UToledo Family Business Center

Family Business Certificate Programs!

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One of the Center's main goals is to foster learning through educational opportunities for our members, check out our certificate programs offered!

Family Business Center 3-Day Fundamentals of Project Management Certificate Program: January 22, 23, and 24 from 9am - 4:30pm: 

This 3-day course is designed to provide detailed procedural knowledge of project management functions through a combination of lecture, small group exercises and large group discussion. Register here

Leadership Development Certificate Program:

As a family business transitions to a new generation of leaders, their success and continuity depend on the management and leadership effectiveness of those at the top. This innovative certificate program will help new and aspiring leaders – both family and non-family members – to master the concepts and skills required to navigate the course of these complex organizations.

Who should attend this program?
This development opportunity is for professionals in a current leadership role in a family or privately-held business. You do not have to be a family member to participate.

Program dates and curriculum

All sessions are 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., held on The University of Toledo Main Campus.

Friday, January 31, 2020: Key leadership concepts

  •  How is being a leader in a family business different?
  • Leadership P’s: People, processes, politics
  • Character traits and behaviors of a leader
  • Common pitfalls of leadership

Friday, February 14, 2020: Self-assessment tools and emotional intelligence

  •  Review of managerial skills
  • Understanding your MBTI (Myers-Briggs Type Indicator)
  • MBTI activity
  • Review of emotional intelligence

February: One-hour individual coaching session with the instructor

Friday, March 6, 2020: Goal setting and individual development plans

  • EQ awareness and understanding
  • Developing yourself through goal-setting
  • How to turn goals into actions
  • Individual development plans

Friday, March 20, 2020: Communication and active listening

  • Overcoming listening barriers
  • How to be an effective listener
  • Understanding and awareness of non-verbal communication
  • How to build rapport and feel empathy

Friday, April 3, 2020: Giving and receiving feedback and organizational change

  • Discussion of positive feedback practices
  • Understanding temperament styles in giving feedback
  • How to receive feedback
  • Being a role model
  • Leveraging people power to make positive organizational change
  • How to deal with resistance to change

April: One-hour individual coaching session with the instructor

Friday, May 1,  2020: Accountability session and individual development plans

  • Identifying temperament styles
  • Needs vs. values
  • Group discussion of goals, obstacles and challenges in development planning for self and employees

Friday, May 15, 2020: Presentation of development plans and program graduation

  • Participants present their development plans for self and employee
  • Final review of all material
  • Awarding of certificates

What differentiates our Program

What differentiates our course from other leadership programs is the inclusion of, and focus on, the family business aspects. For example, conflicts between siblings or parents create unique dynamics issues. Change management may mean doing things differently than the owner did for the past 30 years. Participants will receive a certificate of completion from The University of Toledo and up to 2.5 University-awarded continuing education units (CEUs).

About the instructor
Jenell L. S. Wittmer, Ph.D. is an Industrialized/Organizational Psychologist. She is an Associate Professor of Management in the College of Business and Innovation at The University of Toledo, having received multiple awards in the areas of teaching, research, and community service. Her areas of teaching include Human Resources, with a special focus on Training and Development, Leadership Development, Organizational Behavior, and Results Based Management. Dr. Wittmer is certified as an assessor for Managerial Assessment Centers, having coordinated and led assessments with the American Society of Employees. She is an expert in mid-level managerial coaching and development, with numerous clients in multiple industries, such as public schools, auto, retail, banking, manufacturing, and third-party distribution. She regularly serves as a consultant and speaker on such topics as leadership development, team leadership, disability awareness and strategic advantage, training and development for small businesses, and personal communication styles. Dr. Wittmer has also held several board of director’s positions and currently sits on the board of Ohio Business Leadership Network and the University of Toledo Family Business Center.

How to enroll
If you have any questions, call us at 419.530.4425, or simply complete the registration form by January 17, 2020: http://stweb.st.utoledo.edu/cfb/rsvp/leadership.asp.
Space is limited to 16 participants. Register early to ensure your place in this personal and business-changing program.

$2,500 per participant for UT Family Business Center member companies
$3,000 per participant for non-member companies

Last Updated: 1/6/20