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Executive Leadership Certificate

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Now Enrolling for Fall 2022
“A woman with a vision empowers an empire of women to do more, see more and be more."

— Dana Cheatum

The Executive Leadership Certificate Program is designed for women leaders in mid- to high-level roles or looking to progress into executive or upper level positions.

Perhaps the greatest quality a leader can have is vision. Vision is the ability to see the big picture and what might be possible for an organization and to convey that vision to others in ways that are inspiring and actionable.

This certificate program will ensure you develop as a visionary leader by amplifying your skills, enhancing your confidence and portraying a definitive "presence."

At the executive level, you must be innovative, accountable and enthusiastic about your organization's mission. You will lead change by being active and visible. 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.

This is a seven-course certificate with a strategic personal/professional action plan project required as a capstone. Classes are available ala carte or as a complete certificate program earning a digital badge.

Be More


Each session will have content and online resources available for self-study one week prior to the in-person session which runs from 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. Courses will be offered consistently each spring and fall. Future executives can start and continue with sessions in their own choice of order, based on need and situation. 

Session Dates Description Instructor
Executive Presence In-Person:
September 15, 2022
"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, micro-facial expressions, likability and relatability will be discussed.  Kristin Bock
Being the Change In‑Person: September 29, 2022

The executive leader plays a critical role in enacting successful changes in their organization. As leaders advance to the executive level, the importance on how they lead change management escalates. This program will identify how a leader can be active and visible to ensure change success. Learn how leaders can serve as the change 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 others 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.

Christine Jensema
Equity, Diversity and Inclusion In‑Person October 6, 2022 Understand the complexities associated with diversity dynamics in the workplace. Discover how your organization can meet your customer needs, promote top talent and contribute to the overall organization’s mission statement. Explore new methods to cultivate a workplace culture that can effectively leverage employees' diverse talents, while supporting leaders in becoming sensitive to and skilled in responding to the growing needs of a multicultural workforce.In this workshop, you’ll gain strategies and skills for engaging employees in diversity initiatives, while understanding the invisible role that power dynamics play and its direct relationship to diversity, equity, inclusion, access and belonging while helping your organization leverage diversity as a competitive advantage. Tia Sirmans
Building Close Networks In-Person: October 13, 2022 It takes a village to have a successful career. Make meaningful connections that evolve into career-impacting relationships. Learn how can relationships impact your work and your connection to community.  Learn how to connect with people who will provide you with information, help you meet other people who can collaborate with you, help you get your job done, advocate for you, and mentor and guide you. To build a close network you need to really think about how you want it to work. In this session, you will have an opportunity to practice what you learn in class through takeaway reference materials, interactive activities, and reality-based case studies. You will leave feeling prepared to connect, mentor and positively impact your own and other people’s lives. 
Kristin Odell
Leveraging Negotiation In-Person: October 27, 2022 Negotiation is the process by which two or more parties seek to satisfy their respective interests by attempting to come to some agreement. The way in which negotiations are conducted has an enormous impact on your business and organization. Most importantly, your ability to negotiate can impact your career in many ways. The best way to refine your negotiation skills is through practice. In this session, you will engage in three real-life negotiation models which executives commonly have to deal with across industries.  Leaders at all levels of experience will find value as you challenge yourself and your team to reach further for what you want to achieve using authenticity, integrity and creativity. Katie Miota
Authentic Leadership In-Person:
November 3, 2022
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. Barbara Nick
Entrepreneurial Mindset In-Person: November 17, 2022 Entrepreneurs remind us how to be creative enough to make new things, stay motivated through the tough times, and be more fulfilled as professionals by making more significant contributions. Gain the confidence to take risks, accept critique, take credit when it’s due, and stand your ground on what matters to you. This session will also help you avoid burnout from trying to squeeze out more at the expense of sleep, exercise, diet, and time with the people you love. Finding this balance will help you to renew your physical energy, reduce anxiety and muscle tension. You’ll perform better at work, get thinking in new ways and make unexpected associations for better problem-solving at work. Build your resilience. Keep learning. Develop an entrepreneurial mindset and remember to take a 10,000-foot view. Terra Fletcher


Certificate:  $3,500 (when registering for all sessions at once)
Individual Sessions:  $529 each
You must complete all 7 sessions and the capstone project to earn the certificate and receive the digital badge.


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Kristin Bock is a certified body language specialist and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology. She has over 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.

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Terra Fletcher is an author, consultant, and award-winning entrepreneur. She is the founder of Fletcher Consulting and author of “Flex Your Communication: 47 Tips for Every Day Success at Work” and “Flex the Freelance: An Unconventional Guide to Quit Your Day Job.” Terra has been a business builder since 2007 and today works as a Fractional CMO. Her strategies benefit individuals, nonprofits, public and private companies. Terra has spoken to the International Spa Association, Smart Customer Service 2018, the National Association of Broadcasters, and Associated Bank. Terra can write a letter that will make you cry, design social media graphics in under five minutes, confidently speak to a crowd of people, and spot typos from a mile away.

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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 serves as a catalyst for change management and transformation in the areas of organization transitions and integrations. Her leadership philosophy demonstrates a commitment to personal growth, developing relationships, and helping others grow and develop. 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.

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Katie Miota is the founder of Ms. Coaching, a consulting practice focused on women in leadership. She spent 15 years in higher education taking her Bachelor's degree from an entry-level admissions position at her alma mater, Alverno College, to the executive suite at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee where she served as Chief Enrollment Officer. She has won multiple leadership awards including Supervisor of the Year. Katie is known for her authentic leadership style, fierce negotiation skills, and her sense of humor.

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Barbara Nick 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.

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Kristin Odell is the owner of KLO, LLC, a human resource consulting business that includes strengths coaching, employee engagement assessments, and leadership development. She has extensive experience working in human resource leadership roles focused on employee development, long term organizational planning and legal compliance. Kristin’s knowledge ranges across both publicly traded Fortune 500 organizations as well as small-cap family owned businesses. She is certified as a Professional in Human Resources (PHR) and a Gallup Certified Strengths coach. She has a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh with a focus in Human Resources and Legal Studies. Kristin supports her community in a variety of roles including head coach and volunteer work with Manitowoc Youth Baseball/Softball and service on the board of directors for Lighthouse Community Recovery Center.

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Tia Sirmans has more than 20 years of Human Resources professional experience. Specializing as HR Partner she has a Master’s Degree in Organization Development. She has worked in Telecommunication Industry, Financial, Manufacturing, Mental Health and Government Contracts. She has also supported organization in Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging evaluations. She has lead Organization through HR Transformation (becoming less tactical and more strategic) by establishing centers of influence. Tia has worked across five states including international footprint in Europe/Middle East. She has specialized in strategic management, succession planning, employee relations, designing and delivering training programs, change management, performance management and high volume recruiting.


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