Leadership Strategies

of Champions

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:
    • October 29 - 30, 2019 - Bryant Conference Center, Tuscaloosa, AL
  • Pricing:
    • Early Bird - $339 (Expires September 29, 2019)
    • Standard - $399
    • UA Employee - $279 (Call 8-3000)
    • For additional pricing and discounts, visit the registration page.


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'll 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

  • Leadership Styles of Champions: Tying Action to Skills - Champs Win! with Martin Houston – (Lunch Provided)

  • 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 where he was a member of state championship teams in football as well as track & field. As a junior wide receiver at UMS, Gibson was voted team MVP, and then later named a permanent team captain for the Bulldogs. He was a top-5 football recruit within the state of Alabama. A few short months prior to his high school graduation, Gibson signed a scholarship with The University of Alabama. 

Tom Horvath

Tom Horvath

Tom Horvath’s professional career has taken him from the mailroom to the boardroom with roles ranging from Customer Service Rep to Chief Operating Officer. Regardless of the job titles or role, Tom’s passion for “inspiring excellence” is steadfast – in fact, it is his personal life purpose.

Martin Houston

Martin Houston

Martin Houston, former University of Alabama player and member of the 1992 National Championship Team will discuss Leadership and the Power of Choice.
Lou Marino

Dr. Lou Marino

Dr. Marino is an Associate Professor of Strategic Management and Entrepreneurship at The University of Alabama. He received his PhD from Indiana University, his MBA from SUNY Buffalo and his undergraduate from SUNY Geneso. His primary areas of research and teaching include Strategic Management and Entrepreneurship with subspecialties including strategic alliances, strategic management in small and medium sized enterprises and new venture creation.

Angela Martin

Angela Martin

Angela Martin is a native of Greenville, SC where she graduated from the International Studies program at Southside High School. She began her career in marketing with S.A.L.E.S., Inc. where she created marketing campaigns for rental properties, followed by 7 years with Michelin North America where she worked as a Territory Manager in the Southern California and Las Vegas markets as well as a Customer Trainer at the North American headquarters in her hometown of Greenville, SC. In 2016, Ms. Martin joined Hunt Refining Company in Tuscaloosa, AL. She is currently Senior Talent Development Representative at Hunt Refining where she manages Professional development, succession planning and employee retention and engagement efforts.

Mary Patterson

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.

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Email: mpatterson@ccs.ua.edu Phone 205-348-7049

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