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the LEADERSHIP Academy

The Leadership Academy is built upon dynamic, yet pragmatic, approaches and leadership philosophies for self-developing leaders across all industries. Our challenging and rigorous programs are designed for the ambitious leader who is determined to improve their value and create a direct impact on their organization.

Utilizing best in class curriculum, our graduates improve their executive brand and leadership competencies at the individual, team, and organizational level. 

All aspects of the Academy are based on three core components: increasing self-awareness, driving high performing teams, and strategic thinking and decision making. Master these concepts...become a highly effective leader.

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Leadership Excellence Summit

Taking Your Leadership Development to Great Heights

October 9-12, 2018 • Houston, TX

The Leadership Excellence Summit is a rigorous and innovative program designed to yield a transformative impact on your development as a leader. This highly interactive and applicable program will be led by Michael Brainard along with three key industry leaders.


Key Takeaways

  • Gain awareness of your own leadership strengths
    and tendencies through participation in online

  • Develop crucial leadership skills to further your career as an emerging executive leader in today’s global economy

  • Extensively network with other leaders across disciplines and industries - a peer network you can tap into and stay connected with as you continue in your leadership journey for years to come

An emerging leader needs conclusive steps to increase self-awareness, enhance organizational culture, and improve leadership effectiveness. You will leave the Summit with a transformed perspective of how you lead and clear methods to achieve your vision.

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Business executives. Not empty suits.

We think differently when it comes to our lineup. We hand select key industry leaders — not celebrities — who have excelled in leading, innovating, and strategizing.

Michael Brainard

Michael Brainard

CEO & Founder
Braindard Strategy
Michael Brainard
CEO & Founder
Brainard Stategy
David Kenyon

David Kenyon

Renderstorm, Inc.
David Kenyon
Renderstorm, Inc.
Kelly Kambs

Kelly Kambs

Terminix Commercial
Kelly Kambs
Terminix Commercial
Kathleen Woodhouse

Kathleen Woodhouse

Nova Leadership
Kathleen Woodhouse
Nova Leadership
Brainard Strategy has worked with thousands of leaders across hundreds of companies.
Who should attend the Leadership Academy programs?
The Leadership Academy programs are designed for professionals from the manager to executive level, who are committed to self-development, driving innovation, and instilling positive change in their organizations. During the session leaders will challenge their current leadership style and explore new skills and techniques which will allow them to advance in their career and have their teams follow them differently.
How do I register for the Leadership Excellence Summit?
To register using a credit card click here, which will take you to our Eventbrite page. If you have questions regarding registration or would prefer a different payment method, please reach out to Lena Baer, Director of the Brainard Strategy Leadership Academy, at or by phone at (760) 438-8230. For group registrations of three or more attendees, email Lena Baer at with each registrant’s name and contact information (address, email, phone number). Please include a purchase order and/or contact information for payment. Group invoices will be sent, but individual confirmations will not be issued until payment is received.
Is there any pre-work for the program?

Yes. In advance of the session, we would like you to complete an emotional intelligence assessment. Emotional intelligence is a set of emotional and social skills that collectively establish how well we:

    • Perceive and express ourselves
    Develop and maintain social relationships
    Cope with challenges
    Use emotional information in an effective and meaningful way

Please plan to complete the assessment by September 21, 2018. You will be provided with your assessment results once you arrive at the session. You can reach out to your dedicated  Leadership Excellence Summit Program Director, Lena Baer, at for any questions regarding the assessment.
How much does the Summit cost?

Tuition for the Leadership Excellence Summit is $5,500 per participant. Take advantage of our early bird rates and purchase admission at $4,950 per participant by enrolling before July 31, 2018, or at $5,225 per participant by enrolling before August 31, 2018.

What is the dress code?

The recommended dress code is smart casual. We want you to feel comfortable attending our Summit.

If you are interested in joining our social morning activities (running, yoga, etc.), please bring appropriate attire. 

Do you offer special Leadership Excellence Summit hotel rates?
Yes! Once you have registered, we will provide you with a link to book your stay at our corporate ratePlease be advised that the discounted hotel rooms are limited and are provided on a first come, first serve basis.
What is your cancellation policy?

To receive a full refund, cancellations must be made via Eventbrite or in writing via email to at least 30 days prior to the event. Refunds will not be given for cancellations that occur under 30 days prior to the start of the event.

You may substitute another individual for the same event date without incurring a cancellation fee. Cancellation notifications via social media (e.g., posting on our Facebook page or a tweet) are not acceptable. Please ensure you receive confirmation of your cancellation.

Who should I contact if I have special dietary needs or allergies?

Please reach out to Lena Baer, Director of the Brainard Leadership Academy, and we will coordinate meals with the hotel accordingly.

Who can I contact for additional questions?
We want to ensure a seamless program experience for our participants. Lena Baer, Director of the Brainard Strategy Leadership Academy, is your go to resource up to and during the Summit and will be happy to answer any additional questions. Please reach out at or by phone at (760) 438-8230.



The Westin Galleria

5060 W. Alabama
Houston, TX 77056


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largest cities in the United States,

known for their world-class arts

and fine cuisine!

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