Online Certificate in Servant Leadership

Announcing a new online certificate program in Servant Leadership from Viterbo University.  This seven-week, non-credit-certificate features the flexibility to learn at your own pace and on your own schedule, at an affordable price,  with world-class instructors. You will have the opportunity to reflect on your experiences as a leader and to develop skills in communication, storytelling, and ethical decision-making to help build your community and create a servant-led culture within your institution.

Viterbo University was the first university in the world to offer a Master’s degree in Servant Leadership in 2001.  Twenty years later we are still the only Master’s degree in Servant Leadership in the nation.  During those 20 years we have graduated over 300 people, serving their organizations and communities in the fields of health care, education, military, religious institutions, large and small businesses, and non-profits.  In addition, we have educated hundreds more through servant leadership certificate programs offered in collaboration with the Veterans Administration, the US Military, the Superior Diocese of Wisconsin, and the La Crosse Chamber of Commerce.


Schedule (Spring 2022)

Session One February 1, 7:00-8:30pm CST via Zoom Welcome and Introductions—meet the instructors and fellow cohort members
Session Two Posted Online February 8 (learn at your own pace) “Servant Leadership Theory and Practice”
Session Three Posted Online February 15 (learn at your own pace) “Listening and Self-awareness”
Session Four Posted Online February 22 (learn at your own pace) “Leading Change and Transitions”
Session Five Posted Online March 1 (learn at your own pace) “Mission, Purpose, and Vocation”
Session Six Posted Online March 8 (learn at your own pace) “Building Community”
Session Seven

Posted Online March 15 (learn at your own pace)

“Building a Servant-Led Culture”

Tom Thibodeau and Robert Toomey will also offer three live Zoom meetings between February 8 and March 15, to be determined by participants’ schedules. Upon completing the program participants will receive a Certificate in Servant Leadership from Viterbo University.


Meet Your Instructors


Thomas Thibodeau - Distinguished Professor of Servant Leadership

Thomas Thibodeau is the Distinguished Professor of Servant Leadership at Viterbo University where he has been teaching for 39 years. Tom is the founder of the master's degree in Servant leadership at Viterbo, the first and only master's degree of its kind in the nation. He is a husband, father, grandfather, teacher, active community member and part owner of a country tavern. Thibodeau speaks and consults regionally and nationally on the Positive Power of Servant Leadership.



Robert Toomey, Ed.DLearning & Talent Development Consultant

Robert Toomey, Ed.D., is a learning and talent development consultant. He has previously served in training and professional development for several public agencies. While serving as program director for the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Division of Continuing Studies, Robert was founding director of the Servant Leadership Certificate program. Prior to receiving a doctorate in educational leadership from Edgewood College, Robert earned a M.A. in Servant Leadership from Viterbo University.


Cost: $799


To inquire further, please contact Rick Kyte at