Post-Graduate Business Certificate Programs

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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.

To earn the certificate, all courses listed under the certificate must be completed. Courses may be taken individually.

(Click each blue bar below for individual certificate information, course descriptions, dates, etc.)

  • Level-Up Executive Thinking and Innovative Approaches to Business Problems Certificate

    Today's executives need to think more like intrapreneurs, which necessitates continually upshifting their creativity, communication, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills. This certification helps professionals to activate more sophisticated levels of problem solving as well as to develop and expand their thought-action repertoires through the potent application of curiosity, storytelling, creative experiential learning, and evidence-based models of innovation.

    Pricing:

    • Certificate (all six courses listed): $6,000
    • Individual courses: $1,500

    1. More To The Story

    Saturday, April 13, 2019
    9 a.m. - 4 p.m. (1 hour lunch break)
    LMU Playa Vista Campus

    Instructor: Christopher Gebhardt

    What Does This Course Cover?
    Creating opportunities to tell a new story about “capitalism," one that weaves together the drive to maximize shareholder and social value is becoming increasingly important in today’s business environment. In this course, you will:

    • Learn the key role storytelling has played in the past and today
    • Identify and analyze theories and methods of cultural strategy
    • Leverage storytelling to drive business (build brand, create cultures)
    • Create opportunities to impact society
    • Understand how the “private sector” and the “public sector” are converging to create approaches to both building business and creating social impact
    • Learn how to apply the new 4 P’s: People, Planet, Purpose, Profit

    Register here.

    2. Ten Types of Innovation

    Saturday, April 20, 2019
    9 a.m. - 4 p.m. (1 hour lunch break)
    LMU main campus, Hilton Center for Business

    Instructor: Joseph-Shannon K. O’Hannigan

    What Does This Course Cover?
    As the Doblin consulting team noted, “Innovation mostly fails. It doesn’t need to. You shouldn’t let it.” “How?” you ask. Learn the ten types of innovation that ANY organization can engage in and how to combine small (incremental) improvements across a handful of these platforms. Practice applying these lessons in your organization and watch the results transform your team’s unique (and sustainable) value in the marketplace.

    Register here.

    3. Quantum Storytelling

    Saturday, May 4, 2019
    9 a.m. - 4 p.m. (1 hour lunch break)
    LMU Playa Vista Campus

    Instructor: Mike Bonifer

    What Does This Course Cover?
    This session will cover a broad range of ways executives can use storytelling to become more effective leaders. Connecting with audiences, making better sense of data, and developing leadership practices that are ethical, inclusive and collaborative are a few of the takeaways from this session. We will see how the differences in stories can be a source of trust, organizational resilience and cultural enrichment instead of the reason for a crippling leadership conflict. We will play around with improv, share stories of work and personal lives, to better understand how your story and my story can become our story, and why that is one of the most important practices an evolved leader can learn. This course is essential for executive leaders looking to help their organizations break through the noise and clutter of a networked world.

    Register here.

    4. The Power of Curiosity

    Saturday, May 18, 2019
    9 a.m. - 4 p.m. (1 hour lunch break)
    LMU Playa Vista Campus

    Instructor: Alison Horstmeyer

    What Does This Course Cover?
    Harvard Business Review recently presented an in-depth spotlight on why curiosity matters to organizations inclusive of warning organizations not to underestimate the beneficial impact curiosity can have on the performance of both the individual and the organization. The research shows that curiosity can help individuals more readily adapt to volatile market conditions and external pressures by encouraging ideational fluency, higher levels of creativity and openness to explore ambiguity and complexity, and more trusting and collaborative relationships. However, only 22% of workers across 16 industries describe themselves as curious even though 65% said that curiosity was essential to discovering new ideas. At the same time, 60% said they encounter barriers to curiosity at work. This is a guaranteed formula for stagnation. This course combines both the latest research and interactive learning. You will get access to the latest models and research on curiosity and learn why it is crucial in business today. In addition, you will experience first-hand how to tap into your curiosity through experiential activities and leave the course with practical applications to harness the curiosity of both you and your team members to obtain more meaningful outcomes.

    Register here.

    5. Creativity Lab

    Saturday, June 1, 2019
    9 a.m. - 4 p.m. (1 hour lunch break)
    LMU Playa Vista Campus

    Instructor: Matthew Stefl

    What Does This Course Cover?
    Creativity is high in demand and short in supply, especially when you need it most. Turns out it’s not nearly as mysterious as most people think. There are proven methods to boost your creativity and generate better ideas. This course provides a look into the art and science of creativity and problem-solving, offering you tools and knowledge that will serve you in virtually any role—from manager to creator.

    This course will help you:

    • Boost your creative confidence and ability
    • Understand what type of creative-thinker you are and how to work with different types
    • Identify creative roadblocks and develop strategies to overcome them
    • Explore brainstorm best-practices and how to maximize group ideation sessions
    • Learn and practice problem-framing techniques for better results

    Register here.

    6. Polarity Management

    Saturday, June 29, 2019
    9 a.m. - 4 p.m. (1 hour lunch break)
    LMU Playa Vista Campus

    Instructor: Robert Jake Jacobs

    What Does This Course Cover?
    Better, more effective problem solving is key to your success in this dynamic and complex marketplace and “polarity management” is a key to the art and science of better problem solving. Learn how most business challenges are, in fact, polarities: competing options with “upside” and “downside” potential that must be clearly identified, successfully navigated, and thoughtfully leveraged to achieve success in business.

    Register here.

     

  • Emerging Technologies Primer for the Business Management Professional Certificate

    This certification offers professionals of all levels and roles a comprehensive survey of emerging and evolving technical and digital disruptors affecting their industries, organizations and consumer landscapes. Individuals will also learn various business applications for these specific technological disruptors and will be equipped to leverage and navigate these technologies for their organizations.

    Pricing:

    • Certificate (all five courses): $5,000
    • Individual courses: $1,500

    1. Business Applications of Artificial Intelligence

    Saturday, April 27, 2019
    9 a.m. - 4 p.m. (1 hour lunch break)
    LMU Playa Vista Campus

    Instructor: Rachel Payne

    What Does This Course Cover?
    This course provides the context for understanding Artificial Intelligence (AI) in a business setting and how to apply AI within an organization. Included are:

    • Class lecture
    • Reading materials
    • Interactive activities
    • Videos
    • Additional references for further, optional reading.

    Topics covered include:

    • History of the field
    • Noteworthy advances
    • Pioneers and past challenges
    • Current trends
    • Perceptions of AI
    • Technologies considered as AI and how are they utilized today
    • Opportunities to apply AI within a business context
    • Ethical considerations
    • Future prospects for AI.

    Register here.

    2. The Impact of VR and AR on Business

    Saturday, May 4, 2019
    9 a.m. - 4 p.m. (1 hour lunch break)

    Instructor: Logan Mulvey

    What Does This Course Cover?
    In this course, professionals will build a baseline knowledge of VR and AR inclusive of gaining an understanding of hardware, software, companies, data, and future trends. In addition, this course offers real-world, practical business application and exposure to the impact these technologies have on your business or organization through current case studies and an interactive Q&A session with experts in the field.

    Register here.

    3. The Future of Money

    Saturday, May 18, 2019
    9 a.m. - 4 p.m. (1 hour lunch break)

    Instructor: Beau Giannini

    What Does This Course Cover?
    The course will look at best practices around the world of digital and mobile transforming the way people access and use money. There is an enormous amount of investment in blockchain protocols and most require a currency to operate. Bitcoin is the most well-known cryptocurrency and is democratizing participation from users all over the world including the un-banked. This course will look at the growing financial services space and the influence of digital and mobile. The ways in which people use money has tremendous implications on how various industries and countries will develop.

    Register here.

    4. Introduction to Blockchain

    Saturday, June 1, 2019
    9 a.m. - 4 p.m. (1 hour lunch break)

    Instructor: Karen Papazian

    What Does This Course Cover?
    This course addresses how blockchain works and its applications to the business world outside of "new" currencies. The non-engineer professional will be equipped with a detailed understanding of the core features of blockchain, the ability to discuss applications of blockchain, and be able to independently research further into the area.

    Register here.

    5. Internet of Things (IoT)

    Saturday, June 29, 2019
    9 a.m. - 4 p.m. (1 hour lunch break)

    Instructor: John Zimmerman

    What Does This Course Cover?
    We are quickly moving towards a world where almost any object in the physical world can be connected directly to the internet. This new "Internet of Things,” or “IoT," has the potential to drive a massive wave of innovation in internet technologies, products, and services that will fundamentally change how we live and work. This interactive class will provide an overview of the IoT ecosystem and how value is created with IoT products, an introduction to key IoT concepts & technologies, IoT applications for business, and survey important IoT companies and their products.

    Register here.

  • Business Essentials for a VUCA World Certificate

    This certification offers new managers and upwardly mobile managers and directors the requisite toolkit, applicable across industries and roles, to support agility and adaptability in the gig economy throughout an individual’s career to succeed in today's VUCA (volatile, uncertain, complex, ambiguous) business environment.

    Pricing:

    • Certificate (all six courses): $6,000
    • Individual courses:
      • EQ Smart course: $1,560 (includes cost of EQ assessment tool)
      • All other courses: $1,500

    1. EQ Smart

    Wednesday, May 1, 2019
    9 a.m. - 4 p.m. (1 hour lunch break)
    LMU Playa Vista Campus

    Instructor: Alison Horstmeyer

    What Does This Course Cover?
    Research shows that emotional intelligence (EQ) is twice as important as technical and IQ for job success at all levels. However, a recent survey of 900 executives by The Wall Street Journal reported 89% of the executives said they have a very or somewhat difficult time finding people with the requisite attributes that comprise EQ. Emotional intelligence can be complex to understand and develop because it is so multi-faceted. This course, led by a certified EQi facilitator, will help you break it down to make it accessible for you to understand, harness, and evolve your EQ repertoire. Not only will you get an immersion into EQ but also the opportunity to take one of the leading EQ assessments in the market to help you understand your EQ areas of strength and blind spots and explore these areas through engaging in classroom activities.

    Register here.

    2. Leadership Skills for the Modern Workplace

    Wednesday, May 8, 2019
    9 a.m. - 4 p.m. (1 hour lunch break)
    LMU Playa Vista Campus

    Instructors: Gaynor Strachan Chun and Sharalyn Hartwell

    What Does This Course Cover?
    Leadership models are evolving rapidly. What are the skills leaders need be successful in today’s workplace? This program uses real world exercises to hone your leadership skills and create a culture where your talent will thrive and stay engaged. In this course, you will:

    • Understand the expectations employees have of the companies they work for and their leaders
    • Explore emerging leadership models, gain a new perspective of the forgotten soft skills -- particularly interpersonal skills -- and their role in leadership success
    • Discover the modern tools of leadership
    • Hone your strategy and plan for building a company culture based on values and purpose above and beyond the product

    Register here.

    3. Understanding Bias and Managing Inclusion in an Increasingly Diverse Workplace

    Wednesday, May 22, 2019
    9 a.m. - 4 p.m. (1 hour lunch break)
    LMU Playa Vista Campus

    Instructor: Kelly Watson

    What Does This Course Cover?
    In an increasingly complex workplace of intersecting group identities, including race, gender, age, culture, class, ability, sexual orientation, and worldview, managers need to develop a whole new level of skills to leverage effective team dynamics and compete in the 21st century. Understanding bias, cultural awareness, promoting inclusion, managing diverse group conflict, and cognitive empathy are all new competencies today’s leaders must master. This course addresses unconscious gender bias for both men and women, how to recognize it, and how to counter its impact. Leaders will be provided the tools to assess their team leadership skills and develop the foundational competencies for managing inclusion in an increasingly diverse workplace.

    Register here.

    4. Storytelling with Data

    Wednesday, June 5, 2019
    9 a.m. - 4 p.m. (1 hour lunch break)
    LMU Playa Vista Campus

    Instructor: Mike Bonifer

    What Does This Course Cover?
    In 2017, Mike Bonifer of bigSTORY and Dr. Nazinin Tourani of Penn State University developed a set of Ten Metrics for Quantum Storytelling that can be used, separately or in conjunction with one another, to objectively assess the storytelling activity in organizations over time. Each of the ten metrics - five quantitative and five qualitative - is a lens. Participants in this session will come away with an understanding of how these lenses can be used to make better sense of Big Data, AI and other complex, information-rich environments, and get more value out of current data analytics processes. The session will use a process called ‘Layers of Meaning’ to give participants a better understanding of the role data plays in a story, and how data, alone, is insufficient for a compelling story. Bonifer will guide participants through a series of exercises that explore emotion and metaphor as ways of adding meaning to information, bundling it, and contextualizing it for different audiences in different times and spaces.

    Register here.

    5. Managing Intergenerational Teams

    Wednesday, June 19, 2019
    9 a.m. - 4 p.m. (1 hour lunch break)
    LMU Playa Vista Campus

    Instructors: Gaynor Strachan Chun and Sharalyn Hartwell

    What Does This Course Cover?
    When considering someone of a different gender, ethnicity or generation, more than half of today’s workforce says they 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.

    Register here.

    6. Creating a Modern Workplace Culture

    Wednesday, July 10, 2019
    9 a.m. - 4 p.m. (1 hour lunch break)
    LMU Playa Vista Campus

    Instructors: Gaynor Strachan Chun and Sharalyn Hartwell

    What Does This Course Cover?
    Agility and flexibility are fast becoming the keys to success, demanding companies create a culture based on continuous learning, beyond the functional skills necessary for the job. The new paradigm needs to include the broader life and higher-order skills -- the uniquely human skills. In this course, you will get all the tools and techniques necessary to structure the learning culture and to implement this critical skill to create a productive and sustainable learning based modern workplace.

    Register here.

  • Be the Change: Social Impact and Sustainability Certificate

    This certification offers an immersion into new types of business models that support conscious capitalism combined with experiential learning components to equip individuals to successfully lead relevant social impact needed in today’s marketplace.

    Pricing:

    • Certificate (both courses): $3,000
    • Individual courses: $2,000

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

    Saturday - Sunday, May 4 - 5, 2019
    9 a.m. - 4 p.m. (1 hour lunch break)
    LMU Playa Vista Campus

    Instructors: Beau Giannini and William Shutkin

    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.

    Register here.

    2. Introduction to Sustainable Business: Concepts, Practices and Hot Topics

    Saturday - Sunday, June 8 - 9, 2019
    9 a.m. - 4 p.m. (1 hour lunch break)
    LMU Playa Vista Campus

    Instructors: Beau Giannini and William Shutkin

    What Does This Course Cover?
    This course is a comprehensive introduction to core sustainable business concepts and explores the methods, processes and capabilities required to create and manage businesses for sustainability. Specific sectors within the sustainable business field that are particularly well poised for growth and innovation, providing useful, topical case studies for discussion and analysis will be examined. These include:

    • Impact investing and financial technology
    • Sustainable real estate, smart cities and the Internet of Things
    • Cleantech and renewable energy
    • Sustainable food and agriculture

    Register here.

 

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