CPM Colleague Group
You can complete the nationally-accredited Certified Public Manager® Program in 18 months as part of a cohort. This group attends classes collectively, two days per month, becoming Certified Public Managers together.
The next Colleague Group begins October 22!
In a Colleague Group you will complete all requirements needed to become a Certified Public Manager, with the following added benefits.
You will participate in the entire program with the same group; this allows you to develop professional networks and to work on group projects.
The curriculum will be tailored to the needs of the class; information from the first sessions will be used to select instructional materials that respond to your individual and agency-specific needs.
- Easier registration! Fewer decisions!
You only have to register once, and you will not have to choose between elective classes, or be concerned that the class you need is not available in a given semester.
- Cost savings!
Offering a colleague-based program in a government facility saves significant program administration costs. We pass those savings on to you. The cost of this program is less than if you were to register for classes on an individual basis.
You will attend class two consecutive days each month over a 2-year period, excluding July and August. The 2013-2015 schedule appears below.
Wisconsin Center for Performance Excellence; 2909 Landmark Place, Suite 101; Madison WI (map)
Other colleague groups may be held at other locations in the state if there are at least 20 participants at a site. Contact us!
Fee$3200.00 (does not include travel expenses), which can be split across the two fiscal years.
How to register
Complete the 2013-2015 Colleague Group application form here.
September 30, 2013
All applicants will be notified the week of September 30.
THIS PROGRAM IS LIMITED TO 25 PEOPLE.
Join our mailing list to learn about future colleague groups.
Questions? Contact us! CPM director Robbi Dreifuerst 608-262-3830, email@example.com or program associate Sunshine Jansen, 608-262-4354 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Class topics are firm. Sequence is subject to change. All classes met from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm, with a one-hour lunch break.
October: Managing Self
22 Introduction / Orientation / Teambuilding
23 Management Assessment for Personal Planning and Development
November: Presenting Yourself
19 Presenting Yourself to One or Many
20 Executive Writing
December: Leading Others
January: Solving Problems
28-29 Problem Solving and Decision Making
February: Managing Work
25-26 Managing Projects
March: Acting Ethically
25-26 Ethics, Values and the Public Manager
April: Keeping It All Together
22 Records Management
23 Time and Stress Management Techniques
May: Understanding the Public Sector
27 The Public Management Profession and Environment
28 Policy Analysis for Non-analysts
June: Thinking Strategically
24 Strategic Planning and Goal Setting
25 Productivity and Quality Improvement
July/August: No Classes; work on group & individual projects
September: Managing Financial Resources
October: Managing the Organization
21 Managing Organizational Change
22 Having Critical Conversations
November: Improving Organizational Performance
18 Organizational Performance Measurement
19 Program Evaluation Techniques
December: Managing Personnel
16 Human Resource Management
17 Introduction to the Case Method in Decision Making
January: Bringing It All Together
27-28 Case Studies in Decision Making
February: Bringing It All Together
24-25 Case Studies in Decision Making
March: Bringing It All Together
24 Project Presentations
25 Capstone; Graduation
Colleague Group instructors
Eng Braun is former administrator of the Division of Research and Analysis in the Wisconsin Department of Revenue. Teaches: Policy Analysis for Non-Analysts
Harold Coltharp recently retired from the State Records Center of the Wisconsin Department of Administration where he worked for over 17 years. A Wisconsin Certified Public Manager, Harold has been a member of the Madison chapter of the Association of Records Managers and Administrators for 14 years. Teaches: Records Management
Michael Daun is a private financial consultant and the former deputy comptroller for the City of Milwaukee. Teaches: Budgeting.
Robbi Dreifuerst is an outreach program manager in the Division of Continuing Studies at UW-Madison and director of the Wisconsin Certified Public Manager Program. Teaches: Management Assessment for Personal Planning and Development, Case Studies in Decision Making
Susan Fuszard is a trainer with Living on Purpose Training & Consulting who has a wealth of experience in the field of employee assistance. Teaches: Essential Time & Stress Management Techniques
Al Guyant is a retired public administrator and nationally recognized trainer, facilitator, coach, and author with over 40 years of experience. Teaches: Ethics, Values & the Public Manager; Presenting Yourself to One or Many
Alice Honeywell has helped adults improve their writing skills for more than 30 years. She has worked at both the University of Wisconsin Press and the UW-Madison La Follette School of Public Affairs, and has written and edited for a variety of business, nonprofit and public sector organizations. Teaches: Executive Writing
Sue Hunter is a trainer with Living on Purpose Training & Consulting. She has been a trainer in the areas of wellness, stress management, EAP, alcohol and other drug abuse prevention and intervention for over 25 years. Teaches: Essential Time & Stress Management Techniques
Mordecai Lee is a professor of governmental affairs at UW-Milwaukee. He has also served 3 terms in the Wisconsin State Assembly and 2 terms as a State Senator. Teaches: Capstone Seminar
Laura V. Page has been an independent management consultant for 20 years, assisting hundreds of businesses and nonprofit organizations on issues of communication, conflict resolution, team building, and leadership development. Teaches: Having Critical Conversations
Jeff Russell, co-director of Russell Consulting, Inc., specializes in helping organizations successfully respond to the challenges of continuous change with a focus on leadership, strategic thinking, leading change, and performance coaching. Teaches: Strategic Thinking, Planning & Organizational Transformation; Problem Analysis & Problem Solving
Will Strycker is a private consultant with extensive experience in human resources, labor relations and management development. He previously served as vice president of Human Resources, director of Labor Relations, chief labor negotiator, and director of Diversity at Madison Area Technical College, and also served as a commissioner with the Wisconsin Employment Relations Commission. Teaches: Human Resource Management
Robert Toomey is coordinator of programs in Leadership, Management and Other Workplace Skills in the Division of Continuing Studies at UW-Madison. Previously he served as training officer for several State of Wisconsin agencies. He is also a member of the Wisconsin State Training Council. Teaches: Leadership
Guy VanRensselaer is an organizational improvement specialist with the City of Madison who leads the city’s Leadership Institute & Supervisory Academy. Teaches: Productivity & Quality Improvement; Project Management; Organizational Performance Measurement
This program is sponsored by UW-Madison in cooperation with UW-Extension.