PRESS RELEASE: Clinical Laboratory Industry’s First-Ever Learning Track for Lab Mentors and their Mentorees Is Part of the 21st Annual Executive War College on Lab and Pathology Management


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AUSTIN, Texas (March 21, 2016) — Every lab needs a succession planning program that mentors its up-and-coming leaders, and that is exactly what will be offered at the 21st annual Executive War College on Laboratory and Pathology Management, April 26-27, 2016 in New Orleans.

At a time of ongoing budget cutbacks and increased retirements, it is imperative that every laboratory prepare its most promising young managers to be effective leaders when their time comes. An effective management development and succession planning program is a keystone to the sustained clinical excellence and financial success of all labs going forward. This is why Executive War College has organized the lab industry’s first-ever Mentor/Mentoree learning experience.

A rich, hands-on learning program for mentors and their mentorees will be provided by two of the nation’s prominent experts in leadership development and mentoring:

  • Col. Jeffery McCausland, US Army, Retired, CEO at Diamond6 Leadership and Strategy, LLC, formerly Dean of Academic Studies at the US Army War College in Carlisle, PA
  • W. Brad Johnson, Professor of Psychology in the Department of Leadership, Ethics and Law at the United States Naval Academy, and a Faculty Associate in the Graduate School of Education at Johns Hopkins University. Johnson has authored several books on mentoring, including The Elements of Mentoring

To prepare participants for their on-site mentor and mentoree experience, a pre-conference webinar will take place March 31 at 1 pm EDT. This free webinar is open to all lab administrators, executives, and managers, who will hear McCausland and Johnson lay groundwork and give guidance on how mentors and mentorees can use the regular learning sessions at Executive War College to best advantage.

On Monday afternoon, April 25, prior to the kickoff of Executive War College, McCausland and Johnson will conduct a workshop to present the proven methods of mentoring. Then, to sustain the learning and networking, private lunch sessions will be offered each day of the main conference, open only to mentors and their mentorees. After the 2nd day luncheon, there will be a 2-hour session to wrap up the learning experience.

Finally, a post-conference webinar will take place approximately 30 days after War College to allow mentors and mentorees to review their progress and take the mentoring relationship in the direction of greatest value to mentorees.

Note that mentors attending with their mentorees will receive a specially discounted Executive War College registration rate, and a deeply discounted registration rate for their mentorees.

More information about the main Executive War College conference can be found at

For additional information the special Mentor/Mentoree learning track, contact Chris Garcia at 512-264-7103



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