Executive Access: Your Hero’s Journey

Developed in response to intense client demand, our new Executive Access series offers short programs that provide you with immediate, actionable insights in light of the current pandemic and its economic aftermath. The next program in the series is Your Hero's Journey: Be Proactive, Confront Challenges, and Succeed, taught by long-time Executive Education faculty member Bruce Craven.

Faculty Director Bruce Craven

Date: October 6, 2020
Time: 12–3 p.m. ET
Fee: $450
Format: 3-hours, live online

This program earns 1/2 a certificate credit. Learn more.

Program Overview

This interactive, three-hour virtual workshop delivers a process to prepare you to achieve your leadership goals. The content will motivate you to act with professional responsibility, focus, and commitment.

The Hero’s Journey roadmap you create during these three hours will serve as a map to guide yourself and your team to success in a shifting, competitive, and volatile environment. You will build the skills needed to expand your opportunities and execute your vision by understanding and responding to the stages one must explore and confront in order to succeed.

Professor Craven teaches leadership to C-suite executives and graduate business students. He is the author of Win Or Die: Leadership Secrets from Game of Thrones. His Hero's Journey session has impacted senior and developing leaders from numerous industries around the globe in both the public and private sectors.

Learning Outcomes

✓ Identify sequential steps to process and accomplish leadership challenges

✓ Gain clarity on a mindset and two frameworks to maximize your internal and external capabilities

✓ Review the case study of a creative leader with a unique vision who transformed an industry

✓ Alert yourself to potential resources available to achieve your goal

✓ Get inspired by an iconic 19th century American leader to build the habit of confronting adversity


  • The Hero’s Journey Model Based on Famed Mythologist Joseph Campbell
  • Leveraging Emotional Intelligence
  • Choosing a Proactive Mindset
  • Leadership Insights from the Life of Frederick Douglass
  • Why George Lucas, Strapped for Cash During Star Wars, Turned Down Offers for More Studio Money
  • Our Responsibility to Build Strong Allies


» Download the program schedule here.


Bruce Craven
Adjunct Associate Professor of Business
Faculty, Executive Education
Columbia Business School

Bruce Craven teaches sessions on leadership, focusing on communication, defining purpose, flexible learning, effective messaging, and the power of writing as a tool to face future challenges. Over the years, he has taught and had a leadership role in a number of open-enrollment and custom programs in the Executive Education portfolio. He has also been a visiting professor at the WHU Business School in Germany and the faculty director of the one-week leadership program of WHU at the Columbia Business School.


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