Leadership Development – Customized Programs

University for Peace, Costa Rica

* Onsite courses are on hold due to COVID-19 until the Costa Rican government allows gatherings. Write us at centre@upeace.org if you want us to include you in the waiting list for a particular course.

Looking to develop leaders within your organization or on your team?

The Centre offers a wide array of customized workshops to help leaders grow, address corporate challenges and build strong teams. Each experience can be customized to fit the unique needs of your organization. We can offer a 1-time experience, or put together a long-term program oriented toward meeting your specific organizational needs.

Top talent in this day and age is one of the top challenges for any company. Research shows that professionals in the millennial generation make up the majority of the workforce, but are motivated by different factors than in previous decades. Investing in team-focused leadership programs, such as the below courses at our UPEACE Centre for Executive Education, will both attract top talent and improve workplace productivity.


Innovation at Work

Our approach to all courses is innovative, interactive, and participant-centered, using case-studies and field trips when appropriate. We aim to develop businesses, organizations, and, primarily, people by incorporating the following crosscutting themes in executive education:

Our courses provide the necessary tools and resources to put theory into action, with the guidance of highly qualified instructors from across the world.

Past participants say:

“This course is an eye opener. Positive Leadership is all about focusing on strengths and opportunities and a good way to ensure a healthy work- environment.”

-Jelle-Jochem Duits, Netherlands/South Sudan

“Find your WHY by engaging with committed leaders and social entrepreneurs coming together to lead in a world of constant change. UPEACE brings nations together for a common purpose. The WHY is the betterment of humanity, with wisdom, compassion, and grit.”

-Iris Prada, Costa Rica

“It’s not an investment, it’s a gift for your mind and your soul. This is not just another workshop, it’s the beginning of a journey.”

-Diego Lineiro, Costa Rica

“This course sure tackles issues not normally addressed in other programs. It is powerful, innovating, thought provoking…Highly recommended!”

-Cindy Fonseca, USA/Costa Rica

Our courses and programs are designed to be practical and hands-on workshops, allowing space for sharing and peer-to-peer learning. During each course, we cover a variety of introspective activities, theory, and small group application.

Our curriculum is purposefully designed to be applicable at all ages and career levels, and across a variety of fields. Participants often share some of the following characteristics:

  • A desire to change, grow, or re-establish passion for their career
  • A deep drive to push personal boundaries and give back to the community/world
  • The need to connect with like-minded individuals and broaden their already global mindset
  • Professionals in fast-growing career fields who want to stay ahead of the curve

All courses can be scheduled to fit custom schedules and times.

Contact us at centre@upeace.org for current course and program costs . A certificate is awarded upon completion by the Centre for Executive Education at the University for Peace, established by the General Assembly of the United Nations.

University for Peace alumni and alumni of the Centre for Executive Education receive a discount.

Have a question? Contact us at centre@upeace.org with inquiries or to set up a phone call, or visit our Frequently Asked Questions section.

Facilitators’ Spotlight

Meet a few of our world-class instructors:

Mohit Mukherjee, Instructor Diploma in Social Innovation

Mohit Mukherjee is the founding Director of the Centre for Executive Education. He is also the founder of Changemakers International, an organization focused on enabling youth to gain the skills to be social innovators. He has also served as Vice President of Programs for Watson U, the first incubator leading to a degree for next generation social entrepreneurs. Prior to these positions, Mohit Mukherjee served as Education Program Manager of the Earth Charter Initiative, a global movement of organizations and individuals promoting sustainable development. Mohit earned his Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering from Stanford University in 1995 and did his Master’s at the Harvard Graduate School of Education in 2002. He currently resides in Florida.

miguel tello

Miguel Tello facilitates the Mission Impossible? Measuring Outcomes & Impact course. He also facilitates the Positive Leadership workshop and offers onsite workshops on Circles and Restorative Justice. Miguel is the Executive Director of the Strachan Foundation, a family foundation that supports education and health projects throughout Central America. Miguel is also a Trustee and an Adjunct Professor for the International Institute for Restorative Practices, a graduate school in Pennsylvania. He offers restorative practices training and consulting to a variety of NGOs, schools, churches and criminal justice professionals in Central America. He holds master’s degrees in public administration and international studies from the University of Washington in Seattle. Miguel is originally from Mexico. He currently lives in Costa Rica with his wife and two sons.

Professor of the Positive Leadership workshop

Lars Kure Juul Nielsen facilitates the onsite workshop Positive Leadership. Lars is an International Trusted Advisor, HR Executive and Talent Management Expert working out of Copenhagen with a wide range of Leaders, International Organizations and Institutions across the globe. Lars’ educational background consists of a Masters of Law from University of Copenhagen and HR, Leadership & Talent Management from INSEAD and Harvard Business School. Lars is the creator of the model and tool, The Happiness Sweet Spot, and author of the book, HR Fitness on Strategy into Action.

Art Sherwood, instructor for Positive Leadership

Art Sherwood facilitates the onsite workshop Positive Leadership. He is the David Cole Professor of Entrepreneurship chair at Western Washington University in the US where he leads the university’s entrepreneurship and innovation programming.  As a professor, he teaches and researches well-being and what it takes to build grit with a special focus on flourishing practices for lifelong changemaking. He calls on the dynamic co-creation concepts and tools of strategy, design thinking, human-centered design, business and venture modeling, evidence-based entrepreneurship & innovation, liberating structures, creative problem solving, cooperation and self-leadership to facilitate and support emerging and existing changemakers, leaders, teams and organizations.  He is the co-founder of multiple ventures including his current work with innovate68.com and flourish4change.com.

Inspired by the UN, we go further than professional growth.
Our mission is to develop Corporate Innovators, Global Leaders and Changemakers.

Don’t just build skills: build the future.

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