Albers School of Business and Economics
Executive Education

Executive Leadership Program

  • Elevate your vision, your voice and your value as a leader.

    The Executive Leadership Program (ELP) is an 8-month certificate program that provides a deep dive into leadership and its personal meaning in each participant’s life. All Executive MBA programs at Seattle University begin with this unique leadership experience.

    In small class settings and with one-to-one executive coaching, you’ll have the opportunity to discover how you’re perceived, who you want to be as a leader and what leadership means in your life. You’ll also gain a deeper knowledge of leadership, greater self-confidence and a keen awareness of the ethics and values that guide executive decisions. You’ll come away with a strong appreciation of how your actions as a leader can affect positive change in your organization and the world.

    What makes us stand out

    Most universities offer leadership courses, but few focus on identifying your voice and vision as a leader the way the ELP does. In the process, you’ll become more influential as a leader. You’ll work with an executive coach to shape your own agenda and get unbiased feedback on your goals. Through rigorous coursework, application and time for reflection, you’ll deepen your leadership perspective and skills. Through a social justice project of your choosing, you’ll put your leadership into action on an issue of importance to you.

    A program that works for you

    The ELP includes a 3-day residential retreat, advanced experiential learning, team projects, outreach activities and one-on-one executive coaching. Classes meet once a month in two- to three-day modules. Meeting days are typically Thursday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

    ELP is designed for professionals in business and health care, it’s recommended for:

    • MBA graduates. The ELP can be earned as a standalone graduate certificate, and it’s ideal for those with an MBA or other graduate degree who want to build their leadership skills.
    • Continuing Education Students. The ELP is an excellent stand-alone certificate program for leaders on the rise who may not be able to pursue a graduate degree at the time.
    • LEMBA and HLEMB Participants. The ELP is required as the first two quarters of our Leadership Executive MBA Program (LEMBA) and Health Leadership Executive MBA Program (HLEMBA).
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  • The most distinctive aspect of the program was the Executive Leadership Program (ELP)—it’s absolutely the reason that I chose Seattle University.

    O. David Jackson, ‘09 LEMBA HR Director, Online Business Groups at Microsoft