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Advanced Leadership Certificate

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Now Enrolling for Fall 2021

The Advanced Leadership Certificate Program is designed for women in middle management to director roles. You might have some leadership experience, and you're reaching for that next level of responsibility.

Women need to be more than superior performers. In order to be noticed and promoted, women need to develop career-building relationships, and they need to be focused on the work that dovetails with corporate effectiveness. 

This certificate program will ensure you cultivate the strategic thinking vital for leadership development. You will learn to ask yourself key questions. You will embrace an outward approach, showing up and gaining knowledge and expertise from instructors and mentors who understand how to navigate the corporate landscape. You will build a network of support with like-minded women you can rely on. You will learn how to lead the charge for your own advancement.

Classes are available ala carte or as a complete certificate program earning a digital badge.

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Each session consists of online content (approx. 2 hours content/activities), followed by a one-day in-person session (6 hours). Online content will be available a week before in-person sessions. In-person sessions will run 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Session Dates Description Instructor
Communication and Building Relationships Online Available: September 22-29
In-Person: September 29

Dive into the various ways we communicate with others while reflecting on how we like others to communicate with us.  The multiple ways we communicate can enhance or detract from our relationships.  In this session, you will explore how to navigate difficult conversations, create a vision for your team and build trusting relationships. 

Sheri Treu
Great Leaders, Great Coaches Online Available: October 6-13
In-Person: October 13

Most of us have heard the adage, "Everyone is a leader," but it takes a little extra to become a GREAT leader and a GREAT coach.  Change the game for your team and your organization by learning the characteristics of a great leader and coach. We will also explore emotional intelligence in the workplace, differences in learning styles, ways to motivate and promote key values. Prepare for the future by developing leadership and coaching skills.

Katie Labedz
Negotiation and Confidence Online Available:
October 20-27
In-Person: October 27

Learn the difference between negotiation and compromise. Deliver a solution that everyone can agree on and maintain relationships. In today’s changing world, leaders need the acumen to mediate conversations in order to ensure win-win solutions.  Get empowered with new skills and tools for today — and tomorrow.

Sheri Treu
Becoming an Agent of Change Online Available: November 3-10
In-Person: November 10
Does the idea of change make you excited or anxious?  Change can be exhilarating but also scary. In this session, you will find excitement in change and learn to facilitate change in your organization. Create a culture of change and become a change agent by understanding fear and willingness to change in our hybrid world. You will leave with tips, tools and strategies.   Katie Labedz
Strategic Planning for Leaders Online Available: November 24-December 1 
In-Person: December 1
Strategy is important in life and business. Explore models and real-life examples of current state analysis and strategic planning that can be applied to any situation or organization, including nonprofit or for-profit.  Explore the differences between short-range, long-range, tactical and dynamic plans that can adapt to changing environments. Raise the bar on results with stronger strategic planning. Laurie Butz


Certificate:  $1,995 (when registering for all sessions at once)
Individual Sessions:  $449 each
You must complete all 5 sessions and the capstone project to earn the certificate and receive the digital badge.


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Laurie Butz, Senior Vice President (SVP) of Organizational Development, Investments and Insurance Services for Community First Credit Union (CFCU), oversees the nonprofit Fox Cities Marathon, presented by Miron Construction. Her previous role was Vice President of Human Resources overseeing global operations for Alta Resources. Laurie has a Master’s Degree in Business Administration, and she holds a Certificate Credit Union Executive designation from the Credit Union Executive Society. She is a Six Sigma Green Belt and taught as an adjunct instructor at UW Oshkosh in Human Resources and Leadership Development. 

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Katie Labedz, President of Learning to Lean, LLC, has been practicing and teaching Lean and Six Sigma concepts for the past 20 years. She is a certified Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt and Project Management Professional. She has a diverse background that includes manufacturing, materials, supply chain and IT in the automotive and electronic industries. Katie has spent the last 18 years of her career focusing on how to teach the application of Lean/Six Sigma concepts in non-manufacturing environments. 

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Sheri Treu is the Director of Organizational Effectiveness at Menasha Corporation with over 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. .


Don't hesitate to reach out to Continuing Professional Education at 920-465-2642 or with questions or for more information about the certificate program. We will be happy to help you. 

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