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Advanced Leadership Noncredit Certificate

Grow Develop Thrive

Designed for women looking to take the next step in their leadership journey.

Get immersed in topics that will help you navigate your career and working environment to grow as a leader. Learn guiding principles, explore, collaborate and takeaway confidence-building skills. Advance your leadership skills through robust conversations, interactive sessions and networking opportunities with women across a wide range of industries and experiences.

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February 1-May 24, 2023
8 Sessions Available
6 Sessions Required for Certificate


Online Study & In-Person Instruction
Green Bay Campus



Engaging Sessions

With eight sessions to choose from, you will be able to tailor the program to suit your professional development needs. You will cultivate critical thinking, vital for effective leadership development. Your commitment to courses or certificate will demonstrate your readiness for increased responsibility while you build a network of support with like-minded women. You may sign up for individual sessions to address a skills gap, or you can complete any six sessions and submit a capstone project to earn the certificate and digital badge.

Each session includes four hours of in-person instruction, in addition to approximately 2 hours of online reading, reflection and discussion the week prior to class. All in-person sessions will be held 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. on the UW-Green Bay campus. Meeting location and access to the online classwork will be sent the week prior to class.

Negotiation & Confidence

Spring 2023
Instructor: Sheri Treu

In-Person Session: February 1, 2023

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.


Great Leaders, Great Coaches

Spring 2023
Instructor: Katie Labedz

In-Person Session: February 15, 2023

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.


Authentic Leadership

Spring 2023
Instructor: Barb Nick

In-Person Session: March 1, 2023

Learn how to relate to your teams and inspire more effective action by developing authenticity as a leader. Commit to bettering yourself and cultivate self-awareness. Build discipline and a deep commitment to the organization's mission. Gain trust and help others mobilize around the mission.


Leading with Inclusion in Mind

Spring 2023
Instructor: Charm Der

In-Person Session: March 15, 2023

Inclusive leadership is emerging as a key enabler to organizations achieving operational and brand success, a positive culture, and an engaged and thriving workforce. We will explore behaviors and actions that support workplace inclusion, as well as how to influence others to foster an inclusive workplace culture. You'll deepen your understanding of the dimensions of diversity by exploring how it impacts employee experiences in the workplace and beyond.


Communication & Building Relationships

Spring 2023
Instructor: Nicole Smith & Katie Loehlein

In-Person Session: March 29, 2023

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.


Executive Presence

Spring 2023
Instructor: Kristin Bock

In-Person Session: April 26, 2023

"Executive presence" is a term that's often used and sought after but is consider magical and elusive. Professional presence is critical, but it doesn't need to be mysterious. Executive presence is a skill not a trait — happily this means it's something you can cultivate and build. In this four-hour workshop, we'll be breaking down the essential traits to inspire confidence and trust in both yourself and colleagues by assessing five areas of influence: first impressions, presence, perceptiveness, leadership and charisma. Presence and leadership start by looking inward so get read to do some self-reflection and consider other people's perceptions of who you are as a leader. Body language, charisma and relatability will be discussed.


Leading Through Change

Spring 2023
Instructor: Christine Jensema

In-Person Session: May 10, 2023

The leader plays a critical role in managing successful change in their organization. How a leader manages change ultimately impacts their company culture. The importance on how a leader leads change management escalates and evolves in the different leadership levels. This program will assist in growing your change management skills. It will also identify how a leader can be active and visible to ensure change success. Learn how leaders can serve as change champions and/or sponsors and how to build a change management sponsorship model. In addition, the topics of managing resistance, use of key metrics, communication strategies, team engagement, and other areas integral to change management will be covered. As a refresher, this session will also include a review of change management concepts, processes and factors impacting change.


Strategic Planning for Leaders

Spring 2023
Instructor: Laurie Butz

In-Person Session: May 24, 2023

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.


Registering for the Complete Certificate

When registering for the complete Advanced Leadership Certificate, please select your choice of six classes along with the Capstone Project. Enter promo code WOMENLEAD at checkout and a discount of $299 will be applied to your order. You must complete six sessions and submit a capstone project in order 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 2023


Instructor Kristin Bock

Kristin Bock

Certified Body Language Specialist

Kristin holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology. She has more than 25 years of non-profit experience in the caregiving field and has worked in a variety of positions including a Live-in Manager at a group home, Management Supervisor, Human Resources Specialist and Staff Development Coordinator. For 17 years, she was an Employee Trainer, and it is in this position where she became aware of the true power of body language.

Instructor Laurie Butz

Laurie Butz

President & CEO, Capital Credit Union

Laurie has over 34 years in business and financial services experience. She has held senior leadership roles in HR, Organizational Development, Training, Sales Administration, Investments, Insurance Services and Business Development. Her commitment to community has been demonstrated through Board Chair roles for YMCA Fox Cities and United Way Fox Cities as well as through management oversight of the Fox Cities Marathon. Laurie has a Masters Degree in Business Administration and is a Certified Chief Executive (CCE) and Six Sigma Green Belt.

Instructor Charm Der

Charm Der

Associate DE&I Partner, Sargento

Charm is a diversity, equity and inclusion (DE&I) futurist and social impact advocate with over a decade of experience in the People & Culture space. In addition to her professional role, she serves as the Diversity and Inclusion Director of the Sheboygan area Society for Human Resource Management chapter and is an Adjunct Instructor at UW-Green Bay in People & Culture. Charm is energized by community activism, helping others to bridge the gap between awareness and action in the DE&I space, and building organizational and community cultures where diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice flourish. She holds a Master's degree in Education from Central Michigan University and obtained her Diversity & Inclusion certificate from Cornell University. Charm also holds both the PHR and SHRM-CP Human Resource designations.

Instructor Christine Jensema

Christine Jensema

Human Resources Executive

Christine has more than forty years of experience 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 serves as a catalyst for change management and transformation in the areas of organization transitions and integrations. 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 Labedz

Katie Labedz

President, Learning to Lean, LLC

Katie 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.

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 Barbara Nick

Barbara Nick

Corporate Director

Barbara was a CEO for Dairyland Power Cooperative and worked 33 years at Wisconsin Public Service. She currently serves as a Corporate Director for public, private, governmental and nonprofit organizations. She worked in non-traditional roles in the energy industry for over 40 years, including positions in operations, corporate administration, executive leadership and as president/CEO with profit and loss responsibility. She is a graduate of UW-Green Bay and attended Harvard Business School. She is author of the book “Lenses of Leadership” and is an advocate for authentic leadership, especially for female and minority leaders. She received an Athena award from the Greater Green Bay Chamber in 2008.

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.


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