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Emerging Leader Classes

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Stand out as a leader and escalate your career.

Fan the spark of ambition with a certificate program designed to maximize your potential as a leader by exploring key leadership competencies, strategic networking and the power of influence. You have demonstrated leadership capability but have never formally managed a team. Now stand out and escalate your career.


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Our Courses At a GlancE

Find out more about Emerging Leader courses.


Classes take place mid-February through June 2024.


Your classes will be live online with Zoom and offline learning work.


Courses are $99 each or $449 for the entire certificate.

Essential Courses

Become a confident and effective leader.

Led by experienced professionals, each course involves engaging discussions, interactive activities, and opportunities to reflect and apply learnings to real life scenarios. Courses are hosted live via Zoom and approximately 30 minutes of offline learning work. Courses are offered ala carte—take one or more to bolster experience and improve promotability.

Leading with Self-Awareness

Spring 2024
Instructor: Jaime Schmitt

Live Online: February 15, 2024
8:30-11:30 a.m.

Cultivating self-awareness is a powerful tool for navigating challenges, communicating effectively and building productive relationships. Our values, beliefs and behaviors shape our professional interactions and it’s essential for leaders to develop awareness of how they are showing up in the workplace and address barriers that can hinder growth. Discover the impact of self-awareness and identify actionable steps you can take to enhance your self-awareness and improve working relationships.


The Power of Collaboration

Spring 2024
Instructor: Christine Jensema

Live Online: March 14, 2024
8:30-11:30 a.m.

Collaboration and partnership play a crucial role in achieving organizational goals objectives. Your ability to embrace a collaborative mindset will accelerate your professional growth and open doors for learning, networking and advancement. In this session, you will discover the true meaning of collaboration and equip yourself with tools to cultivate effective collaboration and successfully navigate common pitfalls.


Effective Communication

Spring 2024
Instructors: Nicole Smith & Katie Loehlein

Live Online: April 10, 2024
8:30-11:30 a.m.

Effective communication is a cornerstone of success. Mastering the art of communication empowers you to connect, collaborate and influence others effectively. This session will highlight the foundations of effective communication and explore techniques to convey your ideas clearly, navigate challenging conversations and strengthen relationships. Elevate your communication skills and amplify your impact.


Building Intentional Relationships

Spring 2024
Instructor: Sheri Treu

Live Online: May 15, 2024
8:30-11:30 a.m.

The ability to establish and nurture meaningful professional connections is essential for leaders at any level. Relationship building plays an indispensable role in accelerating career growth and opening doors to professional opportunity. In this session, you will learn to effectively communicate your unique value and identify tools to strategically expand your network and leverage your connections to unlock your full potential.


Influence Without Authority

Spring 2024
Instructor: Kelly Gonzalez

Live Online: June 12, 2024
8:30-11:30 a.m.

Successful leadership requires effectively gaining support and cooperation from others. Mastering the art of persuasion is even more critical when we are not in a position of formal authority. This session will explore principles of effective leadership and the key factors that impact influence. You will develop skills to build alliances, inspire action and show up as a leader every day.


Registering for the Complete Certificate

When registering for the complete Emerging Leader Certificate, please select all five classes. You must complete all five sessions to earn the certificate and receive the digital badge.

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Gain a Competitive Edge

Upon successful completion of all sessions and capstone, you will receive an exclusive UW-Green Bay credential, a digital badge validating your accomplishment and signaling to employers your mastery of the curriculum. The digital badge can be featured on LinkedIn, your resume, email signature and website.

Register for SPRING 2024


instructor Kelly Gonzalez

Kelly Gonzalez

Senior Organizational Learning Leader, Johnsonville

Kelly Gonzalez has more than fifteen years of talent development experience in multiple industries. She is currently the leader of organizational learning for Johnsonville, where she oversees learning strategy and career planning for the organization's nearly 4,000 members. Throughout her career, Kelly has held positions in all aspects of talent development including instructional design, facilitation and progressive leadership. Kelly also is the former president of the Kentuckiana chapter of the Association for Talent Development. She specializes in learning strategy, leadership development and professional growth and skill development. She has a master’s degree in training and organizational development.

instructor Christine Jensema

Christine Jensema


Christine Jensema is a highly experienced human resources executive with over forty years’ experience in leading strategies in both the healthcare and financial services industries. Her track record reflects a commitment to a best practice approach to develop, lead and contribute to the organization’s overall goals, vision, and mission. She is known for translating business strategy into people and performance that optimizes engagement and drives business results. She has a passion for teaching, public speaking, and employee engagement / development. Her most recent role was Divisional Chief Human Resources Officer with Hospital Sisters Health System (HSHS), She served as an adjunct faculty member at Silver Lake College and Lakeland University where she taught courses in human resources management and healthcare administration. She holds a Ph.D. in Leadership Studies from Marian University.

instructor Katie Loehlein

Katie Loehlein

Trainer, The Utech Group

With a passion for helping others grow and develop, Katie has extensive experience creating, presenting, and facilitating leadership training to both new and existing leaders. She also possesses a strong background in HR and has worked with employees across all levels of an organization to create and implement organizational change. Katie is driven to build relationships, encourage others and guide them to self-discovery and action.

instructor Jaime Schmitt

Jaime Schmitt


With 15+ years of recruiting and coaching top talent for global private and publicly traded companies, Jaime Schmitt brings a depth of knowledge and passion for developing and hiring top talent. Jaime has a bachelor's degree in psychology and an master's degree in business administration with a specialization in human resources. She is a trained guide through GiANT Worldwide, an emotional intelligence practitioner, a project manager and a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt.

instructor Nicole Smith

Nicole Smith

Senior Consultant, The Utech Group

With more than 15 years of experience working with organizations across the country, Nicole has a true passion for seeing people for who they are and engaging with them to create change and growth. Nicole has worked with employees at every level of an organization across several industries on leadership, team development, culture integration, and transitions. She also has extensive experience interviewing and hiring talent for cultural fit.

instructor Sheri Treu

Sheri Treu

Director of Organizational Effectiveness, Menasha Corporation

Sheri has more than 20 years of Human Resources and organizational development experience. Most recently, she had been, focusing on implementing culture change at the Menasha Corporation. Sheri is a certified Professional in Human Resources and a Professional Coach. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and is finalizing her Master’s Degree in Organizational Development.

executive director Pa Lee Moua

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