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. 

In an increasingly volatile and complex world, executives need to embrace the dynamic landscape and develop leadership competencies different from those that helped them succeed in the past.

Dominican’s Leadership Academy equips participants to meet these evolving demands, equipping them with the knowledge, skills, and mindset to ascend to new professional heights.

Participants emerge from the program with a heightened sense of purpose and a clear understanding of the necessary steps to accomplish their objectives. They lead with greater confidence, adaptability, and effectiveness, contributing to both their personal growth and the success of their organizations.

Learning Outcomes

  • Understand the role of a leader in today’s volatile and complex business environment
  • Develop the ability to create and foster organizational change
  • Learn how to lead through influence and persuasion
  • 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) live online:

  • Oct. 1, in-person, 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
    21st Century Leadership: What it Means to Be a Leader
    Strategic Planning: The Key to Sustained Organizational Performance
  • Oct 8, live online, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
    Emotional Intelligence for EPIC Leadership
  • Oct. 15, live online, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
    Leading Organizational Change
  • Oct. 22, in-person, 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
    Leading Through Influence and Persuasion
    Creating High Performance Teams
  • Oct. 29, live online, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
    Improving Performance Through Accountability
  • Nov. 5, live online, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
    Coaching for Performance
  • Nov. 21, in-person, 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
    Building Organizational Culture
    Leading in the Age of Perpetual Upheaval

All in-person sessions will be held at Dominican University of California, Creekside Room, 100 Magnolia Ave., San Rafael, CA 94901


Program fees are $3,300. Fees include tuition and course materials. For in-person sessions, breakfast and lunch are included.

Registration Deadline

September 20, 2024. Participants are admitted on a rolling, space-available basis. Early applications are encouraged.

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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.

Join us for a dynamic, one-day executive education program designed to equip leaders with proven tools and insights to foster innovation within their teams. Through a blend of experiential activities, interactive discussions and practical exercises, participants will explore the nuances of team dynamics and the transformative power of safe spaces in driving creativity.

The program starts in the morning with an experiential activity that looks at team dynamics and examines the advantages of teams over individuals in decision-making. In the afternoon, we will delve into the pivotal role safe spaces play in unlocking the full potential of individuals and teams. Participants will gain insights into what defines safe spaces, identify common barriers to their establishment, and explore actionable strategies to cultivate them within their organizations.

Learning Outcomes

  • Learn the advantages of teams over individuals in decision-making
  • Understand how to get the most out of teams
  • Understand what a safe space is
  • Recognize the role fear plays in preventing risk and creativity
  • Generate practices to support creativity and innovation
  • Learn the leadership behaviors that lead to the cultivation of safe spaces

Who Should Attend

Managers interested in improving their ability to lead and manage teams in ways that enhance innovation and creativity.

Date and Location

  • Sept. 24, in-person, 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
    Creekside Room, Dominican University of California
    100 Magnolia Ave.
    San Rafael 94901


$1,800 (Fees include tuition, course materials, breakfast and lunch)

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

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.

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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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