Elevate your CSR Expertise:
Apply for the Certification in Corporate Social Responsibility (CCSR) Program




Applications for Spring 2021 CCSR program are 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.

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

    Spring 2021 Program Details: Registration is open.

    Schedule – The course will comprise approximately 40 hours of interactive class time, and will require up to 3 hours of outside reading and preparation each week.

    • Tuesday Cohort
      • Tuesdays, 6:00-8:15 p.m. (MST), from January 5th to April 20th
    • Wednesday Cohort (we recommend this cohort if you’re interested in expanding your network in Colorado)
      • Wednesdays, 6:00-8:15 p.m. (MST), from January 6th to April 21st

    Attendance at 10 out of 14 sessions is required. All sessions are broadcast via video conference and recorded.

    Location – Virtual

    Students – The program will accept a cohort of up to 20 professionals. It received more than 20 applications for the Fall 2020 cohort.

    Application deadline  – December 15, 2020

    To apply – Fill out the certification interest form.

    B:CIVIC CCSR Scholarship 

    New in 2020 – To advance the B:CIVIC mission of elevating business for good, B:CIVIC will offer one individual per in-person class a needs-based partial scholarship for participation in the Certification in Corporate Social Responsibility program. The purpose of the B:CIVIC scholarship is to increase the engagement of community leaders in the field of corporate social responsibility bringing direct experience to inform their social impact work. You do not have to be a B:CIVIC member to qualify for this scholarship. 

    • Recipient must demonstrate financial need.
    • Recipient must have 4 years of work experience in a business setting.
    • Recipient shall be selected using the established procedures of the Leeds School of Business.
    • Nonprofit leaders are eligible to participate in the program, however, this scholarship is targeted toward individuals with a financial need who are working to advance social responsibility in a business setting.
    • Preference given to individuals who have demonstrated interest in the areas of business ethics, social responsibility and/or sustainability in their career to date.
    • Preference given to individuals with experience working in community to advance social justice issues.

    Scholarship application deadline: November 30, 2020 for the Spring 2021 Certification program

    Instructor – 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.

    Tuition – Tuition is $2,250. Tuition is due to the Division of Continuing Education no later than the day before the class starts. B:CIVIC members receive a $250.00 discount per individual accepted into the program. Please connect with a B:CIVIC staff member or the instructor to receive the discount.

    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