Leadership Fundamentals

The Launching to Leadership Program is designed for first-line supervisors, with direct reports, who aspire to develop exceptional leadership skills and behaviors. This full three-module program will be offered on ZOOM:


Module 1:  “You as the Leader”

Topics:  Your Leadership Style, Effective Communication Skills, and Emotional Intelligence 

APRIL 17 & 24, 2024, 9AM-12 NN EST

Module 2:  “Leading Others”

Topics: Motivating Others, Conflict Resolution, Developing Your Team

MAY 1 & 8, 2024, 9AM-12NN EST

Module 3:  “Critical Leadership Skills”

Topics: Change Leadership, Flexibility, Influencing Outcomes

MAY 15 & 22, 2024,  9AM-12NN EST


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The Launching to Leadership Program will provide participants with the opportunity to:

  • Develop stronger communication skills that will help you build better relations with your team, increase innovation, and improve overall efficiency 
  • Learn skills needed to lead effectively, including those needed to persuade and influence others
  • Build your self-confidence and emotional intelligence
  • Learn how to effectively lead change

Investment: $947 per participant for the entire program

  • Program Tuition Includes: DISC Classic Report, Emotional Intelligence Assessment, Leadership Skill Inventory, Leadership Development Plan, Participant Workbook
This program can be offered in person at your location.
Contact us for details.

Launching to Leadership Instructor

Gail is an accomplished human resources professional in the banking industry. Throughout her expansive career, she has had responsibility and demonstrated success as a Senior Vice President for numerous aspects of human resources including: employment, employee relations, benefits and compensation administration, training, and affirmative action.  

As an instructor for the Center for Financial Training (formerly the American Institute of Banking), Gail has shared her expertise with banking professionals in the areas of human resources management, supervisory/management skills, business communications, and change management.  She serves as a volunteer instructor for Dress for Success and Renew Life, facilitating workshops that focus on resume development, interviewing skills, and change strategies. Similarly, she is an instructor for the Department of Workforce Development and Professional Education at Ocean County Community College (Toms River, NJ).  

Throughout her career, Gail has been actively involved and served on committees through the New Jersey Bankers Association, American Bankers Association, and the Society for Human Resource Management.  She presently serves as the  President of her own human resource consulting firm, Strategic HR Partners. Her firm focuses on helping clients in the areas of effective hiring, onboarding, performance assessments, retention strategies, and leadership/management development.

Gail holds a BS degree in Business Administration from Fairleigh Dickinson University and numerous professional certifications within her field. She was named as a TWIN (Tribute to Women & Industry) Honoree which pays tribute to women who have excelled in their fields and made significant contributions in their industry in executive, managerial, and professional roles.

Gail K Tilstra

Gail K. Tilstra

What participants say about the program:

"I think the program is excellent. It is knowledgeable, helpful in many ways and will help me as well as my team grow."
"I enjoyed the training and definitely gained some useful skills to put in place when I approach my style of leadership."
"Curriculum was easy to follow and backed up by real life situations and practice. Very useful information.
"I think that the program really sets the ground work for effective leadership and growth development."
"I enjoyed the training and definitely gained some useful skills to put in place when I approach my style of leadership."


What participants say about the instructor:

"Gail was very knowledgeable and friendly. I really enjoyed her classes and she gave everyone the opportunity to talk and share their experiences which I think was helpful to everyone to see what everyone else has gone though."
"Gail is knowledgeable, kind, friendly, and wise. I greatly appreciated everything she taught, and I admire the way in which she taught. She obviously knows her stuff, but, more importantly, she cares very deeply about the topics and the people involved. I truly feel like I could turn to her for any questions or thoughts I may have."
" Gail was very effective at getting class participation and making the scenarios work for out specific organization. She really listened and learned our jobs in order to present the material in a relevant manner."
"Gail was amazing, and has a genuine interest in helping people grow"
"Gail is awesome and kept the sessions interactive and interesting by involving all members even though we were in different parts"