Are you struggling with how to make your soft/competency-based goals specific and measurable?  This article from LinkedIn provides some tips that may just help you do that:

The Women in Leadership series grew out of a final project developed by Jan Gascoigne, PhD, associate vice chancellor for Student Affairs, and Karen Aarestad, assistant vice chancellor of Advancement, during a fellowship in the Academic Management Institute for Women Leaders in Higher Education. They planned the series along with Janet Corral, PhD, associate professor of educational informatics in the CU School of Medicine. The inaugural talk was held in March 2019 and attended by more than 200 early career women. During the inaugural talk, Jean Kutner, MD, addressed work, life and job security. 

Support for these events provided by:

Logos from Campus Student Services, Human Resources, Office of Advancement, Staff Council, Vice Chancellor for Research, Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs

Aligning Your Internal Compass for Success

Presented by Laura Borgelt, PharmD, MBA, FCCP, BCPS

Associate Vice Chancellor of Strategic Initiative for University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus

Professor, Department of Clinical Pharmacy and Family Medicine for Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus

This recording is from the September 29, 2021 Women In Leadership Speaker Series. 

It's not about the journey reflected in mirrors

Presented by Abbey Lara, MD

Associate Professor of Medicine

The Marsico Endowed Chair for Excellence

Division of Pulmonary Sciences and Critical Care Medicine

Co-Director, Office of Professional Excellence

University of Colorado School of Medicine

This recording is from the November 17, 2021 Women In Leadership Speaker Series. 

Leading With Certainty in an Uncertain World

Presented by Michelle Marks, PhD

Chancellor CU Denver

This recording is from the January 12, 2022 Women In Leadership Speaker Series. 

Hindsight is 2020:

Lessons Learned from the COVID-19 Pandemic

Presented by Michelle A. Barron, MD

Senior Medical Director | UCHealth Infection Prevention and Control

Professor of Medicine, Division of Infectious Disease | University of Colorado Denver

This recording is from the April 27, 2022 Women In Leadership Speaker Series. 

Recorded Q & A Session

Watch the recording of the Q&A session to get answers to more Manager Certification Program questions.

Program Overview

This program includes a core curriculum and a set of elective courses. Leading others requires individuals to acquire and grow a new set of skills and abilities. The courses in this program have been chosen to provide leads, supervisors, managers, and individuals looking to move into one of these roles with foundational tools to help them be successful. Developing as a leader goes beyond attending formal courses. Research shows that leadership potential is developed three distinct ways: 1) on-the-job (OJT) work experience, 2) coaching/mentoring from the person’s supervisor and/or other key individuals, and 3) formal classroom/virtual training.

How to Develop A Leader Chart

A good manager must be able to handle a variety of situations. The courses in this program range in competencies and topics that will help a manager navigate these situations. The courses can be taken in any order and as time permits and approved by the individual’s manager/supervisor. These courses are offered on a variety of platforms from attending instructor led courses to on-line such as SkillSoft, Zoom and Canvas.

As with any program, we will review feedback and determine if modifications should be made to the program. If you have any questions or would like to discuss how we can further customize this program for your department, please feel free to reach out to Debbie at

Tools to Navigate the Program

Program Guide: Introduces the program, presents the curriculum, defines competency categories, gives direction for nomination and answers FAQs.

Program Tracker: Plan and track progress while in the program. Submit this for a request for certification of completion. Will be provided after supervisor nomination.

Development Plan: To assist individuals and managers in creating annual development plan. To be used to identify skills/competency development, coaching opportunities, on-the-job training, and course selection. This template is intended to be the participant's roadmap and conversation tool for the participant and manager to discuss progress throughout the program. Will be provided after employee request for nomination and supervisor nomination.

Manager Certification Program Competency Chart

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