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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Executive Education offers training and consulting in leadership and management for professionals. As a component of the Institute for Leadership Studies, Executive Education provides a rich curriculum of experiences and breadth of services for organizations and their executives. 

Our Programs

Our programs will teach your organization to address uncertainty by creating a clear path forward, empower fellow members of the program to contribute, and ultimately harness the power of your group effort to execute a plan. 

While the Leadership Academy Certificate Program is the centerpiece of our leadership programs, we also offer open enrollment programs and customized programs for present and future leaders, including “leaders at large” — individuals with untested potential to lead teams, programs, and departments, and bring their organizations to new levels. Please contact us for more information. 

  • Leadership Academy Certificate Program
  • Open enrollment programs
  • Custom programs
  • Organizational consulting

Leadership Certificate Program

Learn the difference between managing and leading. Create and implement a strategic business plan. Leverage emotional intelligence to increase productivity from your team.

Dominican’s Leadership Certificate Program is an excellent learning experience for any professional wishing to advance their career and hone their leadership skills, such as:

  • High-potential performers being groomed for advancement
  • Managers and directors seeking to expand their authority
  • Technical specialists seeking to increase their organizational impact
  • Entrepreneurs seeking to take their organization to a new level

When your organization partners with us, we will address a variety of organizational and leadership needs, from ensuring timely availability of leaders at various levels, to creating competencies for managers to respond to varying market conditions. 

Our faculty is composed of subject-matter experts and practitioners who have substantive real-life leadership and management experience in a variety of fields, as well as teach in our MBA programs.

Our motto is: "Learn more today, deliver more value tomorrow." This motto signifies a commitment to learning that makes a positive difference. Our institution has deep roots in the education of adults, in the tradition of ethical, experiential learning. Our programs provide experiences that combine active learning and an exchange of ideas. 

Private Sector: $4,950
Public, Government & Non-Profit Organizations: $4,450

Contact us for information on Dominican Alumni and group discounts.

Each of the Leadership Certificate’s nine one-day sessions focuses on a different leadership skill and includes hands-on learning techniques and measurable outcomes. The curriculum was informed by a survey of CEOs and senior VPs from more than 70 Bay Area businesses and organizations, and can be further customized to meet the needs of your business.

Sessions Topic
Session 1 21st Century Leadership: What it Means to be a Leader
Session 2 Driving Individual Performance; Coaching for Accountability
Session 3 Engaging and Inspiring Others: Developing Your Effective Leadership Repertoire
Session 4 Thinking Strategically: Facing and Addressing Tough Choices
Session 5 Creating High Impact Teams: Building Trust for Team Commitment and Results
Session 6 Leading Change: Transforming the Organization and Staying Ahead of the Curve
Session 7 Surmounting Obstacles: Using Negotiation and Conflict Resolution Strategies
Session 8 Charting the Future: Creating and Pursuing Your Vision
Session 9 Celebrating the Outcomes: Presentations on “Project Leadership”

Each session in the Leadership Certificate Program is taught by an expert in the leadership skill being covered. Instructors include professors from Dominican’s Barowsky School of Business as well as senior executives and seasoned consultants from throughout the Bay Area.

The Leadership Certificate includes a capstone project called “Project Leadership,” in which participants design and implement a plan to address a strategic business need of their sponsoring companies. The plans typically realize savings and revenue five to 10 times greater than the participants’ tuition, delivering an excellent return on investment.

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Payment Options

Mail check payable to:
Dominican University of California

Mailing address:
Dominican University of California
Barowsky School of Business - Executive Education
50 Acacia Avenue
San Rafael, CA 94901

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Available for two or more participants.

Group discounts:
Please ask us about group discounts.

Brand School: 8-Week Program

For this special session, Institute for Leadership Studies is partnering with Brand School by BrandTwist, bringing you bonus content focused on managing brands through the Covid-19 crisis.

Brand School is our learning-by-doing program: You will develop a brand strategy allowing you to connect with your most profitable audiences.

Enrolling now for course starting October 8, 2020!

Entrepreneurs and small business owners sometimes feel stuck. They believe in the potential of what they offer, but need to find their TWIST to get their business to that next level and beyond.

Brand School is the 8-week program to find your TWIST and immediately apply it to your business.

  • Brand Diagnostic
    Set goals and gain a clear focus on your most profitable customers and ideal target.
  • Bull's Eye Targeting
    Move forward with a deeper understanding of your ideal target and how to turn them into brand fans for life.
  • Core Brand Promise
    Create a brand promise with a TWIST that will truly connect with your ideal target.
  • Strategic Brand Pillars
    Identify three strategic Pillars (Brand Values) to guide all your business decisions.
  • Personal Brand Story
    Write your personal brand story and an elevator pitch highlighting your unique TWIST.
  • Brand Brief
    Creating a clear and actionable Brand Brief for logo and website design.
  • Touch Points
    Innovative revenue streams and brand touch points with a TWIST.
  • Implement with Impact
    Tools, templates and briefs to drive your design elements, imagery and how you talk about your business.
  1. Online Course Materials
    Each weekly session includes a video of explanation and examples plus strategic brand work assignments. Complimentary copy of best-selling book TWIST: How Fresh Perspectives Build Breakthrough Results included this semester.
  2. Live Online Classes with Julie Cottineau
    Not recordings, but real-time with Julie and your classmates. It is our time to discuss real TWISTS to impact your business and address your specific ideas and challenges. They are interactive and invaluable.

    Time: Every Thursday at 12:30 p.m. EST/9:30 a.m. PST for 90 minutes
  3. Individual Feedback and One-on-one Coaching
    Throughout each semester, we work with you to develop the brand framework your business needs to grow.

    Two 30-minute one-on-one strategy sessions with Julie included as part of your tuition as well as weekly feedback on your assignments. One-on-one strategy calls with our extended faculty are also included.
  4. Best-Selling Book, TWIST: How Fresh Perspectives Build Breakthrough Brands
    This isn’t your typical, stodgy business book. TWIST is actionable, relevant, and accessible and illustrates why your brand, not your budget, is your strongest secret weapon.

Former VP of Brand at Virgin and Best-Selling Author, Julie Cottineau has helped hundreds transform their businesses with her TWIST technique. Julie is the Founder and CEO of BrandTwist, a brand consultancy that helps entrepreneurs and corporations build stronger, more profitable brands.

She is an authority on how businesses can achieve breakthrough results and a frequent commentator on brand strategy and innovation in top business media such as Forbes.com, Entrepreneur Magazine, and CNN.

Her own life has been filled with magical TWISTS including being the unofficial inventor of the Pet Rock – ask her about it sometime.

Live Classes Thursday’s 9:30 to 11:00 a.m. PST

  • Week 1: October 8
  • Week 2: October 15
  • Week 3: October 22
  • Week 4: October 29
  • Week 5: November 5
  • Week 6: November 12
  • Week 7: November 19
  • Thanksgiving Break – No class
  • Week 8: December 3

Register online

Includes payment option to pay in five increments. Use special code: Dominican.

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