Ortner Center on Violence & Abuse in Relationships

Ortner Center Executive Program starts in January 2019
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Executive Director Susan B. Sorenson will be adding a certificate program to the Ortner Center this winter. It’s an opportunity for those interested in “leveling up” their commitment to preventing and reducing violence and abuse in relationships. The eight-month course will be online and in-person at the University of Pennsylvania. 


This is the first and only executive program specifically tailored to individuals and organizations working to end intimate partner violence, sexual assault, child and elder abuse.


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Over the course of 8 months, students will join a community of similarly dedicated learners to take classes in strategic leadership, fundraising and financial management, governance, marketing, social change, and more. Our courses are taught by experts in the field of public health as well as renowned leaders of organizations such as Peace Over Violence, the Biden Foundation, and the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. Instruction takes place online and at your own pace. We’ve also built in two short, in-person meetings on UPenn’s campus that will allow you to expand your professional network and take your learning to the next level.


Part of our mission at the Ortner Center is to develop a generation of national and global leaders who are dedicated to increasing women’s well-being. Through the Executive Program in Social Impact Strategy: Ending Violence & Abuse in Relationships, we invite curious and engaged persons to take the next step in advancing their learning, their careers, their organization, and the field.


Applications for the inaugural cohort are due November 9, 2018.


Learn more about the program here.

Download the viewbook here.