One of the guiding principles of GSC is the belief that knowing yourself is key to leadership development. The process starts with the Gallup StrengthsFinder assessment designed to unlock each student’s individual strengths. Students gain insights about their top Strengths Themes, as well as a full report on the sequence of their 34 themes of talents.
To facilitate the deeper understanding, students are paired with a certified leadership coach and encouraged to develop a partnership. Working one-on-one, in pairs, and in group settings, students engage in exercises, self-reflection activities, and new practices designed to build their self-awareness over the course of the year. The culmination of their work is the development of an individual Leadership Development Plan.
Junie Nathani is a leadership coach and a visionary senior Human Resources (HR) professional. Her expertise includes change management, organizational development, employee and labor relations, performance management and policy development. Nathani has worked in a variety of organizations, including international, start-up and higher education. Prior to joining Georgetown, Nathani was the Vice President for HR and Communications for a start-up telecommunications organization with operations in four Latin American countries. Recently, she served as the Interim Vice President and CHRO for Georgetown University, where she currently is Assistant Vice President for Leadership Resources.
Nathani facilitates retreats and workshops, serves as a coach for Georgetown’s Executive Master’s in Leadership program and coaches leaders at Georgetown as well as clients in other organizations.
Denise Keyes is the Senior Associate Dean of the Division of Professional Communications, housed in Georgetown University’s School of Continuing Studies. She serves as the key strategist and leader of innovative, award-winning master's programs in Public Relations/Corporation Communications, Integrated Marketing Communications, Journalism, and the Executive Master's in Global Strategic Communications. The Public Relations program was recognized by PR Week as the best PR education program in 2012, 2013, and 2014. In 2008, Keyes founded the Center for Social Impact Communication, a research and action center designed to educate and inspire communications professionals to create positive social impact through their work.
Keyes joined Georgetown in 2007, after a long career in advertising and strategic communications in New York, London, and DC. She worked at leading edge consulting firms and agencies on behalf of Fortune 100 brands. Her passion is using the power of communications to advocate for brands and causes, and she continues to do this work through her consulting and coaching practice. Keyes is a certified executive coach through the International Coaching Federation, and most recently, became a Gallup Strengths coach. She is also a meditation teacher.