Earn The Certificate in Public Leadership Through the GWU Program

The Certificate in Public Leadership (CPL) is specifically designed for all public officials, elected or appointed, and their staff. The courses are developed and conducted by faculty members of the George Washington University, Center for Excellence in Public Leadership. The CPL classes are offered in conjunction with iGO’s Annual Conference and Mid-Winter Conference as well as online. The classes are comprehensive, focusing on the core principles of public service.

Program Guidelines:

  • Ten (10) classes are required for completion of the CPL program
  • In-person attendance at a minimum of five (5) classes either at the Annual Conference or Mid-Winter Conference with GWU instructors
  • The remainder of the ten (10) required classes may be taken online
  • Attendance for at least  (1) Mid-Winter Conference & (2) Annual Conferences
  • Attendance for the full three (3) hours of instruction for each class is required
  •  The current annual outline of scheduled classes is:
    • Annual Conference = 2
    • Fall online = 1
    • Mid-Winter Conference = 2
    • Spring online = 2

The program is open to iGO members. Class registration fee for iGO members is $100 per class. Classes may be taken in any order offered.  Upon completion of all program requirements, a Certificate in Public Leadership will be provided by George Washington University and will be presented at the next annual conference.

Participation in the CPL program benefits public officials by providing a unique educational experience with timely topics and expert instruction, as well as offering the participant an opportunity to interact in the exchange of ideas and experiences with fellow public officials.

For further information contact the iGO Staff.



Evidence-Based Management

Course Dates: March 19 – 29, 2018

Presented by Michael Lennon, CEPL Senior Fellow (Speaker Bio)

Why EBMgt?

  1. Practitioners of evidence-based management (EBMgt) learn to rethink their approaches to information in order to make more effective decisions.
  2. EBMgt means making decisions based on best available evidence with special emphasis on relevant scientific findings and unbiased organizational facts.
  3. It involves active use of decision practices that reduce bias and judgment errors and give due consideration to ethical concerns.

Challenges of EBMgt: What Makes it hard to be evidence based?

  1. Too much evidence
  2. Not enough good evidence
  3. Evidence does not apply
  4. People are trying to mislead you
  5. You are trying to mislead you
  6. “Side effects outweigh the cure”
  7. Stories are more persuasive

Challenges of EBMgt in Government: 

  1. Programs designs not based on the best evidence
  2. Potential social progress not realized due to investment in non-effective program approaches
  3. Public Servants overwhelmed by information overload

This class is designed to promote iGO member understanding and use of EBMgt principles. It familiarizes iGO members with the skills and knowledge needed to identify, access, and use quality evidence in making better decisions.

Emerging Talent Development Strategies

Course Dates: April 16 – 30, 2018

Presented by Lauren J. Ramsay, Ph.D., SHRM-SCP (Speaker Bio)

The two primary objectives of the course are to:

  1. Increase your awareness and understanding of critical topics and emerging issues within the field of training and development.
  2. Provide you with the competencies needed to oversee the design, implementation, and evaluation of training and development programs.

The course will cover the following topics:

  1. The power of strategy and alignment
  2. Going deep in your development needs analysis
  3. What are you really trying to achieve?
  4. Focus on criteria
  5. Program design issues
  6. Leadership development
  7. Evaluation and validity


Past GWU Class List

Please use this list to help you in completing your GWU application. Contact the iGO office if you have any questions regarding your attendance.

iGO 2018 Mid-Winter Conference (San Diego, CA):
  • Friday, January 5, 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
    “Understanding Information Security Risks”
    Instructor- Dr. Connie Uthoff
  • Saturday, January 6, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
    “Leading from Presence”
    Instructor- Stefano Olmeti
Fall 2017 Online:
  • October 30 until November 17th, 2017
    “Planning, Measuring and Communicating a Program’s Public Value”
    Instructor: Ted Kniker

iGO 2017 Inaugural Conference (Lake Buena Vista, FL):

  • Saturday, July 8, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
    “Organizational Leadership in a Multi-Sector Environment”
    Instructor:  Dr. A.J. Robinson
  • Saturday, July 8, 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm
    “Introduction to Enterprise Risk Management for Government Leaders”
    Instructor: Dr. Bill Spinard

Spring 2017 Online:

  • Monday, June 5, 2017 – Friday, June 23, 2017
    “Social Media in Government”
    Instructor: Jim Robinson

iGO 2017 Mid-Winter Conference (Tucson, AZ):

  • January 8, 2017, 1:30 PM – 4:30 PM
    “Introduction to Organization Performance Improvement: Part One”
    Instructor: Amita Sherwood
  • January 9, 2017, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
    “Introduction to Organization Performance Improvement: Part Two”
    Instructor: Amita Sherwood

Joint 2016 Annual Conference (Memphis, TN):

  • June 25, 2016, 1:00pm-4:00pm
    “Budget and Financial Management”
    Instructor: Hyong Yi
  • June 30, 2016, 9:00am-12:00pm
    Managing Change and Transition
    Instructor: Darrell Harvey

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