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We believe learning should be an inspiring experience that gives you the tools and confidence to lead in today's uncertain world. Our non-degree executive certificate programs bring you to the very center of business, immerse you in action-oriented learning, and provide you with new insight and tools to bring visionary leadership to your organization.

Our facilitators are highly-respected and experienced, and use research-backed, practice-oriented learning to enable skill development. You will leave our programs ready to face tough organizational challenges and produce results.

Each of our programs are flexible and designed for high-impact. Our programs allow busy professionals an opportunity to gain the education and practice they need to accelerate their careers and grow their organizations.


Discount group Percentage
Early Bird (30 Days Prior to Program Start) 5%
Non-Profit Organizations 10%
Military and Veterans 10%
Companies sending a team of three or more 10%
Past Exec Ed Program Participants 10%
UNL / UNO/ UNK/ UNMC/ NCTA Alumni 20%
UNL / UNO/ UNK/ UNMC/ NCTA Students 25%
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Call 402-472-4333 to receive your discount code.

Featured Program

Women as Leaders and Negotiators

Thursday, October 6, 2016, from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at NOAH’s at 17121 Marcy Street, Omaha, Nebraska, 68118

Program cost: $495

Includes all program materials including books and readings, breakfast and lunch, parking and WiFi.

Donde Plowman - Women as Leaders and Negotiators

Women leaders can enable people and organizations to change, but it requires the skills of persuasion and negotiation. One of Nebraska’s top business leaders, Dean Donde Plowman will share practical knowledge backed by research to help you negotiate and lead effectively.

After the intensive and collaborative one-day program, you will be able to:

• Understand the difference between leadership and management

• Explore the link between negotiation and effective leadership

• Practice the basic skills required for successful negotiation

• Improve your ability to persuade others

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Dr. Jake Messersmith

Adaptive Leadership for Managers and Teams with Dr. Jake Messersmith

Wednesday, August 10, 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m., at the Doubletree by Hilton, 1616 Dodge Street, Omaha, Nebraska

Adaptive leadership has helped many good leaders become great, and helped great leaders learn new ways to bring out the brilliance in others. The principles of adaptive leadership will teach you to distinguish technical problems from adaptive challenges and separate leadership from authority. Join us for lunch to gain a deeper understanding of these leadership principles and how you can use the fundamentals of adaptive leadership to tackle tough organizational challenges.

Dr. Messersmith is and associate professor of management at the UNL College of Business Administration. His research is focused on human capital management issues within the strategic human resource management domain.

Rodney Verhoeff

The Key to Great Project Leadership with Rodney Verhoeff

Wednesday, August 17, 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m., at the Doubletree by Hilton, 1616 Dodge Street, Omaha, Nebraska

Every organization is full of project managers and the success of each project is determined by the right project leadership principles. Join us for lunch as one of Nebraska’s top experts in project management walks you through the critical components of success for project leadership. You’ll learn about tools and techniques that every project leader has at their disposal to help lead employees and teams to success.

Rodney is a two-time graduate of UNL and has over 19 years of experience leading projects and programs for private industry, government, nonprofits, and academia. He is a Certified Project Management Professional (PMP®) and Certified Scrum Master (CSM) and is known for leading highly-visible, collaborative partnerships, organizations, and project teams through very contentious issues and long-standing problems. Rodney is a highly-experienced educator, trainer, and curriculum developer and has extensively taught professionals in industry.

Kathy Farrell

Strategies for Effective Board Management with Dr. Kathy Farrell

Wednesday, August 24, 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m., at the Wilderness Ridge Golf Club, 1800 Wilderness Woods Pl., Lincoln, Nebraska

Having an effective board is the cornerstone of strong corporate governance and can aid in achieving the organizations overall mission. Yet, many organizations find it challenging to determine the appropriate board composition and how best to engage boards in meaningful and productive ways. Join us for lunch to discuss these challenges and how to develop strategies to increase the effectiveness of your board.

Farrell is chair of the Department of Finance and State Farm Professor of Finance at the UNL College of Business Administration. Farrell’s publications have appeared in such journals as the Journal of Business, Journal of Accounting and Economics, Journal of Corporate Finance; Review of Quantitative Finance and Accounting, National Tax Journal, Journal of Banking and Finance, Journal of Financial Research, and other journals.

Dr. Fred Luthans

The Power of Positive Leadership with Dr. Fred Luthans

Wednesday, August 31, 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m., at the Wilderness Ridge Golf Club, 1800 Wilderness Woods Pl., Lincoln, Nebraska

Positive leadership can help you inspire your team and improve the performance of your organization. Join us for lunch and discover how to develop the Hope, Efficacy, Resilience and Optimism (HERO) within so you can lead more effectively. Learn to enhance your well-being, the well-being of those you work with and ignite your positive leadership skills. You will gain an understanding of positive psychology and psychological capital (PsyCap) as well as why and how it can be used to improve attitudes, behavior and performance of employees.

Luthans is the University and George Holmes Distinguished Professor of Management Emeritus. He has received numerous awards including most recently the Omaha Chamber of Commerce Individual Contribution to Best Places to Work.

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Customizable Programs

Make your organization increasingly competitive and profitable by partnering with us to design a program that is specifically targeted to your company’s strategies and objectives. Through collaborative partnership, we can create a high-impact curriculum that allows your company’s talent to gain critical knowledge and expertise to help drive critical change in your organization.

We are able to tailor program modules for any level and/or functional area of your organization:

Leadership Modules

• Corporate Strategy
• Decision Making
• Leading Innovation and Growth
• Leadership Brand
• Lean Leadership
• Psychological Capital / Positive Leadership
• Sales Leadership

Management Modules

• Change Management
• Finance and Accounting
• Economics and the Business Environment
• Innovation and Growth Management
• Lean Management
• Macroeconomics
• Marketing
• Negotiation
• Project Management
• Sales Excellence
• Supply Chain Excellence

Executive Education Kathy Farrell Talking to Exec Ed Students


Lanham, Dennis
Director of Executive Education

Dean's Office

1320 Q St.
P.O. Box 880405
Lincoln, NE 68588-0405
Mailing Address
University of Nebraska–Lincoln
Department of Dean's Office
P.O. Box 880405
Lincoln, NE 68588-0405
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University of Nebraska–Lincoln
Department of Dean's Office
CBA 214
Lincoln, NE 68588-0405