Strategic Thinking Certificate Program
Effective Thinking • Strategy • Engagement • Emotional Intelligence


Upcoming Program Date(s): April 21-24, 2020

The Strategic Thinking Certificate Program from Human Dimensions of Organizations at UT Austin prepares participants to to think more strategically to enhance individual and organizational productivity.

Program Description

The Strategic Thinking Certificate Program from Human Dimensions of Organizations at UT Austin prepares participants to think more strategically to enhance individual and organizational productivity.

Participants will gain the tools to productively manage knowledge and information flow throughout their organization, to develop effective employee evaluation and engagement methods, and to optimize personal and team performance through tools rooted in psychology, neuroscience, and cognitive science.

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): April 21-24, 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.


April 21-24, 2020


Course Leaders

Dr. Bradbury started her career in psychology at The University of Texas at Austin, where she completed her undergraduate studies in 1992. She went on to obtain her M.S. and Ph.D. from Virginia Tech.

Following work as a visiting professor for Mercer University, Dr. Bradbury returned to UT Austin in 2007 as a lecturer where she has received numerous awards for her teaching, including the President’s Associates Award and the Regents’ Award for Outstanding Teaching, and has completed a variety of special projects for the university.

Dr. Bradbury, a Licensed Clinical Psychologist, maintains an active independent clinical practice, providing assessment, therapy, and consultation services to a wide range of individual and institutional clients. Her specialties include applications of cognitive-behavioral therapy, positive psychology, and motivational science to complex mental health situations involving medical, family, business, and legal systems.

Dr. Bradbury hosts a variety of clinical workshops and wellness presentations for professional groups, student organizations, and general audiences of all ages. She is also the Director of UT Austin’s Texas Psychology Continuing Education program.

Jim Pacey enjoyed a 38-year career with the YMCAs of Houston, Austin, St. Louis, and Seattle. He helped start four YMCAs in previously unserved areas. In each case, he led a grassroots process within those communities to assure support from individuals, organizations, and municipalities. Jim revamped the YMCA of Austin’s financial development department and, in 2010, raised over $1 million for the first time in the organizations’ history. He led the YMCA of Austin’s 2020 strategic planning process. Jim was also a National Trainer for YMCA-USA and has trained hundreds of YMCA staff and volunteers over the past 30 years.

Jim started his own consulting and coaching company in 2019, which has focused primarily on improving small nonprofit organizations in Austin. His areas of expertise are board governance, strategic planning, community development and engagement, and fundraising. Jim has worked with Stronger Austin, Truth Be Told, Nourish Foundation, Chestnut Neighborhood Revitalization Corporation, and AISD. He’s also facilitated workshops at ACC’s Center for Nonprofit Studies.

S. Craig Watkins is the incoming Ernest S. Sharpe Centennial Professor at the University of Texas at Austin. An internationally recognized expert in media, Watkins is the author of five books exploring young people’s engagement with media and technology. His two most recent books—The Digital Edge and Don’t Knock the Hustle—result from his work with the Connected Learning Research Network, a research collaborative funded by the MacArthur Foundation.

Watkins is the founding director of the Institute for Media Innovation, a new boutique hub for research and design located in the Moody College of Communication. IMI brings together a unique collection of social scientists, media creatives, journalists, and designers to translate research-driven knowledge into critical and creative engagement with a media, tech, and AI-driven world that grows more influential every day.

His work has been profiled in places as varied as the The Washington Post, The Atlantic, Newsweek, TIME, ESPN, NPR, and featured at venues like SXSW, The Aspen Institute, and The New York Times Dialogue on Race.

John Traphagan is Professor of Anthropology, Human Dimensions of Organizations, and Religious Studies, and a faculty affiliate of the Population Research Center at The University of Texas at Austin. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh in Social Anthropology, holds an MAR degree from Yale University in Ethics, and a BA in Political Science from the University of Massachusetts at Lowell. His postdoctoral research was conducted as a National Institute on Aging Postdoctoral Fellow at the Population Studies Center of the University of Michigan and he has received a variety of grants to support his research, including funding from the National Institutes of Health, the Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research, the Social Science Research Council, the Association for Asian Studies, and the American Philosophical Society. He was also a Fulbright scholar to Japan.

Austin Yekpabo has many years of business and industry experience. Since 2010, he has been an adjunct professor in such institutions as University of Liverpool in the UK, Colorado State University, George Mason University, and Central Michigan University. He is also the owner of a consulting firm.

Caryn Carlson is a professor of Psychology at UT Austin. Her academic work is in Positive Psychology, which suggests that psychology can be utilized not only to reduce human suffering but also to enhance our potential. The Positive Psychology approach employs scientific methodology to elucidate factors relevant to understanding and promoting what is good in people, including positive emotions, character strengths and virtues, as well as health, well-being, and life satisfaction. She has received several teaching and service awards, including the Raymond Dickson Teaching Fellowship, the Eyes of Texas Excellence Award, and the President’s Associates Teaching Excellence Award. In addition to her teaching at the university, Dr. Carlson has presented seminars to employees at Apple, Inc.

Michael Starbird is a professor of Mathematics at UT Austin. He has received numerous teaching awards, including membership in the Academy of Distinguished Teachers, the UT Regent’s Teaching Award, and the Mathematical Association of America’s National Teaching Award. He has given more than 20 workshops since 2000 ranging in length from 4 hours to 5 days. He has given more than 100 invited lectures since 2000, many pertaining to teaching effective thinking. His video courses in the Great Courses Series have reached hundreds of thousands of people outside of academia. He has also given many presentations to general audiences and some presentations business groups, including the Financial Planning Association and Rotary Clubs.

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 Strategic Thinking Certificate Program most directly relevant to their work:

  • Senior/Executive Leadership
  • Managers and Directors
  • Management Consultants
  • Learning/Training/Development Managers & Directors
  • Human Resources & Recruiting Professionals
  • IT Professionals
  • Creative Professionals
  • Project Managers
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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