Learn to Lead Like the Best – From the Best
Merit Network is pleased to offer Leadership and Management training programs geared toward developing leaders who are equipped with the tools, habits and attitudes required to build great organizations. Our programs are appropriate for people transitioning into leadership roles, or for established leaders seeking to advance their skills.
Our programs focus on project management, staff retention, and our premier Leadership Excellence & Executive Coaching courses developed by Academy Leadership. Find the course that’s right for you below and get registered today.

About the Academy Leadership Program
Academy Leadership was founded in August 2000 by graduates of West Point and the Naval Academy who are successful leaders in the business world as well as the military. The company has been providing training programs focused at the management level since its inception.
Since World War II, the nation’s Service Academies produced thousands of successful corporate CEOs, presidents, vice-presidents, and entrepreneurs. The company’s principals developed a leadership training system that combined the valuable lessons learned, the winning tactics, and time-tested business philosophies from the Academy, military, and corporate world experiences to create the Lead2Succeed™ training process.
The training approach follows the principles advanced at Annapolis and West Point: self-discipline, commitment to goals larger than one’s own personal goals, persistence, a will to win, integrity, how to treat others with respect and dignity, and a passion to lead. The result is that people can identify with the mission and see a clear relationship between their daily duties and accomplishment of the overall goals.
Academy Leadership has worked in the financial services, bank credit card and insurance, communications, contracting, distribution, package delivery service and manufacturing industries, as well as the not-for-profit sector and the government. Merit Network is pleased to offer a program of leadership training in partnership with Academy Leadership.
Graydon Krapohl
Director of Business Operations, Merit Network
Graydon Krapohl, Merit’s Director of Business Operations and former Colonel, United States Marine Corps Reserve, has held a variety of senior leadership, staff, teaching, training, and command positions throughout his professional career.
Graydon came to Merit with a broad range of cross functional and industry experience gained from working in the Federal, State, and private sectors. He has expertise in systems planning, strategic and operational planning, policy formulation, organizational development, and project management, and holds a master’s of strategic studies, with an emphasis on national security strategy from the U.S. Army War College; an MBA from George Mason University; and a bachelor’s degree in liberal arts from the University of Michigan.
“Many organizations promote people to leadership roles and let them develop leadership skills through coaching and on-the-job experience. I believe this informal approach often yields inadequate results, but I have previously found it very difficult to find good leadership development programs to recommend to others.”
“I am a great believer in the Academy Leadership approach and believe it provides an excellent set of skills for leaders. I am proud to have become an Academy Leadership faculty member and am very excited about offering the program to the Merit community.”

Impressions From Our Attendees
“The Academy Leadership course was an exceptional experience. I would highly recommend this learning opportunity to anyone who is interested in discovering, developing, enhancing, and refining their personal leadership philosophy!”
Thomas Wolf – Chief Technology Officer, Western Michigan University
“The course engaged my senior staff and provided valuable tools for continued growth. It was especially effective to have all of my senior staff present to align goals and work together, while each person was still able to bring their own style and ownership to the course.”
Susan K. Korzinek – Director of Information Technology, Grand Valley State University
“As an experienced leader, I appreciated the fresh perspective and insights. I especially liked reviewing and articulating my personal leadership approach and strategy. I came back to my job feeling re-invigorated and excited – I highly recommend the course.”
Theresa Rowe – Chief Information Officer, Oakland University
“You don’t just take this program and return to the office – it changes the way you think and see things. The knowledge and tools you pickup from the program will have a positive permanent change in your career and understanding of yourself and others.”
Vasile Negrea – Senior System Administrator, University of Michigan
Below is a partial list of organizations that have sent representatives to Academy Leadership Programs:
AAA Mid-Atlantic
Albany Molecular Research Institute
Albion College
Albuquerque Police Department
Allegiance Health
American Association for Cancer Research
American Board of Family Medicine
Bank of America
Blue Cross and Blue Shield
Brigham Young University
Cal State
Delta Dental of Michigan
Department of Homeland Security
Federal Election Commission
Federal Government
George Mason University
Habitat for Humanity
Hampden-Sydney College
Honeywell Technology
Johns Hopkins University
Lansing Community College
Lawrence Technological University
Michigan State University
NASA Glenn Research Center
Princeton University
Procter & Gamble
Sandia National Laboratories
Spirent Wireless
United States Air Force
United States Army
United States Coast Guard
United States Marine Corps
United States Navy
U.S. Postal Service
University of Delaware
University of Florida
University of Michigan
Verizon Wireless
Villanova University
Washtenaw Community College
Wells Fargo
Western Michigan University
Thank you to the Merit Community Supporters for promoting learning and technology transfer for Merit Members