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the Certificate in Public Leadership

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 Pepperdine University. The CPL classes are offered in conjunction with iGO’s Annual Conference and Mid-Winter Conference, as well as during specific time periods online. The classes are comprehensive, focusing on the core principles of public service.

Program Guidelines:

  • Ten (10) classes taught through iGO with Pepperdine University Instructors, are required for completion of the CPL program
    • Classes taught by a previous university iGO was partnered with, through iGO or a legacy association, will also be accepted
  • In-person attendance in required at a minimum of five (5) classes either at the Annual Conference or Mid-Winter Conference
  • The remainder of the ten (10) required classes may be taken online
  • Attendance us required for at least (1) Mid-Winter Conference & (2) Annual Conferences
  • Attendance for the full three (3) hours of instruction for each class is required
  • As of Summer 2019 the annual outline of scheduled classes is:
    • Mid-Winter Conference = 2
    • Annual Conference = 2
    • Fall online = 1
    • Spring online = 2

Program Details:

  • The program is open to current iGO Members
  • Class registration fee for iGO members is $125 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 Pepperdine 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.

** Each CPL Candidate is personally responsible for tracking and maintaining records for all CPL courses they complete**
For further information contact the iGO Staff.




To apply for transcripts/graduation from iGO’s Certificate in Public Leadership (CPL) program, please fill out the following form below indicating which CPL education sessions you have attended. If you have completed 8 out of the 10 required sessions, and you have registered and intend to attend the two sessions before the iGO 2021 Annual Conference, you may apply for CPL Graduation. Within one month of submitting your completed Transcript Request Form and CPL Graduation Application to iGO (, you will receive an official transcript as well as confirmation of your qualification to graduate.

Graduation ceremony will take place during the 2021 Annual Conference in New York City, NY.

All transcript requests (made via this completed form) should be sent to or the iGO office.

Deadline for transcript requests/applications to graduate: 1 June 2021

If you have any questions, please contact the iGO office at


Upcoming Events
Upcoming Courses

Past CPL Class List

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

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iGO 2019 Mid-Winter Conference (Irvine, CA):

Monday, 7 January 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
“Leading Ethically in an Increasingly Unethical World”
Instructor- Dr. Natalie Houghtby-Haddon

Sunday, 6 January 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
“Focused Energy Leadership”
Instructor- Stefano Olmeti

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iGO 2018 Annual Conference (Houston, TX):

Tuesday, 17 July 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
“Network Leadership”
Instructor- Jing Burgi-Tian

Monday, 16 July 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
“Organizational Leadership”
Instructor- Jim Robinson

Spring 2018 Online:

19 – 29 March 2018
“Evidence-Based Management”
Instructor- Michael Lennon, CEPL

16 – 30 April 2018
“Emerging Talent Development Strategies Course”
Instructor- Lauren J. Ramsay, Ph.D., SHRM-SCP

iGO 2018 Mid-Winter Conference (San Diego, CA):

Saturday, 6 January 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Leading from Presence
Instructor- Stefano Olmeti

Friday, 5 January 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
“Understanding Information Security Risks”
Instructor- Dr. Connie Uthoff

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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, 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm
“Introduction to Enterprise Risk Management for Government Leaders”
Instructor: Dr. Bill Spinard

Saturday, July 8, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
“Organizational Leadership in a Multi-Sector Environment”
Instructor:  Dr. A.J. Robinson

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 9, 2017, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
“Introduction to Organization Performance Improvement: Part Two”
Instructor: Amita Sherwood

January 8, 2017, 1:30 PM – 4:30 PM
“Introduction to Organization Performance Improvement: Part One”
Instructor: Amita Sherwood

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Joint 2016 Annual Conference (Memphis, TN):

June 30, 2016, 9:00am-12:00pm
"Managing Change and Transition"
Instructor: Darrell Harvey

June 25, 2016, 1:00pm-4:00pm
“Budget and Financial Management”
Instructor: Hyong Yi