• 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.

    With a Leadership Communications Skills Certificate, 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 four continuing studies credits. 

    Cost for the program is $1,600.


    The class will meet one or two Thursdays each month, from January to May 2020. Each session meets from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Continental breakfast and lunch are included.

    Session 1: January 16, 2020 
    Session 2: February 20, 2020 
    Session 3: March 12, 2020 
    Session 4: March 26, 2020 
    Session 5: April 16, 2020 
    Session 6: May 21, 2020 

    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.