Next Leader Now Executive Leadership Training Pittsburgh

Next Leader Now Executive Leadership Training Pittsburgh

Solutions 21 Training Center
344 E 8th Ave | Homestead, PA 15120
Thursday, June 13, 2019 -


Thursday, May 14, 2020

Member Price: $9,999 | Non-Member Price: $9,999

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Every day 10,000 experienced Baby Boomers leave the workforce, creating a “silver tsunami” that is expected to strip organizations of invaluable institutional knowledge and experience.  The “silver tsunami” will result in a shortage of executive talent, less-experienced workers transitioning into decision-making roles, and high rates of millennial turnover.

Organizations that make the right investments in the right people using the right tools will have access to talent that delivers exceptional returns for themselves and their teams. By 2025, 75 percent of the workforce will be made up of millennials. Not isolated to a single company, industry, or region, this demographic shift is one of global consequence.

Those who choose to ignore this demographic shift will struggle to maintain a workforce capable of growing and leading their teams.  The organizations that properly invest in their next generation of talent will be industry leaders and preserve their business legacy while outperforming their competition.

That’s why the Pennsylvania Chamber Educational Foundation has partnered with Solutions 21 and their Next Leader Now program—a personalized, researched-based development approach that is tailored for your business, your development objectives and your future leader.  All to ensure your next-generation leaders are prepared to enhance the legacy of your organization.

Developed by generational, leadership, and military experts, Next Leader Now incorporates strategies that have been successful in leading teams in the boardroom, on the battlefield, and on the gridiron to create a holistic experience that has lasting impact. This development approach fast-forwards wisdom and builds the muscle-memory habits necessary to go from individual contributor to executive-level decision maker.

A Program Customized For Your Next Leader And Your Company

Next Leader Now is a year-long developmental approach designed to ensure your succession candidate is prepared to fill their leadership role:

  • Individual Development Plan—the personalization of the candidate experience is captured in the Individual Development Plan. The IDP documents the development needs of the candidate and includes input from the executive sponsor, the candidate, the coach, and performance feedback tools used throughout the program. This plan is a living document used by the executive sponsor, the candidate, the coach, the facilitator, and the account manager to coordinate the personalized program:
    • Before Program:
      • Creating the IDP begins with a discussion between the account manager and the candidate’s executive sponsor, identified as either the candidate’s boss or an individual in the organization championing their development. We work with the executive sponsor to identify World-Class Leadership Competencies for the appropriate role. We also interview the executive sponsor to gain an understanding of the organizational objectives for the candidate and any issues to anticipate, culminating with the identification of three developmental target areas.
    • First Update – 4 Months
      • Candidate will have met with their coach at least twice and will have identified development priorities after completing a thorough personal SWOT analysis.
      • Candidate will have completed two assessments: the EverythingDiSC Work of Leaders assessment and an assessment of Emotional Intelligence. Both provide crucial performance feedback, with action planning opportunities that add further context to development priorities.
      • The coach will also identify any additional development priorities not yet uncovered by the executive sponsor, candidate, or performance feedback tools.
      • The executive sponsor will provide feedback on progress.
      • At the end of this meeting, the account manager and executive sponsor will agree on up to five development priorities that will be points of focus throughout the rest of the program.
    • Second Update – 8 Months
      • Candidate will have additional performance feedback in the form of the EverythingDiSC Productive Conflict profile.
      • Candidate will have one-year goals identified with an action plan.
      • The coach will have a richer understanding of the candidate’s progress and challenges.
      • The account manager will meet with the executive sponsor to provide additional feedback on progress and solicit feedback from the executive sponsor, making adjustments where needed.
    • After Commencement – 12-13 Months
      • Candidate will complete a self-assessment of progress.
      • The coach will assess progress and identify opportunities for further development.
      • The account manager will meet with the executive sponsor to exchange perspectives on progress and provide recommendations from the coach on further development opportunities.
  • Coaching—coaches have significant flexibility in how they choose to work with candidates, and these conversations are the most personalized element of the program. While obvious, it is helpful to note that one-on-one coaching is never the same for two different people—we adapt our process and delivery based on the developmental progress, capability, and needs of each candidate.
  • Course Content—we have structured our course content to address gaps in knowledge and behavior that have been uncovered in our research and experience preparing next leaders for executive roles in organizations. We have found that there are four action items around this level of development: building muscle-memory habits, fast-forwarding wisdom, making executive-level decisions and guiding team performance. We make any necessary adjustments to this content based on the feedback generated by our due diligence efforts across the candidates’ experiences.

This 12-month program includes four face-to-face workshops at the same location:

  • Thursday June 13, 2019
  • Thursday, October 10, 2019
  • Thursday, February 6, 2020
  • Thursday, May 14, 2020

The fee for this 12-month personalized program is $12,500 and includes:

  • One-on-One confidential coaching
  • Online courses
  • Four face-to-face classes
  • Three status meetings with contacts at your organization to provide and receive feedback on progress
  • Peer engagement and networking opportunities
  • 24x7 access to the Solutions 21 Learning Center resources
  • Quarterly progress updates
  • Performance feedback
  • Weekly reinforcement
  • Development of a personalized strategic plan

All culminating in your next leader candidate graduating from a program designed to ensure that the results are identified, agreed-upon, and delivered throughout the program for your candidate and your company.

Classes are limited to 20 attendees. 

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Physical Address: 344 E 8th Ave | Homestead, PA 15120

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About The Speakers

Albert Ciuksza Jr

Albert Ciuksza Jr. is the Director of Leadership Programs at Solutions 21 and is responsible for the development, implementation, and management of Next Leader Now and other company leadership development programs.

With an innovation-focused career that has addressed challenges in organizations ranging from Fortune 500 companies to non-profit tech-based economic development, and as a co-founder of two companies, Albert applies his diverse skill set and experience to building better bosses around the world.

As a co-founder of two start-up companies, Albert built teams, led product development and commercialization, launched products internationally, and raised more than $1m collectively. Both companies – Eyenavision and Draft Dynamics – continue to be in operation, with the former employing more than 20 people.

Supporting small businesses in nonprofit economic development, Albert served as the director of the Pittsburgh Impact Initiative for the Allegheny Conference on Community Development, then the manager of water innovations for Idea Foundry in conjunction with the Water Economy Network. In both roles, Albert worked directly with senior leaders and innovators to connect their companies with resources and business opportunities, and coach them on strategies and approaches that would yield success. He continues in formal and informal advisory roles today.

Albert is an undergraduate alumnus of St. Vincent College in Latrobe, Pennsylvania and earned his MBA at the Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business at the University of Pittsburgh. He resides in Bellevue, Pennsylvania with his wife, Mallory.

Buddy Hobart

A Pittsburgh native, Buddy Hobart is the Founder and President of Solutions 21. He is a consultant, entrepreneur, author, speaker, radio host, and is an internationally recognized expert on generational leadership.

Buddy is the author of five books, including both first and second editions of his book, Gen Y Now: Millennials and the Evolution of Leadership. Buddy has been featured in numerous publications including Entrepreneur, USA Today, and The Wall Street Journal.

A frequent and returning speaker at industry events and leadership forums around the world, Buddy speaks to thousands of people annually, with business leaders accounting for over 75% of his audience. He is a pioneer in the discussion on attracting, developing, and retaining next generation leaders in today’s workforce.

Buddy has provided leadership and management solutions to companies around the world, ranging from startups to Fortune 500 enterprises. He has also worked with numerous universities throughout the nation. An executive in residence at the University of Pittsburgh, Buddy leads the University’s first ever Professional Sales Academy.

Buddy is a returning instructor at the U.S. Army War College where he teaches an elective course on the evolution of leadership. He works with senior military leaders stationed around the world on 21st-century leadership practices.

A graduate of Carnegie Mellon University, Buddy is active in numerous community and professional organizations. He resides in Pittsburgh with his wife, Susanne.

Luis Rivera

Luis is a retired Army colonel who honorably served our country for over 24 years. Luis brings his leadership style to Solutions 21 to build, shape, and prepare leaders and organizations for the future.  Luis’ passion for leadership and team building was the core of his responsibilities in both domestic posts and foreign countries, including Iraq and South Korea. Luis has served in a variety of senior leadership positions including field leadership of tactical units in combat, administrative leadership in the Army’s Human Resources Enterprise, and instructional leadership as coach at one of the Army’s premier combat training centers.

Within his areas of expertise in coaching, leadership development, and change management, Luis has helped organizations create compelling visions, build alignment, and execute effectively through sustained periods of success and change.  He has formed, trained, and led teams in some of the most uncertain and complex environments in which our country has operated over the past two decades, most recently in South Korea as Director of Future Operations for 8th US Army.  Among his many responsibilities in South Korea was leading the strategic planning team for the evacuation of over 500K Americans from the peninsula, if needed. 

Luis is a graduate of Wentworth Military Academy and West Texas A&M University with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems. He holds a Master’s Degree in Human Relations from the University of Oklahoma and a Master’s Degree in Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College. Luis is a decorated U.S. Army combat veteran.

As a Senior Leadership Consultant in Nashville, he brings the vast array of Solutions 21’s capabilities to one of the most technologically advanced and fastest growing cities in America.

Jeff Belsky

Jeff Belsky has a 25-year professional history that spans working in transportation, eCommerce, consulting, and education. He is currently the Vice President of Strategy for an organization in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where his responsibilities include external government and industry relations, strategic planning, business and workforce development, and organizational change initiatives. 

Jeff is also an Adjunct Professor at Robert Morris University, Waynesburg University, and Strayer University, where he facilitates graduate level courses in leadership development, team building, business policy, and organizational change. 

Additionally, Jeff owns his own leadership development organization and is a certified leadership coach through Solutions 21 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He has coached individuals from a variety of organizations spanning multiple industries.  

Jeff holds a B.S.B.A and an MBA degree and is currently working on his doctoral dissertation in organizational leadership, which he will be completing in 2017. He is active in several organizations including the Pittsburgh Airport Chamber of Commerce, The Allegheny Conference, and the Pittsburgh Technology Council. 

Jeff resides in Moon Township, Pennsylvania with his wife and three children.