The Women in Leadership series grew out of a final project developed by Jan Gascoigne, PhD, associate vice chancellor for Student Affairs, 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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Senior Medical Director | UCHealth Infection Prevention and Control
Professor of Medicine, Division of Infectious Disease | University of Colorado Denver
This recording is from the April 27, 2022 Women In Leadership Speaker Series.
Robert Freedman Professor and Chair Department of Psychiatry
Executive Director, Helen E. and Arthur Johnson Depression Center, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, School of Medicine
This recording is from the September 14, 2022 Women In Leadership Speaker Series.
Director of the Ludeman Family Center for Women’s Health Research
Professor of Medicine
University of Colorado School of Medicine
This recording is from the November 10, 2022 Women In Leadership Speaker Series.
CEO | Aurora Wellness Community (AWC)
This recording is from the February 2, 2023 Women In Leadership Speaker Series.
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 courses. Research shows that leadership potential is developed three distinct ways: 1) on-the-job (OJT) work experience, 2) coaching/mentoring from the person’s supervisor and/or other key individuals, and 3) formal classroom/virtual training.
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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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Being a first-time manager comes with a whole different set of challenges and obstacles that I was not properly prepared to handle. During my time in this program, with the help of the incredible instructors and peers, I have become more equipped to handle almost any type of situation that may arise. From being more understanding to getting the most out of my team. I would like to thank the team of instructors for their time and dedication to me and all the other participants. I know that if I have any other questions in the future, they will be there to help me out. Thanks again!
Jim Martinez Graduated - 11/3/2022
I am immensely grateful that CU Denver developed this program for managers. There is no guidebook to becoming a successful manager, so for me, becoming a first-time manager was intimidating. With the help of this program, I feel much more confident in my leadership skills and capabilities. Thank you!
Nicole Leonhard Graduated - 10/4/2022
I absolutely loved taking the courses in the manager certification program! I was able to immediately apply the skills I learned in each class to everyday work situations which greatly helped me to advance my goal of becoming the most effective manager that I could be. The instructors were very knowledgeable and presented the material in an interesting and logical manner. The content, whether it was on managing virtual teams, communicating as a leader, or emotional intelligence (my favorite), covered all the bases and made me think critically and deeply about how to handle different situations. The breakout rooms with classmates were illuminating; it was great to hear what others were experiencing in the workplace and to exchange different points of view. I highly recommend this program as an important tool for success in any role!
Debbie Hill - Graduated 07/15/2022
As a longtime CU employee, I am always looking to grow my skillsets, professional development, to be a lifelong learner, and to have good career growth in the CU system. The pandemic seemed to be a perfect time for me to focus on these goals by taking the CU Manager Certification Program and I’m so glad I did! I learned so many important skills: how to lead effective meetings (virtually or in-person), what emotional intelligence is and how it affects success in the workplace, how to have effective communication skills and to practice active listening, and the importance of setting aside time to focus on high-impact goals and proactive work. Debra Lammers and Kaitlin Norris are fantastic at leading these courses and are a great asset to all faculty and staff at CU. Thank you for this certification program and keep up the great learning and development work!
Holly Ables - Graduated 04/14/2022
The Management Certification Program is definitely a commitment, however, the tools and resources that I gained throughout the program are incredible. The content was diverse, thorough, and provided a new perspective on my interactions and previous experiences. I learned about short-comings as well as strengths I was unaware I was in possession of. I highly recommend this program to anyone who wants to gain a broader perspective of what being a manager entails or to help a manager hone their skills in the new environments we find ourselves in.
Angela Kirkpatrick - Graduated 03/29/2022
The Manager Certificate Program has been a wonderful professional development opportunity. I appreciate that it’s an opportunity available to all staff, whether they are currently in a manager role or not. I’ve found myself incorporating a lot of what I’ve learned throughout the program into my everyday work, whether that is better time management, improved communication, or self-awareness. The facilitators have all been great. I encourage anyone interested in professional development opportunities to enroll.
Noreen Khan - Graduated 02/01/2022
I strongly encourage anyone looking to develop their leadership skills to enroll in the Manager Certification Program. The great thing about the program is that you’re able to work through the courses at your own leisure. This allows for individuals to truly get the best, tailored experience for them. Additionally, the quarterly zoom meetings were invaluable. Not only did we discuss specific topics during these meetings, but we also got to hear from our peers on their day-to-day struggles and some of the tools they use to increase productivity, job satisfaction, and communication. The courses also provided tangible ideas/suggestions to become a better leader. I highly recommend this program!
Morgan Hubbard - Graduated 01/27/2022
I considered the Manager Certification Program to be both a professional and personal growth experience. Many of the courses gave me opportunities to improve myself in both important realms of my life. From “Crucial Conversations” and “Establishing Relationship Trust” to “Continuous Improvement : Understanding Current State” and “From Bias to Active Allyship”, I benefited from this program in all areas of my life. I particularly enjoyed the quarterly group discussion with other manager trainees where we could share our ideas and receive a copy via Padlet. Finally, the Manager Certification Teams page with helpful articles and group discussions has been a useful part of this training program.
Shannon McWilliams - Graduated 12/22/2021
I cannot say enough good things about the Manager Certification Program offered by the University of Colorado. The curriculum is finely tailored to the current hybrid work environment that so many of us are experiencing and offers insights into diverse perspectives and backgrounds of professionals with expertise in areas including project and performance management, conflict resolution and continuous improvement methodology just to name a few. The program is also self-paced which allows it to fit into almost any schedule seamlessly. I highly recommend enrolling to anyone that wishes to grow their resume and expand their network!
Sarah Spurlock - Graduated 11/02/2021