Program Overview

Are you looking for ways to positively impact the performance of your organization? Are you a leader trying to navigate your organization through uncertain times? Or, are you looking to develop the necessary leadership skills to continue moving up in your organization? Effective leadership skills are a critical component to performance and career success, and no matter where you are in terms of experience or position, our Essential Foundations of Leadership Program is an opportunity to learn and develop leadership competencies to positively impact your career.

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Our Essentials of Foundation Leadership track is built around nine core leadership courses. In addition to the core courses, three customized sessions led by leading College of Business faculty will help participants solidify learning in the areas of influence, strategy, and professional development.

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Kathryn Keeton, Ph.D.

Keeton is a licensed psychologist in the state of Texas and her specialties include executive coaching, leadership, team development and entrepreneurship. Recognized in 2017 with a San Antonio Business Journal Women Leadership Award, Keeton is both a successful entrepreneur and associate professor for UTSA. She has authored and co-authored research publications on topics related to innovation, team development, employee engagement and leadership training. Keeton is a member of the Society for Industrial Organizational Psychologists (SIOP), and the American Psychological Association (APA).

Heather Staples

Heather Staples, Ph.D.

Heather Staples is an Assistant Professor of Practice at UTSA with research and teaching interests in Management, Human Resources, Leadership, Teams, and Conflict. Staples is an active researcher focusing on positive organizational scholarship, generations in the workplace, and diversity issues in business. She previously worked as a human resources professional in various industries including retail, hospitality, financial, manufacturing, sports, biotechnology and healthcare.



Bruce C. Rudy, Ph.D.

Rudy has teaching and research interests in strategic management and organizational theory. More specifically, his areas of focus include corporate political activity and corporate social responsibility. His research has been published in the Journal of Management and is under consideration in the Academy of Management Journal, Strategic Management JournalAcademy of Management Perspectives and Global Strategy Journaland Business & Society. Rudy has received the University of Texas System Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award and the College of Business Faculty Teaching Excellence Award.


Program Dates


1 – 4 p.m.

  • Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023
  • Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2023
  • Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2023


1 – 4 p.m.

  • Tuesday, March 28, 2023
  • Tuesday, April 18, 2023
  • Tuesday, May 9, 2023


1 – 4 p.m.

  • Tuesday, May 30, 2023
  • Tuesday, June 20, 2023
  • Tuesday, July 11, 2023

Essential Foundations

1 – 5 p.m.

  • Tuesday, Aug. 1, 2023
  • Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2023
  • Tuesday, Sep. 12, 2023
Program Details

This program is open to all aspiring leaders in the San Antonio area who want to develop their personal and managerial skills, and gain insight towards enhancing their own effectiveness as a leader.

Duration: 8 months, afternoon classes every 3 weeks; core classes are three hours from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.; capstone classes are four hours from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Method of Delivery: Hybrid (core classes are delivered online; capstone classes are in-person)

Location: Carlos Alvarez College of Business, Business Building (BB) 1.01.20, One UTSA Circle, San Antonio, TX 78249

Cost: $3,499 – $6,499 For-Profit | $2,999 – $5,999 Not-for-Profit (based on the selected executive coaching experience)
Contact execed@utsa.edu for not-for-profit or group discount codes.

Certificate Cost Includes:

Payment plans are available upon request.

We offer a discounted rate to support and make training accessible to not-for-profit organizations and small businesses; group discounts are also available. Contact us at execed@utsa.edu for more information.

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What is a Leadership Institute Certificate?

Offered through the Center for Professional Excellence in UTSA’s Carlos Alvarez College of Business, a Leadership Institute Certificate is an opportunity to enhance your business acumen and knowledge of important and relevant professional topics. Taught by award-winning faculty from UTSA and seasoned experts, certificate participants can expect:

  • A balance of theory and applied-focus classes
  • Practical tools to solidify your learning in the areas of influence, professional development and organizational strategy
  • A personal executive coaching experience
    • Four individual assessments
    • Private coaching sessions
    • Secure online platform with a personal coaching page
  • Four Continuing Education Units (CEUs)
Benefits of Executive Coaching

As a fundamental part of the Leadership Institute Certificate, executive coaching will help you realize your professional potential. Whatever your goal is in pursuing executive education, your coaching experience is the one-on-one component that will help you turn your goal into measurable outcomes.

Our coaching model uses a three-step process of self-discovery, self-evaluation and self-motivation. In addition to assessments and one-on-one sessions, our coaches use an evidence-based approach. This means that their recommendations come from a rich body of literature, which is backed by psychological research.

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Executive Coaching Model