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California Leadership Academy - Executive Development Program


This program has been specifically designed to meet the required 20-hour training needs of newly appointed managers as it applies to Government Code 19995.4(e). Prior to registering, please read the course description and intended audience below.

Serving the diverse and ever-changing needs of California citizens requires innovative thinking, team building, and incredible leadership. The California Executive Development Program develops innovative executives to deliver exceptional results to California. By the end of this program, you will be able to apply critical skills to lead divisions, build a resilient culture, lead change effectively, and develop the state's most important resource: our people.

Innovative Executives

Throughout the Executive Development Program, CEAs will be partnered with a fellow peer as well as operating in a team environment. California Leadership Academy's Executive Development Program cohorts are designed for the busy executive in mind. Our immersive approach ensures that executives not only learn from a lesson plan but from the experience of others. Together, we ensure that our executives are able to meet 21st-century challenges and succeed in our rapidly evolving leadership environment.


Upon completion of this program, participants will be able to:

  • Enhance their opportunities in their new role as CEA.
  • Develop a strategic mindset by creating strategic visions for the division.
  • Create an innovative culture to meet the demands of a changing workforce.
  • Employ best practices for organizational excellence.
  • Explore and adopt workforce planning techniques.
  • Analyze their unique cultural footprint and apply it to mission success.
  • Explore the importance of building trust and relationships.
  • Utilize best practices to practice risk intelligence and decision making.
  • Lead strategic change initiatives.
  • Training Demand Survey

    If all classes are full please click the following link and fill out the short survey to help us collect more information in regards to the demand for these classes. Training Demand Survey Training Demand Survey


Schedule of Events for Course
CityDay 1 (Webinar)Day 2 (In Person)Day 3 (In Person)
Sacramento March 24, 2020 10:00 AM - 11:00 AMApril 9, 2020 8:30 AM - 4:30 PMApril 16, 2020 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM

Please Note

Day 1 will be completed via an interactive webinar.

Day 2 and 3 will take place in person at CALHR.

Intended Audeince

Newly appointed CEAs for the State of California. A CEA is anyone appointed to a position generally identified with Class Code 7500 and/or CEA or C.E.A in the State of California. Per Government Code section 18547, a CEA is defined as "an appointment to a high administrative and policy influencing position within the state civil service in which the incumbent's primary responsibility is the managing of a major function or the rendering of management advice to top-level administrative authority. Such a position can be established only in the top managerial levels of state service and is typified by broad responsibility for policy implementation and extensive participation in policy evolvement. Please check with your Department's HR or Labor Division to ensure you meet the requirements for this program.


$1,500 per participant

Updated 3/11/2020
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