subjects such as executive presence and communication, authenticity, presentation style, leading in today’s business environment, learning agility, creativity and leadership, retaining top talent, and building and managing the employment relationship. He holds a BA and MS in economics from the University of Illinois.
Photo: Abbie Shipp

Abbie Shipp

Department Chair
Management and Leadership Department

Dr. Abbie Shipp is a Professor of Management and Faculty Director for “The Adaptive Leader” executive education program at the TCU Neeley School of Business. She is an award-winning professor, teaching graduate and executive audiences on topics such as adaptive leadership, employee engagement, and leading change. Her research focuses on the psychological experience of time at work including: how individuals think about the past/present/future, trajectories of work experiences over time, how individuals react to change, and how time is spent on work tasks. She has published a two-volume book on how time impacts work environments and she is currently an editorial board member of four premier journals in management. Dr. Shipp has previously taught at Texas A&M University and the University of North Carolina. In addition, she has worked for The Boeing Company, TV Guide, and as a consultant for companies of all sizes. Dr. Shipp holds a Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Photo: Matthew Hirst

Matthew Hirst

Organizational Development & Learning Leader

Matthew Hirst is a senior human resources, organizational development, and learning leader, talent strategist, coach, HR and talent consultant, university instructor, and organizational psychologist. He has over 20 years of mid- to senior-level experience in operations, employee relations, organizational readiness, talent planning, organizational communications, and leadership development, mostly within Fortune 500 retail and financial services organizations.

Matt is currently completing a Ph.D. dissertation in psychology, having already completed the coursework. He also holds a doctoral-level specialist degree in educational leadership, a master’s degree in management, and undergraduate degrees in management and finance. Matt works as an HR and talent consultant and teaches organizational behavior, contemporary management issues, organizational management, and HR strategy at UT Arlington and Texas Christian University.

Matt and his family live in Fort Worth, Texas. Matt served on the board of directors for the Grief and Loss Center of North Texas for five years, and he served five years as a board executive and president for ATD Dallas. He currently serves on the MSHRM advisory board for The University of Texas at Arlington, the EMBA advisory board at Texas Christian University, and the policy advisory board for the Northwest Independent School District. His community service also includes adoption advocacy and support, and he and his family have done dog rescue and foster for many years.

Photo: Meghan Wright

Meghan Wright

Assistant Professor of Management at Texas Wesleyan University

Since arriving in Texas in 2014, Dr. Meghan Wright has been involved in developing entrepreneurship programs around the Fort Worth area including having worked with notable organizations such as the United way of Tarrant County, Meals on Wheels and the City of Fort Worth. 

Her research is focused on women in leadership, the impact of technology and leadership agility on firm performance, and corporate innovation through diversity and inclusion and most recently, she developed a leadership program for early-career readiness and agility to be delivered to undergraduate students.

As a co-founder of Global Entrepreneurship Week in Fort Worth, Wright has played an integral role in developing this to be the top event in the country over the last 4 years. In addition to presenting at many academic conferences in the USA and Abroad, Wright also serves on the board of Accelerate DFW, a local entrepreneurship foundation.

Dr. Meghan Wright has an MS in Education from Western Illinois University and a Ph.D. in Organizational Development from Benedictine University. Currently, Meghan teaches at Texas Wesleyan University and at Texas Christian University, in the Neeley School of Business and the TCU Neeley Executive Education program. Her experience as an organizational development consultant and researcher informs her courses and customized programs.


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