The Build a Better Maine Leadership Development Challenge (BBMLDC) is a new leadership development program offered by the University of Maine Graduate and Professional Center. Developed in partnership with leading Maine employers, the program focuses on teaching key elements of Transformative Innovation Leadership and then applying those learnings to businesses and to key innovation challenges facing the State of Maine. The program provides a unique opportunity for Maine’s emerging corporate leaders to grow their leadership skills, expand their professional networks, and give back to their community.
2021-2022 Program Topics
Leading in times of uncertainty
Leadership mindset, attitudes, & behaviors that support transformative innovation
Importance of discovery, immersion, & learning from others
Role of creativity & imagination to generate new futures and bold ideas
Creating networks & coalitions that span boundaries
Motivating, inspiring, & empowering others
About our instructor
Elisa O’Donnell previously taught in the UMaine Graduate School of Business MBA program and brings over 20 years of management consulting, executive teaching and coaching, & practical experience in the field of innovation and organizational change. Some of Elisa’s clients have included Fidelity Investments, Mead Johnson Nutritional, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Edgewell Personal Care, Citizens Bank, Mayo Clinic and Cotton Incorporated. Her work typically focuses on helping executives (individuals and teams) align on the need for innovation, create the vision for the future, uncover key opportunities, and create the strategies and tactics to make innovation real. Her background also includes working with the UMass Emerging Leaders Program to help participants drive their civic innovation leadership project, guest lecturing at Babson, MIT & Wentworth Institute for Technology on innovation, and leading R&D efforts on new innovation approaches. She has spoken and been published on leading innovation and change. Previously, Elisa was part of the senior leadership team at C Space, a global customer agency responsible for leading a $20 million practice. She has been part of the leadership team of Imaginatik, a start up innovation software and services organization, Continuum, a design thinking consultancy, Synecticsworld, an innovation consultancy, and has held other leadership positions at A.T. Kearney and Coopers and Lybrand (PWC).
How to get involved
For prospective participants
If you are interested in applying for the 2022-2023 BBMLDC cohort, we’d love to hear from you! The cohort meets for 3-4 hours approximately one day per month between October and June, with small group meetings and assignments between sessions. We welcome applications from candidates who have a growth mindset and are willing to put in the work to become better innovators for their organization and their community. If you think you’d be a great fit for our program, please email Rebecca Gilbert (firstname.lastname@example.org) to learn more about the application process, timeline, and program fee.
For prospective companies
If you are interested in sending your employees to the 2022-2023 BBMLDC program, we’d love to hear from you! The cohort meets for 3-4 hours approximately one day per month between October and June, with small group meetings and assignments between sessions. We look for candidates who have a growth mindset and are willing to put in the work to become better innovators for their organization and their community. If you think your company or organization would be a great fit for our program, please email Rebecca Gilbert (email@example.com) to learn more about the application process, timeline, and program fee.
Rebecca Gilbert, Program Manager