Leading Thriving Organizations Certificate

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Employees across all professional industries today are stressed, even to the point of burnout. Rapid change, overloaded schedules, and increasingly complex workplace environments are key factors fueling stress at work today. As a leader, it is more critical than ever to understand how the science of well-being applies to your organization, and how it impacts your success. The Leading Thriving Organizations certificate program will teach you tools, frameworks, and strategies for building individual well-being and establishing a thriving organizational culture that prioritizes health and well-being. You will learn how the best companies think about well-being, and discover how your organization measures up. After the Leading Thriving Organizations course, you will be ready to integrate well-being into your workplace, and you’ll feel more confident about building a more resilient, competitive, and high-performing workforce at your organization.

We will offer our next open enrollment cohort in Spring 2024 to healthcare professionals. Apply for that cohort below.

We can customize the Leading Thriving Organizations program for your organization’s schedule. Contact us for details.

Questions? Contact us at lead2wb@gmu.edu or 703-993-6090.

Apply by Friday, February 23 here

Program Format

  • 100% virtual with live instruction via Zoom
  • A time commitment of 20 hours in class (synchronous)
  • Approximately 10 hours outside of class (asynchronous) for applications, assessments, readings, and learning integration

Program Dates and Times

  • March 19: Orientation, 12 noon to 2 p.m. ET
  • March 26: Day 1, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. ET
  • April 2: Day 2, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. ET
  • April 9: Day 3, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. ET
  • April 16: Day 4, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. ET
  • April 23: Day 5, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. ET

Program Modules

  • March 26: Day 1
    • Module 1: Introduction to the Science of Well-Being
    • Module 2: Stress and Well-Being
  • April 2: Day 2
    • Module 3: Workplace and Organizational Well-Being
  • April 9: Day 3
    • Module 4: Evidence-Based Well-Being Practices and Interventions for Leaders
  • April 16: Day 4
    • Module 5: Humanity at Work



Tuition grants are available for healthcare professionals who meet the requirements for our Spring 2024 cohort.

  • The cost of digital course texts/readings is included
  • 10% Mason full-time employee discount
  • 10% Mason alumni discount
  • 10% discount for organizations that send three or more participants

Program Prerequisite

You can benefit most from this program if you have a minimum of 5 years of professional experience. You must be fluent in written and spoken English.

Application Information

You can apply by submitting the following items:

  • A resume that includes your current job title, organization, and geographic area
  • Description of your professional role or community service as it relates to managing, supporting, or providing health care and social assistance to rural or underserved communities (limit to 250 words)
  • A letter from your supervisor stating your approval to attend all five-course sessions. If you are self-employed, please submit two professional references.

Please note: The above items can only be submitted electronically through the student portal. They will not be accepted via email or mail.

Applications will be reviewed in the order they are received. Once your application is determined to be eligible, you will receive instructions on the next steps to complete your registration for the Leading Thriving Organizations Certificate Program. Your participation is confirmed once your registration has been processed.

The program size is limited to 26 participants. If the program reaches capacity, you will be placed on a waitlist for the next program offering. Applications received after the deadline will be considered on a space-available basis. Note that the program may fill in advance of the application deadline.

For questions about the Health and Public Safety Workforce Resiliency Training Program or tuition grants, please contact Debora Goldberg, Ph.D., Department of Health Administration and Policy at dgoldbe4@gmu.edu.

We look forward to considering your application. If you have not received a response from the program within two weeks of submission, please contact us at Lead2WB@gmu.edu.

Program Features

  • Connect with George Mason University faculty who have expertise in organizational cultures, leadership, the science of well-being, diversity, equity, and inclusion, and health sciences and communication
  • Learn the health determinants of well-being, employee well-being, the changing nature of work, and positive emotions and behaviors
  • Understand evidence-based well-being practices and interventions for individual and organizational well-being
  • Discover how to embed well-being in your organization’s culture
  • Engage in question-and-answer sessions with a panel of industry leaders
  • Plan how to strengthen workplace well-being, including how to create a psychologically safe workplace and unleash employee talent for greater engagement and productivity