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Advanced Leadership Certificate

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Now Enrolling for Fall 2022

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. 

At the advanced level, 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.

Customize Your Session Selection

This certificate program will ensure you cultivate the strategic thinking vital for leadership development and demonstrate to others your readiness for leadership. You may sign up for all five sessions of the certificate program, or you may sign up for one or more sessions that will address training gaps.

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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 6-13
In‑Person: September 14

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. 

Katie Loehlein and Nicole Smith Register
Great Leaders, Great Coaches Online Available: September 20-27
In‑Person: September 28

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 Register
Negotiation and Confidence Online Available:
October 4-11
In‑Person: October 12

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 Register
Becoming an Agent of Change Online Available:
October 18-25
In‑Person: October 26
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 Register
Strategic Planning for Leaders Online Available:
November 1-8
In‑Person: April November 9
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 Register

Save with All 5

Individual Sessions:  $449 each (x 5 sessions = $2,245)
Certificate: Receive one session at no additional charge when you sign up for all 5 ($449 x 4 sessions = $1,796)

You must complete all 5 sessions and the capstone project in order to earn the certificate and receive the digital badge.


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Laurie Butz, President and CEO of Capital Credit Union 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. 

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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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Katie Loehlein is the Trainer with 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. 

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Nicole Smith is the Senior Consultant with The Utech Group. With over 15 years of experience working with organizations across the country, she 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.

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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 the Institute for Women's Leadership at with questions or for more information about the certificate program. We will be happy to help you. 

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