ProLEAD Certificate Program

Becoming a great leader takes an entirely different skill set from where you started as an entry-level employee. Unless you have been taken under the wing of a great mentor or participated in an immersive training program at your organization, you're learning to swim in an ocean of uncharted waters with unpredictable challenges and definite obstacles every day.

The ProLEAD program is designed for those with basic managerial skills who are seeking more guidance and insight on tough topics that keep them up at night, such as terminating employees and confronting difficult people in threatening situations.

To earn the ProLEAD certificate, participants must attend at least seven of the 10 classes, dial in to both individual coaching calls, and attend the required one-hour Habit Builder seminar.

ProLEAD Certificate Program 

Seminar/Facilitator Date
Uncovering Leadership Blind Spots
Facilitator: Michelle Gnida
February 13, 2020
Habit Builder Webinar (one hour, required)
Leadership Coach: Joel Bennett
February 27, 2020
Maximizing Your Productivity
Facilitator: Terry Whitson
March 12, 2020
Trust, Respect and Ethics
Facilitator: Heather Woody
April 9, 2020
Individual Coaching Calls (one hour, required)
Leadership Coach: Joel Bennett
April 20–24, 2020
Team Engagement Through Leadership Conversations
Facilitator: Joel Bennett
May 14, 2020
Finance for Non-Financial Managers
Facilitator: Mitch Roose
June 11, 2020
Skillful Negotiation
Facilitator: Dr. Celina Peerman
August 13, 2020
Practicing Difficult Conversations
Facilitator: Heather Woody
September 10, 2020

Individual Coaching Calls (one hour, required)
Leadership Coach: Joel Bennett

September 21–25, 2020
Effective Performance Reviews
Facilitator: Terry Whitson
October 15, 2020
Making Teams Better: Win with Advanced Management Strategies
Facilitator: Lisa Powell
November 12, 2020
Developing Self-Managing and Emotionally Intelligent Direct Reports
Facilitator: Heather Woody
December 10, 2020

Workshop Features

  • 10 four-hour classes, plus two one-hour individual coaching sessions with a professional business coach, as well as a one-hour webinar
  • Use Habit Builder tool, which helps you integrate new leadership skills into your job
  • Class materials in one complete binder for each reference later


The new program begins Thursday, February 13, 2020. Classes meet from 8:00am–12:00pm. Call 319-296-4223 for more information or complete the form below.


The ProLEAD Certificate Program is $1,795 per person for the first three employees and $1,595 for each additional employee.

Who Should Attend?

This program is the next step for leaders who have attended Hawkeye's LEAD Certificate Program or other comprehensive management or leadership training or have an associate or bachelor's degree in business management. These leaders must also have at least one year of experience with someone reporting directly to them.

Meeting Location

Hawkeye Community College
Buchanan Hall, Advanced Technology and Business Center 108
1501 East Orange Road, Waterloo, Iowa


Download the ProLead registration form [pdf] and submit it to Corporate and Business Solutions at A staff member will contact you to confirm registration and answer any questions. We will invoice your company for the total number of seats to the ProLEAD Certificate Program. Call 319-296-4223 with questions.

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