Leadership Academy

"A leader's abilities are often tested at the crossroads of adversity and change." - M. Semi Bird


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The WSUTC Leadership Academy provides future leaders with the core leadership skills necessary to meet the challenges of being a new leader. Too often organizations promote individuals based on their tenure and technical competencies, but give little consideration to the threat that an inexperienced and untrained leader poses to organizational effectiveness. Our “Leadership Boot Camp” will prepare individuals to hit the ground running and set the conditions for success.

At this tactical level of leadership, performance is the key. The WSUTC Leadership Academy provides Front Line leaders with the necessary tools to form and lead high performing teams. Our “Performance Based Leadership” course produces results.

At this operational level of leadership, the balance between management and leadership is the key. This is where leaders must possess an effective baseline of management skills to ensure operational fluidity with in their functional areas while leveraging “Operational Design” to ensure organizational performance.

At the most strategic level of an organization, creating value for shareholders and stakeholders is the expectation, however; “Strategic Leadership” requires vision, innovation, and empowerment while managing the internal and external pressures that often come with the position.

Program Overview

In a 21st century global marketplace where competition is at an all-time high and organizations are expected to do more with less, effective and transformational leadership is the difference between organizational success and failure.

At the WSU Tri-Cities Leadership Academy, we develop high performing leaders by helping business professionals find their natural style of leadership and then providing them with the necessary tools to become highly effective leaders.

Emotionally intelligent and transformational leaders are the nexus to a high performing organization. This is why we have developed a suite of workshops that focus on developing leadership skills that are based on an individual’s natural traits and abilities. Our curriculum builds upon these natural traits which results in a natural, comfortable, and effective application of leadership. We fit our training to the student, not the student to the training.

The WSUTC Leadership Academy has developed custom programs to meet the needs of; Aspiring, Front-Line, Mid-Level, and Senior Executive leaders.



Now Being Offered…
  • Leadership for the 21st Century

    • Workshop: An Introduction to Personal and Professional Intelligence (PPI)
    • Location: WSU Tri-Cities, Consolidated Information Center (CIC) Building, Room 212
    • Physical Address: 2770 Crimson Way, Richland, WA, 99354-1671
    • Duration: April 17-20, 2017 (Mon-Thu) 
    • Times: 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
    • Cost: $1,995

This workshop is intended for leaders at all levels. It is the foundation to developing an individual’s natural style of leadership by focusing on one’s Personal and Professional Intelligence.

Prior to attending this dynamic 4-day event, participants will be administered the EQi-2.0 leadership assessment ($500 value) as part of the workshop curriculum.

Coming Soon…
  • Team 2.0

    • Workshop: Team 2.0
    • Location: WSU Tri-Cities, Consolidated Information Center (CIC) Building, Room 212
    • Physical Address: 2770 Crimson Way, Richland, WA, 99354-1671
    • Dates: TBD
    • Times: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
    • Cost: $595

Team 2.0 maximizes the social and behavioral capacity of the individual contributor to enhance interpersonal skills and facilitate dynamic team cohesion. Our proprietary model – Personal and Professional Intelligence (PPI) has been proven to maximize team performance.

  • Be administered a Level B psychometric assessment to baseline and determine current social skill sets
  • Receive the PPI model
  • Learn how to create value for the team through individual contributions
  • Learn to influence positive change through interpersonal communications and conflict resolution

Misipati “Semi” Bird

Meet the Instructor

Prior to joining the WSUTC Continuing Education and Professional Development team, Semi transitioned from the battlefield to the boardroom with over 23 years of military service. As an Army Special Forces “Green Beret,” Semi received two of our nation’s highest awards for heroism and valor on the battlefield; the Bronze Star – Valor, and the Purple Heart, for wounds received in combat. Semi knows first-hand, the value of high performing teams and their impact on organizational performance. Semi has leveraged his experience of extreme leadership in developing a suite of highly effective workshops, seminars, and courses focusing on developing high performing teams and emotionally intelligent leaders.

Semi has held several senior positions in training and leadership development over the years in various sectors of industry to include; government, banking, and education. In his last position, Semi led strategic training initiatives as the Director of Training and Leadership Development for a U.S. government agency.

Semi earned his first graduate degree from Villanova University where he studied Human Resource development and is currently pursuing his PhD. in Education with emphasis on Global Training and Development. Semi holds certifications in Emotional Intelligence, Behavioral Analysis, Human Resources, Organizational Performance, Lean Six Sigma, and is currently an Executive in Residence at Washington State University.

Learning Outcomes


An authentic leader serves as a role model for moral and fair behavior. A transparent approach commands esteem and confidence from employees.

A leader who coaches effectively is seen as a mentor who supports employee growth. Employees are nurtured towards achieving their highest levels of performance.

A leader provides insight by sharing a purpose and hopeful vision for colleagues to follow. Employees are compelled and inspired to exceed goals.

An innovative leader focuses on taking risks, spurring colleagues’ ingenuity and autonomous thought. Knowledge is valued and challenges are viewed as learning opportunities.

  • Impulse Control
  • Stress Tolerance
  • Problem Solving
  • Independence
Contact Us

Contact the Professional Development & Community Education (PDCE) office at WSU Tri-Cities to learn more about the program. Always feel free to let us know your thoughts at a convenience that works for you!

Phone: (509) 372-7174

Email: pdce@tricity.wsu.edu

Office hours are Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Don’t miss this opportunity. Space is limited!