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Bringing Silicon Valley to the World

Whether you are an individual looking to grow in your current role or change careers entirely, or you are a manager looking to improve productivity and increase your team's expertise in a particular subject matter, Santa Clara University's Executive Center can be a game-changer. Our faculty and facilitators will arm you with the knowledge you need to become a leader in your industry. We offer various certificate programs and professional credentials for individuals. We also offer partner companies custom corporate learning solutions that align company teams with the latest knowledge of how business gets done in Silicon Valley.


Programs for Organizations

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    • Create a program to fit your organization's needs

      Our faculty and executive speakers have the expertise to help you in the areas of leadership, innovation, entrepreneurship, finance, data analytics, AI, digital transformation, and more.


  • Experience business in Silicon Valley

    We deliver programs that center around Silicon Valley-based companies. Our programs offer the opportunity to engage with industry leaders, angel investors, and venture capitalists. You will walk away with a deeper understanding of the Silicon Valley spirit.
  • Peter Schmeider

    “Our partnership with the Silicon Valley Executive Center is extremely valuable for us, because it combines practical, technical skill with entrepreneurship in a way that is unbeatable. We truly get the spirit of Silicon Valley in the center's programs, and our students love the experience,” 


Programs for Individuals

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  • Increasing Black representation

    Lack of representation at the top is not due to a lack of qualified black candidates. By preparing black executives for board service and connecting them to a network in our Black Corporate Board Readiness program, we hope to increase Black representation in the boardroom. 
  • “Across the nation, people are screaming, crying out for social equality and to get rid of social injustice, inequality. My feeling is that business has a role to play and that it’s very important for business to act now. If business does not show leadership now, people will look for leadership elsewhere.


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Current offerings

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Women's Corporate Board Readiness Program (WCBR)

Develop a plan to seek and obtain a board directorship position that aligns with you professional skills and values. This program pairs women with mentors who are experienced board members, and teaches the essential legal, regulatory and operating knowledge needed to be an effective board member.

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Black Corporate Board Readiness (BCBR)

Racial diversity starts at the top. Built off of the success of our Women's program, BCBR helps prepare black executives for board service. Our program connects those candidates to networks to increase the likelihood of placement. Join us in building a community that leads the way in social justice and better business.

Equity Compensation Professional Designations

Our Certified Equity Professional Institute is home to two professional designations. Earning the Equity Compensation Associate (ECA) designation demonstrates knowledge of the fundamentals of equity compensation, whereas the Certified Equity Professional (CEP) can manage and design equity compensation plans.

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Overcoming the Five Dysfunctions of a Team

We have partnered with bestselling author Patrick Lencioni and to launch a new online certificate course built around the first piece of Patrick Lencioni's organizational health model. This actionable approach will help you achieve long-term, sustainable success within your own work and organization.

  • Available as an asynchronous online course
  • Team discounts are available!
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Certificate of Advanced Accounting Proficiency (CAAP)

Jumpstart your career in accounting. Classes can be taken on weekends over 10 months or in a condensed format over 14 weeks in the summer. From professional development workshops to recruiting events, we give you the tools to help you get a job faster.   

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Architecting Your Startup Investment Portfolio

Deepen your working knowledge of venture investing and learn how to apply the best practices used by angel and venture capital pros to select and manage your startup investment portfolio. This program is designed for angel investors, high net-worth individuals, corporate executives, and members of family offices.

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Certified Financial Planner Program (CFP)

We offer both Self-Paced and Virtual Classroom courses that fulfill the education requirement to sit for the CPF Exam to obtain your certification. All faculty members in the program hold either CFP® certification or a relevant professional designation or license.

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Custom Program Partnerships 

We work closely with our corporate and university partners to build programs that address their specific needs. We help these organizations develop more effective senior leaders, stronger teams, and more powerful management practices. Programs can take place online or at Santa Clara University.

News & Events

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First Cohort of Black Corporate Board Readiness Professionals Convenes at Santa Clara University

Seasoned executives from the realms of high tech, entertainment, fashion, finance, professional sports and more have joined the inaugural cohort of Santa Clara University’s new Black Corporate Board Readiness program.

New Program at SCU’s Silicon Valley Executive Center Prepares Black Executives for Board Leadership

When Gov. Newsom signed AB979 into law on September 30, he opened the door to meaningfully increasing the contribution of leaders from underrepresented professionals of color to the boards of California’s 662 publicly traded companies.

Women's Corporate Board Readiness Alumna Feature: Janice Charley: Setting the Compass
Janice Charley: Setting the Compass

Janice Charley had already had some board experience prior to enrolling in the inaugural session of the Silicon Valley Executive Center’s Women’s Corporate Board Readiness (WCBR) program. She had been appointed as a chairman of the board of a company after serving as their consulting CFO for 3 years.

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