• Leadership Communication Skills Certificate

    Designed for current and emerging leaders in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors, Hamline’s Leadership Communication Skills Certificate equips you with the skills you need to be successful in the workplace, using real-life scenarios and in-depth, practice-based training.

    • 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 knowledge in the areas of coaching, conflict management, and working with a team.

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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 four continuing studies credits. 

    Cost for the program is $1,750.


    The class will meet one or two Thursdays each month, from January to May 2022. Each session meets from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the West End (Minneapolis) location. Continental breakfast and lunch are included.

    Classes meet on the following dates:
    Session 1: January 20, 2022
    Session 2: February 17, 2022
    Session 3: March 10, 2022
    Session 4: March 24, 2022
    Session 5: April 14, 2022
    Session 6: May 12, 2022

    About the Instructor

    Tom Kern is currently the leadership development and change manager at the city of Minneapolis. In this role, he creates and facilitates leadership development classes. He also facilitates the people change portion of large change management initiatives across the city enterprise. Prior to his current position, he served as the senior talent development consultant for Prime Therapeutics. In this position, he was involved in leadership development activities as well as other human resources projects. Tom previously worked at Target Corporation, where he was involved in the initial Big City Emergency Managers Emerging Leaders Program. He holds a doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Georgia with a specialization in behavioral medicine. 

    Degree Candidacy

    Participants are eligible to earn graduate or continuing studies credit. Graduate-level elective credits from all certificates may be earned and applied to the Master of Public Administration or Phd in Management and Public Service. Additionally, elective credits may be earned and applied to the Master of Business Administration or Master of Nonprofit Management from the Leadership Communication Skills Certificate.