Program Overview

Successful project management is critical in today’s competitive environment. But, according to the Project Management Institute, only 38% of projects finish on time and within budget, and only 65% meet their original goal and business intent. Failed projects impede business responsiveness and cause a significant drag on financial performance. However, some organizations are consistently much more successful at project management than others. They have well-trained project managers AND they have executives who understand how to initiate successful projects and guide and support the project management teams that are executing them.

The Executive Project Management Certificate Program will equip you with the tools and techniques needed to provide effective executive oversight to guide projects to align and deliver on your organization’s strategy and goals.


The duration of this certificate program is 3 business days (May 15-17, 2017):



Executives who currently or will in the future, will have some accountability for guiding the selection, planning, sponsorship and/or execution of projects, but are not usually project team members who perform the actual project work. This includes project sponsors, members of project executive advisory or oversight boards, project champions, managers who provide resources to projects, and executive stakeholders accountable for the success of projects.


  • Learn the key fundamentals of Project Management
  • Understand how you as an executive will play a critical role in affecting the success or failure of every project
  • Know how to select and prioritize potential projects that will be most beneficial for your organization
  • Ensure that projects are clearly defined, properly staffed and structured, and adequately resourced at the outset for success
  • Be aware of the additional oversight challenges of highly complex, global, and government projects
  • Know how to monitor the health of a project and recognize ‘red flags’ that suggest when corrective action is warranted
  • Learn how to rescue a troubled project and bring it back on course
  • Support the delivery of planned project benefits on time and within budget
  • Be aware of emerging trends in PM that could benefit your organization


Executive Project Management Certificate Program Cost: $2569 

Includes: 3 session days, all materials, program meals (continental breakfast & lunch), networking and a Lehigh University Executive Project Management Program certificate of completion.

For more information, call 610.758.3590 or email

Day 1: May 15, 2017 - Project Management Fundamentals & PM 2.0

Instructors: John Bowen and Ben Kriebel

Day 1 covers:

  • Introduction to Project Management
  • Project Roles & Responsibilities
  • Project Selection & Portfolio Management
  • Global Project Management
  • PM Trends & PM 2.0

Ben Kriebel (AM):

Project Management Overview - This program module provides a solid understanding of what a project is and how it is managed successfully. This module provides invaluable foundational content to those new to PM and supports the more detailed life-cycle topics that follow, while for those with PM experience, this module ensures a common vocabulary for the discussions and presentations to follow.

The Executive's Role in Project Selection - This program module explains how to ensure that the projects planned and underway comprise the best portfolio of projects to further the organization's tactical goals and, more importantly, strategic objectives. Practical tools and techniques that ensure maximum benefit at optimum cost and that evaluate multiple portfolio solution alternatives are explored.

John Bowen (PM):

The Special Challenges of International Projects - This program module explores the additional challenges executives must address when they are responsible for oversight of global projects, very large and/or complex projects, government projects and projects in specific industries with rigorous regulatory requirements.

Emerging Trends in Project Management - This program module explores new PM approaches that leverage the skills and experience of all team members, and approaches that are more collaborative, more agile, and less dogmatic. This module presents new trends in project management that are already being adopted by the largest and most progressive organizations in the world.

Day 2: May 16, 2017 - Project Planning & Governance

Instructor: John Bowen

Day 2 covers:

  • Project Initation
  • Project Planning
  • Project Governance
  • Project Methodologies: Agile, Waterfall, Hybrid

The Executive's Role in Project Planning and Preparation (AM) - This program module provides a framework that ensures adequate planning and analysis are completed before a project begins, including aligning with the organization's strategy and goals; determining its scope, schedule, budget, resource requirements and risks; building organizational support; creating an effective project team; and establishing guidelines to maintain organizational accountability. 

The Executive's Role in Project Governance (PM) - This program module explains the critical role of the project sponsor in ensuring that all aspects of the project are being monitored, managed and controlled. This module will introduce early warning signs, key performance indicators, project dimensions, metrics and dynamic dashboards.

Day 3: May 17, 2017 - Project Execution: Managing Risk

Instructor: Ben Kriebel

This section covers the following key topics:

  • Project Kickoff & Establishing Stakeholder Communication
  • Stakeholder Management
  • Project Communication
  • Managing Change
  • Project Risk
  • Closing the Project

The Executive's Role in Project Execution (AM) - This program module recognizes that organizations have embraced the value of structured project management practices but are still unable to effectively define the Executive's role in executing a project. This module discusses the tools and techniques an executive should employ to lead their project teams to deliver expected results. 

The Executive's Role in Project Closure (PM) - This program module explores how executives must ensure that a project is closed properly so that there is no more project expense and the project resources can be reallocated appropriately. During closure, executives ensure that deliverables are accepted, documentation is provided to the appropriate parties, contracts are finalized, and stakeholders informed of the closure of the project. This module walks executives through the proper steps to ensure a smooth project closure as well as reviewing project ROI post-implementation.