Inclusive Leadership Certificate

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This inclusive leadership training certificate consists of coursework designed for leaders and aspiring leaders committed to building effective and engaged teams through the recognition and encouragement of their members' individuality. The certificate consists of seven core required programs. Total class hours for the certificate are 45-50, depending on the electives chosen.


Employee engagement is critical to team success and adaptability. As a leader, you have the opportunity to influence employee engagement by cultivating inclusivity and trust into the organizational culture. Organizations that prioritize inclusion are more innovative, resilient, and more likely to attract and retain top talent. This certificate gives new, existing, and potential leaders a deeper understanding of the unique attributes of their team members, and how honoring and leveraging these can produce powerful teams and committed employees.

At a glance


The Inclusive leadership Certificate consists of seven required classes, which must be completed within a three-year period

Course List


Most classes are 6 to 9 hours, divided into half-days of live online instruction, or a blend of live and self-paced learning.


All classes are delivered online via Zoom and Canvas platforms.


The total cost for the certificate — seven required classes — is currently approximately $2,500–$3,300 depending on the profit/nonprofit status of the learner's organization. Consult the individual class listings for exact prices.

Continuing education credits

CEUs for the total certificate are approximately 5.0, representing 50 instructional hours.


Brittany Browning at bbrowning2@wisc.edu

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Overview: Extra Information

Why Choose Inclusive Leadership?

Enhance Your Leadership Skills
Build your confidence and capacity to lead diverse teams effectively.

Cultivate Cohesive Culture
Promote trust and collaboration among team members by employing thoughtful and effective communication and conflict resolution skills.

Employee Engagement and Retention
Cultivate an inclusive work environment that keeps your team engaged and motivated.

Innovation and Creativity
Harness the power of diverse viewpoints to drive innovation and problem-solving within your organization.

Elevate Business Outcomes
Generate more informed and equitable outcomes by considering diverse perspectives in the decision-making process.

Bring Out the Best in Your Team
Leverage your organization’s diverse talents and perspectives to create adaptable and resilient teams.

Personal Growth and Development
Gain insights into your own thinking to foster personal growth and empathy.

Who Should Enroll
Content in this certificate's coursework is geared towards current, seasoned, or aspiring leaders with primary or supportive responsibilities for leading teams at work, but the certificate is open to anyone who has interest in the subject areas, including HR and inclusion professionals, entrepreneurs and business owners.

The certificate requires completing a series of seven core required courses, including one elective. Most courses involve some degree of pre-work such as completing a strengths assessment. Pre-work expectations are presented in course materials and course descriptions.

Classes must be completed within three years from the start of the first class to earn the certificate.

Additional Details
The certificate's classes are not transferable to for-credit courses at UW–Madison or other UW for-credit programs.

There are no formal requirements or eligibility limits for the certificate other than proficiency in English. In general, learners are supported by their organizations to engage in the series, so if language proficiency is not strong, your organization may be able to assist.

Because certificate classes are only one or two days (with some divided into half-days), missed days must be made up. Classes within the certificate are offered once or twice annually, so makeup dates can be reasonably scheduled.

Each course is priced individually. Payment is made at the time of registration. Course prices are updated on official course listings and promotions.

Registration cancellation carries a $25 administrative fee, though a substitute learner may be sent. Cancellation less than three business days before the start of the class or non-attendance requires full payment. See individual class listings for exact cancellation fees.

Earn Continuing Education Hours

By participating in this class you will earn:

Instructional Hours 50
University of Wisconsin Continuing Education Units 5

Explanation of Continuing Education Hours

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Program Questions?

Contact Brittany Browning at brittany.browning@wisc.edu or 608-265-7939

Registration Questions?

Email registrations@pyle.wisc.edu or call 608-262-2451.

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