Turning Point

Turning Point is a five-day leadership program for staff that focuses on individuals as leaders, individual effectiveness, the power of dialogue and communication, personal mastery, and leadership within the Cornell culture.


Registration Fee:

  • Cornell employees: $260
  • External participants: $1,500

This course requires manager approval for registration. 

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Cancellation Policy: Organizational Development & Effectiveness incurs significant administrative costs related to your registration before a program. Therefore, should you cancel 4 weeks prior to the program start date, your department will be charged 100% of the registration fee.

Program Goals


• Gain an understanding of how you effectively lead from where you are in work and life and maximize your influence at Cornell.

• Create a foundation for building community, creating a culture where you can grow and thrive while finding a sense of joy.

• Experience an evidence-based, highly interactive curriculum involving an array of learning formats in a safe and trustworthy space.





• Increase your self-awareness and embrace your potential for personal and professional growth and transformation.

• Develop and define your values, passions, strengths, and challenges as you explore your leadership styles and how they contribute to Cornell culture.



• Develop your ability to effectively communicate with transparency and compassion as you inspire trust, accomplish goals, and build relationships.

• Engage in the strength of our diversity as we seek out and learn from unfamiliar experiences and embrace those lessons to succeed in a range of new situations.



• Explore the meaning of belonging and how you contribute to a diverse, equitable, and inclusive culture.

• Engage and align with your purpose and value as you build connection to yourself and others.


What is the difference between Turning Point and HDCLP?

While the structures of the programs (and the learning outcomes) are nearly identical, the difference between the programs is the people with whom you go through the program. Turning Point participants are individual contributors; HDCLP participants are people leaders, program or project managers who are responsible for the work of others.  By making this distinction in our programs, we can match you up with your peers who have similar shared experiences. Those shared experiences and similarities in your work, help you to connect with the folks in your program, to learn new ways of managing your unique tasks, and to build relationships with people across campus. 

When we have programs primarily filled with folks who manage people, and only a handful who do not manage people, the group has fewer shared experiences.  The managers naturally have similar management problems to talk about and solve, while the non-managers would have other topics on which to work. It leads to a split in the group experience. Therefore, rather than having the group split, we make the split ahead of time as we create groups with similar job-related tasks, duties, and responsibilities.

This said, the outcomes for the participants of Turning Point and HDCLP are the same:  a heightened awareness of your own leadership style, the ability to work well in a team, an increase in your effectiveness at work (and in your personal life), and tools that help you manage difficult situations.




Contact Ari Mack at 255-7458 or Deb Billups at 254-1176.