Business Essentials for Successful Managers Bootcamp

Business Essentials for Successful Managers Bootcamp

In our 10-week bootcamp program, gain the skills and competencies needed to become a successful manager and leader in your organization.

Taught by business industry experts and practitioners, this 10-week bootcamp features a blend of online lectures, class exercises, individual, and group work. You'll examine, discuss, practice, and reflect upon the qualities of any successful manager, including effective communication, supporting diversity, optimizing budgets and resources, and problem solving.

Leveraging your personal strengths, this program will teach you how to increase team performance and achieve your organizational goals. By the end of the bootcamp, you will know the difference between a manager and a leader and when to be both.

Quick Facts

  • Time to complete

    10 weeks

  • Schedule

    Friday evenings

  • Tuition


  • Format

    Live video conferencing and engaged online learning

What’s Included in the Bootcamp

Become a Successful Manager: Leading a team can be a rewarding experience. In this bootcamp, you'll learn the essential qualities of a successful manager and how to build a good working relationship with your team. During class exercises, you'll examine the many factors and ethical considerations involved in decision-making, the key principles of effective and appropriate communication, and how to build trust and sustain productivity within your team. You'll learn to recognize and support diversity within your team by incorporating different perspectives, assumptions, and approaches. This bootcamp will also equip you with the leadership skills to encourage inclusion, identify and mitigate bias, foster allyship, manage conflict, and inspire your team.

Thinking to Thrive: The course starts with an in-depth look at the biases and fallacies that cause errors of judgment and choice. The course will then introduce you to core concepts, methods, and the practical application of the following skills: critical thinking; analytical thinking and judgment; innovation and design thinking; cognitive flexibility; and ethics and values.

Career Services: You will have access to a full suite of career development services:

  • Career Coaching: Through one-on-one appointments you will receive coaching on how to translate your prior experience and skills learned through the certificate into effective values statements for employers. You will also have the option to participate in mock interviews, receive individualized feedback on resumes, cover letters, and LinkedIn profiles.
  • Employer Information Sessions: Employers will hold information sessions throughout the semester where you can learn more about the company, the roles they are hiring for, and introduce yourself to recruiters and company representatives.
  • Alumni Panels: Georgetown alumni will speak on various career development topics in their industry and share their experiences and best practices for career growth.
  • Workshops: Throughout the semester workshops will be held on professional development topics such as effective networking techniques, navigating the job search, interview techniques, and salary negotiation.
  • Job Postings and Resume Books: You will have access to job postings in our CRM and will be able to submit resumes to employers looking to hire through resume books.

83% of businesses say it’s important to develop leaders at all levels.

Gallup, 2020

Hard Skills to Land a Job in the Field

  • Use design thinking to develop a more creative and collaborative team.
  • Learn how to earn trust as a business leader and support a diverse and inclusive workplace.
  • Use time management strategies to improve the utilization of resources and achieve better outcomes.
  • Employ critical thinking and analysis to solve complex problems.
  • Develop and implement strategies to motivate, inspire, and encourage others.
  • Use communication skills to increase employee engagement, mitigate conflict, and improve productivity.

Soft Skills for Long-Term Career Success

  • Discover and overcome mental blocks in your thinking and judgment.
  • Apply analytical thinking to break down complex information into fundamental parts.
  • Apply critical thinking to evaluate and interpret information to develop a sound judgment.
  • Identify opportunities for innovation and growth by leveraging your thinking skills to gain improved insight.
  • Recognize multiple ways to solve problems and embrace divergent thinking.
  • Recognize the importance of ethics to determine what is right and how values determine what is important in your decision-making processes.


Week 1 Leadership Identity
Week 2 Managing to Lead
Week 3 The Importance of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Week 4 Effective Communication
Week 5 Designing and Innovating
Week 6 Marketing for a Competitive Advantage
Week 7 Influencing and Motivating Performance
Week 8 Collaborating, Negotiating, and Resolving Conflict
Week 9 Managing Budgets and Resources
Week 10 Decision-Making and Problem Solving

Course Schedule

Course Name Semester and Section
Required Courses  Spring 2022
Business Essentials for Successful Managers XBUS-710-201 | Status: Open
Live Online
Fri 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Feb 25 to May 6, 2022
Spring 2022
Thinking to Thrive: A Seminar XCOM-904-101 | Status: Open

Feb 25 to Mar 25, 2022
Spring 2022

Inclusive teams make better business decisions up to 87% of the time.

Forbes, 2018

Industry-Leading Faculty

Stewart Brown

Stewart Brown

Mr. Brown is a Principal with Dunkirk Partners, with more than forty-five years of experience in management and leadership at all levels: strategic, operational, tactical, military and civilian. Mr. Brown’s ... Read more >

Jim Lindsay

Jim Lindsay

An experienced businessman and consultant, Jim has spent over 26 years in business, both in for-profit and non-profit organizations. Currently Jim is president and CEO of four companies with four ... Read more >

Douglas McCabe

Douglas McCabe

EDUCATION Ph.D. Cornell University M.S. Loyola University of Chicago B.A. magna cum laude (Phi Beta Kappa) Marquette University Dr. Douglas M. McCabe is Professor of Management at Georgetown University's McDonough ... Read more >

Barrhonda White

Barrhonda White

Barrhonda White, PCC is a professional “people helper” by way of executive coaching, consulting, facilitation and teaching. Barrhonda offers over 22 years of corporate business experience with a Fortune 100 financial ... Read more >

This section has testimonials from current students and alumni.

  • Business leaders today face increasing complexity related to the way organizations are managed. Managers with the skills and knowledge to support their team will naturally make better-informed decisions and gain a competitive advantage.

    Jeffrey Warner Senior Director, Professional Development & Certificates

Tuition & Funding

Total tuition for the Business Essentials for Successful Managers Bootcamp is $2,995. Most course materials are included. Several financing and funding options are available.

Employer Education and Training Budgets

Some employers offer funding for employee education or professional development. If an employer guarantees payment for employee education and training, Georgetown will accept an Intent to Pay form. If you are using employer sponsorship or training authorizations, you must submit an Intent to Pay form with your registration.

If your employer will pay for your tuition, select “Third-Party Billing” as your method of payment when you register for courses online. Please submit an Intent to Pay form indicating that your employer or another third party should be billed for tuition. Invoices will not be generated without this form on file.

Federal Agency Training Funds*
  • According to the Federal Employees Almanac 2014, federal agencies may:
    • Pay training and education expenses from appropriated funds or other available funds for training needed to support program functions
    • Reimburse employees for all or part of the costs of training or education
    • Share training and education costs with employees
    • Pay travel expenses for employees assigned to training
    • Adjust an employee's normal work schedule for educational purposes not related to official duties

Georgetown accepts Standard Form-182 (SF-182) for training authorizations from the federal government.

*Federal employees should ask the appropriate budget officer about training budgets available.

Georgetown Employee TAP Benefits

Eligible Georgetown employees may use their Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) benefits to fund certificate program tuition. Employees using TAP benefits must work directly with the TAP Benefits Office to ensure payment prior to the start of any course. This payment option is only valid if registration occurs at least 7–10 business days prior to the start date of the first course. Any fees incurred due to course withdrawal are the student's responsibility and may not be funded by Georgetown University TAP. For questions regarding TAP benefits, please contact the Office of Faculty and Staff Benefits at or (202) 687-2500. for Active Duty, National Guard,
Army Reserve Soldiers, and Army Civilians

SCS is registered with to accept SF-182 training authorization forms. is the virtual gateway for all eligible active duty, National Guard, and Army Reserve soldiers to request Tuition Assistance (TA) online. is also the virtual gateway for Army Civilians to apply for their Civilian education, training, and leadership development events.

Interest-Free Payment Plan

The professional certificate programs offer an interest-free payment plan for certificate programs that are more than one month in duration and for which the total tuition is greater than or equal to $4,000. The payment plan is structured in the following manner:

  • Payment #1: A down payment of 25% of the total tuition balance must be paid online (within 72 hours after you register and select Payment Plan) via the Noncredit Student Portal. Please submit your down payment as soon as possible.
  • Payments #2, #3, and #4: Your remaining balance will be due in three (3) equal monthly installments beginning 30 calendar days after your down payment is processed. Your monthly payments must be paid via credit card in the Noncredit Student Portal. You will be able to access each invoice and payment due date in your student account.
  • PLEASE NOTE: Automatic Payment Service is not available. You must make each subsequent payment via the Noncredit Student Portal.

Military Benefits/GI Bill®

A number of tuition benefits are available through the Department of Veterans Affairs and under various parts of the GI Bill. Please visit the Resources for Military Students page for additional information and instructions.

Private Education Loans

Some students choose to finance certificate programs with private education loans. Students are responsible for contacting lenders directly to find out if a noncredit professional certificate program is eligible for a loan. While Georgetown University will not recommend specific lenders, it will certify loans for eligible programs from approved lenders.

For eligible noncredit professional certificate programs, Georgetown University will certify loan amounts up to the full cost of tuition for the program. Tuition does not cover books, travel, or living expenses. Please see individual program pages for tuition rates.

Georgetown University has a unique campus code for Sallie Mae. Our Sallie Mae branch code is 001445-99.

You must be approved for a loan before registering for courses. Follow these steps to pursue a loan option:

  1. Check the list of lenders that have offered private education loans in the past to Georgetown University students.
  2. Contact the lender and confirm your program is eligible for a private education loan.
  3. Obtain the necessary paperwork and apply for the loan.
  4. Georgetown will certify loan amounts based on the information below. Please note that our branch code is 001445-99.
  5. If approved, register for courses:
    • Payment sent to Georgetown: Select “Third-Party Payment” at the time of registration if the lender is sending funds directly to Georgetown.
    • Enter the information about the lender and then contact Noncredit Student Accounts at

Note: It is your responsibility to contact Georgetown University Noncredit Student Accounts at to ensure that your loan is processed.

Registering for Courses Over Time

While you may choose to complete your certificate program in one semester, many programs (but not all) allow up to two years to complete all requirements. As a result, you may choose to register for required and elective courses over several semesters to spread out the cost of tuition over time. We generally offer every course in a program each semester, so you'll have many opportunities to enroll in required and elective courses within the two-year time frame.

Tuition Discounts**

Georgetown offers the following tuition discounts on select programs and courses:

  • Boeing: Employees of Boeing receive a 10% tuition discount on select programs and courses
  • EdAssist: Employees of companies that belong to the EdAssist education network may receive a 10% tuition discount on select programs and courses (contact EdAssist directly to find out if you qualify)
  • Georgetown Alumni: Georgetown alumni, including undergraduates, graduate students, and certificate recipients, receive a 10% tuition discount on select programs and courses
  • OPM Federal Scholarship Alliance: Eligible federal employees across the country receive a 10% scholarship applied to the current tuition rate for all SCS degree programs and professional certificate programs each academic semester

**Only one tuition discount may be applied at the time of registration. Tuition discounts cannot be combined. Tuition discounts are not applied retroactively.

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