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    Course: Managing Innovation and Change Certificate

    To navigate a changing landscape and answer the call of growth and change require individuals to think, adapt, create, and ideate. The Managing Innovation and Change in the Workplace Certificate Program is designed to equip you for a changing marketplace now and in the future. You will be inspired to apply concepts and theories learned in this 10-week certificate within your own workplace.

    According to the World Economic Forum, Future of Jobs Report 2020, the skill gap will continue through at least 2025. The report provides an analysis across 15 industry sectors in 26 advanced and emerging countries. Skills such as critical thinking, problem-solving, emotional intelligence, and resilience are key concepts you will learn within the program, which the report describes as leading the future. In addition, upskilling will rise to the top, as 94% of business leaders expect employees to acquire new skills on the job.

    In this program, you will prepare and present a strategic change proposal plan and a five-page reflection paper that capture lessons learned, practical application in the workplace, and career outcomes from your learning. Hear more about this new certificate program in this short video.

    Programs Associated with this Course
    • Managing Innovation and Change in the Workplace Certificate
    Who Should Attend

    This program is for those who want to learn how to build successful careers in the current and future workplace, including, but not limited to, the following audience:

    • Professionals who currently, or aspire to, lead and manage within an organization
    • Entrepreneurs and individuals interested in learning how to effectively execute cutting-edge ideas and plans 
    • Experienced leaders wishing to acquire new skill sets 
    • C-Suite/Senior Leaders/Mid-level managers 
    • Marketing research professionals 
    • Business owners and entrepreneurs 
    • Health/Tech/Start-up professionals 
    • Account managers 
    • Strategic planners 
    • Project managers 
    • Educators


    • Develop the ability to motivate professionals and leaders with effective strategies and best practices related to future workplace changes 
    • Gain practical expertise from successful practitioners
    • Obtain skills in the following areas:
      • Identification of complex business issues and systems thinking processes 
      • Preparation for inclusive workplaces and equity in decision making 
      • Power of innovation and creativity 
      • Understand emotional intelligence


    Week 1—Foundations for Innovation in the Workplace

    Week 2—Systems Thinking through Complex Problems

    Week 3—Emotional Intelligence

    Week 4—DEI and Workplace Belonging

    Week 5—Design Thinking and Creativity

    Week 6—Strategic Change Proposal: Presentations

    Week 7—A Blueprint for Innovation

    Week 8—Reflective Journal: Project Update

    Week 9—Reflective Journal: Project Update

    Week 10—Applied Innovation in the Workplace


    Who teaches this program?
    This program is taught by Veronica Appleton, PhD. Veronica is a scholar, practitioner and children’s author. She serves as lecturer of intercultural communication and organizational communication at DePaul University’s College of Communication and subject matter expert for various executive education programs in diversity, equity and inclusion. Appleton also serves as Vice President for Talent Management, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion at Omnicom Group agency, The Marketing Arm. As a renowned speaker, Appleton has served as keynote and facilitator for some of the world's largest Fortune 500 organizations and believes educating the future is an essential strategy for building equity in communities and systems at-large. Her work has been recognized by Crain’s Business, FOX News, and Diversity Journal’s Top Professionals in Higher Education. She's also a mentor and board member of several nonprofits providing resources and impact in communities of color, women, men and children.

    Are there course materials?

    There are no books for this course. Case Studies will be available via D2L and any other handouts will be distributed throughout various in-class sessions. The cost of these materials is included in the course fee.

    What are the requirements for the Managing Innovation and Change in the Workplace Certificate?
    There are no prerequisites for the program. To receive the certificate, students must complete the 10-week program.  

    Are courses taught in class or online?
    All classes are taught live online via Zoom.

    Do I get DePaul credit for this class?
    No, but some DePaul CPE courses have been approved for CEU credits. This is a professional education class, with different requirements than courses taken for academic credit.

    How big is the class?
    Class size is limited to allow for a more interactive environment in the classroom. Most classes have less than 20 students.

    Will I have to write papers and take exams?
    While the assignments differ for each instructor and course, you will be assigned non-graded case studies readings and critical thinking questions, and in-class/online discussion posts. You will receive feedback on each of your assignments and there will be a final in-class presentation for students Future Workplace Strategic Change Proposal.

    What is the difference between a certificate and a certification?
    A certificate is earned after completion of a course or a series of courses. Certificates are usually awarded by a training provider or an educational institution. Certification typically includes an experience, an educational component and requires passing an exam. Certifications are awarded by governmental and/or professional agencies and often require recertification to remain certified.

    For More Information, Contact:

    Hap Bryant

    Phone: +1 312-362-6327

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