Master Classes

We are excited to begin hosting these master classes in central cities around the country! We hope you’ll make plans to join us for these intensive, discussion-based master classes where we’ll explore how you can create value in your professional work and in your personal life!

In these classes, we discover the five key skill areas that every early career professionals should learn and practice. The content is created to be most helpful for those who are in their first management or supervisory roles. You can expect to leave with tools and strategies for implementation, and greater understanding of your personal management style and strengths and how you can use these to create deeper value in your work and your life.

Who should attend?

These master classes are most beneficial for early career professionals who are new to roles as managers and projects leads.

Create your own personal development experience. 

The schedule for the master classes is designed to be flexible. We welcome attendees to participate in the full day, or you may register for only one session. Full Day registration includes lunch with a facilitated discussion.

Sample Schedule:

In the morning, we’ll explore part one, Managing People and Teams. You will discuss how to effectively accomplish your strategic goals through others, even when you don’t hold positional power. How do you manage others who may not share your goals or values? How do you manage through change? How do you coach and give feedback to people who have more experience than you?

In the afternoon, we will discuss part two, Managing Your Impact. You will explore how to get to decisions that create value for yourself, the organization, and society. What is ethical and how will you measure it? How can you make ethics a personal strength? How does organizational culture impact individual decision-making? How can you speak about decisions to those with more authority and positional power?

Meet the Presenters!

Allison McWilliams Head shotAllison E. McWilliams is Assistant Vice President, Mentoring and Alumni Personal & Career Development, within the Office of Personal and Career Development at Wake Forest University. In these roles, she leads and provides training, support, guidance, and resources for formal and informal mentoring relationships for college students, faculty and staff, and alumni, as well as leading personal and career development programs for young professionals. She has written for and spoken to national and international audiences about effective mentoring strategies, leadership, and professional development. She is the author of Five For Your First Five: Own Your Life and Career After College.

Matthew Phillips headshotMatthew Phillips is the John Hendley Fellow and Associate Teaching Professor of Law and Ethics in the Wake Forest University School of Business where he teaches courses in business law and ethics across the Business School’s undergraduate and graduate programs. Matthew received undergraduate and law degrees from Wake Forest and a Master of Divinity degree from Duke University, where he focused on the intersections of law and religion in American history. He has done additional academic work, concentrating on leadership and ethics, at the U.S. Air Force’s Air University. He is admitted to practice law before state and federal courts of North Carolina, the United States Tax Court, and the United States Supreme Court.