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Transformational Leadership Program 

Formerly known as either the Aspiring Leadership Program (ALP) or Managers' Leadership Program (MLP). ASCENT's Transformational Leadership Program (TLP) is a comprehensive program that cultivates leaders that are authentic, intentional, and engaged to power transformational results.

2024 Application Process

Transformational Leadership Program selection is made through a competitive application process resulting in a cohort of 25 leaders. The online application for the 2024 program year opens September 1 at 8:00 AM PST and closes September 30 at 12:00 PM noon PST. The cohort will be selected in late October. The ASCENT Program is collecting applications from supervisory/management employees for 2024 program year. 

We recommend that leaders who wish to apply first read and understand the Info Packet. Click button below.


To complete the application, access the online form by clicking Application button below. 

"Leadership is knowing and understanding the truth about yourself; it is accepting that you have values, ideals, worth, and purpose; and it is living courageously in a way that embodies those truths...leaders inspire others to follow."

- 2018 ALP Graduate

Why Apply

Leaders are being called to:

  • Inspire others to think and act in new ways, maximize learning and growth opportunities to optimize performance.

  • Engage effectively with others to deliver results and transform teams and organizations.

  • Foster relationships with employees, partners, and customers to co-create the desired new future.

Leadership requires awareness, vision, and action. The future we desire is possible as we show up authentically, courageously and intentionally to change the existing culture, collaborate better and adapt systems.

How do we create the results we seek in the midst of immense change, complexity, and diminishing resources?

The answer is Transformational Leadership.


Leaders at all levels of an organization are responsible for more than maintaining current performance. Leaders are being called to lead transformation of systems, processes, and organizational cultures through authentic and intentional engagement.

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Outcomes For Self
  • ​Clarity of individual purpose, vision, and values and the role of leadership in teams and systems.   

  • Improved self-awareness and understanding of leadership impacts, strengths, and opportunities for growth.

  • Greater consciousness of the beliefs and assumptions that drive our behaviors and stimulates lasting behavioral change.

  • Deploying performance mindsets for greater ownership of results.

  • The ability to articulate the future you envision for your work and life.

Outcomes for Others & Systems
  • Knowledge of models and the processes for teams and systems transformation.

  • The ability to navigate through change, risk, and complexity.

  • Strengthen communication and conscious understanding of the needs and feelings of self and others.

  • Understanding the methods for building and maintaining trusting relationships and the ability to identify one's own contribution to the challenges that hinder relationships.

  • Assessing, building, and acting on opportunities for greater influence and ability to navigate 21st century complexity.

  • Building a community of leaders from many other state agencies.



ASCENT's Transformational Leadership Program is a multi-month (typically 9 months) that includes 18 workshop days, 1:1 and group coaching, mentoring, and compelling developmental activities influenced by the foremost thought leaders in the field of leadership. Program participation is open to all Oregon state employees with manager approval to apply and attend. Cohorts of 25 are selected by ASCENT alumni graduates through a competitive application process open every September. The program runs January to September.

Presenters & Consultant Partners

Fariborz Pakseresht

Director Oregon Department

of Human Services

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Lisa Sumption

Director Oregon Parks & Recreation Department 


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Shirlene Warnock

Consultant Partner

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Jeanne Nyquist

Consultant Partner

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Clif Cannon

Consultant Partner

Contact the ASCENT Program to learn more. 

See this year's program flyer for additional details and workshop dates. 

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