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Executive Leadership Certificate

Executive Leadership Certificate

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Whether you are an executive or aspiring to move up in your organization, the Executive Leadership Certificate provides you with the expertise, credibility, and confidence needed to reach your goals. You will have the opportunity to explore different elements of business and gain well-rounded knowledge in team work, strategy, innovation, negotiations, diversity and inclusion, and more.

Over the course of six two-day courses, you will learn through a combination of lecture-based presentations and interactive activities under the guidance of top faculty from the University of Utah David Eccles School of Business.

Is this certificate program right for me?

The Executive Leadership Certificate covers both soft skills and hard skills necessary to lead organizations. If you are in a mid- to senior-level position and want to grow in your organization or make a career change, this program is right for you. If you are an individual who wants to understand business from multiple angles and develop your leadership skills, this program is also right for you.

If you’re unsure if this certificate is right for you, please do not hesitate to reach out to the Executive Education team at (801) 587-7273 or by email at ExecEd@Utah.edu.


The Executive Leadership Certificate is highly customizable. Choose any six of our Leadership classes relevant to you to guarantee maximum impact. You have two years to complete this certificate program. Our team will be available to answer any questions you have along the way.

Presented By: Jennifer Cummings, Ph.D.

Working in teams can promote efficiency, creativity, diversity, critical thinking, synergy, and rewarding workplace relationships, but it can also leave team members feeling frustrated, alienated, voiceless, and confused. While no one formula can guarantee team success, this program will examine research that reveals effective and ineffective practices for successful communication among teams. You will learn to recognize and manage diverse communications styles.

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Presented By: Glen Kreiner, Ph.D.

This course focuses on how to change oneself and others by developing interpersonal skills. These skills can serve as a foundation for leader and employee behavior – a kind of lighthouse guiding personal change and performance. By developing interpersonal skills such as giving/receiving feedback, mindful interactions, and active listening, leaders and employees can increase their abilities to help others grow.

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Presented By: JB Henriksen, MBA

Harness the power of financial data to make better decisions for your organization. Designed for the non-financial leader, this class provides foundational principles in accounting and finance to help you make meaningful impact.

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Presented By: Andrea Thomas, MBA

Business leaders are under pressure to drive innovation while meeting the everyday demands of business operations. This program provides strategies to manage this challenge and lead breakthrough innovation at your organization.

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Presented By: Abe Bakhsheshy, Ph.D.

Learn to understand and successfully harness the competencies of younger employees to enjoy an engaged, empowered workforce that drives growth and innovation for your organization.

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Presented By: Bonita Austin, MBA

Most organizations have some type of change initiative underway at any given point in time. However, unlocking the value of these change initiatives is often stymied by organizational resistance at many levels. Learn to apply proven change management models and techniques to help your company deliver on the promise of its change initiatives, reduce employee and managerial frustration, and decrease the chance of change initiative failure.

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Presented By: Jennifer Cummings, Ph.D.

Research has revealed the more and less effective communication practices for effective teamwork. Learn about them and reach personal and organizational goals while becoming the leader you want to be.

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Presented By:  Abe Bakhsheshy, Ph.D.

Learn to use emotional intelligence to leverage the emotions of yourself and others by learning to lead, engage, and empower those around you. This class will hone your ethical decision-making skills to maximize impact.

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Presented By:  Kathryn Cañas, Ph.D.

Communication excellence is an essential leadership tool. As a leader ascends in their organization, they are required to speak in public more often as they shape the organization’s mission, vision, and values. Become a more persuasive and confident speaker who creates a powerful, emotional audience connection.

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Presented By: Heidi Herrick, Ph.D.

Strategic leaders are able to identify available resources and drive growth, while also accepting adequate risk to ensure growth occurs at the right pace. Assess your strategic skills and embrace a problem-finding skillset to enable your company to outperform rivals and delight today’s and tomorrow’s customers

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Presented By: Katie Liljenquist, Ph.D.

In this program, you will learn effective strategies for negotiating business deals and resolving disruptions while identifying your strengths and weaknesses as a negotiator.

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What is the return on investment?

Build a network of like-minded leaders

Gain research-backed skills and strategies that can be implemented immediately at your organization

Receive a well-rounded overview of different roles in business, giving you the insight needed to effectively lead teams

Strengthen your confidence and build credibility

Proof of Accomplishment

In addition to developing knowledge, skills, and a professional network; You will receive a certificate, a digital badge for your LinkedIn profile, and SHRM credits as proof of your accomplishment.

Executive Leadership Certificate


Executive Leadership Digital Badge

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SHRM Credits

Eccles Executive Education is recognized by SHRM to offer SHRM-CP or SHRMSCP professional development credits (PDCs). This program is valid for PDCs. For more information about certification or recertification, please visit SHRMCertification.org.

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