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WorkBoat and Faststream Offer Scholarships for WorkBoat Strategic Leadership Development Program

Two full scholarships, sponsored by WorkBoat magazine and Faststream, are being offered to the ground-breaking WorkBoat Strategic Leadership Development Program, which is designed to help develop the next generation of maritime industry leaders.

Developing and retaining strong, strategic leaders is one of the most important investments that an organization can make to ensure future growth and sustainability.

    PORTLAND, ME, July 09, 2014 /24-7PressRelease/ -- WorkBoat magazine and Faststream Recruitment Group are sponsoring one scholarship each for participants in the WorkBoat Strategic Leadership Development Program this September. The Scholarships are for Leadership Excellence and will provide two individuals with paid entry to the 12-month program.

The WorkBoat Strategic Leadership Development Program has been formulated by WorkBoat Professional Series administrators in conjunction with Louisiana State University's E.J. Ourso College of Business Stephenson Entrepreneurship Institute for individuals in the mid- to upper-career levels within marine industry organizations.

"Research tells us that today's top marine industry executives have legitimate concerns about where and how the generation that succeeds them will acquire the leadership skills necessary to compete in an increasingly complex environment," said Ken Hocke, senior editor, WorkBoat magazine. "This ground-breaking program is designed to respond to this need, and the scholarships offer the opportunity for two people to attend this important leadership program at no cost."

Each scholarship is valued at $9,500 and covers tuition, continental breakfasts, lunches, hotel accommodations for the three-day, face-to-face event in Baton Rouge, all virtual learning sessions and all education materials. The scholarship is not transferrable and has no cash value.

For further information and an application, visit

About the WorkBoat Strategic Leadership Development Program
The WorkBoat Strategic Leadership Development Program launches in September 2014 and will incorporate face-to-face instruction, online instruction and one-on-one business success coaching. The curriculum will focus on leadership development, self-development, teamwork, strategic planning, innovation, problem solving, conflict management and communication. The program will provide participants with an intellectually stimulating learning atmosphere. Participants will assess their effectiveness, learn to capitalize on their strengths, identify and improve upon their weaknesses, and increase their awareness of the economic, social and legal environments in which their companies operate.

Key topics specific to the marine industry have been included in the program with the guidance of an advisory board of industry leaders, who believe in the need and vision for this type of training. Advisory Board members include Richard Bludworth, owner, Bludworth Marine LLC; Ben Bordelon, chief operating officer, Bollinger Shipyards; Wes Bordelon, president and owner, Bordelon Marine; Gary Faber, senior vice president, Foss Maritime Company; Frank Foti, president and CEO, Vigor Industrial; and, Christian Vaccari, president, Leevac Shipyards LLC.

"The inclusion of maritime industry input in the planning and execution stages will ensure relevant value and content for the program," said Bludworth. "The opportunity to offer a university-level education program with specific maritime emphasis for mid- and line-level managers will create a much needed professional path to help replace retiring senior managers within the industry."

"This 12-month certificate program offers unparalled access to LSU executive coaches and faculty along with thought leaders in the maritime industry," said Robin Kistler, director of LSU Education at the Stephenson Entrepreneurship at the E.J. Ourso College of Business. "We are proud to collaborate with the commercial maritime industry and WorkBoat on this program that focuses on the most pressing needs of the commercial marine business community and its most important resource - people."

The cost to attend this 12-month program is $9,500 per student.

The Curriculum
Through experiential learning participants will receive training in the following areas: Strategic Planning and Decision Making, Leadership, Emotional Intelligence, Crucial Communications, Negotiations/Managing Conflict, HR/Employee Relations, Needs and Opportunity Assessment, The Language of Business, Understanding Business Financials and Financial Stability, Managing Up, Down and Across Organizations, International Business Ethics and Etiquette, International Maritime Regulations and their impact on US flag Vessels, Emissions Regulations and Environmental Impacts, Ballast Water and Air Pollution, Maritime Law, OSHA/ IMO/Coast Guard Regulations for the Maritime Industry and Maritime Management.

Who Should Attend
- Managers who are working in technical/functional areas of the organization where an organization-wide point of view will prove helpful in their development.
- Managers who have progressed rapidly within the organization or managers who have been identified as having the capacity for greater responsibilities within the near future.
- Individuals who desire to sharpen their analytical and decision making skills.

Participant Benefits
- Three days of face-to-face group instruction at the LSU campus in Baton Rouge, La.
- Seven one-on-one coaching sessions with an assigned LSU Executive Education business coach.
- Six on-line learning sessions with LSU Executive Education faculty members and industry executives.
- Four online learning sessions presented by LSU Executive Education faculty.
- Two online learning sessions presented by industry related experts.
- Mentoring by individual industry professionals.
- A pre-course online 360 -- degree assessment conducted in an online, anonymous format. Coaching will include a personalized review of 360 assessment results.
- A pre-course online DISC personality assessment. Coaching will include a review of personal DISC assessment results.
- An individualized professional development action plan designed by the participant and their assigned LSU Executive Education business coach.
- Benefits also include: mentoring, networking, and the opportunities to embark on relationships that will last a career.

To Enroll
Application to this program is required. Class members are selected to ensure diversity of industry, experience, function, and size of organization to promote a strong peer learning environment. The program is open to members of the public and private sectors. The deadline for admission is one month prior to the start of the program. After the deadline date, each applicant will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis depending upon space availability. WorkBoat and LSU Executive Education reserve the right to cancel any program.

"Developing and retaining strong, strategic leaders is one of the most important investments that an organization can make to ensure future growth and sustainability," said WorkBoat editor-in-chief David Krapf.

For further information visit or contact WorkBoat Professional Series Manager Lisa Keller at 207-842-5624 or at For further information on the LSU Executive Education program, visit

About WorkBoat
WorkBoat is part of the Diversified Business Communications portfolio of commercial marine events, publications and e-media products. The WorkBoat brand has been connecting qualified buyers with leading suppliers for more than 45 years. In print through WorkBoat magazine, online at, face-to-face at the International WorkBoat Show and through education with the Professional Series, WorkBoat delivers high quality information to all segments of the marine industry in North America. For more information, visit

About Diversified Communications
Diversified Communications is a leading international media company providing market access, education and information through global, national and regional face-to-face events, eMedia, publications and television stations. Diversified serves a number of industries including: seafood, food service, natural and organic, healthcare, commercial marine, and business management. Based in Portland, Maine, USA, Diversified has divisions in the Eastern United States, Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, India, Thailand and the United Kingdom. For more information, visit:

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Lisa Keller
Diversified Business Communications
Portland, Maine
Voice: 207-842-5500
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