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University launches Executive Education professional development programs for senior leaders

Thursday, August 24, 2017

MANHATTAN – Kansas State University Global Campus wants to help business executives create high-performing organizations.

That's the aim of Executive Education by Kansas State University, a new series of professional programs designed exclusively for senior leaders of organizations, launching in fall 2017.

The programs will use experts, case studies, peer group discussions, self-reflection and coaching to provide an optimal learning experience. Designed as both a personal and strategic retreat for executives, the programs will provide the chance to escape the constraints of participants' daily routines and discover a fresh, big picture perspective. Each Executive Education program will explore, teach and utilize proven leadership competencies.

The first program, The Executive Coach, launches Sept. 28 and is targeted to high-level executives desiring to take themselves and their organizations to the next level through proven and innovative leadership methods.

Executive Education by Kansas State University is a special collaboration between K-State Global Campus and Aspen Business Group. These programs are designed for high-level executives, middle managers and emerging business leaders. Each program consists of 12 one-day sessions, meeting quarterly over a three-year period in Manhattan.

"This is a rare opportunity to plan for the future, target critical goals and strategize the optimal execution of our objectives to achieve genuine growth," said Russell Disberger, owner of Aspen Business Group and facilitator of the program. "It's a chance to gain new insights from executives in other industries and from other parts of the country. Participants will come away with prioritized, concrete action steps, new tools and capabilities, and a plan for the next 90 days."

Participants are selected by the Executive Education staff to ensure a good fit with the program and a diverse group of executives from a variety of disciplines and industries.

Each workshop features a subject matter expert from private industry or the Kansas State University faculty. The program features round-table discussions with opportunities to network within the group, as well as a dedicated coach who will provide one-on-one accountability sessions between workshops. This allows the skills learned to be integrated directly into the participants' business operations.

"The program is designed to use lectures, business simulations and small-group discussions to foster collaboration with peers from various functions, industries and backgrounds," Disberger said. "As a result, participants will develop relationships that continue long after the program ends."

Executive Education by Kansas State University is a collaborative effort between the public and private sectors to create an educational experience that stands out among other one-day workshops and programs that often fail to achieve long-term impact.

More information and the online program application are available at exec.k-state.edu. The application deadline for the first session is Sept. 14.

Sources: Jeff Wolfe, 785-532-2566, jwolfe17@k-state.edu; Russell Disberger, russell@aspenbusinessgroup.com
Written by: Grant Guggisberg, 785-532-2969, grantg@k-state.edu
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