WMU expands programs for business executives to learn new skills

Contact: Alyssa Benson

Photo of business executives.KALAMAZOO, Mich.—A new program offered through the Haworth College of Business at Western Michigan University will help business executives develop leadership skills and manage top talent.

The Emerging Leaders Development Program runs Monday, April 10, through Thursday, April 13.

Emerging Leaders Development Program

The program focuses on developing leadership skills for managing top talent and driving results in a rapidly changing world. Program attendees will learn how to manage personality traits in their teams and themselves and build emotional intelligence skills, as well as learn more about joint business planning, social networking, sustainable business practices and more.

The cost of attending is $4,995 and includes lodging, breakfast, lunch and two evening events. Registration is limited to 25 participants.

"Participants in the Emerging Leaders program will have the opportunity to customize the program to fit their individual needs," says Bob Samples, instructor of marketing and director of the program. "The program offers a variety of tracks to ensure everyone receives the best possible experience."

More information and registration can be found at wmich.edu/foodmarketing/emergingleaders. Questions can be directed to Samples at robert.samples@wmich.edu.


The Emerging Leaders program is just the latest example of workforce development programs designed to arm professionals with new insights and skills taking shape at the Haworth College of Business.

"The college is pleased to offer a variety of workshops for executives and business professionals seeking new insights," says Dr. Satish Deshpande, interim dean at the Haworth College of Business. "Professionals in all industries can benefit from the additional training these programs offer."

Workshops from WMU's Center for Integrated Supply Management focus on developing a supply chain professional or organization at the highest level. Offerings include an advanced purchasing certificate, a certificate in warehouse design, material handling and operations, a certificate in operations supervision and leadership, and Lean Six Sigma Green Belt certification.

"We intentionally take a more holistic approach with the aim of truly transforming a company over a period of one to two years through education and applied projects," says Ken Jones, director of education and applied solutions. "Unlike the vast majority of comparable executive education programs, we create customized workshops to serve small to mid-sized companies, and develop in those companies best practice capabilities."

Courses take place throughout the late winter and into spring.

More information can be found at wmich.edu/supplychain/center/solutionsworkshops or by contacting Jones at kenneth.e.jones@wmich.edu.

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