• Leadership Communication Skills Certificate

    Good communication is essential for effective leadership. This certificate focuses on real-life scenarios and challenges using in-depth, practice-based training for current and emerging leaders in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors.

    With a Leadership Communications Skills Certificate from Hamline, you will:

    • Build skills across different communication modalities, audiences, and types of message.
    • Strengthen self awareness of communication style via experiential hands-on practice in the classroom.
    • Improve ability to build and maintain strong, effective relationships with a variety of individuals from diverse backgrounds and roles.
    • Practice new skills and receive coaching from peers and instructors.
    • Expand your skills in influencing, mediation, and negotiation.

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    Program Overview

    All students must complete 45 hours of training in six sessions.  Students who complete the Leadership Communication Skills course will receive a certificate from the Hamline University School of Business Public Administration program and 4 Continuing Studies credits.  Cost for the program is $1,450.


    The class will meet one Thursday per month beginning in January. Participants commit to six 7.5-hour sessions for the entire program. Each session meets from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Continental breakfast and lunch are included.

    Session 1:  Thursday, January 21, 2016
    Session 2:  Thursday, February 18, 2016
    Session 3:  Thursday, March 17, 2016
    Session 4:  Thursday, March 31, 2016
    Session 5:  Thursday, April 21, 2016
    Session 6:  Thursday, May 19, 2016

    About The Instructor

    Tom Kern is currently a senior talent development consultant for Prime Therapeutics. In this position, he is involved in leadership development activities as well as other Human Resource projects like the employee engagement survey and creation of a leadership competency model. Kern previously worked at Target Corporation, where he was involved in the initial BCEM Emerging Leaders programs. Prior to working at Target, Kern was employed at a large metropolitan hospital, where he had the opportunity to manage various programs and clinics. During this time, he learned directly about the challenges involved in effectively leading others and that it is possible to learn to be a better leader. He holds a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Georgia with a specialization in behavioral medicine.

    Degree Candidacy

    All participants are eligible to earn the certificate and Continuing Studies credits regardless of prior academic experience. Eligible students who wish to earn master's level elective credits toward the Master of Public Administration must meet the requirements for admission to the Hamline School of Business and complete additional academic work in the class.