An Important Announcement From OfficeNinjas Founders →We’re Taking a Hiatus

This is Your Cohort’s Community Space

Welcome to the Leadership & Communication Summer Cohort, [user_meta field=”first_name”].

Through UC Berkeley’s esteemed Executive Education program, countless top executives from across all industries have uncovered their authentic leadership style. And now, through our Leadership & Communication course, so will you.

This is the only executive-level course of its kind for the Admin+ profession. And we couldn’t be more excited to enter into this new era of learning with you.

Consider this community space your homebase for the course. It contains logistical details, preparatory materials, and a designated space for you to engage with fellow cohort members.

We’ll continue to add need-to-know information over the coming weeks to set you up for success. You’ll be alerted each time we make an update.

This course will be unlike anything else you’ve experienced. It’ll challenge you to leave your comfort zone to identify your weaknesses and transform them into strengths.

Get ready for a transformational experience!

Nancy and Edwin
OfficeNinjas Founders

How to Navigate Your Course Experience

Ready to make the most of this interactive course?

Take these five steps.



Add Events to Your Calendar

There are several learning + mixer events to enhance your experience.

Didn’t get a cal invite? Email us.


Peruse the Pre-Course Material

Come to the course ready for success. Prep will take you up to two hours.

Access readings


Attend the Pre-Course Cohort Gatherings on Aug 11 and 19

Get to know cohort members and build lasting professional relationships.

View the events schedule


Attend the Two-Day Course on Aug 26 + 27

You must attend both days to receive a certificate of completion.

View the details


Attend the Course Reflection Session on Sept 1

You did it! Reflect on your growth and celebrate together.

View the details

Your Events Schedule

In addition to the two-day UC Berkeley course, participate in cohort mixer events to meet fellow members and build high-value connections. Trust us when we say: your cohort relationships are just as impactful as the course learnings.

Introduce Yourself

Cohort Meet n’ Greet



Your cohort is a diverse group of high performing Admins+ — in titles, locations, and years of experience! Introduce yourself to each other ahead of the course in a casual discussion forum hosted by Barb Grealish, OfficeNinjas Community Advocate + Leadership & Communication alumna (2019).

>> The Discussion Forum is Now Live.

THU, 8/19: 11:30am-12:45pm PT

Course Prep Session



Join with audio + video

Learn more about your course experience, from Leadership & Communication alumna (2019), Barb Grealish. Then, break into groups of three to discuss the course and your goals.

Session hosted by Edwin Salgado (OfficeNinjas Co-Founder + CEO), Kristin Sgroi (Director of Education), and Barb Grealish (Community Advocate).

>> Session will be hosted on Zoom.

THU, 8/26: 9:00am-4:30pm PT

UC Berkeley Course, Day 1



Join with audio + video

Influential leadership begins with the power of storytelling and knowing how to connect with your audience. You’ll use storytelling to connect with your audience, improve your communication delivery, and transform your communication weaknesses into strengths.

Download the Course Workbook.
Download the Course Slide Deck.

>> Course will be hosted on Zoom.

FRI, 8/27: 9:00am-4:30pm PT

UC Berkeley Course, Day 2



Join with audio + video

Employ the art of giving and receiving constructive feedback, create a community of excellence through active communicating and coaching techniques, and engage in productive interpersonal exchanges.

>> Course will be hosted on Zoom.

WED, 9/1: 12:00pm-1:00pm PT

Course Reflection Session



Join with audio + video

You’ve completed the course — how will you make it count? In this session, you’ll reflect on your learnings and growth, and set a meaningful intention for practicing your new skills.

>> Session will be hosted on Zoom.


Cohort Discussion Forum

Access private discussion spaces where you and cohort members can chat about course materials, share insights, and support each other as you apply your learnings to professional goals.

Go to the Discussion Forum

Your Pre-Course Materials

Come prepared for success by perusing the following materials before the course on Aug 26 + 27. These materials are authorized for use by UC Berkeley Executive Education. Any unauthorized use or reproduction of these materials are strictly prohibited.

Discovering Your Authentic Leadership

Reading time: 24 minutes
We all have the capacity to inspire and empower others. But we must first be willing to devote ourselves to our personal growth and development as leaders.

Read Harvard Business Review

The Trust Equation

Reading time: 30 minutes
The trust equation says that a professional’s trustworthiness is dependent on their credibility, reliability, intimacy, and self-orientation. Learn how a trust-based strategy is a profitable strategy.

Read the Perspectives on Trust

Rejecting the Success/Failure Paradigm and Practicing the Art of Possibility

Reading time: 39 minutes
In this chapter, the authors encourage the practice of moving away from a place of measuring how a person stacks up against external standards and towards a place of respect that gives that person room to imagine new possibilities and realize themselves.

Read Harvard Business Press

The Danger of a Single Story

Watch time: 19 minutes
Our lives, our cultures, are composed of many overlapping stories. Novelist Chimamanda Adichie tells the story of how she found her authentic cultural voice — and warns that if we hear only a single story about another person or country, we risk a critical misunderstanding.

Watch Ted Talk

Have questions or comments?

We love hearing from you. The best way to reach us is to email Programs Coordinator Heather Ratner Solovey at We’ll get back to you within 24 hours.