Custom Solutions - Executive Education at University of Louisville


Executive Education can bring programming directly to your organization with learning solutions designed and delivered for your specific needs. We work closely with you to assess your strengths, understand your culture, and customize learning outcomes. Get the targeted training you need when you need it.

To learn more, please reach out to Manuela Perri by email or phone at 502.852.4821.

We present below a list of topics, programs and services that can be customized to meet your organization's learning and development needs. This list includes our most requested subject areas; however it is not exhaustive. Please reach out to us If you would like to inquire about a topic not included below.

Certificate Programs

We need braver leaders and more courageous cultures in order to be successful in today's complex, rapidly changing environment. Brave leadership is not an innate and immutable quality possessed only by the most exceptional among us, but rather a set of skills and behaviors that are teachable, observable, and measurable. Daring leadership requires that we stay curious, lean into difficult conversations, and be vulnerable instead of armoring up. The Dare to Lead™ program dives into the future of leadership, ethical decision making, and organizational success through the lens of bravery and courage by tackling the four skill sets of brave leadership: Rumbling with Vulnerability, Living into Our Values, BRAVING Trust, and Learning to Rise.

Dare to Lead™ is designed for ANYONE who is ready to embrace brave leadership, shed their armor, and show up with their whole heart in their work and life. You, your team, and your organization will learn how to have tough conversations, address employees fears and feelings that show up during change and upheaval, build trust, identify personal values, reset after failure, and so much more - all of which are meant to support leader agility, team effectiveness, and culture change.
Building a successful franchise may feel like standing on the shoulders of giants, but not every question can be answered through simply affiliating with a known brand. From fledgling franchisee to upscaling an established business, the University of Louisville Franchise Management Certificate Bootcamp empowers you to embrace your full entrepreneurial potential.

Designed with both the franchisee and franchisor in mind, our Franchise Management Certificate Bootcamp has the rigor and reputation you expect from a nationally ranked, AACSB-accredited college. Enrich your skillset through courses in franchise law, human resources management, finance, strategic planning, and more.
What comes to mind when you think of great leaders? You might think of the compassion and courage of Harriet Tubman; the resilience and decisiveness of Winston Churchill; or the integrity and commitment to justice of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Or you may think of a person in your own life who inspires you to strive toward excellence.

In any context, great leaders are those who stand out because they rise above; they are those who exhibit such exceptional qualities, or virtues, that they inspire others to follow their example. These are not innate and immutable traits of extraordinary people, but rather skills and conscious behaviors that any person can practice. Every circumstance provides an opportunity to exhibit particular virtues, and we can hone our sense of moral insight to identify the virtues relevant to the situation at hand.

Positive Leadership occurs when a person exhibits all of the virtues relevant in a given situation, and in so doing inspires others to follow in their example. Positive Leaders elevate those around them and plant the seeds for a culture of ethical excellence within their organizations.

In the Positive Leadership Certificate, learners develop skills for recognizing, comprehending, and transforming both challenging and routine situations so that the people involved can all achieve more excellence. You will be part of a community of learners who work together in real time, both within and outside of the classroom, to ensure that the concepts you learn in the classroom can be put into practice immediately in your workplace. By completing this program, you will cultivate the insight to inspire others and become a leader who elevates your organization and the people within it.
What is Project Management?
Project management is a growing profession that is used by every industry. Skilled project managers lead initiatives that improve productivity, financial performance, process improvement, and more.

The demand for certified PMP® and CAPM® professionals grows every year. According to the Project Management Institute® (PMI), employers will need to fill nearly 2.2 million new project-oriented roles each year through 2027. This means skilled project managers are in high demand.

The University of Louisville's Project Management Certificate will help you achieve more in your role by equipping you with the job skills that you need to perform. This program includes the Fundamentals of Project Management and the Project Management: Practical Applications courses. If you are pursuing the PMP® credential, you will also find value in the PMP® Exam Facilitated Study course, which will help prepare you for the rigorous PMP® Exam. Either the Project Management Certificate Program or the PMP® Exam Facilitated Study course will fulfill the formal education requirements needed to apply for the Project Management Professional® (PMP) and Certified Associate in Project Management® (CAPM) exams.
Executive Education at the the University of Louisville's College of Business introduces a new competency-based approach to solving real communication challenges in the workplace. Through a holistic methodology to communication across the spectrum of workplace challenges, attendees will earn a Strategic Communication Certificate by first completing an online self-paced elearning module developed by UofL faculty, and subsequently attending four half-day problem-based seminars to apply proven strategies to real organizational problems while receiving personalized feedback from highly-trained facilitators. Individuals who earn a Strategic Communication Certificate will be prepared to lead their teams through complicated challenges with sophisticated communication skills.

Who should seek this certificate? Executives, managers and aspiring leaders at all levels in their career and company will benefit from earning this certificate. With up to 85% of professional work requiring collaboration, sophisticated communication skills that can be directly applied to solve dynamic and complicated problems is extremely important for leaders or those seeking leadership opportunities. Therefore, this certificate is designed for current and future managers who seek to lead others through modern organizational challenges via strategic communication.

What makes this certificate unique? This certificate builds on the foundations of the University of Louisville's internationally-recognized business communication program. It is developed and facilitated by UofL faculty who have extensive backgrounds, research, and experience with the subject. Moreover, the certificate is designed to be oriented toward real-world problem-solving and practical application, with real time feedback to evaluate effectiveness. Courses were designed from research and interviews with executives to identify and address complicated challenges facing modern organizations.

How and when will courses be delivered? This program includes both face-to-face and self-paced online content. Attendees will first gain access to the self-paced online Strategic Managerial Communication Bootcamp. This bootcamp will introduce attendees to critical competencies and the foundational principles underscoring the numerous communication strategies embedded throughout the certificate. Pre-work submissions will be required in this module prior to participating in the challenges/courses that are listed below. Portions of the pre-work will be used to construct and enrich the challenges that each attendee will address during his/her time in class. This online bootcamp will take approximately four hours to complete.

Upon conclusion of the bootcamp, participants will attend a two-day classroom workshop. This workshop will cover four workplace challenges and the ways that excellent communicators can navigate through them. Upon conclusion of the bootcamp and the challenge-based courses, you will be awarded a certificate in Strategic Communication from the University of Louisville!

Program Outline
  • Strategic Communication Bootcamp (self-paced asynchronous, online, roughly 3 hours)
  • Workshop Day 1 (in-person)
    • Challenge: Communicating Change
    • Challenge: Communicating Conflict
  • Workshop Day 2 (in-person)
    • Challenge: Communicating Across Generations
    • Challenge: Communicating Feedback