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From Good to Great: The Center for Professional Learning Ignites Leadership, Fuels Innovation, Empowers Communities

Viterbo University’s Center for Professional Learning (CPL) creates customized educational programs to transform organizations and communities.

Whether on our campus or in your organization, our facilitators—experienced professionals emphasizing practical, experiential, and immediately applicable outcomes—create learning environments that engage employees and build leaders. Employees leave with a higher sense of purpose and passion to champion your business’s success.

Our goal is to inspire individuals, organizations, and communities by providing resources and skills for leadership, innovation, and growth. We want to transform the way people and organizations work for the greater good.

Upcoming Professional Courses


Servant Leadership Roundtable Discussions

2024 Dates - September 3 - Theme: Work | October 1 - Theme: Service | November 5 - Theme: Citizenship | December 10 - Theme: Generosity
7: 30 am - 8:30 am | Viterbo University Brophy Center Commons | Free and open to the public



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Certificate in Nonprofit Leadership Development

Join the next cohort starting on September 12th, 2024
Cost: $1400 Register Now! | Learn More




Online Certificate in Servant Leadership

October 8th - November 26th, 2024
Cost: $799  
Register Now! | Learn More  


In-Person Certificate in Servant Leadership

October 10 | 17 | 24 | 31 | November 7 | 14, 2024
Cost: $1200 (Chamber Member), $1500 (Non-Chamber Member)
Register Now! | Learn More
Community Conversation

Community Conversation on Servant Leadership

November 13th, 2024   -   Theme: TBD
Free and open to the public, registration is required (space is limited). Register Now!Learn More 



2023 SVLD Conference

2025 Conference on Servant Leadership

June 19 - June 20, 2025
Registration coming soon



Did You Know?

Viterbo's Center for Professional Learning has Certified Practitioners in:
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The professional courses we offer—in topics such as compression planning and servant leadership—can be taken off site at an organization or other preferred location, on our main campus or the Weber Center for the Performing Arts, online, or as a hybrid of online and in person.

These options make it easier for you or your employees to attend our high-quality professional courses.

Professional Learning for Organizations

We will partner with you to offer a wide range of professional courses for your employees. We offer:

  • half- and full-day sessions.
  • weekly, monthly, and extended programs.

Our experiential learning approach will create an environment within your organization that is equipped to develop leaders, build optimal teams, execute goals, and inspire continual growth.

Servant Leadership at Viterbo

We have been recognized as a pioneer in servant leadership for more than 20 years.

Servant leadership—which flips the traditional hierarchy by placing a leader in a position of service to their team members—is associated with:

  • positive organizational outcomes.
  • employee satisfaction.
  • a collaborative work culture.

Through our professional courses, your leaders will learn how to focus on the needs of others and foster a sense of community and shared purpose within your organization.


Professional Courses


Online Certificate in Servant Leadership

This seven-week, non-credit Online Certificate in Servant Leadership is taught by Viterbo Distinguished Professor of Servant Leadership Tom Thibodeau. For more information, contact Alycia Larson.

Compression Planning

Based on a process conceived by Disney, compression planning is an efficient, high output approach to planning projects, developing strategic priorities, assessing needs, solving problems, reorganizing businesses, planning events, developing grants, or making business decisions.  For more information, contact Alycia Larson.

Community Conversation on Servant Leadership

Viterbo University will offer another installment in its Community Conversation on Servant Leadership series from 7–9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, April 10, 2024, in the Collins Auditorium (room 196), located in Viterbo's School of Nursing building. To learn more or to sponsor this event, contact Alycia Larson.

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What People Are Saying About our Professional Courses

Katie Rezin

Katie Rezin, Vice President of Public Affairs, Mathy Construction Company
"Like many companies, we value our unique culture, and it was important for us to find the right fit when it comes to leadership development programs. The faculty at Viterbo took the time and interest to understand our company and worked with us to design a customized leadership development program. The final product is a program that includes all of the successful elements of the Viterbo Servant Leadership curriculum and one that complements our company's core values at the same time."

Jack Peplinski

Jack Peplinski, President and CEO, Altra Federal Credit Union
"Altra has utilized Viterbo University for leadership development at many different levels. This work has helped Altra build a highly-engaged culture of service before self within our organization and community. It has been a great investment for our organization. Viterbo provides a flexible and supportive learning experience that is second to none."