Certificate in
LGBTQ Leadership

Certificate Description

Certificate Cost: $400 for each seminar

Designed for mission-driven individuals, aspiring leaders, teachers, and community activists committed to allying with LGBTQ communities, the Certificate in LGBTQ Leadership will CONNECT you to mission-driven LGBTQ thought leaders and organizations while you DEVELOP the skills to ignite positive social transformation.

Through an accelerated six-month program + internship, be empowered to apply your learning and accelerate your passion to change the world. Work on a mentored community project of your choosing, as well as glean from cohort feedback and collaboration.

Working with LGBTQ communities does take specialized training and whether completing the entire certificate or just one module, you will immediately gain wisdom and begin to get things done.

Seminar Facilitators

Sam Brinton

The Trevor Project, Washington, DC, Legal Issues & Advocacy

Rev. Marian Edmonds-Allen

Parity, New York City, NY, Family Acceptance

Caitlin Ryan, PhD, ACSW

Family Acceptance Project, San Francisco, CA, Family Acceptance

Rev. Cedric Harmon

Many Voices, Washington, DC, Spiritual Care & Pastoral Care

Peter Goldblum, PhD, MPH

Professor Emeritus and past Director of Clinical Training at the Pacific Graduate School of Psychology at Palo Alto University

Annanda Barclay

Associate Pastor, First Presbyterian Palo Alto

Erin Swenson, ThM, PhD

Marriage and Family Therapist, Atlanta, GA, Status of Conversion Therapy in the US and globally

Bishop Tonyia Rawls

Freedom Center for Social Justice

Randal Miller

Lead Consultant, Oaktown Consulting, Oakland, CA

Urooj Arshad

Advocates for Youth

Sean Saxton

City of Refuge / Brothers Rising / Kaiser Permanente

Ryan Thoreson J.D. Ph.D.

Researcher in the LGBT rights program at Human Rights Watch and Cover-Lowenstein Fellow, Yale Law School, New Haven, CT

Certificate Details

Certificate Details

Just 6 seminars– 3 required, 3 of your choosing, plus an internship– in 6 months. Online, global, interactive, and synchronous. Never canned. Gain understanding of the key issues that face the LGBTQ community. Discover the key challenges and benefits of an intersectional approach to leadership. Discuss what it means to create safe spaces in particular contexts. Learn about the shifts in understanding and respecting gender variance. Hear affirming faith leaders explore the place of religion and spirituality in equality work. Analyze social change work through community based activism Acquire understanding of the global landscape for LGBTQ human rights. Secure insights into fundraising and nonprofit development.


$2,400 for the complete certificate. $400 per module


The Certificate in LGBTQ Leadership was designed for  mission-driven individuals. aspiring leaders. teachers. and community activists committed to allying with LGBTQ communities.


Seminar participants meet over the Internet using browser-based conferencing software.


January to September 2020


See individual modules and intensives for times.


Online modules are delivered through the Zoom conferencing system on the Internet. These meetings are live / synchronous. All participants are visible to each other and engage in the conversations through the system.

Ready to Ignite Social Change

Supported in conversation with people from all walks of life, each person who passes through the Applied Wisdom Institute learns how to connect, engage and restore the person who needs the unique support that they alone provide.  Complete this Certificate in LGBTQ Leadership and turn your vision of a better world into reality.