In 2007, a new leadership training initiative for scientists at Argonne National Laboratory and Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory launched as a small pilot project. This fall, the training initiative kicked off its latest cohort as a highly sought-after program that includes participants from U.S. Department of Energy laboratories across the country.

The Strategic Laboratory Leadership Program is a non-degree Chicago Booth Executive Education program for high-potential lab scientists and staff to learn leadership skills from world-class professors, network with their peers, and prepare for more senior leadership roles. The program returned in September with a new hybrid format: 12 virtual sessions taught by University of Chicago Booth School of Business professors and a two-day, in-person capstone program.

Over the years, the program has been so successful that it has expanded in size, offering two sessions to cohorts from six additional national laboratories. Since its inception, the program has trained more than 300 national lab professionals in the areas of strategy, change management, and innovation. Many past participants of the program have been promoted within their labs or have gone onto senior roles at other labs.

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