We prepare leaders to think holistically, act boldly and lead ethically in response to organizational and industry change.
As part of the Atkinson Graduate School of Management, the Executive Development Center's faculty and practitioners provide a broad and diverse base of knowledge and experience for public, private and not-for-profit organizations.
Executive Development Center
The Willamette University Executive Development Center offers a structured certificate programs, workshops and events that provide the tools, resources and concepts needed to increase individual knowledge and organizational value and productivity.
Today’s successful managers need a varied, multidisciplinary understanding of communication, decision-making, service delivery and organizational structure. The Certificate of Public Management (CPM) program is designed to meet this need by enhancing the administrative effectiveness, technical competency, analytical abilities and communication skills of its participants.
Working with the State of Oregon and associations of local governments, the Atkinson Graduate School of Management developed the CPM, now beginning its 9th cohort. The CPM is designed to meet the professional needs of managers in the public service.
Utility Management Certificate Program
This highly interactive and integrative training program emphasizes and develops management theories and skills as applied to the utility industry. It provides substantial coursework in managing regulations, stakeholders, IT and human resources, opportunities and risks, as well as understanding a utility from a financial standpoint. Participants will receive instruction from industry and management experts and will have opportunities to learn and think strategically.
Participants will receive instruction from industry and management experts and will have opportunities to learn and think strategically. They will then have two team projects, which helps them learn as much from each other as from their instructors, will complete a self-assessment of their team and leadership styles, and will receive coaching on improving their teamwork.