Executive Education: 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 15 years. Past participants across industries report immediate value through exposure to skills they use from day one.


  • Navigate conflict and change
  • Improve team functioning and decision making
  • Refine emotional intelligence and resiliency
  • Learn research on feedback and neuroleadership
  • Understanding culture embedded in systems
  • Ongoing individual coaching available

Enrollment Period: August 1 – October 12

Program Details 


Register online

Or you may complete the registration form (PDF) and email your completed registration form to Tammy Hicks at hickstr@hollins.edu or mail to:
Hollins University
Batten Leadership Institute
Box 9552
7916 Williamson Road
Roanoke, VA 24020

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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


Mountain State University

Nabtesco & Proteor USA

Norfolk Southern Corporation

Novozymes Biologicals, Inc.

Roanoke County

Roanoke County Police Department

Roanoke Rescue Mission

The Roanoke Times

Thomas Rutherfoord, Inc.

Total Action for Progress

University of Charleston

Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine

Virginia Tech Language and Cultural Institute

Vistar Eye Center

Want to Know More?

Abrina Schnurman-Crook, executive director of the Batten Leadership Institute, will be happy to answer your questions.

Contact Professor Schnurman-Crook