What Professional Development is Right for You in 2024?

October 26, 2023

by Sydney Smith

Are you looking to jumpstart your professional development in 2024? Explore our new and returning courses in innovation, mobility, manufacturing, and leadership. Our wide range of programs cater to both new and returning learners, each offering the opportunity to earn a professional certificate from the University of Michigan.

NEW Courses in 2024

May 9-10, 2024 / Sept 26-27, 2024


Achieve organizational growth through transformational leadership and a human-centered design approach.

We are excited to announce our new Design Thinking course! Design thinking is an integral part of achieving organizational growth and creating change. This course equips future leaders with the tools and techniques to approach complex problems with a human-centric perspective and turn great ideas into actionable solutions. With design thinking, you can learn how to support your team members better, move plans into action, and improve your products and services.



Successfully guide your team into new territory by becoming a more effective and empathetic leader.

Next year, Nexus will host a leadership webinar series. Speakers from various industries and backgrounds will share their expertise with leaders seeking growth. Open to anyone looking to strengthen their leadership, the webinars will focus on a variety of topics, including humble leadership, leading change, DEI, negotiation, empathy mapping, and more. More information will be available in the coming months. 

FALL 2024


Strengthen your project management knowledge and prepare yourself to confidently lead results-driven projects.

Beginning in the fall of 2024, Nexus instructors Nicole Friedberg and Pat Hammett, PhD will lead several online courses focused on project management. Course topics will range from an introduction to project management, a deeper dive into the fundamentals, and a more advanced look at technical project management. More information will be available in the coming months.

Returning Courses

Your favorite Nexus courses are returning in 2024. Learn about some of the featured courses below.

July 29 - Aug 3, 2024 & Aug 5-9, 2024


Learn how to design systems and products to make them more effective for human use.

The Human Factors Engineering course is a hands-on, multidisciplinary training program that provides essential system design experience for anyone looking to solve a wide range of human factors engineering and ergonomics problems. Students will study people’s interactions with technology and environments to create system designs that maximize productivity and safety. Explore course content through engaging lectures, interactive workshops, seminars, and more. 

Week 1: March 25-29, 2024


Optimize operations to dramatically reduce time from customer order to product delivery.

A long-standing favorite, the Lean Manufacturing course teaches essential principles of Lean theory through real-world applications and industry-specific examples. Students will learn the skills and strategies to increase efficiency, reduce unnecessary waste, and enhance overall quality in manufacturing processes. Learn from expert lectures, case studies, exercises, and simulations to acquire the knowledge needed to enhance productivity and increase customer satisfaction.

May 22-24, 2024


Discover a transformative approach to urban development using resilient and sustainable thinking.

Back by popular demand, the Scenario Planning for Urban Futures course will return in 2024! Participants will gather in a collaborative environment to learn valuable insights on methods and techniques for creating resilient and sustainable communities. Through an examination of theory, review of case studies, and interactive activities, participants can discover the value of envisioning multiple scenarios to prepare for uncertain futures. 

APR 12-14, 2024 / OCT 23-24, 2024


Propel improvement efforts forward by reframing daily work and becoming a change agent in your organization.

The Kata Mindset course is also making a return in 2024! Try discovering new pathways and propel organizational improvement through routines and scientific thinking. This course equips students with the skills and tools to connect frontline work with the highest organizational objectives. As a leader, learn to reframe problems into challenges aligned with clear strategic priorities and break them into actionable patterns for your team.

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