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.

Program Highlights

  • 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
BLI Executive Certificate in Leadership

Authentic leaders manage organizations, invest in leadership development and guide organizational change. BLI focuses on conflict management, providing feedback and sharpening decision-making skills. You’ll enhance your ability to design and lead teams. Our focus on adaptive leadership, human performance skills, and executive presence will help you navigate organizational challenges.

Session Dates

Sessions are available for those interested in in-person, on-campus opportunities, and online options are also available. The course is comprised of 10 sessions conducted roughly once each month over the course of the academic year.

  • COURSE FOR WOMEN (IN PERSON): 2023-24 Session – Wednesdays, 3 – 5 p.m.:
    August 16, September 13, October 11, November 8, December 6,  January 10, February 7, March 13, April 10, May 8
  • COED COURSE (IN PERSON): 2023-24 Session – Thursdays, 3 – 5 p.m.:
    August 17, September 14, October 12, November 9, December 7, January 11, February 8, March 14, April 11, May 9
  • COED COURSE (ONLINE): 2023-24 Session – Wednesdays, 9 – 11 a.m.:
    August 16, September 13, October 11, November 8, December 6, January 10, February 7, March 13, April 10, May 8


We welcome the opportunity to answer any questions you may have.

Abrina Schnurman
Director, Batten Leadership Institute


Course Fee

$2,800; course materials, assessments, and coaching are included.

“Understanding who I am as a leader has always been extremely important to me. Participation in the Hollins program taught me that developing a deeper understanding of others is a true measure of exceptional leadership. The experience was priceless.”

“The Batten Leadership Institute tailored a development program to meet our organizational needs. The instructors challenged our team to not just learn leadership theory, but to also apply it to major challenges back at the worksite. This was top-notch executive training, provided by extremely knowledgeable faculty, and directly applicable to our work.”

“Hollins University has an outstanding leadership program for women. Not only does the Batten Leadership Institute provide you with the resources to learn and grow but it also gives you the opportunity to meet and share with other professional women. I would truly recommend this program to any woman interested in digging deep to make a positive change in her life (professionally and personally). I am very thankful I was able to be a part of something so great!”