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Emerging Leader Certificate

Next cohort begins January 17, 2024


How do you develop your organization's executives of the future? Research indicates that top performers can be as much as 1000% more productive than your average employee. Yet, it takes 10 years to develop even a top performing leader to be successful in an executive role. In order to retain high potential individuals, organizations must continue to invest in their training and development. The Emerging Leader Program can help you do just that.

The Emerging Leader Program is a yearlong leadership and business skill development program for high potential future executives in corporate, government and non-profit business organizations. In addition to experiential leadership and development training using local, regional and national thought leaders and top UD School of Business professors as facilitators, the program includes multiple assessments, networking with other high potential leaders, executive coaching and a formal mentoring program. Emerging Leaders graduate with the skills and confidence needed to be successful at the next level and beyond.

  • Broad-based training on critical topics including executive communication, leading community collaboration, coaching for performance, creating a great workplace culture, leading change, finance, operations management, marketing and many more.
  • A strong professional network across industries with other rising leaders — relationships you can leverage for a lifetime.
  • A comprehensive 360-degree assessment of your leadership strengths/opportunities and feedback, as well as mentoring and coaching to support your growth and development as a leader.
  • The opportunity to attend two Executive Development Programs at no additional cost in the 12 months following your graduation from the program.
  • As an Emerging Leader Program Alumni within the past 5 years, you are eligible to receive a reduction in tuition equivalent to three (3) credit hours of coursework in the on-campus UD MBA program. Learn more

The Emerging Leader Program is ideal for top performing leaders with 10 or more years of experience and an advanced degree or combined equivalent experience. Organizations should identify emerging leaders as having the potential to advance into an executive role. Your company's selection and support of these emerging leaders will enable them to move into executive roles seamlessly, confidently, and successfully.

The instructional modes in which the Emerging Leader Certificate programs will be facilitated are blended and virtual.

  • Blended: Combined in-person/on-campus and streamed live via Zoom with the facilitator being in person. We made changes in the physical configurations of our classrooms to meet social distancing guidelines required by public health guidelines.
  • Virtually: Available via Zoom.


January 2023 Emerging Leader Calendar
August 2023 Emerging Leader Calendar

The Emerging Leader certificate program is open to: 

  • Employees of UDCL partner organizations - $12,000 
  • Others – $13,000

The Emerging Leader program includes 20 days of leadership and business skill development training, leadership assessments, including two 360-degree feedback assessments, a formal mentoring program, all materials, and breakfast and lunch each day. Participants can attend two additional days of Executive Development programs at no additional cost upon completion of this program to further assist in their development.

Apply Today!

Emerging Leader cohorts start twice each year in January and August. Prospective participants should submit an application.


Emerging Leader Certificate 2023 Schedule

Download the 2023 Emerging Leader Schedule.


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"I've learned through the Emerging Leader program a great deal of leadership skill sets that I think will live with me the rest of my life."

Emerging Leader Grad


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