• Leadership Communication Skills Certificate

    Certificate Topics

    Designed to help you or your management team hone leadership and communication skills through hands-on professional development.

    Using innovative technology in the classroom, participants will video capture and evaluate their performances as they practice new skills in five dynamic areas:

    • Professional development
    • Relationships/interpersonal style differences
    • Communication
    • Influencing
    • Conflict Management

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    Program at a Glance

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

    Time Requirements

    The class will meet one Thursday per month beginning in January. The participants will commit to six 7.5-hour sessions for the entire program. Each session meets from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 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, April 21, 2016
    Session 5:  Thursday, May 19, 2016
    Session 6:  TBD by instructor and students at first session

    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 Arts in Public Administration at Hamline University must meet the requirements for admission to the Hamline School of Business and complete additional academic work in the class.

    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. Tom previously worked at Target Corporation where he was involved in the initial BCEM Emerging Leaders programs. Prior to working at Target, Tom 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.