First Cohort


First Cohort launched in February 2020 and graduated in August 2021.


Completed Schedule of Sessions

Session Dates Location Content Faculty
1 Feb 10-11, 2020

NFPA Annual Conference

Mandarin Oriental Miami

Miami, FL

Core Ethos (The Reason for Leading; Good Judgement for a Change) Fred Harburg
2 Jun 2, 5, 9, 11, 2020 Virtual Strategy & Execution (Strategic Innovation; Operational Excellence)

Paul, Earle

Achal Bassamboo

3 Aug 24-25, 2020 Virtual Negotiation (Building Collective Understanding & Leveraging Knowledge Across Teams; Collaboration Among Internal Business Units: Negotiating with Colleagues; Strategies for Maximizing Economic and Relational Value with Colleagues and Co-Workers; Teaming Across Geographies and Functions) Leigh Thompson
4 Feb 22-23, 2021 Virtual Leading with Virtue (Leadership Perspectives; The Business Case for Virtue/Integrating Virtue into Daily Operations)

Steve Myers

Peter Rea

5 May 10-11, 2021 Virtual Leading with Vision and Purpose (Leading in Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous (VUCA) Environments; Leading with Vision and Purpose: What's Your Story)

Bernie Banks

Michelle Buck

6 Aug 16, 2021

NFPA Industry & Economic Outlook Conference

Hilton Chicago Oak Brook Hills Resort

Oak Brook, IL

Economics & Marketing (Macrotrends Impacting Business; The Future of Marketing)

Sergio Rebelo

Mohan Sawhney



  • Lane Boger, Comer Industries
  • Bill Clippard, Clippard Instrument Laboratory
  • Brandon Coursey, Sun Hydraulics
  • Dan Covel, Hydra-Power Systems
  • Christian Eitel, Bucher Hydraulics
  • John Falcon, ROSS Controls
  • Rob Fuller, Husco
  • Nicholas Hajewski, Bimba/IMI Precision
  • Bill Haley, FORCE America
  • Raffa Invrea, Continental Hydraulics
  • Michael Lashure, Auburn Gear
  • Tim Multerer, HAWE Hydraulik
  • Tom Nicholson, GS Global Resources
  • Mark Paxton, Hansa-Flex USA
  • Corey Quinnell, Husco
  • Katrina Schwarz, National Fluid Power Association
  • Shawn Scott, Stauff Corporation
  • Mark Snyder, Festo
  • Richard Tatum, Cross Company
  • Joel Tjepkes, Aggressive Hydraulics
  • Brian Tritle, IFP Motion Solutions
  • David Verhoff, JARP Industries
  • Tom Walendzewicz, QCC

Contact Info

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Milwaukee, WI 53214

(414) 778-3344 (o)

(414) 778-3361 (f)