Organizational Leadership & Strategy in Uncertain Times
Strategic Thinking • Leadership • Change Management

Seminar Instructor: Jeremi Suri, PhD
Upcoming Course Dates: September 27, 2018; November 8, 2018 (8:30 am – 4:00 pm)

As a participant in this seminar, you will learn how to: (1) leverage historical thinking for effective leadership; (2) become a better strategic thinker; (3) define and guide change, even in a resistant environment; (4) anticipate future changes in your field; and (5) define your self-image as a leader.

Course Description

How vital is strategic thinking to your success as a leader?

How can adding a historical perspective to your leadership approach enable you to better anticipate and manage change?

When facing a critical situation, leaders are pressured to act quickly, often without sufficient time to fully identify and understand the context and background issues influencing the situation. Leaders who embrace history may use it in the wrong way, but those who embrace historical thinking are better prepared to foresee and strategically respond to challenges.

In this seminar, you will learn “Leadership Thinking,” an immersive, experiential process of redefining your role as a leader generally, and your approach to decision-making in particular.

Additionally, you and your fellow seminar participants will examine how incorporating historical thinking improves strategic leadership and agility, drawing inspiration and possible models from historical figures who practiced these techniques.

Through in-class exercises and discussion, you will also define the key strategic questions and objectives necessary to help your organization overcome the mental and cultural elements that are constraining strategic thinking and fostering resistance to change.

Details & Registration

Location: AT&T Executive Conference Center, UT Austin Campus
Upcoming Courses: September 27, 2018; November 8, 2018
Time: 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Seminar Pricing

  • Standard Registration: $1,000
  • Early Bird Registration: $750 (first 10 participants)
  • UT System Staff/Alumni Registration: $650
  • Educator/Nonprofit/Government/Military Registration: $650
  • HDO Master’s Program Alumni: Free
  • Group Pricing
  • Certificate Seeker Discount

Seminar Fee Includes:

  • Course Registration
  • Parking
  • WiFi Access
  • Lunch
  • Refreshments
  • Course Materials

If you have questions prior to registering, please see our Professional Training FAQ or contact Lewis Miller, HDO’s Marketing Coordinator, at


Please select your preferred date below:

Enrollment: September 27
Enrollment: November 8
Course Leader(s)

Jeremi Suri is is the author of five books on contemporary politics and foreign policy. He has taught this and a number of other leadership seminars for over decade to a variety of audiences, including state and federal government leaders, non-profit executives, and business leaders.

In September 2011, he published a book on the past and future of nation-building: Liberty’s Surest Guardian: American Nation-Building from the Founders to Obama. Professor Suri’s research and teaching have received numerous prizes. In 2007, Smithsonian Magazine named him one of America’s “Top Young Innovators” in the Arts and Sciences. His writings appear widely in blogs and print media. Professor Suri is also a frequent public lecturer and guest on radio and television programs. In 2017, Dr. Suri published The Impossible Presidency: The Rise and Fall of America’s Highest Office, in which he argues that the successful presidents of the past created unrealistic expectations for every president since JFK, with enormously problematic implications for American politics.

Who Should Participate?

The majority of participants in our Seminars and Certificate Programs are mid- and upper-level professionals working in the business, nonprofit, government, or military sectors; however, professionals at all levels of experience are welcome to participate. There are no prerequisites for enrolling in an HDO Professional Seminar.

While all HDO Seminars are developed with wide-ranging applicability in mind, the following individuals and groups will likely find Organizational Leadership & Strategy in Uncertain Times most directly relevant to their work:

  • Senior/Executive Leadership
  • Managers and Directors
  • Public and private sector employees who have recently transitioned to executive roles or aspire to do so
  • Federal and state agency heads and deputies
  • Project Managers
Out-of-Town Participants

For participants coming in for seminars from outside the Austin area, there are several hotels near campus, many within walking distance.

HDO recommends the following hotels:

HDO works with these many of these venues on a regular basis. If you need assistance selecting a hotel, please contact Jessica Crawford, HDO’s Senior Administrative Associate at

On-campus parking is covered for all participants for the day of their seminar. For transit information, please visit Capital Metro’s website.


Dr. Suri is an excellent, unorthodox instructor. He worked to make sure that the seminar participants had meaningful discussions. Overall, it was a very compelling seminar to take!

– Erika S. Corbell, Senior Program Coordinator, Construction Industry Institute


Another terrific HDO seminar! I love the structure of these courses – incredible instructors from various backgrounds, opening minds to consider different solutions to common organizational problems.

– Sarah Gerichten, Marketing Director, Square Root, Inc.