Leadership Alumni Continuing Education

Crucial Conversations

Program structure

Quick Details


Partnership for Public Service




Graduates of all Partnership for Public Service leadership development programs


LRyan@ourpublicservice.org or
(202) 775-6961.

As an alum of a Partnership leadership development program, you gained effective leadership lessons and applied them to the work of your agencies; however, the sheer breadth of knowledge you acquired over the program’s journey can be challenging to maintain and sustain. To further your professional development and to revisit some of the most sought-after content, we are offering a two-day Leadership Alumni Continuing Education course focused on Crucial Conversations.

Program Outcomes and Objectives


Program participants will:

  • Learn how to apply best practices from the public and private sectors
  • Practice techniques to more effectively address conflicts with employees
  • Understand where we get stuck in difficult conversations and how to get unstuck
  • Learn the “STATE My Path” method for initiating crucial conversations
  • Develop skills for drawing out the other’s perspective by making it safe

  • Apply refreshed leadership lessons around Crucial Conversations in new ways across federal agencies
  • Amplify and continue the impact that leadership alumni are having at their agencies
  • Enable the Partnership’s leadership alumni community to continue their education and build new relationships

Program Specifics

Who Should Attend

Graduates of all Partnership for Public Service leadership development programs. The content will be tailored for supervisors and team leads.


As committed members of our alumni community, the cost for a two-day seminar is at a discounted* offer of $895 and includes:

  • Two-day facilitation and program support
  • Crucial Conversations Toolkit, cue cards for each lesson, a Crucial Conversations model card, a copy of the New York Times bestselling book, Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When Stakes are High, the Crucial Conversations audio companion MP3 download, and a course completion certificate
  • Breakfast and snacks for the two days
  • Access to the Partnership’s resources, expertise and networks
  • Invitations to ongoing activities

*If you were to take this course directly from VitalSmarts, the cost would be $1,395. We are able to offer a lower rate to alumni using a certified trainer from the Partnership.

We strongly encourage candidates to register as soon as they are able. Registrants will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis until the class reaches the maximum number of participants.