Leadership Certificate Program

The Division of Graduate Studies offers graduate students a Leadership Certificate Program (GSLP), consisting of a sequence of classes on leadership theory and practical skills. The program takes place every Friday of winter quarter, 1:00–4:30 p.m. Pacific Time, with the exception of one all-day class, January 14, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Two classes are held jointly with the Staff Leadership Certificate Program.

Certification of completion of the GSLP will be provided by the Division of Graduate Studies. The UCSC Academic Senate Graduate Council has reviewed and approved the program, and completion of the program is recorded as an official credential on your transcript.

Zoom virtual attendance is available to those attending classes or conducting research remotely (beyond Santa Cruz) or needing to attend virtually for accessibility.

To apply:

  1. REGISTER for the Graduate Student Leadership Certificate Program.
  2. Have your faculty advisor or principal investigator (PI) send an email letter of recommendation to Vice Provost and Dean of Graduate Studies Peter Biehl at vpdgs@ucsc.edu (Subject: Graduate Leadership Program) stating that you are in good academic standing and approving your participation in and dedication of time to the leadership program during winter quarter.

Deadline to apply, including submission of your faculty adviser’s or principal investigator’s letter of recommendation to Dean Peter Biehl:
DECEMBER 10, 2021, 12:00 p.m. (noon) Pacific Time

Students from all disciplines and any graduate program (doctor’s and master’s) may apply. Approximately 20 students are selected for participation each year.

Instructors and Schedule for Winter 2022
Instructors and classes are under development.

Schedule of leadership certificate workshop facilitators, their workshops, and their dates
TBD (profile) TBD
January 7
1:00–4:30 p.m. PDT
Humanities 2/Social Sciences Building, Room 259
Zoom for remote participants
Cheryl de Ciantis, Ph.D. (profile)
Kenton Hyatt, Ph.D.
Values-Driven Leadership
Leadership, Values, and Storytelling
  • Understanding one’s own values as unique strengths; a personal identity with integrity
  • Understanding personal and institutional values from a non-judgmental stance
  • Differing leadership values perspectives
  • Understanding natural values biases (starting with one’s own)
  • Values-based influencing
  • How will you use these ideas and understandings?
January 14 all day
8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. PDT
Humanities 2/Social Sciences Building, Room 259
Zoom for remote participants


Judith Estrada, Ph.D. (profile)
Executive Director and
Interim Chief Diversity Officer, Office for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (ODEI)
Contributing to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion January 21
Joint Session: Staff, Graduate Students
1:00–4:30 p.m. PDT
Arboretum, Horticulture II
Zoom for remote participants


Bernard Putz, Ph.D. (profile)
Vice President, First Tech Federal Credit Union
Making Faster Better Decisions in a Group Setting
Develop a deep understanding of group dynamics in an organizational setting and in organizational meetings. Topics include:
  • Organizational culture and climate effect on group dynamics
  • Fundamentals for productive group work and the work to do prior to meetings
  • Different levels of power and roles in meetings, how to guide meeting flow from any
  • Eliciting best ideas, when to use inductive and deductive reasoning
  • Establishing norm states to use conflict constructively, techniques to help people engage, creating a more inclusive atmosphere
  • Leading, facilitating, and observing meetings to ensure a productive outcome
January 28
1:00–4:30 p.m. PDT
Humanities 2/Social Sciences Building, Room 259
Zoom for remote participants
Bri McWhorter (profile)
Owner, Speaking Coach
Activate to Captivate
Public Speaking
Learn how to craft your talk, warm up, deal with nerves, and engage your audience from a leadership position.

February 4
1:00–4:30 p.m. PDT
Humanities 2/Social Sciences Building, Room 259
Zoom for remote participants
Nancy Heischman (profile)
Director of Campus Conflict Resolution Services
Navigating Conflict, Speaking Up to Bias
Learn practical methods of navigating conflict to successful conclusions. The workshop also covers how to speak up and address bias in the workplace.
February 11
1:00–4:30 p.m. PDT
Humanities 2/Social Sciences Building, Room 259
Zoom for remote participants
Masharika Prejean Maddison (profile)
Founder and Principal Collaborator, Lightwell
Senior Director of Training, Coro Northern California


Everyday Negotiations
Negotiations occur at nearly every moment of every day, though they are rarely characterized as such. Everyday negotiations occur outside of formal negotiating settings where all parties expressly and explicitly understand that a negotiation is underway. In other words, everyday negotiations are those instances when a person subtly transforms an otherwise “ordinary moment of any given day” into a negotiation. This training shares five strategies for a successful negotiation that puts you and your needs and wants at the center.
February 18
Joint Session: Staff, Graduate Students
1:00–4:30 p.m. PDT
Arboretum, Horticulture II
Zoom for remote participants


Susan Burrowes (profile)
Organizational Communication Consultant, Assistant Manager
Learning and Development
Staff Human Resources


Psychological Safety, Leadership Mindfulness

February 25
1:00–4:30 p.m. PST
Humanities 2/Social Sciences Building, Room 259
Zoom for remote participants


Kimberley Bueno-Schonig (profile)
Founder, CEO
BuenoSchonig Consulting


Recruiting, Interviewing, Developing, and Retaining Talent
Best practices for how to attract, select, develop, and keep talented individuals for your organization.
March 4
1:00–4:30 p.m. PST
Humanities 2/Social Sciences Building, Room 259
Zoom for remote participants


TBD (profile) TBD

March 11
1:00–4:30 p.m. PST
Humanities 2/Social Sciences Building, Room 259
Zoom for remote participants
Lori Kletzer, Ph.D. (profile)
Campus Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor
Professor, Economics
Academic Leadership and Certificate Award Ceremony March 18
1:00–4:30 p.m. PST
Humanities 2/Social Sciences Building, Room 259
Zoom for remote participants

Instructor Profiles

Kimberley Bueno-SchonigKimberley Bueno-Schonig is an award-winning serial entrepreneur and non-profit founder with an HR background at top financial firms. She is Founder & CEO of BuenoSchonig Consulting, a consulting firm that provides strategic business and career solutions for companies and individuals. Kimberley has worked with organizations like the NHL, Lean In NYC, Manhattan Chamber of Commerce, and UC Davis providing professional development workshops and training. Kimberley is a UC Santa Cruz alumna from Crown College.

Susan BurrowesSusan Burrowes is the organizational communication consultant and assistant manager for Learning and Development. She has been teaching and training for over 20 years and remains passionate about lifelong learning. Her classroom experience includes teaching for Santa Clara University and San Jose State University, serving as a lecturer at the latter. She also trained and facilitated in organizations as a consultant with a focus on leadership development and communication. She holds a master’s degree in communication with an emphasis on organizational communication and embedded training. Prior to her teaching and training experience, Susan spent over a decade working in business to business advertising, with clients like Hewlett-Packard, Intel, Rockwell International, and Mattel Toys. Her passions outside the classroom include hiking, reading and writing, and her work includes Off the Rails published in 2018.

cheryl-de-ciantis-2021.pngCheryl De Ciantis, Ph.D., is a pioneer in creating and documenting creative/reflective learning methodologies in leadership development. Serving as senior faculty and European director for the Center for Creative Leadership, Dr. De Ciantis has designed and delivered leadership development programs to myriad for-profit, not-for-profit, and academic institutions ranging from local to global scale and in most sectors, and has delivered hundreds of hours of executive coaching. Dr. De Ciantis and her husband and collaborator, Dr. Kenton Hyatt, created and developed the Values Perspectives theory and online values survey. The mission of their company, Kairios, is to help people and groups bring their highest-priority values into focus in all that they do and to train practitioners in non-judgmental values-based methodologies. Cheryl is also a working artist, and obtained her Ph.D. in mythological studies and depth psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute, housing the Joseph Campbell Library and Archive, where she initiated her ongoing research into the intersection of art, technology, and culture. She is the author of many articles, and her most recent book is The Return of Hephaistos: Reconstructing the Fragmented Mythos of the Makers (2019).

Judith EstradaJudith Estrada, Ph.D. Bio coming soon




Nancy HeischmanNancy Heischman
’s academic background is in cultural anthropology and counseling psychology. She has worked in the field of alternative dispute resolution since 1993 as a mediator, workshop leader, and consultant. Before joining the staff at UCSC, she worked for the nonprofit Conflict Resolution Center (CRC) of Santa Cruz County. There, Nancy collaborated with a variety of local government organizations to develop dispute resolution services tailored to local needs. These included a Small Claims Mediation Program for the courts, a Victim-Offender Mediation Program for the Juvenile Probation Department, and a bilingual, bicultural Neighborhood Mediation Program for the City of Watsonville.

She currently serves as director of Campus Conflict Resolution Services at UCSC. This office was established in 2009 to provide professional consultation, mediation, and training to members of the UCSC community. Its emphasis is on prevention, effective management, and informal resolution of conflict at all levels.

Kenton HyattKenton Hyatt, Ph.D., specializes in values development and alignment, integrating interactive learning methods based on psychological and behavioral assessment with creative methodologies to produce active learning environments designed to achieve the results that are best suited for each person, group and organization. Following 20 years in academia teaching communication at Rochester Institute of Technology and Humboldt State University, he served as European program director for the Center for Creative Leadership. Together, Dr. Hyatt and his wife and collaborator, Dr. Cheryl De Ciantis, co-created the Kairios Values Perspectives theory, survey, and practice, and authored What’s Important: Understanding and Working with Values Perspectives (2014). Dr. Hyatt has worked with executives and management groups in numerous corporate organizations in the digital, manufacturing, civil engineering, consumer products, and other sectors headquartered in North America, Europe and Asia; and in ongoing relationship with academic institutions including Georgia Tech Institute for Leadership and Social Impact, Presidio School of Management, and Canadian Provincial colleges. An accomplished painter, photographer, and storyteller, Kenton has developed a theory of relational creativity and the unconscious. His most recent book is Radical Creativity: Imaginative, Relational, Dynamic (2019).

Lori KletzerLori Kletzer, Ph.D., is campus provost and executive vice chancellor and professor of economics at UC Santa Cruz. She was provost and dean of faculty at Colby College from 2010 to July 2017. She earned her Ph.D. in economics from UC Berkeley and her undergraduate degree from Vassar College. She has been affiliated with UC Santa Cruz since 1992, and she has contributed to the campus as chair of the Economics Department, chair and vice-chair of the Academic Senate, and vice provost and dean of Graduate Studies. She has held teaching and research appointments at Williams College, the University of Washington, the Brookings Institution, the Peterson Institute for International Economics, the Global Network for Advanced Management, and at UC Berkeley’s Institute for Research on Labor and Employment. She is the author of two books on the impact of trade in manufacturing on employment, jobs, and workers and numerous journal articles. Her research focuses on the domestic labor market effects of globalization and policy responses.

Bri McWhorterBri McWhorter is the founder and CEO of Activate to Captivate, where she teaches communication techniques from an actor’s point of view. She specializes in public speaking, scientific communications, interview skills, and interpersonal communications. She has taught workshops at Fortune 500 companies, privately coached CEOs at nonprofits, and led certificate programs at top universities. She is the creator of W.A.V.E.®, a program where she teaches speakers how to overcome nerves, use body language, and rely on their voice to tell an engaging story. She has coached speakers for academic symposiums at various institutions, including UC Office of the President, UC Irvine, and UC Santa Barbara. She has a Master of Fine Arts in Acting from UC Irvine and a bachelor’s degree in theater and performance studies from UC Berkeley.

Masharika Prejean MaddisonMasharika Prejean Maddison is a senior director of training with Coro Northern California. Coro staff train, support, and connect leaders to foster a thriving democracy and tackle society’s biggest challenges together. Masharika is also an endurance runner, and also enjoys exploring the vastness of the world through the eyes of her two young sons. She holds dual residence in San Francisco, CA, and near the shores of Lake Tahoe.

bernard-putz-125x125.jpgBernard J. Putz, Ph.D., MBA, is a leading expert in translating leadership and organization effectiveness principles into real-world results. As a former transformation and change consultant at two world-class consultancies, an adjunct faculty member, an independent business owner and consultant, and now as an operating executive he knows the challenges of successfully leading change. For more than 30 years, he has lived the “scholar-practitioner” model in his work and also as a speaker and author of several books, articles, and posts. You can learn more about Bernard at www.LinkedIn.com/in/bernardjputz.