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Professional Presence Certificate

Moving up the career ladder requires a combination of both ‘hard’ and ‘soft’ skills -- projecting confidence, excelling in difficult situations, and communicating effectively is often as important as the expertise required to do the job itself. Our program helps participants develop strategies for utilizing emotional intelligence and self-advocacy tools to build self-awareness while successfully conveying your strengths to colleagues and peers. 

Program Objectives

After successfully completing this program, students will be able to:

  • Develop a personal plan for projecting confidence, excelling in difficult situations, communicating skillfully to command a room, and developing strategies for acquiring productive feedback
  • Measure and harness emotional intelligence, increasing self-awareness and self-control, to work more resiliently and effectively in stressful situations and with stressful people
  • Identify and clearly communicate the skills, strengths and values that employers seek for specific roles through participants’ resumes, cover letters, interviews and self-evaluations


Students interested in this program should have already earned a bachelor's degree or possess equivalent professional work experience.


To receive the certificate, students must:

  • Complete all four of the core courses
  • Complete at least 12 hours of elective courses
  • Attend at least 80% of the class sessions in each course
  • Pass any end-of-class quizzes that are administered with a score of 75% or higher
  • Satisfy all program requirements within 18 months

All courses are also offered open enrollment, meaning anyone can register for them regardless of affiliation with Emory or desire to complete the certificate program.

Required Core Courses

Students must complete all of the following core courses:

Emotional Intelligence$4256 hours
Executive Presence for the Non-Executive$99512 hours
Professional Self-Advocacy in the Workplace$3756 hours
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Elective Courses

Students should complete 18 hours of electives from the courses listed below. A diamond (♦) indicates a self-paced online course.

21st Century Business Ethics$29510 hours
Better Business Writing$3956 hours
Collaboration Skills & Strategies$1953 hours
Communicating Collaboratively$955 hours
Creative Strategy & Visual Thinking$69512 hours
Discovering Your Strengths$1954 hours
Essentials of Conflict Management$1953 hours
Improving Your Listening Skills$1953 hours
Influence & Persuasion$3756 hours
Innovation in Teams & Organizations$953 hours
Introduction to Critical Thinking$1157 hours
Managing Difficult Conversations & Situations$3756 hours
Networking for Success$653 hours
Optimizing Virtual Teamwork$1953 hours
Personal Branding$653 hours
Personal Creativity$953 hours
Personal Growth$953 hours
Presentations: The Power to Persuade & Inspire$3956 hours
Resiliency Design$1953 hours
Speak with Confidence$452 hours
Strategic Communications in the Workplace$39512 hours
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Who Will Benefit?

The following types of students will benefit from this program:
  • Managers, supervisors and individual contributors
  • Business owners and entrepreneurs
  • Undergraduate and graduate students