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Leadership Certificate Program


Leadership Certificate Program Details 
Applications for the 2023 program are now open!


DISCUS Academy is dedicated to developing leaders who are committed to improving the industry and themselves through 3 leadership programs. The programs are an eight-month commitment consisting of virtual and in-person elements. Below is a list of program components, along with the program costs. 

Executive Leadership Program
Program Fee: Members - $7,000 / Nonmembers - $8,500

The Executive Leadership Program is designed for experienced professionals with at least 5-7 years of experience, during which they have demonstrated responsibility for cross-functional leadership and/or strategy-level decision-making in the distilled spirits industry. The certificate will build upon your leadership skills and develop your ability to communicate strategy, negotiate skillfully, influence team behaviors, and deliver results. The program will ensure you have the right blend of soft skills and a strategic mindset to achieve performance outcomes at your company. Participation in this program is not contingent upon completing the Developing Leadership Program.

2023 Program Components:

March 3, 2023 Introductory Meeting (2 hrs)
March 17, 2023 Predictive Index Workshop (4 hrs)
March 31, 2023 Motivation, Accountability, & Self-Help (2 hrs)
April 14, 2023 Cultivating Intrapreneurship & Innovation (2 hrs)
April 28, 2023 Diversity & Inclusion Training (4 hrs)
May 12, 2023 Giving & Receiving Feedback (4 hrs)
May 19, 2023 University of Kentucky Intro Call (1 hr)
June 14-15, 2023 DISCUS Annual Conference (optional)
June - September University of Kentucky Leadership Programming
June 23, 2023 Monthly Cohort Call (1 hr)
July 14, 2023 Monthly Cohort Call (1 hr)
August 4, 2023 Monthly Cohort Call (1 hr)
August 25, 2023 Monthly Cohort Call (1 hr)
September 15, 2023 Monthly Cohort Call (1 hr)
October 6, 2023
Monthly Cohort Call (1 hr)
Week of October 22, 2023 Leadership Retreat (mandatory)
2023 Program Deliverables
  • 2023 Program Deliverables
  • University of Kentucky Leadership Program Certificate
  • DISCUS Academy Leadership Certificate
  • Predictive Index Report & Content
  • Leading with Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Program
  • Leadership Retreat (hotel and meals included in program fee)
  • Connected and engaged cohort
  • Better understanding of the self
  • Tools to develop skilled leadership

Developing Leadership Program
Program Fee: Members - $4,500 / Nonmembers - $6,000

The Developing Leadership Program is designed for any professional with an interest in growing their leadership skills. This program will transform early stage managers into true leaders, by learning your leadership style, developing interpersonal skills, and understanding how to build and manage a high-performance team. Entrepreneurs, new managers, and employees with limited management experience are encouraged to apply. 

2023 Program Components:

March 10, 2023 Introductory Meeting (2 hrs)
March 24, 2023 Type Indicator Workshop (3 hrs)
April 7, 2023 CEO Insights and Culture (2 hrs)
April 21, 2023 Stress and Health as a Leader (2 hrs)
May 5, 2023 Dare to Lead Leadership Training (3 hrs)
May 19, 2023 Dare to Lead Leadership Training (3 hrs)
June 2, 2023 Dare to Lead Leadership Training (3 hrs)
June 13-15, 2023 DISCUS Annual Conference (optional)
June - September Cornell University Leadership Programming
June 30, 2023 Cohort Call (1 hr)
July 21, 2023 Cohort Call (1 hr)
August 18, 2023 Cohort Call (1 hr)
September 22, 2023 Cohort Call (1 hr)
October 13, 2023 Cohort Call (1 hr)
Week of October 22, 2023 Leadership Retreat (mandatory) 

2023 Program Deliverables
  • Cornell Leadership Program Certificate
  • DISCUS Academy Leadership Certificate
  • Dare to Lead Certificate of Completion
  • Personality Type Indicator Report
  • Leadership Retreat (In-person, hotel and meals included in program fee)
  • Connected and engaged cohort
  • Better understanding of the self
  • Tools to develop skilled leadership

Developing Women Leadership Program
In Collaboration with Women of the Vine & Spirits (WOTVS)

Program Fee: Members - $4,500 / WOTVS Members - $4,500 / Nonmembers - $6,000

The Developing Women Leadership Program is designed for professional women, or those who identify themselves as women, with an interest in growing their leadership skills. This program will transform early-stage managers into true leaders, by learning your leadership style, developing interpersonal skills, and understanding how to build and manage a high-performance team. Entrepreneurs, new managers, and employees with limited management experience are encouraged to apply.

The Developing Leadership program is an excellent alternative for those interested in this level of leadership programming in a co-ed cohort.

2023 Program Components:

March 2, 2023 Introductory Meeting (2 hrs)
March 16, 2023 Type Indicator Workshop (3 hrs)
March 30, 2023 CEO Insights and Stress & Health as a Leader (3 hrs)
April 11, 2023 P&L Responsibility for Women Part 1 (2 hrs)
April 13, 2023 P&L Responsibility for Women Part 2 (2 hrs)
April 27, 2023 Dare to Lead Leadership Training (3 hrs)
May 11, 2023 Dare to Lead Leadership Training (3 hrs)
May 25, 2023 Dare to Lead Leadership Training (3 hrs)
June 14-15, 2023 DISCUS Annual Conference (optional)
June - September Cornell University Leadership Programming
June 22, 2023 Cohort Call (1 hr)
July 13, 2023 Cohort Call (1 hr)
August 31, 2023 Cohort Call (1 hr)
September 28, 2023 Cohort Call (1 hr)
October 12, 2023 Cohort Call (1 hr)
Week of October 22, 2023 Leadership Retreat (mandatory) 
2023 Program Deliverables
  • Cornell Leadership Program Certificate
  • DISCUS Academy Leadership Certificate
  • Dare to Lead Certificate of Completion
  • Personality Type Indicator Report
  • P&L Training
  • Leadership Retreat (In-person, hotel and meals included in program fee)
  • Connected and engaged cohort
  • Better understanding of the self
  • Tools to develop skilled leadership

Application Dates:
Applications are now open for the 2023 Leadership Program. Applications will be accepted through 11:59pm ET, January 27, 2023. All applicants will be notified of the status of their application by February 17, 2023.


Applicants will be chosen based on the following criteria:
  • Demonstrated leadership potential, initiative and commitment to the industry.
  • Those who are emerging leaders seeking opportunities to grow and develop.
  • Applicants should be prepared to engage in self-reflection and introspective work required by this course and be prepared to put their leadership commitment into action following the program.
  • Only candidates who commit to the involvement and participation in the entire program will be considered.
  • In selection, we seek diversity in all aspects (to maximize diversity of the cohort
In addition, for Executive Leadership Certificate Program:
  • 5-7 years management experience
  • Demonstrated responsibility for cross-functional leadership and/or strategy-level decision-making
DISCUS Academy is committed to upholding the principles of diversity and equality in all areas of its work, seeking to ensure that all participants and other stakeholders are treated fairly and equally at all times. In accordance with this policy, women, minorities, people with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.

To apply, please click on the application below. You will first be directed to pay the application fee before accessing the application.