USC Price School of Public Policy

USC Price School Leadership Programs

Dr. Bob Denhardt and Dr. Paul Danczyk share leadership insights to Los Angeles County executives and California State executives.
Through a variety of instructional techniques, participants are active learners.
What makes our leadership programs stand out? Designed impacts. Participants continue to use the skills that they learned long after programs end.
Simulations are designed around leadership competencies. Talk about high performing teams! White water rafting draws lessons on responding to changing environments under stress.
Presenters are specifically selected from a variety of backgrounds. Roderick Q. Hickman, former CA Secretary of Corrections and Rehabilitation, presents leadership as a lifestyle.
What sends you forward? Dr. Laree Kiely facilitates the conversation.
California Legislative Analyst Mac Taylor and Utah Legislative Fiscal Analyst Jonathan Ball discuss partisan and nonpartisan dynamics.
Networks for life--participants become friends, coaches, and resources for each other.


Our Philosophy
In addition to the academic master’s degree programs, USC also provides executive leadership and executive education programs at the USC State Capital Center in Sacramento and Los Angeles, most notably, the National Conference of State Legislatures Legislative Staff Management Institute, the County of Los Angeles Executive Leadership Development Program, and the California Institute for Mental Health Leadership Program.

Our custom-designed leadership programs, with world-class faculty, have made a tangible difference for hundreds of public-sector and nonprofit professionals on every level from local to international. We can help your executives achieve their leadership potential.

We Help Managers Become Leaders.
The USC Price School’s Leadership Programs are interactive seminars designed for skill building and development of leadership abilities. Lessons from these seminars can and should be taken from the classes into the public and nonprofit sectors. The curricula provide real approaches to real problems, and the courses are expressly designed so participants can begin using lessons immediately in the workplace.

USC leadership programs offer:

Leadership Class

Extensive experience. The USC State Capital Center in Sacramento has over 35 years of expertise in the design and delivery of distinctive curriculums for public sector and nonprofit executives that teach participants to think differently and make a tangible impact on their organizations. Under the direction of Associate Dean Dr. Richard Callahan, the Center currently offers 14 leadership and management programs targeted to executives in city, county, regional, state and national organizations. Over 600 participants have been served by these programs during the last year.

Proven tailored programs that work. Each program is designed through a focus group process, for the specific needs of the participants, while incorporating the lessons learned from design and delivery of leadership programs over the past 35 years. The programs emphasize experiential action-based learning to directly involve participants, to encourage interaction outside of formal classroom sessions, and to reinforce and extend understanding of key concepts and issues. Through these programs, participants gain new technology for changing their organizational cultures and have a new frame for understanding the world.

University-based training based on best practices from research and practice. A key strength of the USC leadership programs is the dissemination of proven leadership practices that are based in research and practice. Training is focused on skill development and is politically neutral.

Expert faculty and presenters.USC’s extensive experience in providing leadership training has led to the creation of a large and diverse network of faculty and other presenters who are well-known experts in their fields and who instruct through experiential learning. Each of the proposed trainers have 10 years or more of training and teaching experience in the public sector, with a majority having over 20 years of training experience. Access to a wide range of presenters ensures that the right instructor with specialized expertise will be able to address each client’s specific organizational needs.

For more information, contact:
Robert Denhardt,
Paul Danczyk,

» Executive Master of Leadership Program (In Los Angeles)
» Executive Leadership Programs
» Executive Education Administration and Presenters
» Current and Past Leadership Programs and Speaking Engagements