Leadership Development Seminar

This highly flexible program is designed for women at various levels of formal leadership who are looking for opportunities to expand their skill set and engage a community of like-minded learners. Participants do NOT need to be ordained; this is for women who want to advance as leaders as well as for those who are already leading as pastors, but also in staff roles, as lay leaders or committee heads in congregations, or in nonprofit work.

Topics covered include: leadership identity and vision, change management, strategic planning, managing a team, navigating conflict, and more. In addition to seminar leaders, participants have access to a seasoned mentor who acts as a resource and wise guide as we move through the material, as well as a certified executive coach offering feedback and guidance. Each participant will be invited to connect one of the core themes with a real-world opportunity or challenge she is facing, and present on how she intends to use material from the seminar in addressing it.

Important Details

This program is only offered to those who go through the application process, managed by Iron Sharpening Iron. The next cohort begins in Spring 2024, but there is a rolling deadline for applications.

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Program Meeting Dates

  •  April 11, 2024
  •  April 18, 2024
  •  May 2, 2024
  •  May 16, 2024
  •  May 30, 2024
  •  June 13, 2024
  •  June 27, 2024
  •  August 1, 2024
  •  August 8, 2024

Participant Commitments

  •  Attend 10 virtual sessions, each 90 minutes long
  •  Prepare for sessions through readings, self-reflection and one final presentation connecting learning with a real-world leadership challenge
  •  Participate in one 1-on-1 coaching session
  •  Be willing to engage deeply in learning, building relationships with colleagues, and fostering the growth of self and others

How it Works

  When: Starts April 2024

  Duration: 10 Weeks

  Difficulty: Intermediate

  Price: $1,999

Program Leadership

Rev. Dr. Anne Stewart

Rev. Dr. Anne Stewart

Anne is the Project Director of Iron Sharpening Iron and also serves as Executive Vice President of Princeton Seminary. She is a proud alumna of Smith College, Princeton Seminary (MDiv), and Emory University (PhD, Old Testament).

She is excited to combine these experiences through the Iron Sharpening Iron program, which joins women’s education with service to the church and a name that comes from the Old Testament. She is a Presbyterian minister and the author of Poetic Ethics in Proverbs: Wisdom Literature and the Shaping of the Moral Self.

Thais Carter

Thais Carter

Thais is the Associate Director of Iron Sharpening Iron and also serves as the Director for Strategic Initiatives at Princeton Theological Seminary, guiding initiatives that extend the Seminary’s reach and engagement with a broader public.

Prior to her work at Princeton Seminary, she served as the Bonnie and Peter Raquet Endowed Chair of the Institute for Leadership and Service at Valparaiso University, where she established a broad portfolio of programs focused on leadership development and vocational discernment.

In May of 2022 she completed her Masters in Public Administration at New York University’s Wagner School of Public Service.

Rev. Shelley Smith

Rev. Shelley Smith

Shelley is certified as an Associate Certified Coach with the International Coaching Federation and endorsed by the United Methodist General Board of Higher Education and Ministry as a Life Coach Chaplain. As a coach, she creates a confidential space to find inspiration and motivation that results in professional and personal transformation, balance and wellness guided by client goals. She works with clergy and teams of various denominations, partner with individuals and organizations in leadership development, and train persons participating in certified coaching programs.

She has over 20 years of ministry experience, with the past eleven years as a senior pastor. As a clergy member of the Greater New Jersey United Methodist Church Annual Conference, she is appointed to Extension Ministry as a coach. In addition to serving as the GNJUMC Conference Secretary, she is on the Board of Ordained Ministry and a Circuit Leader. She received her Master of Divinity degree from Palmer Theological Seminary, St. David’s PA in 2011., and was an adjunct professor in their Eastern School of Christian Ministries. She celebrates family with my husband, two sons, daughter-in-law, and three grandchildren. Travel, genealogy, and old movies are favorite interests.

Rev. Pam Driesell

Rev. Pam Driesell

Pam began ordained ministry in 1999 as the organizing pastor of a PCUSA church plant near Athens, Georgia, and served the Oconee Presbyterian Church until 2010, when she was called as the fourth Senior Pastor of Trinity Presbyterian Church in Atlanta.

She has served on numerous councils and commissions, including moderating the Tri-Presbytery New Church Development Commission, Princeton Institute for Youth Ministry’s formative Advisory Council, Columbia Theological Seminary Board of Trustees, and Montreat Conference Center Board of Trustees.

She is a graduate of James Madison University, Hollins University, and Princeton Theological Seminary.