Being a Leader


Next offering in Fall 2020

Program Instructor

Dr. Jeri Echeverria

Discover the power of leadership! Learn what thousands of academics, executives, entrepreneurs, and students have learned worldwide about a unique approach to being a leader anywhere, anytime, in any situation.

The Being a Leader course is based on a transformative leadership course developed over the last 13 years by top thought leaders from around the country. The original course, Being a Leader and the Effective Exercise of Leadership: An Ontological/Phenomenological Model, is offered annually to the public by its author-instructors, including Dr. Jeri Echeverria, (Professor and Provost Emerita, CSU Fresno and retired Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs of the CSU System). The program has been offered at Texas A & M University, Dartmouth School of Medicine, UCLA, United States Air Force Academy, CSU Fresno, and CSU Bakersfield.

In this course, you will have access to the being of a leader, and the effective exercise of leadership as your natural self-expression. Leadership is not about title, position, authority, intelligence, or influence. Being a Leader, is about the mastery of leadership, leaving you transformed as a leader and exercising leadership successfully.


Next offering in Fall 2020.


A native Californian born to Basque immigrants, Echeverria grew up on a sheep ranch in Southern California. She earned her bachelor’s degree in History and Humanities at the University of California, Irvine, and completed her doctorate in History at the University of North Texas. An expert on Basque settlement in the American West, her publications include: Home Away from Home: A History of Basque Boarding Houses; Portraits of Basques in the New World; and Home Off the Range: Basque Hotels in America. Echeverria has also published numerous articles and chapters on Basques and is frequently invited to speak on related topics.

Professor Echeverria began her academic career in 1988 when she joined the Department of History at Fresno State. She later served as Chair of the History Department, as Associate Dean of the College of Social Sciences, and as Associate Provost before being appointed Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs.

As Provost at Fresno State, Dr. Echeverria played a leadership role in strategic and academic planning, expanding graduate and joint doctoral programs, supporting student success initiatives, addressing gender and equity issues and diversity hiring, planning for instructional technology, and developing systems to expand grant and contract activity.

Dr. Echeverria has spent the better part of the past four decades in education - both as a professor and in administrative positions, and has found that offering the Leadership Course has been one of the highlights of her teaching experience