Earn a certificate in leadership for employee engagement to cultivate positive organizational culture and enhance employee engagement.

Engaged employees are critical to the health and vitality of any organization. A Penn GSE certificate in Leadership for Employee Engagement will provide you with strategic tools and frameworks to identify problems and leverage opportunities to strengthen your team and your organization.

What Sets Us Apart

 Join the Penn GSE community in an executive cohort format
 Gain actionable strategies to implement within your organization
 Connect and network with members of a global cohort

About the Program

Organizations are facing unprecedented challenges brought about by new work modalities, changing expectations from employees, increased levels of uncertainty, and the incredible churn of the “great resignation.” The Leadership for Employee Engagement certificate program provides a cohort-based learning experience to assist in redefining and reshaping organizational culture through a focus on employee engagement.

Application deadline

June 26, 2022

Program start

July 12, 2022

Program length

6 months

Certificate offered

Penn GSE Certificate in Leadership for Employee Engagement

Professional development

3 Continuing Education Credits from Penn GSE


This program includes both live virtual sessions and asynchronous work to be completed at your own pace.

  • Program fee: $10,750
  • Early-bird Fee: $8,600 (available until May 24, 2022)

For information about group payment options or payment plans, please contact ProfessionalLearning@gse.upenn.edu

Ideal candidates

Managers in corporations, government institutions, and non-profit organizations

Programs for Working Professionals

The Leadership for Employee Engagement certificate program provides accelerated professional learning for managers and leaders in corporations, government institutions, and nonprofits. Managers are being called to redefine and reshape corporate culture to promote more inclusive, productive, and satisfying work-life experiences for employees that not only support employee engagement and well-being, but also support organizational efficiency and productivity.

This program offers fifteen synchronous sessions across four modules and is led by faculty whose diverse expertise will provide insight into cultivating and enhancing employee engagement. Over the course of the program, participants will discuss, collaborate, and work toward developing individual action plans consisting of reflections, strategies, and resources to implement within their organizations.  

The program curriculum focuses on topics including, but not limited to:

  • Employee Engagement
  • Culture and Belonging
  • Team Effectiveness

Before and after each virtual session, you will complete readings and assignments asynchronously through Penn GSE’s learning platform. All assignments will relate directly to your current work, allowing you to make meaningful and immediate connections in your current role.

To learn more details about this program, including information about the curriculum and the dates and times of sessions, please contact us at ProfessionalLearning@gse.upenn.edu.


Our Faculty

Penn GSE Faculty Patrice Ju
Chief of Staff, Employee Engagement, Google
Penn GSE Faculty Kelsey Jones
Assistant Professor of Human Development, California State University, San Marcos
Penn GSE Faculty Flavio Serapiao
Postdoctoral fellow, Industrial Engineering, Lojas Americanas SA, Brazil
Penn GSE Faculty Raquel M. Arredondo
Assistant Dean for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
M.A., Rowan University
Penn GSE Faculty Annie McKee
Adjunct Professor
Ph.D., Case Western Reserve University
Penn GSE Faculty Zachary Herrmann
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Ed.L.D., Harvard University
Penn GSE Faculty Raghu Krishnamoorthy
Director, Penn Chief Learning Officer Program
Penn GSE Faculty Emma Grigore
Chief People Officer, Penn GSE
Penn GSE Faculty Alana Elkins
Assistant Director & Portfolio Manager, Ed.D., University of South Florida
Penn GSE Faculty John Gamba
Director of Innovative Programs, Penn GSE