Post-Graduate Business Certificate Programs

LMU's College of Business Administration offers the following certificate programs for business professionals seeking to improve their skills in order to remain relevant and competitive in today's changing business environment.

(Click each blue bar below for individual program descriptions, dates, etc.)

  • Leadership Skills for the Modern Workplace

    Oct. 27-28, 2018
    8 a.m.-1 p.m.
    LMU Playa Vista Campus
    $950

    Instructors: Sharalyn Hartwell Orr and Gaynor Strachan Chun

    Who Should Take This Course?

    Newly appointed executives looking to understand how to be a leader in today’s rapidly evolving workplace environment.

    What Does This Course Cover?

    Leadership models are evolving rapidly. With this evolution, so are the skills and tools leaders need to be successful. As the workplace evolves to become more transparent, collaborative and mindful, leaders must now earn respect, every day. To do so, modern leaders must hone their forgotten soft skills – empathy, humility, communication, listening and cultural intelligence are now the critical skills for successful leadership. This program is an intensive half-day session, using real world exercises to hone your soft skills, give you the modern tools of leadership and help you understand how to create a culture where your talent will thrive and stay engaged.

    By the end of this course, you will:

    • Understand the expectations employees have of their employers and company leaders
    • Gain a new perspective of forgotten soft skills and their role in leadership success
    • Explore emerging leadership models and modern leadership tools
    • Hone your strategy and plan for building a company culture based on values and purpose above and beyond the product

    Note: You will be asked to complete a simple assignment prior to attending the course which will prepare you for a dynamic classroom environment, workshop projects and exercises.

    Register here.

  • Managing Intergenerational Teams in the Modern Workplace

    Nov. 3-4, 2018
    8 a.m.-4 p.m.
    LMU Playa Vista Campus
    $950

    Instructors:Sharalyn Hartwell Orr and Gaynor Strachan Chun

    Who Should Take This Course?

    Executives seeking to improve team performance and compatibility, as well as employee engagement, retention and satisfaction.

    What Does This Course Cover?

    When considering someone of a different gender, ethnicity or generation, more than half of today’s workforce says the are least likely to get along with someone who is much older or younger than them, making intergenerational dynamics one of the most critical factors in today’s workforce. At more than 56 million, Millennials are now the largest generation in the U.S. labor force, constituting 35% of workers. Meanwhile, Xer influence is peaking, Boomer influence is waning and the post-Millennial generation (gen Z) is making its foray into the workforce. Learning how to lead multi-generational teams is the new diversity training every business leader needs to build successful teams while retaining and attracting the best talent.

    By the end of this course, you will:

    • Understand the gestation of generational mindsets that impact your workers expectations
    • Master how to leverage generational mindsets to enhance individual and team performance
    • Realize the pivotal role of brand culture Discover the advantages of the new model of working, mutual apprenticeships and how to implement
    • Recognize the inconsistencies in your company culture and work through how to correct them

    Note: You will be asked to complete a simple assignment prior to attending the course which will prepare you for a dynamic classroom environment, workshop projects and exercises.

    Register here.

  • Business Applications of Blockchain

    Nov. 10, 2018
    8 a.m.-1 p.m.
    LMU Playa Vista Campus
    $950

    Instructor: Karen Papazian

    Who Should Take This Course?

    Those interested in learning about the business applications of Blockchain technology

    What Does This Course Cover?

    We have all heard a lot about crypto-currencies and their highs and lows. But what about the underlying technology? How does it work, and does this technology have applications to the business world outside of the "new" currencies? This course starts to provide answers to some of those questions. Please note that the focus is on business applications of Blockchain technology and not on investing in crypto-currencies.

    By the end of this course, you will have a basic understanding of:

    • How blockchain works
    • Key business applications
    • IBM’s Hyperledger Project
    • Ethereum and EOW

    Register here.

  • Impact Entrepreneurship: Building New Ventures for Social, Environmental and Economic Success

    Nov. 10, 2018
    8 a.m.-4 p.m.
    LMU Playa Vista Campus
    $1,650

    Instructors: Beau Giannini and William Shutkin

    Who Should Take This Course?

    Those interested in starting a business or a new initiative within an existing business with an eye towards social, economic, and ecological good.

    What Does This Course Cover?

    This course provides the platform for students to design, plan and launch profitable and sustainable ventures. The course integrates business strategy and strategic management, leadership and decision science, the functional areas of business (such as accounting, finance, marketing and operations,) and examines the principles, frameworks and techniques central to understanding markets, competitive positioning, and launching new ventures. Just as important, this course builds on the necessary leadership competencies to support the creation, development and evolution of these ventures within broad social, economic, ecological and political systems.

    The two days are designed to equip the student with a mindset and methodology for creating a convincing business case, whether in the creation of a new enterprise or a new initiative in an existing organization.

    By the end of this course, you will gain:

    • A theoretical and practical introduction to impact entrepreneurship
    • Tools to employ in jump-starting a business

    Note: You will be asked to complete a reading assignment prior to attending the course, which will prepare you for a dynamic classroom environment, case study and exercises.

    Register here.

  • Excellence in Non-Profit Management

    Dec. 1, 2018
    8 a.m.-1 p.m.
    LMU Playa Vista Campus
    $750

    Instructor: Karen Papazian

    Who Should Take This Course?

    Executives who want to transition into the nonprofit sector and for those who are moving into new leadership roles.

    What Does This Course Cover?

    Leading a nonprofit or even just one to several of its functional areas take a lot of skill and passion. In this course, we teach nonprofit executives about the fundamentals of the building blocks: finance, human resources, program development and program measurement.

    By the end of this course, you will have a basic understanding of:

    • The nonprofit landscape and the current state of the sector
    • Nonprofit finance and human resources
    • Fundamentals of fundraising, measuring impact, grant reporting, and the major gifts process
    • Board relations and board development

    Register here.

  • Introduction to Sustainable Business: Concepts, Practices and Hot Topics

    Dec. 1, 2018
    8 a.m.-4 p.m.
    LMU Playa Vista Campus
    $1,650

    Instructors: Beau Giannini and William Shutkin

    Who Should Take This Course?

    Business professionals and policy leaders seeking to gain practical knowledge of sustainable businesses and tools to enter the field.

    What Does This Course Cover?

    A new generation of business leaders is setting aside old rules and ideas about economic development to evolve new ones, joining financial, social and environmental goals in a single, triple-bottom line business model and, in the process, changing the way American businesses operate and define their success. We call this “sustainable business.”

    This course is designed to equip next-generation business and policy leaders with the practical knowledge and tools needed to understand and enter the emerging sustainable business field. It will introduce them to core sustainable business concepts and practices born of a desire to redress the perceived failures o markets and public policies while realizing the full potential of business as a force for social and environmental good. It explores the methods, processes and capabilities required to create and manage businesses for sustainability.

    In addition, this course will examine specific sector within the sustainable business field that are particularly well poised for growth and innovation, providing useful, topical case studies for discussion and analysis. These include: (1) Impact investing and financial technology; (2) Sustainable real estate, smart cities and the Internet of Things; (3) Cleantech and renewable energy; and (4) Sustainable food and agriculture.

    By the end of this course, you will gain an understanding of:

    • Foundational concepts and practices that denote a sustainable business
    • Impact investing and new financial technology tools
    • Sustainable food, agriculture and real estate; smart cities, Internet of Things, cleantech, and renewable energy
    • Available resources for networking and staying ahead of the curve

    Note: You will be asked to complete a reading assignment prior to attending the course, which will prepare you for a dynamic classroom environment, case study and exercises.

    Register here.