Alumni Feedback

Kathy Black

"SMPS program gave me the knowledge and background to feel confident in promoting learned concepts at my organization. I recommend it to anyone in a strategic planning role who must think about strategy and executing strategy."

Director, Office of Strategic Planning at American Association for the Advancement of Science

Lisa Price

“I'm thoroughly enjoying this course.  It's definitely the best strategic planning course I've taken over the years.  Wish I'd known about it several years ago!”

Executive Director
Office of Strategy, Planning and Performance
Prince George’s County School System

Linnea Musselman

“This course is applicable for anyone within the professional world who wants to gain a better understanding of strategic thinking.”

Booz Allen Hamilton

Dr. James Stewart

“I personally like a straightforward, logical, hence teachable approach to strategic management, which this course well provided.”

Collegiate Professor
University of Maryland University College

Mastering Strategy for the Public Sector: Strategy Management Performance System Certification Program

Successful strategic management and execution helps organizations navigate uncertainty by aligning agency mission with organizational and individual performance objectives, measuring what matters, and improving internal communication about risks and budget priorities. Propel your organization forward with this highly interactive Mastering Strategy SMPS Certification program, presented in partnership with LBL Strategies.

Designed for current and aspiring strategy leaders, the program offers tools and best practices from across the private and private sectors. Taking advantage of small classroom size, our instructors will work with you one-on-one to help customize the experience to your individual work environment and learning needs.

Whatever the organizational climate, key actions and behaviors learned in this program will help you:

  • Lead your organization through strategic planning and performance management process
  • Improve organizational performance, specifically by looking at a few critical performance metrics
  • Align the daily work with higher-level strategy
  • Enhance communication of the organization’s Strategic Direction (“where we are going”) as well as the Strategic Operating Plan (“how we are going to get there”)
  • Learn how to prioritize in times of economic hardship and political uncertainty

Participants will have the opportunity to network and build community with guest speakers and participating leaders throughout the five days.

Past Guest Speakers:

Additional Program Benefits:

  • The program is endorsed by the Association for Strategic Planning (ASP) and aligned with the "Lead -Think-Plan-Act" Body of Knowledge Guide. Participants will gain valuable experience and establish a pathway to ASP Certification. To date, program graduates pursuing ASP's "Strategic Planning Professional" certification have a 100% pass rate.
  • The International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET) awarded the Strategic Management Performance System Certification Program as an “exemplary, outstanding results-oriented program”.

Target Audience:

  • Executives and functional managers who aspire to positions of greater influence and authority in their organizations
  • Those identified as high-potential talent by their organizations
  • Mid and senior-level managers who lead teams or have direct reports
  • Entrepreneurs, business owners, and family business professionals preparing for a leadership role
  • Leaders at non-profits

For more about the program, please visit LBL Strategies' website and download the brochure here

Professional Development Units: Upon successful completion of each 5-day course, participants receive certification through George Washington University (CEPL) in the Strategic Management Performance System

NOTE: The program does not offer academic credits from GW. 


Mastering Strategy All Sectors (live online): $2,695


Doug Maris M.A. M.Div. SMP
Vice President of Operations
Senior Strategy Consultant
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 217-737-3731

Kateryna Pyatybratova, MBA/MA/PMP
Director, Marketing and Business Development
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 202-994-5309 (Direct)
             202-817-9176 (Cell)