• 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 2018. Each session meets from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Continental breakfast and lunch are included.

    Session 1: Thursday, January 18, 2018
    Session 2: Thursday, February 15, 2018
    Session 3: Thursday, March 15, 2018
    Session 4: Thursday, March 29, 2018
    Session 5: Thursday, April 19, 2018
    Session 6: Thursday, May 17, 2018

    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 resources projects, such as employee engagement surveys and the creation of a leadership competency model. Tom previously worked at Target Corporation, where he was involved in the initial Big City Emergency Managers Emerging Leaders Program. Prior to Target, Tom was employed at a large metropolitan hospital, where he had the opportunity to manage various programs and clinics. It was during this time that 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 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 or Doctorate of Public Administration. 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.