Designed by AI co-originators and Weatherhead faculty members David Cooperrider, PhD, and Ronald Fry, PhD, this certification program presents a proven approach to accelerating organizational change by redirecting focus to core strengths. Through a combination of coursework and fieldwork, earn advanced professional education in the foundations of the Appreciative Inquiry model and work on projects specific to your own organization. The certificate bridges high ideals with the results orientation of business and industry.

Coursework for the Certificate

The certificate is awarded after completion of the three-part sequence outlined below.

Part I: Appreciative Inquiry: Leveraging Strengths for Transformative, Lasting Change

Formerly Foundations and Frontiers in Appreciative Inquiry

Discover how and why Appreciative Inquiry training works through case studies and illustrations. Learn how to ask the questions that open the floodgates for positive change, engage the whole system, and generate measurable results. Appreciative Inquiry: Leveraging Strengths for Transformative, Lasting Change is a practical, multi-day program.


  • How and why Appreciative Inquiry works
  • AI in action – Case studies, stories, illustrations
  • Questions that make positive change possible
  • Engaging the whole system in change
  • Develop a project for your organization

Appreciative Inquiry: Leveraging Strengths for Transformative, Lasting Change may be taken separately without completion of the entire certificate program.

Part II: Field Work

  • An Inquiry into the Stories and Lives of Leaders in the Field
    Join in a global inquiry on business as an agent of world benefit by conducting three appreciative interviews with social and business change leaders to capture golden innovations and visions of a future where business and society are even more positively connected.
  • The Monthly AI Learning Conferences
    Participants around the world connect with Weatherhead faculty and colleagues through periodic internet mediated coaching and conference calls.
  • The Certificate Program Qualifying Portfolio
    Participants move to a new level of capability by preparing one paper: a report on their inquiries with three leaders in the field and an analysis of their own projects.

Part III: The Advanced Workshop on AI

In this capstone session, a three-day in-class program, participants experience the power of appreciative learning through interactive feedback sessions on AI projects.

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