Emerging & Aspiring Leaders Certificate Program
Career Management • Productivity • Communication • Leadership


Upcoming Program Date(s): March 10-13, 2020

The Emerging & Aspiring Leaders Certificate Program from Human Dimensions of Organizations at UT Austin prepares participants to take on leadership roles for the first time or in an entirely new context.

Program Description

The Emerging & Aspiring Leaders Certificate Program from Human Dimensions of Organizations at UT Austin prepares participants to take on leadership roles for the first time or in an entirely new context.

Participants will gain the tools to understand the psychology behind workplace success; to develop productive time management, prioritization, and project management techniques; to craft effective and meaningful communications; and to design a thoughtful, efficient approach to decision-making.

This program includes the following courses:

Courses subject to change based on faculty availability. Participants will be notified of any course changes prior to the program.

Registration includes fees for all courses, catering (breakfast, lunch, and refreshments), parking validation, WiFi access, books, and materials for each course. Upon completion of your program, you will receive a digital and hard copy certificate.

Details & Registration

Location: UT Austin Campus
Upcoming Program(s): March 10-13, 2020
Time: 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. each day
Continuing Education Units (CEUs): 2.4 CEUs will be awarded upon completion of this program (twenty-four hours of instruction)

Certificate Program Pricing

  • Standard Registration: $3,000
  • UT System Staff/Alumni Registration: $2,300
  • Educator, Nonprofit, Government, Military Registration: $2,300

Registration Fee Includes:

  • Course Registration
  • Parking
  • WiFi Access
  • Lunch
  • Refreshments
  • Course Materials

If you have questions prior to registering, please see our Professional Training FAQ or contact Miles Husid, HDO’s Marketing Coordinator, at miles.husid@utexas.edu.


March 10-13, 2020


Course Leaders

Art Markman is the Annabel Irion Centennial Professor of Psychology and Marketing at The University of Texas at Austin and the Director of the IC² Institute. He is also the founding director of the HDO program. He received his Ph.D. in 1992 from the University of Illinois and worked at Northwestern University and Columbia University before coming to The University of Texas at Austin in 1998.

Dr. Markman has published more than 150 scholarly works about cognitive science, decision-making and organizational behavior. He is also the founding director of the HDO program. Dr. Markman and several of his books, including Smart Thinking, Smart Change, Bring Your Brain to Work, and Brain Briefs (co-written with Dr. Bob Duke), have been featured on Dr. Phil and other programs.

Beyond the UT campus, he is probably best known as the co-host of KUT’s “Two Guys on Your Head” radio show and podcast, where he and Butler School of Music professor Bob Duke explore the human mind with a unique mix of research, humor and everyday relevance.

Clay Spinuzzi is a Professor of Rhetoric and Writing at UT Austin. Dr. Spinuzzi leads HDO 386: Persuasion and Argumentation in the HDO Master’s Degree program. He has presented at industry conferences, including SXSW, and recently led a SXSW core conversation on communication in distributed workplaces. His research focuses on how organizations circulate and coordinate information to solve complex problems.

Dr. Spinuzzi has published several award-winning articles and four books: Tracing Genres through Organizations (MIT Press, 2003), Network (Cambridge University Press, 2008), Topsight (Amazon CreateSpace, 2013), and All Edge: Inside the New Workplace Networks (University of Chicago Press, 2015).

Cyndee Lake, MA is Chief Purpose Officer and Co-Founder of Blank Page, a people-focused design and strategy practice in Austin, Texas and holds a Master of Arts in the Human Dimensions of Organizations from The University of Texas at Austin. Blank Page designs innovative and immersive experiences that unlock untapped potential in individuals, teams and organizations.

Cyndee brings 30+ years of leadership and business success in a variety of industries. She has a proven track record of strategic thinking, sustainable change leadership, service and product design, business process improvement, project execution, cultural transformation and building high performing teams. She is well known for her ability to balance judgment and rigor in serving the needs of stakeholders, while simultaneously leveraging curiosity, compassion, constructive dialogue and experimentation to drive results. Cyndee’s core strengths include facilitation, communication, decision making, inspiring and enabling change, and solving complex business problems.

Michael Larson, MA is a Content Strategist and Senior Facilitator with Blank Page, a people-focused design and strategy firm in Austin, Texas and holds a Master of Arts in the Human Dimensions of Organizations from The University of Texas at Austin.

Michael has 14 years of experience working with boards, executive teams, and operational groups to facilitate people-centered systems that think strategically, make decisions with compassion and clarity and continuously self-evaluate to respond to changes. Michael is known for creating programs that focus on connecting stakeholders with an organization at a deep level, exploring the links between why the organization exists and a stakeholder’s choice to invest. Michael focuses on inclusive discovery, strategic planning, deliberate decision making, and honest evaluation of results.

Who Should Participate?

The majority of participants in our Certificate Programs are mid- and upper-level professionals working in the business, nonprofit, government, or military sectors; however, professionals at all levels of experience are welcome to participate. There are no prerequisites for enrolling in an HDO Certificate Program.

While all HDO Certificate Programs are developed with wide-ranging applicability in mind, the following individuals and groups will likely find the Emerging & Aspiring Leaders Certificate Program most directly relevant to their work:

  • Middle Management
  • Team Leaders & Supervisors
  • Marketing/Public Relations Professionals & Managers
  • Human Resources/Talent Management Professionals & Managers
  • Marketing/Public Relations Professionals & Managers
  • Professional Coaches & Mentors
  • Employee & Customer Engagement Professionals
  • Consultants
  • Project Managers
  • Fundraising & Development Teams & Individuals
Out-of-Town Participants

For participants coming in for certificate programs from outside the Austin area, there are several hotels near campus, many within walking distance.

HDO recommends the following hotels:

HDO works with these many of these venues on a regular basis. If you need assistance selecting a hotel, please contact Jessica Crawford, HDO’s Senior Administrative Associate at jessica.crawford@austin.utexas.edu.

On-campus parking is covered for all participants for the duration of their program. For transit information, please visit Capital Metro’s website.

 

As a professional, I don’t always have time for continuing education, and frankly, much of it goes ‘in one ear and out the other.’ HDO is different: You learn tangible, applicable, and very relevant tools and techniques. The way I look at the work I do has changed since the completion of my Certificate Program and the impact on my overall effectiveness has been substantial.

– Rachel Fox, Senior IT Manager, HP

 

HDO’s Certificate Program provided me an opportunity to learn from dynamic professors and network with various industry professionals in the pursuit of being a better leader, driven by the desire to achieve operational excellence, all while trying to understand people, behaviors, and motivations. I found this experience truly enlightening.

– Brian L. Robbins, Director of Operations Management at Life Care Services

 

My favorite part of the Certificate Program was, hands down, the cross-disciplinary faculty. What remarkable minds! I gained multiple new lenses through which to view workplace challenges. I felt so lucky to have exposure and access to these extraordinary educators. The HDO faculty is world class. I can’t stop raving.

– Sarah Gerichten, Director of Marketing, Square Root, Inc.

 

I found the characterization of how to lead strategically to be very practical and relatable. This week has been fantastic. It’s very easy to learn because the environment is welcoming and the courses are well-run.

– Sean Saxe, Senior Software Developer/Analyst, UT Austin

 
 

 

 
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