Executive Education

Whether you are an executive striving to take your organization to the next level, or a manager ready for career advancement, the Institute for Leadership Studies can empower your success with our Executive Education programs.

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The business environment is changing faster than ever before. Executives need to position their organizations to meet emerging opportunities and challenges, lead change, and create an agile culture by empowering employees to take action and make decisions.

Dominican’s Leadership Certificate has had a tremendous impact on our key senior managers, both in their personal growth as well as the value they are adding to the organization.  The investment in the program has been well worth it." 

— Russ Colombo, Retired CEO, Bank of Marin  

Our Programs

Dominican’s Executive Education programs provide critical tools and competitive strategies needed to deliver immediate results. Designed and delivered by expert practitioners who bring their real-world experiences into the classroom, our programs lead you through a process of exposure, internalization and application ensuring you will apply the learning to your work. 

Dominican’s Leadership Academy equips you with innovative tools and skills to lead change and drive organizational results. You will develop greater self-awareness while learning and practicing essential skills in coaching, emotional intelligence and interpersonal dynamics, enabling you to lead with greater empathy, purpose, inspiration, and connection.

Learning Outcomes

  • Understand the difference between leadership and management.
  • Develop the ability to create, influence, and foster organizational change.
  • Learn how to build and sustain an inclusive and equitable workplace.
  • Acquire skills to maximize the performance of teams.
  • Increase your capacity for leading through greater emotional intelligence.
  • Gain coaching skills to improve performance and increase accountability.

Who Should Attend

Mid- to senior-level professionals seeking to improve their ability to lead.

Program Schedule

The program consists of seven sessions, three (3) in-person at the Dominican campus and four (4) synchronous online:

  • April 9, in-person, 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
    21st Century Leadership: What it Means to Be a Leader
    Strategic Planning
  • April 16, online synchronous, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
    Leading Change
  • April 23, online synchronous, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
    Emotional Intelligence for EPIC Leadership
  • April 30, in-person, 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
    Leading Through Influence and Persuasion
    Creating High Performance Teams
  • May 7, online synchronous, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
    Improving Performance Through Accountability
  • May 14, online synchronous, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
    Coaching for Performance
  • May 21, in-person, 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
    Building Organizational Culture
    Orchestrating Excellence


Program fees are $3,300. Fees include tuition and course materials. For in-person sessions, lunches are available for purchase at Dominican’s Caleruega Dining Hall.

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For any questions, please email ils@dominican.edu or call (415) 482-1918.

Developing effective communication skills is vital for managers at every level of an organization. Whether you find yourself in meetings, engaging with clients, or driving transformative initiatives, the ability to communicate clearly and make an impact is instrumental in advancing your leadership career. 

Leadership Presence and Communication Skills helps you develop confidence and the ability to motivate both internal and external audiences through improved communication skills. You will learn how to organize your thoughts to craft persuasive narratives, incorporate storytelling techniques to ensure your messages “stick”, and adopt techniques to enhance your presentation skills. Additionally, the program enhances your ability to communicate with culturally-diverse audiences. 

Join our immersive two-day program to acquire the essential communication skills that will elevate your leadership to new heights.

Learning Outcomes

  • Express complex ideas simply and clearly
  • Organize your thoughts to create maximum impact
  • Utilize storytelling techniques to engage your audience
  • Master advanced presentation skills
  • Build confidence and leadership presence
  • Overcome cross-cultural communication barriers

Who Should Attend

  • Senior and high-potential managers in corporations
  • Directors and supervisors in government organizations
  • Engineers and technical professionals
  • Entrepreneurs seeking to enhance their leadership communication skills

Program Schedule

  • Nov. 7, 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
    Morning: Communicating With Impact
    Afternoon: Storytelling Techniques to Engage Your Audience
  • Nov. 14, 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
    Morning: Mastering Executive Presentations
    Afternoon: Cross-Cultural Communication for Executives

The program will be conducted in-person at Dominican University of California.


Program fees are $1,800. Fees include tuition, course materials, breakfast and lunch.

For any questions, please email ils@dominican.edu or call (415) 482-1918.

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This program serves clients with personalized executive coaching. It includes a leadership 360 assessment combined with an executive coaching program emerging from high-performance values and practices.

Dominican’s team of highly experienced executive coaches are trained in 360 protocols. The program incorporates a 360-leadership survey, combined with Dominican’s executive coaches who provide personalized debriefing, goal-setting, and coaching to identify and meet leadership effectiveness goals. The program offers individual attention, confidentiality, and follow-up to ensure the achievement of developmental goals.

Format: Virtual Live

To learn more email ils@dominican.edu.

Clients and the Executive Education team collaborate to design and deliver a program customized to clients’ specific situations and aligned to their schedules, budgets, and goals. The program may focus on leadership development and/or a strategic business issue or need. From initial conversations through the last session, the outcomes lead to lasting positive impact, as well as ambitious goal achievement.

Contact us to learn about how we can work with you to create the solutions you need or call (415) 482-1918.


Refund and Cancellation Policies

If you wish to cancel and receive a full refund, you must submit your request in writing at least 30 days prior to the program start date. 

If you submit your request 15 to 29 days before the program start date, you will receive a refund equal to 75% of the full program fee. If you submit your request within 14 days of the program start date, you are not eligible to receive a refund.

In the case of a no-show or partial participation, no refunds will be granted. Participants and/or their sponsoring organization are responsible for the entire program fee.

Approved refunds will be processed within two weeks and will be returned in the same form of payment.

Written request to transfer to another course must be received 7 days prior to the first class meeting.

If Dominican cancels a program due to low enrollment, registered participants will receive a refund of any tuition paid, or be allowed to move their registration to a future running of the program. Refunds from canceled programs can also be applied to other open enrollment programs.

Institute for Leadership Studies Events

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Testimonial: Linda Lang, CHR Officer, Marin Health

"The Leadership Academy delivered exactly what we needed to create a common understanding of our vision and equip our management with a primer on how to get there.”

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Testimonial: Joe Murphy, Area Manager, WBE Inc.

“The Leadership program made me a better leader, at work but also at home and as a high-school football coach. I would strongly recommend this course to anyone wanting to be a strong and respected leader.”

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Testimonial: Bridget Choate, PW Manager, County of Marin

“Dominican’s Leadership program taught me so much about being prepared, thinking strategically, getting around obstacles, and not taking no for an answer. I have also met some amazing people and formed valuable relationships.”

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