Elevate Your CSR Expertise:
Join Our Certification in Corporate Social Responsibility (CCSR) Program




Applications for Winter 2019 CCSR Program now open.


B:CIVIC’s mission is to promote and advance business philanthropy and community involvement across Colorado.  To further that goal, we are proud of our initiative to offer the CCSR program in partnership with the Center for Education on Social Responsibility (CESR) at the CU-Boulder Leeds School of Business.

Why This Is Important
More and more businesses are joining the movement of conscious capitalism – choosing to evaluate their success on the “triple bottom line” – their impact on people and the planet, as well as making a profit.  In addition, corporations face ever-increasing pressure from consumers, shareholders, and society to be more socially responsible.  As a consequence, people leading CSR efforts within their companies are looking for ways to learn practical, applicable best practices that can help deliver maximum value back to their companies and the communities they serve.

The CU-Boulder Leeds School of Business Certification in Corporate Social Responsibility, in partnership with B:CIVIC, is designed to address the evolving needs of CSR practitioners, regardless of role or title.  And, whether you are an experienced CSR professional, just starting out in your CSR career, or wanting to make a career change in this direction, this certification program provides an opportunity to further your knowledge, ideas, and network within the Colorado CSR community. The CCSR course is collaborative, interpersonal and experiential, with dialogue-based learning involving the instructors, class cohorts, and guest speaker/subject matter experts.

In this course you will:

  • Learn practical applications and create a “toolbox” of resources
  • Hear from local, regional and global experts that will spark ideas and insights
  • Expand your community of peers, making valuable professional connections
  • Study with CESR, the regional University leader in CSR education, programs, and research


Winter 2019 Program Details: Registration is open.

CESR now offers an online version of the CCSR program! This option is intended for those who cannot attend the in-person classes and would otherwise not be able to participate in the program.

Schedule – The course will comprise approximately 28 hours of interactive class time, and will require up to 4 hours of outside reading and preparation each week.

Location – Classes will be held via Zoom video conference on Tuesdays, 6:00-8:00 p.m. (Mountain Time) , from October 15th to February 4th. There will be 3 weeks off, the week of Thanksgiving and the two weeks of December. All sessions are recorded.

Students – We will accept a cohort of up to 15 professionals. We received more than 15 applications for the in-person Spring 2019 cohort.

Application deadline: October 1st, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. (Mountain Time)

Please fill out the interest form to set up a telephone interview with the instructor.


Fall 2019 Program Details: Class is full.

Apply – Please fill out the interest form to set up a telephone interview with the instructor. This interview will serve to answer your questions and determine whether or not the course is a good fit for your background and needs. After the interview, if you are accepted, we will share registration paperwork. The fall class is now full. Fill out an interest form for Spring 2020. 

Certificate – Upon completion of the program, students receive a non-credit, professional Certificate in Corporate Social Responsibility from the Center for Ethics on Social Responsibility (CESR) of the University of Colorado, Leeds School of Business.

Schedule – The course will comprise approximately 40 hours of in-person, interactive class time, and will require up to three hours of outside reading and preparation each week.

Classes will be held on Wednesdays, 5:30-8:30 PM, from September to December. There will be two weeks off, dates TBD. In-person attendance at 10 out of 14 sessions is required. All sessions are broadcasted via video conference and recorded.

Location – Boulder

Students – A cohort of up to 25 professionals will be accepted. Participants include, but are not limited to VPs/directors/managers of CSR, community relations, sustainability and communications; small business owners/partners/senior management; and consultants/agencies. Individuals from for-profit, corporate and community foundations, academic institutions, business associations, and public sector organizations are welcome and encouraged to apply to this course. 

Instructors – The course is led by Pete Dignan, a 3-time CEO of Certified B Corps, and features guest speakers with deep expertise and practical experience in CSR. The curriculum was developed by Geri Mitchell-Brown.

Format – The course will be collaborative and experiential, with dialogue-based learning involving the instructors, cohort members, and CSR experts.

Tuition – Tuition is $2,250. Tuition is due to the Division of Continuing Education no later than the day before the class starts.

Questions?  Please contact Jess Welser at 303.620.8085 for more information.



Congratulations to the graduates from our first-ever CSR Certification program


Congratulations to all of the graduates from the first-ever CSR Certification program at the Leeds School of Business, CESR Center, presented in partnership with B:CIVIC.

The graduates gathered Dec 14, 2016, to celebrate the completion of their program.

Shown from left to right, front row: Geri Mitchell-Brown (instructor), Tricia Vincent, Lora Ledermann, Jessica Sibila, Heidi Box, Robin Fleishmann, David Payne (instructor). Back row: Marc Ross, Sarae Kurth, Lisa Konen, Karla Baise, Karen Spencer, Amy Rosenblum, Brian Lichtenheld. Not pictured is Denise Jendrusch.

Creating the Certification Program – Background and Thanks!

This program grew out of the initiative of B:CIVIC who, together with the CU Leeds Center for Education on Social Responsibility (CESR) and several passionate volunteer CSR professionals, collaborated during 2015 and 2016 to envision and map out the program. These efforts included defining the program focus to address core competencies in CSR, incorporating peer-learning, providing best practice examples from guest speakers, including B:CIVIC member companies, enhancing the CSR profession, and enabling those from B:CIVIC member companies first opportunity to enroll each session. The program was the first of its kind in the metro Denver region when it kicked off in the fall of 2016.

Special thanks to our collaborators and the creators of this program: (Listed alphabetically, and by title at the time.)

  • Lori Call, Stakeholder Engagement, Kaiser Permanente and B:CIVIC 2017 Board Chair
  • Su Hawk, President/CEO, B:CIVIC
  • Dr. Mark Meaney, Executive Director, CESR, CU Leeds School of Business
  • Geri Mitchell-Brown, Director, Rally for Impact Foundation
  • David S. Payne, Instructor, CESR, CU LEEDS School of Business
  • Sondra Smith, Senior Director, Corporate Social Responsibility; Director, Level 3 Communications Foundation
  • Jessica Silba, Sr. Manager, Corporate Philanthropy, Community Affairs, and Events, The WhiteWave Foods Company