In-Person Program

Leadership Certificate

Program Overview

The Leadership Certificate, developed by the University of Tennessee Center for Professional Development & Lifelong Learning, is designed to equip you with the skills and knowledge to effectively lead and manage teams.

Taught by six established instructors with a track record of professional success.

Complete four core courses and four electives to earn the certificate.

Call 865-974-0150 to prepay for all required courses at a discounted rate of $1,149.

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Our courses cover topics such as planning, goal setting, communication, decision making, and conflict management. Whether you are a seasoned executive, middle manager, or an aspiring leadership, our leadership courses will help you advance your skills and career.

Student Testimonial

Through the Landscape & Garden Design Certificate, I was able to cultivate the skills and best techniques necessary to properly design and install my own landscape and hardscape concepts. Moreover, I acquired a much more expansive knowledge of local resources, including the instructor’s extensive proprietary plant selection list for our East Tennessee growing zones, which truly made my dream garden outstanding.

Mary Woody, Former Landscape and Design Certificate Student

Meet Your Instructors

Naomi Asher

Naomi Asher is executive director of the United Way of Anderson County. She is a graduate of Johnson University, where she double majored in music and theology. Asher also earned an M.B.A. in marketing from King University.

She is the Chief Development Officer for Boys and Girls Clubs of the Tennessee Valley.

Paul Boyles

Paul Boyles is the president of Paul Boyles Executive Coaching, LLC. He has more than 35 years of progressive experience in human resources within the manufacturing, government, and hotel/casino industries. Boyles earned a B.S. degree in management at the University of Scranton.

Kelly Drummond

Dr. Kelly Drummond is a certified professional in human resources through the HR Certification Institute and the Society for Human Resource Management. As the current director of human resources with the City of Knoxville, Drummond administers the compensation/classification system, talent acquisition, pre-employment processes, employee training, employee relations, succession planning, and assist directors in employee discipline. She previously worked as the vice president of human resource and leadership development with the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Tennessee Valley and the executive director of human resources for Knox County Schools. She also served as a national trainer for Boys & Girls Clubs of America and facilitated national trainings on leadership, human resources development, employee motivation, and personal effectiveness. Drummond earned a doctorate degree in education with a concentration in human resource development from Lincoln Memorial University.

Alexia Georghiou

Alexia Georghiou is the founder of The Knoxville Happiness Coalition & Life Betterment Through God. She has been a mental health therapist for over 20 years and recently completed a Leadership and Management Certificate online program from Wharton.

She contracts with individuals and organizations to foster engagement and motivation of employees, generate strategies for teams/organizations in transition, and develop healthy habits through life coaching.

Randy Harms

Randy Harms has more than 30 years of successful sales, management, and coaching experience. Harms earned a bachelor’s degree in business management at North Carolina Wesleyan College.

Tammie Smeltzer

Tammie Smeltzer is a Talent Development Training Specialist for Oak Ridge National Laboratory, collaborating with key stakeholders to design, develop, facilitate, and coordinate the delivery of professional development programs. She has worked for more than 25 years in adult education. Smeltzer is also a retired Air Force Senior Master Sergeant with more than 20 years of service. She holds a master’s degree in adult education.

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Complete four core courses and four elective courses to earn the Leadership Certificate.