Training Session Topics

One of the most critical career transitions for engineers and technical professionals is the move from individual contributor to manager and leader. Whether it is a formal management role or a project leader role, strong interpersonal and leadership skills can determine the profound transformation within an organization.

The Gordon Center offers leadership development topics through a time-tested approach that demonstrates the values and behaviors of exemplary leaders. All training sessions involve a hands-on approach in order to allow participants to have the best possible chance to experience leadership roles situations and best practices.

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Techniques and tips on effective presentations, meeting management, stand and deliver, negotiation and conflict management.


A systemic approach to innovation and how to inspire and encourage creativity in individuals.

Leadership Theory

An overview of approaches to leadership, leadership development and leadership competency frameworks.

Power and Influence

Five types of power that leaders use to influence others.

Project Constraints

Techniques and tips to effectively manage project constraints of time, resources and quality.

Project Planning

Guidance on decision making, risk aversion, and how to effectively use the feedback loop model.

Situational Leadership

Situational leadership refers to when the leader or manager of an organization must adjust his style to fit the development level of the followers he is trying to influence.

Systems Thinking

A systematic approach to problem solving that extends beyond the depth of engineering in the breadth of implementing engineering solutions with optimum components required to manifest an idea into reality and derive a solution to an existing problem.


Techniques and tips to incorporate into your daily activities to access team members, build effect teams, and how to continuously motivate your team.

Custom Specialized Programs

The Gordon Center offers alternative options for those interested in a custom leadership training session that meets your organization or company’s needs.*

Programs designed and conducted include leadership programs for project leaders, business owners, teams from industry and UCSD campus organizations.

Nonprofit Organizations

From small to large nonprofit organizations the Gordon Center can customize trainings to focus on the management skills and leadership development your organization needs.*

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Business Group & Industry Custom Programs

Tailored learning experiences focus on leadership challenges, talent development and situational leadership development goals unique to your organization.*

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UCSD Organization Programs

A custom focused training session can be created to help with teaming, technical projects and constraints within an organization.**

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*Pricing & Details: Please contact the Gordon Center for pricing and program details.

**Training is Free for all Internal Jacobs School of Engineering Organizations.

Janette Williams, IMBA, Ph.D


Janette has over twenty-eight years of experience and extensive insight working in private, public, non-profit, and government sectors. She has a particular passion for system thinking to integrate the wholeness of individual, team and organizational effectiveness and development.

Currently, Janette does consultative work with global organizations and the interim Executive Director at the Gordon Center Engineering Leadership at Jacob School of Engineering, UCSD. Janette recently worked for the Center for Creative Leadership in business development. Earlier in her career, Janette worked in the financial industry as a Senior Relationship Manager for 12 years. She strategically partnered with top ranking Registered Investment Advisors with assets that exceeded 9 billion dollars. Prior to that, she served eight years in the United States Coast Guard as a First Class Petty Officer, conducting both law enforcement and search and rescue tactics with local and federal agencies.

Janette's distinguishing value-add is her passion and experience in driving HR Business partners to perform at their very best. She impacts these leaders directly, while also improving leadership and business outcomes for their organizations. In all areas of her work, clients appreciate her partnership, insights, and ability to translate key concepts into meaningful business outcomes.

Educational Background

Janette graduated from the University of California, San Diego, earning a B.S. in Cognitive Science. Janette's graduate work in Consulting Psychology was an effort to combine her appreciation for systems thinking of how individuals, teams, and the organization works together as a whole to achieve personal and business outcomes. Her research focused on the efficacy of executive coaching in a corporate environment. She earned her Masters of International business, and M.S. and Ph.D. in Consulting Psychology from California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University, San Diego.

Professional Affiliations

University of California, San Diego Associated Faculty for Masters in Advance Studies, Alliant International University, California School of Professional Psychology- San Diego, Adjunct Faculty – Organizational Psychology, International Coach Federation (ICF), Institute of Coaching, McLean Hospital, Harvard Medical School Affiliate (IOC), Society of Consulting Psychology (SCP, Division 13 of APA), Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP, Division 14 of APA), and American Psychological Association (APA). 2017 Pinnacle Award Individuals in Education Nominee.

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