Executive Certificate in Leadership

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The Batten Leadership Institute (BLI) has been developing professional leaders through customized organizational training and formal certificate programs for over 15 years. Past participants across industries report immediate value gained in our executive certificate in leadership through exposure to skills they use from day one.

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    • Assessments and goal setting
    • Managing conflict and change
    • Neuroleadership and emotional intelligence
    • Team functioning
    • Feedback from multiple perspectives
    • Decision making
    • Diversity and culture building
    • Embedded mentorship component
    • Individual coaching and consultation ongoing, as needed

Session Dates


  • Session 1: August 18; September 1, 15, 29; October 6, 20;  November 3, 17; December 1, 15, 2021:  Wednesdays, 3 – 5:15 pm
  • Session 2: January 13, 27; February 10, 24; March 10, 31; April 14, 28; May 12, 26, 2021: Wednesdays, 3 – 5:15 pm


  • Session 1: August 19; September 2, 16, 30; October 7, 21; November 4, 18; December 2, 16, 2021: Thursdays, 3 – 5:15 pm
  • Session 2: January 14, 28; February 11, 25; March 11, April 1; April 15, 29; May 13, 27, 2021: Thursdays, 3 – 5:15 pm


Program Details 

Questions? Email leadership@hollins.edu.

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Change your personal and professional life

“This course provided the foundation for many seismic shifts in my personal and professional life. I will be forever grateful!”

Anne-Paige Darby, Marsh & McLennan Agency


“I have thoroughly enjoyed participating in the Batten Leadership Institute. One of my goals was to strengthen my skills on satisfactorily resolving conflict. Not only was I successful in achieving that goal, but through observations gained from the testing profiles I was able to better articulate a clear vision of my goals and aspirations within my organization. I plan to use what I have learned to help to make a difference in the success of my organization and to successfully coach others.”

Carol Tuning, human services coordinator, City of Roanoke

Past participants

Here are some of the organizations who sponsor employees annually or take advantage of BLI’s customized, targeted training:

Advance Auto Parts

Allstate Insurance Company

Carilion Clinic

City of Roanoke

City of Roanoke Libraries

Cox Communications

Delta Dental of Virginia

DePaul Community Resources

Dimension Data

Easter Seals

Environmental Protection Agency

Fleetmaster Express

Foundation for Roanoke Valley

Gentry Locke

ITT Night Vision

Jefferson College of Health Sciences


Lauren E. Davis, Attorney


Marsh and McClennan Agency

Mountain State University

Nabtesco & Proteor USA

Norfolk Southern Corporation

Novozymes Biologicals, Inc.

Poarch Law

Project Discovery of Virginia

Roanoke County

Roanoke County Police Department

Roanoke County Sheriff’s Department

Roanoke Rescue Mission

Rubicon Planning

Susan G. Komen Virginia Blue Ridge

The Roanoke Times

Thomas Rutherfoord, Inc.

Total Action for Progress

University of Charleston

University of North Texas

Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine

Virginia Tech Language and Cultural Institute

Vistar Eye Center

Want to Know More?

Abrina Schnurman, executive director of the Batten Leadership Institute, will be happy to answer your questions about our executive certificate in leadership program.

Contact Professor Schnurman