Your first step in leadership development

Taking on new supervisory responsibilities is a great opportunity and challenge. Many in supervisory roles have learned either by trial and error or by following what was done by their predecessor. In most cases, this is not a very effective strategy. This short, dynamic workshop will get you going in the right direction with some fundamental skills and ideas for how to continue your growth as a supervisor and leader.

Who should attend

  • Newly promoted or hired supervisors
  • Small business owners starting to supervise employees
  • Candidates for upcoming supervisory positions

Benefits of attending this program

  • Reduced stress associated with supervision
  • Increased confidence in your leadership ability
  • Improved team performance
  • Focus on the most important things as a supervisor/leader
  • Plan for continued training and development to build skills and knowledge over time

Key topics addressed

  • New role = new mindset
  • Basic supervisory responsibilities
  • Dealing with co-workers in your new role
  • Improving communication in your team
  • Effective delegation
  • Recognizing and motivating team members
  • Planning your future leadership development



Sarah Smyrk

Sarah Hause Sarah Smyrk is the Senior Manager of Product Training Strategy  with The Center for Advisor Excellence™; a division of CUNA Mutual Group.

In this role, she’s responsible for the vision, strategy, and execution for all product related training initiatives for CUNA Brokerage Services, Inc. and its financial advisors.  In addition, she develops training for CUNA Mutual Group’s Life, Annuity and Health Product Teams. 

As a Registered Corporate Coach™, Sarah works closely with advisors on an individual basis to help them achieve top levels of success and take their business to the next level, while providing an outstanding client experience.

Sarah also leads CBSI’s Women of Distinction program; a group of the company’s top female financial advisors.  The group focuses on mentoring advisors who are either new to organization or to the industry.

Sarah lives in Sun Prairie, WI and is actively involved in her community; volunteering with several non-profits and teaching a class for the UW Small Business Development Center.  In 2013, she was recognized by Madison’s InBusiness magazine as “40 Under 40.”  She enjoys working out and running with her dog, Wally.


  • Location: Grainger Hall, UW-Madison
  • Schedule: 8:30 am - 4:30pm
  • Date: September 15, 2016
  • Fee: $220
Click to REGISTER ONLINE or Call 608-262-3909

Cancellation policy: If you cancel before the program begins, there is a $10 cancellation fee. If you cancel after the program begins you will be charged for the full program fee. To cancel, call registration at 608-262-3909.

If there is inclement weather, please call 608-263-2221 for a recorded message after 6:30 am for day classes or after 3:30 pm for night classes.

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