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Find your way forward. Whether you’re upskilling to advance your career, improve client/patient outcomes, pursuing a new passion or something in between, our flexible online, in-person and hybrid classes are designed to work with your schedule, here on the UW–Madison campus or wherever you are in the world. Use the search filters to find the class, badge or certificate that works best for you.

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Leading for Racial Equity Part 1: Becoming an Anti-Racist Organization

Transform your commitment to racial equity into anti-racist leadership in this new two-part class. In part 1, learn the key features of an anti-racist organization, assess the readiness of your organization to move toward anti-racism and plan next steps. Open to anyone with an intermediate understanding of racial equity who is ready to impact their organization's programs, practices, policies and decisions.
Upcoming Dates
  • March 9, 2022
    $395; gov't./non-profit $285
    Live online

Leadership

Explore leadership characteristics and ways to strengthen your organization and support others' work. Learn about different leadership styles, public perceptions of leadership by sector, and servant-leadership basics. Develop a personal leadership philosophy that contributes to your mission.
Upcoming Dates
  • April 6, 2022
    $395; gov't/nonprofit $285
    Live online

Facilitating By Heart Series

This five-part, 10-day series teaches team leaders, committee chairs, supervisors, and other group leaders the facilitation skills and tools to support groups in working productively and collaboratively while honoring all the voices of the group.
Upcoming Dates
  • April 12, 2022–Oct. 12, 2022
    $3,495; gov't/nonprofit $2,595 Includes lunch, extensive materials and resource book.
    In-person

Leading for Racial Equity Part 2: Policy Tools and Workforce Development

Transform your commitment to racial equity into anti-racist leadership in this new two-part class. In part 2, learn how racial equity decision tools are used to hardwire equity strategies in budget allocations, programs and policy decisions. Apply an equity-focused analysis to a current project and leave with feedback on how to leverage the project for social justice and racial equity.
Upcoming Dates
  • April 13, 2022–May 11, 2022
    $625; gov't./non-profit $495
    Live online

EI for Groups: A Leader's Toolkit for Building Emotionally Intelligent Teams

Emotional Intelligence is recognized as an important contributor to work performance and personal well-being. However today, work is increasingly team-based, so group leaders need advanced skills to build an emotionally intelligent team. This class will focus on the proactive approaches and tools for creating an EI culture that enables respectful, effective and creative collaboration even when the going gets tough. Emotionally intelligent teams are better equipped to solve problems, adapt to change, work together more effectively, and achieve greater productivity. For this class it will be assumed that participants are familiar with EI and want to lead or influence a team to become an extraordinary one. Participants will have the advantage of completing the EQi 2.0 self-assessment in advance of the class – the cost is included in the class fee.
Upcoming Dates
  • April 27–28, 2022
    $465; gov't/nonprofit $355
    Live online

Intercultural Communication: Foundation for Cultural Competency

Communication across cultures often breaks down due to basic cultural differences that are misunderstood and frequently invisible. We introduce you to tools that enable you to identify and understand cultural differences and lay a foundation for strong cultural competency domestically and globally.
Upcoming Dates
  • May 18, 2022
    $475; gov't/nonprofit $365
    In-person

Project Management Applied Learning Review

The purpose of this final step in the Project Management (PM) Certificate is to give learners an opportunity to individually discuss their personal goals for applying best practices and skills of project management, to review important aspects of managing projects, to ask questions to further their learning and to demonstrate that they have achieved at least a basic level of understanding of project management. 
Upcoming Dates
  • Start Anytime
    $585; gov't/nonprofit $475
    Live online

Excel Skills 1: Fundamentals and Essentials

Learn Microsoft Excel essentials for formatting and organizing data. Gain a level of confidence and save time by creating spreadsheets to efficiently collect, organize, and track data and lists. You also gain the skills to format spreadsheets and create basic workbooks, enter and format data and insert formulas to perform calculations.
Upcoming Dates
  • Not scheduled at this time. See page for program description.

Leading Out Loud: Using Story in Communication

Leaders at any level need to be able to persuade and inspire. There are many tools leaders can use to increase their impact, whether speaking formally or just discussing ideas in a meeting. We’ll explore one of them, how to use stories effectively, including how to avoid overuse and exaggeration.
Upcoming Dates
  • Not scheduled at this time. See page for program description.

Online Professional Presence: Tips and Techniques for the Virtual You at Work

This special 1.5 hour class is offered live online. Projecting a professional virtual presence is a skill that has become essential in today’s world shaped by the pandemic. We must build relationships, lead teams and collaborate with colleagues to achieve organizational results — now entirely through electronic connections. Join us for this timely opportunity to learn tips and techniques for developing your professional presence on video conference platforms; whether you are doing meetings, instruction or just checking in. Learn how to lead and contribute with confidence, remain professionally engaged and visible, create a positive impression, minimize distractions, and avoid common and surprising mistakes that can derail your best intentions.
Upcoming Dates
  • Not scheduled at this time. See page for program description.