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Butler Executive Education

Design Thinking Certificate



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Interactive. Self-paced. Practical.




Individual and corporate rates are available.


Bridging the gap between left-brain and right-brain, Design Thinking helps professionals and their teams to innovate and execute new ideas. Butler’s Executive Education Design Thinking Certificate offers an effective learning method for this human-centered approach to building businesses and products. While we can tell you Butler’s Lacy School of Business is nationally ranked and recognized, Executive Education measures its impact in the field – among talented business professionals. Many certificate programs simply supply information. Our certificate programs mirror Butler’s belief in experiential education. On this basis, our Design Thinking Certificate provides a toolkit to actually apply concepts and walk students through live projects. Cost for five modules is $1,990 (ask us about our payment plan). Upon completion of all modules, certificate recipients receive a printed and digital Design Thinking badge.  Enroll now to get started.


The rate of change and disruption continues to accelerate. Organizations understand they need to evolve to keep up with changes brought on by technology, generational preferences, and other societal changes. Design thinking provides a framework and methods for transformational change.

                                                                           — Sara McGuyer, Principal, Yes and Yonder

Design Thinking Methodology

Design thinking is a problem-solving approach that provides the tools, thought-processes, and practices to create innovation. Applicable across any industry and profession, design thinking is proven to answer the “what” and “how” in order to develop a successful outcome in challenging situations.    

design thinking inquire
  • Understand the needs of stakeholders.
  • Listen before solving.
  • Use a variety of qualitative methods.
Design thinking imagine
  • Develop insights and themes.
  • Define the opportunity.
  • Create a range of possible solutions.
Design thinking invent
  • Build early drafts or prototypes.
  • Test the prototype to get feedback.
  • Incorporate feedback to improve the solution.
Design thinking implement
  • Plan for delivery, marketing, and tactical work.
  • Incorporate your typical project management process.
  • Launch.

Design Thinking Certificate Outcomes

Individuals who master this process become better creative thinkers and leaders in solving complex challenges that help organizations evolve and stay relevant. Organizations like Apple, Tesla, and Amazon use design thinking to innovate and build teams that can effectively use both creativity and logic, to define business products and services. 

  • Design thinking fundamentals and practical application
  • How to coach teams to use design thinking to generate more innovative solutions
  • Measuring end-user needs and testing offerings against a marketplace
  • How design thinking can impact annual business planning
  • Staying agile with solutions: when and how to pivot implementation strategies