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Reshape the Rules. Reshape the World.

As the landscape of public policy evolves, so must those who strive to influence it. Our BattenX executive education and lifelong learning programs facilitate exactly that: growth, cross-sector collaboration, and critical self-analysis at every career level. 
We stand distinguished by committing to a hyper-focus on value-centered leadership that's designed to challenge assumptions, sharpen capabilities, and induce transformative, tangible results.

BattenX programs are an extension of Batten into the world of practitioners, policy-makers, executives, and lifelong learners. These programs serve as a convening place to explore new, innovative, and difficult topics in leadership and public policy.

Upcoming Courses

Jan 19, February 16 and March 16

Being an effective advocate has become an essential part of leadership in the nonprofit sector. With advances in technology and the increased participation in new media platforms, engagement between leaders from both the public and private sectors has become a necessary task. However, few have been trained to execute this critical role effectively. The policymaking process of the U.S. government, one based in the principles of federalism and democracy, is complex and confounding, but also accessible – with the proper set of knowledge and skills. Knowing the difference between educating government officials versus lobbying, how to galvanize the voices of your members, what types of tools to use for various audiences, and how to craft persuasive – and therefore successful – messages all can be learned. While the “recipe” for lobbying can be applied at any level of government, successful advocacy requires knowledge regarding pertinent data, policy research, strategic planning, grassroots organizing, and succinct and persuasive message development.  To address this gap, the Batten School, in collaboration with the Center for Nonprofit Excellence, is designing a three-part workshop series to give nonprofit leaders the knowledge and skills for successful policy advocacy.

Previous Courses

Leaders within nonprofit organizations experience unique challenges when it comes to developing people and building community. Technical expertise and content knowledge matter, but excellence in developing people allows nonprofit leaders to build inclusive, healthy and sustainable organizations and programs. “Coaching for Success,” an intensive two-day workshop hosted in partnership with the Center for Nonprofit Excellence, will set nonprofit leaders on the path to establishing the core coaching competencies that are most effective in developing people and achieving organizational objectives.

May 12-13, 2022

We know that policy should be based on data, but how do we go about transforming data into policy? What does the path from data to policy look like? And what does it mean for policy to be driven by data? The purpose of this program is to help participants gain fluency in the fundamentals of policy research: understanding causality, combating biases in data collection and analysis, accounting for different interpretations of data, and—most importantly—how data can become policy.

October 29, 2021

Relational policing is at an inflection point. The public’s trust and confidence in this vital institution of democracy is suffering. This has had a corrosive impact on police morale and has sparked public protests in Charlottesville and Albemarle County – and, indeed, in communities across the nation. On August 19-20, 2021, the Batten School brought together a cross-section of community leaders and engaged citizens for a workshop to learn about and consider new pathways forward for policing on Grounds, in Charlottesville, and across Albemarle County. 

August 19–20, 2021

Which representatives and senators truly drive progress on specific public issues? Who gets things done, for example, when it comes to health care, or education, or defense? And how do they move specific legislation effectively through Congress?

Craig Volden, Professor of Public Policy and Politics at the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy at the University of Virginia and Co-Director of the Center for Effective Lawmaking, along with Alan E. Wiseman, Professor and Cornelius Vanderbilt Chair at Vanderbilt University and also Co-Director of the Center for Effective Lawmaking,  will answer these questions and more in this unique half-day course.

August 14, 2020

In recognition that UVA School of Engineering’s core values call on engineering faculty to be leaders in their school, departments, labs and classrooms, Batten partnered with UVA Engineering for a series of courses designed to develop engineering faculty as effective leaders.

September 2019 – April 2020