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Bringing Silicon Valley to the World

Whether you are an individual looking to grow in your current role or change careers entirely, or you are a manager looking to improve productivity and increase your team's expertise in a particular subject matter, Santa Clara University's Executive Center can be a game-changer. Our faculty and facilitators will arm you with the knowledge you need to become a leader in your industry. We offer various certificate programs and professional credentials for individuals. We also offer partner companies custom corporate learning solutions that align company teams with the latest knowledge of how business gets done in Silicon Valley.


Programs for Organizations

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    • Create a program to fit your organization's needs

      We partner with companies and other universities to create custom programs. Our faculty and industry contacts have the expertise to help you in the areas of leadership, innovation, entrepreneurship, finance, data analytics, AI, digital transformation, and more.


  • Experience business in Silicon Valley

    We deliver programs that center around Silicon Valley-based companies. Our programs offer the opportunity to engage with industry leaders, angel investors, and venture capitalists. You will walk away with a deeper understanding of the Silicon Valley spirit.
  • Peter Schmeider

    “Our partnership with the Silicon Valley Executive Center is extremely valuable for us, because it combines practical, technical skill with entrepreneurship in a way that is unbeatable. We truly get the spirit of Silicon Valley in the center's programs, and our students love the experience,” 


Programs for Individuals

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    • Bringing authentic diversity to the boardroom

      At the Silicon Valley Executive Center, we are committed to the Jesuit values of social justice and inclusion. By preparing black executives for board service and connecting them to a network in our Black Corporate Board Readiness program, we hope to increase Black representation at the top.


  • Conversations on Diversity in Silicon Valley

    Can the world’s most successful entrepreneurial and innovative ecosystem take the lead in building authentically diverse organizations? Join us for a series of engaging and provocative conversations. Registration is free and open to the public.
  • “Across the nation, people are screaming, crying out for social equality and to get rid of social injustice, inequality. My feeling is that business has a role to play and that it’s very important for business to act now. If business does not show leadership now, people will look for leadership elsewhere.


Professionals attend our programs annually
Countries worldwide
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Current offerings

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Overcoming the Five Dysfunctions of a Team

We have partnered with bestselling author Patrick Lencioni and to launch a new online certificate course built around the first piece of Patrick Lencioni's organizational health model. This actionable approach will help you achieve long-term, sustainable success within your own work and organization.

  • Available as an asynchronous online course
  • Team discounts are available!
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Cybersecurity Bootcamps & Subscription

IT skills gap is a serious problem for recruiters and cybersecurity contributes a large chunk to this problem, with around three million unfilled information security jobs in the US. Prepare for leading industry certifications in Cybersecurity including CompTIA CySA+, PenTest+, Security+, Network+, A+, and CEH. 

  • Program Start Dates: Nov 9 or Dec 21, 2020
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Data Science & Data Analyst Bootcamp

Become a Seasoned Data Scientist. Learn skills that are highly applicable to current market trends including Transact-SQL, Excel, Power BI, data visualization, Python, R programming. Learn techniques for data manipulation, data visualization, data insight building languages, and more.

  • Program Start Dates: Nov 16 or Dec 28, 2020
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Cloud Bootcamp & Subscriptions

With such a high demand for cloud technology, the need for cloud experts is inevitable. Our bootcamp programs feature some of the most in-demand skills and prepare you for some of the most sought-after certifications. The curriculum will include certifications in Azure, AWS, and CompTIA, adding value to your resume.

  • Program Start Dates: Nov 30, 2020 or Jan 11, 2021
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Web Development Bootcamps & Subscription

Learn to develop a web presence for almost any type of business across the globe. Our bootcamp program prepares you for the leading programming languages and tools that are in high demand, including CSS, JavaScript, HTML5, Express, SQL, Node, React, and Python. 

  • Program Start Dates: Dec 07, 2020 or Jan 18, 2021
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Black Corporate Board Readiness (BCBR)

Racial diversity starts at the top. Built off of the success of our Women's program, BCBR helps prepare black executives for board service. Our program connects those candidates to networks to increase the likelihood of placement. Join us in building a community that leads the way in social justice and better business.

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Women's Corporate Board Readiness Program (WCBR)

Develop a plan to seek and obtain a board directorship position that aligns with you professional skills and values. This program pairs women with mentors who are experienced board members, and teaches the essential legal, regulatory and operating knowledge needed to be an effective board member.

Equity Compensation Professional Designations

Our Certified Equity Professional Institute is home to two professional designations. Earning the Equity Compensation Associate (ECA) designation demonstrates knowledge of the fundamentals of equity compensation, whereas the Certified Equity Professional (CEP) can manage and design equity compensation plans.

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Certificate of Advanced Accounting Proficiency (CAAP)

Jumpstart your career in accounting. Classes can be taken on weekends over 10 months or in a condensed format over 14 weeks in the summer. From professional development workshops to recruiting events, we give you the tools to help you get a job faster.   

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Architecting Your Startup Investment Portfolio

Deepen your working knowledge of venture investing and learn how to apply the best practices used by angel and venture capital pros to select and manage your startup investment portfolio. This program is designed for angel investors, high net-worth individuals, corporate executives, and members of family offices.

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Certified Financial Planner Program (CFP)

We offer both Self-Paced and Virtual Classroom courses that fulfill the education requirement to sit for the CPF Exam to obtain your certification. All faculty members in the program hold either CFP® certification or a relevant professional designation or license.

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Custom Program Partnerships 

We work closely with our corporate and university partners to build programs that address their specific needs. We help these organizations develop more effective senior leaders, stronger teams, and more powerful management practices. Programs can take place online or at Santa Clara University.

News & Events

New Program at SCU’s Silicon Valley Executive Center Prepares Black Executives for Board Leadership

When Gov. Newsom signed AB979 into law on September 30, he opened the door to meaningfully increasing the contribution of leaders from underrepresented professionals of color to the boards of California’s 662 publicly traded companies.

Women's Corporate Board Readiness Alumna Feature: Janice Charley: Setting the Compass
Janice Charley: Setting the Compass

Janice Charley had already had some board experience prior to enrolling in the inaugural session of the Silicon Valley Executive Center’s Women’s Corporate Board Readiness (WCBR) program. She had been appointed as a chairman of the board of a company after serving as their consulting CFO for 3 years.

Alumni feature: E. Marie Brierley, MBA '19
E. Marie Brierley, MBA '19 Joins the Board of Momentum for Mental Health

E. Marie Brierley MBA ’19, a graduate of both the Executive MBA and Women’s Corporate Board Readiness (WCBR) programs, has recently joined the board of Momentum for Mental Health. Brierley is the first WCBR participant to land a board seat.

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