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UCI Division of Continuing Education Offers Leadership Course & Webinar

Online Course and Free Webinar Focuses on Honing Effective Leadership Skills

IRVINE, Calif. – November 12, 2013 – University of California, Irvine Extension announced today that it will offer “Leading Small Groups,” an online course designed to help participants develop better communication skills within small group contexts. The course is part of UC Irvine Extension’s Organizational Leadership and Communication Certificate Program and starts on Jan. 2. Offered on Nov. 20 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. PST, a free webinar titled, “10 Steps for a Successful Leader Transition” will offer insight into how common sense rules can help leaders taking on new or transitioning roles.

“Establishing essential leadership skills is crucial for business professionals of all industries,” said Tom Pokladowski, Esq., director of law, finance and business programs at UC Irvine Extension. “With more than 30 years in leadership and management roles, course instructor and webinar host, Christopher Holley provides a comprehensive course curriculum on refining leadership skills.”

By exploring communication processes that are central to leading meetings and working in teams, course participants will gain improved problem solving and decision making skills, effectively facilitate group communication and utilize communication strategies for cooperation and collaboration. The course will cover developing leadership in teams, team vision and goals, meeting facilitation skills, active listening skills, increasing creativity, working collaboratively, building trust, and relationships and cohesiveness within a group setting. Course content on managing roles, group norms, conflict and groupthink will also be covered.

Course instructor, Holley, ABD, MBA, SPHR, CLET is the owner and president of Holley Business Solutions. As an experienced instructor providing leadership and management education, training and services to a wide range of companies, Holley has worked with leaders from various industries. He has taught employees, supervisors, managers and executives for the ICE Academy’s Leadership Development Center for the Department of Homeland Security in Dallas, Texas and at many local colleges and universities.

To register for the webinar, visit To learn more about the new course and to register, visit or call (949) 824-4661.

About UCI Division of Continuing Education

The University of California, Irvine Division of Continuing Education (DCE) provides lifelong learning opportunities to thousands of students worldwide each year – fulfilling the school’s 60-year curriculum platform to connect degree programs to the world of work and achievement after graduation. The Division offers a broad range of certificate programs, specialized studies, and sequential courses to local, regional and global markets through online, on-campus and on-site delivery. A leader in the open education movement, the Division offers free Massive Online Open Courses (MOOCs) and content through the UCI Open initiative. For more information about UCI Division of Continuing Education, visit

About the University of California, Irvine

Founded in 1965, UCI is the youngest member of the prestigious Association of American Universities. The campus has produced three Nobel laureates and is known for its academic achievement, premier research, innovation, and anteater mascot. Led by Chancellor Howard Gillman, UCI has more than 36,000 students and offers 222 degree programs. It’s located in one of the world’s safest and most economically vibrant communities and is Orange County’s second-largest employer, contributing $5 billion annually to the local economy. For more on UCI, visit