Higher Education Program for Executive Level Assistants

Sharpen your skills, grow as a leader

HEPELA is an on-Grounds, 12-session program built for University of Virginia participants. Effective assistants can make impactful contributions at all levels of the organization and staying relevant is crucial. The HEPELA program will support EAs in growing personally, navigating logistics, solving problems, and delivering results.

2024-2025 Topics and Schedule  

This program is offered in person in Fall 2024 and Spring 2025 on Tuesdays from 8:30am - 12:00 pm EST between October 8, 2024 and February 25, 2025. Participation in the program involves prior reading and completion of some pre-work as well as attendance at all sessions. Upon successful completion of the program, participants will receive a digital badge as proof of your skills and a noncredit course designation on their academic transcript (NCBM 501 and NCBM 502).


  • Leading Self and Others / Career Pathways Exploration (October 8)  
  • Leading at Every Level (October 15) 
  • Emotional Intelligence (October 22)  
  • Influence without Authority (October 29) 
  • Strategies for Executive Assistants (November 12) 
  • Quality from Beginning to End (November 19) 
  • Effective Communication and Collaboration (January 21) 
  • Breakthrough Listening: New Tools for Communication (January 28) 
  • Etiquette and Professionalism (February 4) 
  • Working with Your Boss (February 11) 
  • I’ve Got This Covered (February 18) 
  • Self-Management and Personal Care / Your Future (February 25)
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HEPELA is an excellent skill-building class that also ties in self-awareness, strategy, and professionalism.

Taylor Halstead

Registration & Cost

The cost of the full program is $2000 and can be funded using UVA Education Benefits. The first payment of $1000 is due in October 2024 and the remaining $1000 is due in January 2025.  

Registration must be completed by July 1, 2024. 

Register for the Program

After submitting your information, you will receive instructions by email on how to complete the registration process.  

Learn More 

To learn more about HEPELA, please contact Alexa Jeffress, Director of Professional Programs,   

Camille Lipnicky

[The] courses have allowed me to not only learn transferrable skills and strategies for work, but it also enabled networking opportunities with other highly motivated assistants across all areas of the University.

Camille Lipnicky
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Noncredit Programs

Our noncredit classes and programs offer fast, skill-based learning at an affordable cost.