Leading Thriving Organizations


Employees across all professional industries today are stressed, even to the point of burnout. Rapid change, overloaded schedules, and increasingly complex workplace environments are key factors fueling stress at work today. As a leader, it is more critical than ever to understand how the science of well-being applies to your organization, and how it impacts your success. The Leading Thriving Organizations certificate program course will teach you tools, frameworks, and strategies for building individual well-being and establishing a thriving organizational culture that prioritizes health and well-being. You will learn how the best companies think about well-being, and discover how your organization measures up. After the Leading Thriving Organizations course, you will be ready to integrate well-being into your workplace, and you’ll feel more confident about building a more resilient, competitive, and high-performing workforce at your organization.

+ Schedule, Format and Tuition

Fall 2022 Program Dates

Course Orientation: September 29 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Thursdays from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. ET

  • October 13: Leading to Well-Being
  • October 20: Humanity at Work
  • October 27: Evidence-Based Well-Being Practices and Interventions
  • November 3: Workplace and Organizational Well-Being
  • November 10: Leadership Panel and Learning Synthesis

Spring 2023 open enrollment dates will be announced as soon as they are available. Email Lead2WB@gmu.edu with your questions.

Program Format

  • 100% virtual with live instruction via Zoom
  • A time commitment of 20 hours in class (synchronous)
  • Approximately 10 hours outside of class (asynchronous) for applications, assessments, readings, and learning integration

Tuition: $2,850

  • The cost of digital course texts/readings is included.
  • 10% Mason full-time employee discount
  • 10% Mason alumni discount

10% discount for organizations that send three or more participants

+ Features

  • Connect with George Mason University faculty who have expertise in organizational cultures, leadership, the science of well-being, diversity, equity, and inclusion, and health sciences and communication
  • Learn the health determinants of well-being, employee well-being, the changing nature of work, and positive emotions and behaviors
  • Understand evidence-based well-being practices and interventions for individual and organizational well-being
  • Discover how to embed well-being in your organization’s culture
  • Engage in question-and-answer sessions with a panel of industry leaders
  • Plan how to strengthen workplace well-being, including how to create a psychologically safe workplace and unleash employee talent for greater engagement and productivity

This course is eligible for 15.6 CPEs 

George Mason University Continuing and Professional Education (formerly George Mason University Executive and Professional Education) is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA), as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be addressed to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors, 150 Fourth Avenue North, Nashville, TN, 37219-2417.

+ Prerequisites / Requirements

  • You can benefit most from this program if you have a minimum of 5 years of professional experience.
  • You must be fluent in written and spoken English.
  • For the Fall 2022 Leading Thriving Organizations Certificate Program, we are offering tuition grants to support individuals currently working as nurses, social workers, public health practitioners, and health care managers and leaders who live in and/or work with rural or underserved communities.
  • You must apply and demonstrate your eligibility under the Health and Safety Workforce Resiliency Training Program.
  • Approved Application

+ Application Information

Application Information for the Fall 2022 Program

Eligible professionals can apply for the Fall 2022 Leading Thriving Organizations Certificate Program. To apply, click on “Apply Now” and submit the following items:

  • Resume that includes current job title, organization, and geographic area
  • Description of your professional role or community service as it relates to managing, supporting or providing health care and social assistance to rural or underserved communities (limit to 250 words)
  • A letter from your supervisor stating your approval to attend all five course sessions. If you are self-employed, please submit two professional references.

Please note: The above items can only be submitted electronically through the student portal. They will not be accepted via email or mail. The application deadline is September 26, 2022.

Applications will be reviewed in order the they are received. Once your application is determined to be eligible under the Health and Public Safety Workforce Resiliency Training Program, you will receive instruction on the next steps to complete your registration for the Leading Thriving Organizations Certificate Program. Your participation is confirmed once your registration has been processed.

Please note that program size is limited to the first 26 applicants. If the program reaches capacity, you will be placed on a waitlist for the next program offering. Applications received after the deadline will be considered on a space available basis. Note that the program may fill in advance of the application deadline.

For questions about the Health and Public Safety Workforce Resiliency Training Program or tuition grants, please contact Debora Goldberg, PhD, Department of Health Administration and Policy at dgoldbe4@gmu.edu.

We look forward to considering your application. If you have not received a response from the program within two weeks of submission, please contact us at Lead2WB@gmu.edu.

Mason’s Credential in Organizational Well-Being Leadership

After earning the Leading Thriving Organizations certificate, you are eligible to apply for Mason’s Credential in Organizational Well-Being Leadership. Applications for Mason’s Credential in Organizational Well-Being Leadership open in Fall 2023. The requirements for that credential are:

  • Complete the certificate in Leading Thriving Organizations
  • Design an action learning project
  • Complete two hours of well-being coaching facilitated by Center for the Advancement of Well-Being faculty
  • Pass the credentialing exam

+ Designed For

The Fall 2022 Leading Thriving Organizations Certificate Program focuses on leaders in the healthcare industry. It is open to nurses, social workers, public health practitioners and healthcare managers and leaders under the Health and Public Safety Workforce Resiliency Training Program. The mission of the Mason Health and Public Safety Workforce Resiliency Training Program is to develop and deliver accessible education and training activities that advance the overall safety, health, and well-being of a diverse population of nurses, social workers, public health practitioners and leaders who serve populations in need.



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Leading Thriving Organizations
1:00PM to 5:00PM
Oct 13, 2022 to Nov 10, 2022
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Course Fee non-credit $2,500.00
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