Strategic Leader Program


Developing leaders is a crucial challenge faced by all companies. The right training and developmental activities can provide leaders with the tools and knowledge to achieve better business results.

"The Strategic Leader Program" is a powerful and interactive  course that incorporates self awareness, skill development activities, real life business challenges and peer coaching. We have found that leaders often learn best from other leaders, those who have shared challenges and opportunities.

Participants learn how to:

  • Work smarter and manage their priorities
  • Develop their employees using delegation, coaching and other means
  • Give effective feedback and manage performance issues
  • Sell their ideas and more effectively communicate with others
  • Build productive working relationships
  • Think and act more strategically
  • Challenge and engage their employees

Upcoming dates:
September 10-12, 2024
Class size: 7 – 12 participants
Location: The Club, Birmingham, AL
Cost: $5,400


The program is designed for mid and upper level managers, and for those transitioning into new leadership roles.




"Certainly the most in depth and beneficial training I have attended.  As much as I learned from the training, I learned just as much from the peer interactions as we shared our experiences from different industries."
Thomas Hannaford
Quality Manager, Western Container Corporation
Hattiesburg, MS

"All the topics were important and meaningful, particularly in cultivating skills that improve my ability to be an accountable leader."
Patrick Swann
Project Manager, McAbee Construction
Tuscaloosa, Alabama

"During the Strategic Leader training, I learned that leadership is the art of empowering those around you."
- Mike Hall
Plant Manager, Coca-Cola United
Birmingham, Alabama

"Blankenship & Seay has been integral to our growth and development throughout the years. This seminar is a core part of our leadership development efforts."
- Bill Jones CEO, Retired O'Neal Steel
Birmingham, Alabama

"This seminar helped me refine my leadership style and presence."
- Luke Chung, Vice President of Administration, Merchandising Displays, WestRock
Winston-Salem, North Carolina

"They created a great atmosphere for learning; I particularly enjoyed the group interaction."
-  Malcolm Edwards
Engineering Manager, Rexam Beverage Can
Winston Salem, North Carolina

"I learned valuable lessons in a systematic way about delegation and coaching."
- Senthil Natarajan
Assistant General Manager, McWane Gulf
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

"Incredible class.  I have learned many concepts that I will use in my professional and personal life."
- Martin Boucher
Senior Account Manager, Altec Industries
Milton, Ontario, Canada

"Leadership training with Blankenship & Seay was a very valuable experience for me.  I truly appreciate the opportunity to learn from other leaders outside of my own organization.
- Yvette Mahan, PHR
Human Resource Manager, RockTenn
Conway, Arkansas

"The class content was great, but the peer interaction was invaluable."
- Michael Lytle
Consultant, Highland Associates
Birmingham, Alabama

"I greatly benefited from the feedback provided in the seminar; I have a much greater understanding of myself and of how to more effectively work with other people."
- Ken Shackelford
District Manager, O'Neal Steel
Shelbyville, Indiana

"I was pleased that the topics were practical and connected to the realities of the business world. Hearing new ideas from the other group members made this a rich experience."
- Hugh Thornton
Senior Vice President, KPS Group
Birmingham, Alabama

"Each session gave us specific leadership strategies and an opportunity to "practice" them. It was also very effective for me to get feedback from the other participants"
- Kate Nielsen
President (Retired) The Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham
Birmingham, Alabama

"I have been able to apply a number of things that I learned in the activities and group interactions."
- Wes Gentles
Director of Operations, Fold Pack
Fresno, California

"This class really helped me to slow down, evaluate, and plan for the future"
- Nicholas Balanis, Senior Vice President, ServiceFirst Bank
Birmingham, Alabama

"The bank has benefitted by sending our leaders through this training program and we plan to continue to participate."
- Tom Broughton, President and CEO, ServisFirst Bank
Birmingham, Alabama

"This seminar has helped our creative professionals become both more confident and more effective as leaders."
- Gail Andrews, The R. Hugh Daniel Director, Birmingham Museum of Art
Birmingham, Alabama

"Blankenship & Seay has been instrumental in coaching and developing our leaders."
- Donna Smith, Retired, Vice President of Human Resources and Ethics, Alabama Power
Birmingham, Alabama

 "I found this class to be the best one I have attended"
- Chris Nichols, President, McWane International
Birmingham, Alabama

Dr. Duncan Hulsey
is a partner with Blankenship and Seay Consulting Group, where he has worked since 2001. He holds a B.A. in Psychology from New England College and a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Memphis. He completed his internship at the University of Kansas, where he taught undergraduate psychology courses and worked as a psychologist in the health clinic. He initially worked at Hillcrest Behavioral Health, serving as the Clinical Director of Psychology in the adolescent psychiatric facility.

His areas of practice include pre-employment selection, career assessment, executive coaching, succession planning, and leadership development. He is the creator and primary facilitator for the Strategic and Extreme Ownership Programs and has trained over 2000 business leaders.

Dr. Hulsey is a frequent speaker at business seminars, training classes, and corporate retreats. Frequent topics include Emotional Intelligence in the Workplace, the Integration of Psychology and Business, and Traits of Effective Leaders.

He works with a wide range of industries, including health care, universities, construction, financial services, manufacturing, utilities, and consumer products companies.

A native of Birmingham, he serves on the Board of Directors of the Mason Music Foundation and Brother Bryan Mission and is involved in numerous church and civic activities. He is married to Kelly, owner of Hulsey Garden Design. They have two children.


Olivia Childers - joined Blankenship and Seay Consulting Group in 2016. She received her B.A. in Psychology from Auburn University and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from the University of Houston. While at the University of Houston, Olivia taught undergraduate psychology courses and was contracted for consulting work for both public and private-sector organizations, including the City of Houston, the City of Abilene, and ExxonMobil. Her areas of practice include leadership development, pre-employment selection, job analysis, and culture and attitude surveying. She specializes in 360 assessment and feedback. Olivia is a member of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology.



Kristin Powell - joined Blankenship and Seay Consulting Group in 2020. She received her Ph.D. degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and completed a postdoctoral fellowship with the National Center for PTSD, Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Boston Healthcare. Prior to joining the firm, Kristin worked as a VA psychologist for over 14 years, serving in various national training and leadership roles.

Kristin’s areas of practice include leadership development, executive coaching, and psychological assessment. She draws on her expertise in behavior change, group dynamics, training/development, problem resolution, and team building.

Kristin is involved in civic and community activities, including Grace Klein Community and Triumph Services, and is a founding member of a grass roots community organization, Hoover-AHEAD. Kristin is also a member of the Society for Consulting Psychology. She is married and has a daughter.

Keith Cromwell brought 25 years of global directing and performing experience to Birmingham when he took the helm of Red Mountain Theatre as Executive Director in 2003. Under his leadership, the organization experienced year-over-year growth, becoming one of the top arts organizations in the state. In 2021, he led RMT to the opening of a decades-long dream and cultural asset – a 60,000 square foot Arts Campus in the burgeoning Parkside District. Believing in the power of the arts to support Birmingham’s renaissance, Keith has been a powerful force in developing the arts and cultivating growth in the city and beyond.

Keith is a graduate of Leadership Birmingham and Leadership Alabama and serves on multiple boards including The Birmingham Business Resource Center.  He has become the go-to pitch coach for the city’s burgeoning entrepreneurial sector. His coaching with cohorts at Techstars, EDPA Launchpad, Alabama Capital Network, and Innovation Depot, has helped entrepreneurs refine their pitches and raise millions of investment dollars. Likewise, his keynote and C-suite presentation coaching has inspired CEOs and galvanized established businesses all over the country. Using theatrical skills and stage presence, Keith continues to make positive connections happen between art, technology, and progress in our community.