Core Curriculum Requirements

13 classes and 4 Zoom group sessions


Elective Requirements

Minimum 3 classes


Program Overview

This program includes a core curriculum and a set of elective courses. Leading others requires individuals to acquire and grow a new set of skills and abilities. The courses in this program have been chosen to provide leads, supervisors, managers, and individuals looking to move into one of these roles with foundational tools to help them be successful. Developing as a leader goes beyond attending formal classroom/virtual courses. Research shows that leadership potential is developed three distinct ways: 1) on-the-job work experience, 2) coaching/mentoring from the person’s supervisor and/or other key individuals, and 3) formal classroom/virtual training.

How to Develop A Leader Chart

A good manager must be able to handle a variety of situations. The courses in this program range in competencies and topics that will help a manager navigate these situations. The courses can be taken in any order and as time permits and approved by the individual’s manager/supervisor. These courses are offered on a variety of platforms from attending instructor led courses to on-line such as SkillSoft, Zoom and Canvas.

As with any new program, we will review feedback and determine if modifications should be made to the program. If you have any questions or would like to discuss how we can further customize this program for your department, please feel free to reach out to Debbie at

Tools to Navigate the Program

Program Guide: Introduces the program, presents the curriculum, defines competency categories, gives direction for nomination and answers FAQs.

Program Tracker: Plan and track progress while in the program. Submit this for a request for certification of completion. Will be provided after supervisor nomination.

Development Plan: To assist individuals and managers in creating annual development plan. To be used to identify skills/competency development, coaching opportunities, on-the-job training, and course selection. This template is intended to be the participant's roadmap and conversation tool for the participant and manager to discuss progress throughout the program. Will be provided after employee request for nomination and supervisor nomination.

Manager Certification Program Competency Chart

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Recorded Q & A Session

Watch the recording of the Q&A session to get answers to more Manager Certification Program questions.

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The Women in Leadership series grew out of a final project developed by Jan Gascoigne, PhD, assistant vice chancellor of Student Services, and Karen Aarestad, assistant vice chancellor of Advancement, during a fellowship in the Academic Management Institute for Women Leaders in Higher Education. They planned the series along with Janet Corral, PhD, associate professor of educational informatics in the CU School of Medicine. The inaugural talk was held in March 2019 and attended by more than 200 early career women. During the inaugural talk, Jean Kutner, MD, addressed work, life and job security. 

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Secrets to Effective Career Development

Presented by Anne M. Libby, PhD

Professor and Vice Chair for Academic Affairs, Department of Emergency Medicine (EMED)

This recording is from the September 30, 2020 Women In Leadership Speaker Series. 

Leadership and Vision

Presented by Regina Richards, Ph.D., MSW

Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Community Outreach

This recording is from the November 10, 2020 Women In Leadership Speaker Series. 

This Leadership Journey – And Being Bold, Authentic, and Vulnerable

Presented by Michelle Lucero, Esq.

Chief Administrative Officer and General Counsel at Children’s Hospital Colorado

This recording is from the February 9, 2021 Women In Leadership Speaker Series. 

Women & Innovation:

How to get your ideas heard

Presented by Kimberly A. Muller, Esq.

Managing Partner, CU Healthcare Innovation Fund

Executive Director, CU Innovations

Co-Founder, UCHealth CARE Innovation Center

This recording is from the April 14, 2021 Women In Leadership Speaker Series.