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Mini-MBA Program

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Dates/Times: Tuesdays, October 7 - December 9, 6-9pm each evening
Location: Willow Room, Commons, Marylhurst University
Cost: $1,999, noncredit, includes materials and parking
30 contact hours, 3.0 CEUs

Special Offer: Use the code MU20 at online registration check-out and save 20% off the course fee. Discount deadline is end of day September 30.

The Marylhurst Mini-MBA Program is a ten-week, one-night-a-week opportunity to learn essential management and leadership skills for driving change in your organization.

The Mini-MBA features core faculty from our School of Business along with select adjunct instructors. Each session focuses on one core management and leadership topic common to an MBA program.

The Mini-MBA is designed for working adults of in a variety of industries and roles, who need to increase their level of business acumen. Participants earn a noncredit Mini-MBA certificate of completion upon successfully completing the program. You will exit the program armed with new business knowledge as well as tools and skills for managing and leading more effectively.

Register now for the fall 2014 Mini-MBA.

What past students are saying about the Mini-MBA at Marylhurst:

"I learned strategies for asking more and better questions. I also feel like I have a much more clear sense of the management and leadership roles I need to play, and how to do that."

"I enjoyed learning about things that directly relate to my work, and other things that help me understand my organization more completely."

Program pre-work

All participants in the Mini-MBA will complete an online version of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator prior to the first session in April. This assessment is included in the program cost. Participants receive a unique report of their results, which are reviewed as part of the first program session.

Program Modules

Week 1 - October 7
Organizational Leadership and Culture, with Paul Spindel
Kick off the program with a look at the different skills of managing and leading, and how you will gain both in this ten week program. Learn about organizations and organizational culture, and get debriefed on the results of your Myers-Briggs profile.

Week 2 - October 14
Effective Workplace Communications, with Mary Bradbury-Jones
Learn how to put your Myers-Briggs results to work as an effective communicator. Leadership is all about communication, and you'll gain tools for coaching, listening and facilitating group input on critical topics, when you need to hear all sides and all opinions from your team.

Week 3 - October 21
Leading High Performance Teams, with Celina Ratliff
Gain skills for leading cross-functional teams, team meetings and working with challenging team members.

Week 4 - October 28
Marketing and Branding, with Pete Wright
Become conversant in marketing language and techniques to engage more effectively on marketing issues.

Week 5 - November 4
Strategic Thinking, with Paul Ventura
Gain an understanding of the role of strategic thinking and perspective in the manager's day-to-day duties.

Week 6 - November 11
Process and Project Management, with Ron Sarazin
Understand work process techniques to plan and execute work effectively and systematically.

Week 7 - November 18
Legal Issues: Contracts and Employment Law, with Fred Issacs

Learn to appreciate the legal implications of common management duties including vendor and client management, and employee supervision.

Week 8 - November 25
Statistical Thinking and Decision Making, with Anne Ruybalid
Understand how to use data to drive better management level decisions, including key statistical terms and methods.

Week 9 - December 2
Financial Statement Analysis, with Dorian Simpson
Learn the fundamentals of how money works in organizations and how to converse more effectively with financial and senior management.

Week 10 - December 9
Leadership and Change, with Tonia Twigger
Learn how driving change in organizations demands that you step up as a leader and not just as a manager.

Mini-MBA Program Instructors:

Mary Bradbury-Jones became dean of Marylhurst's School of Business in 2011, overseeing on-campus and online MBA programs, as well as undergraduate programs in business and real estate. Since 2006 she has directed the university's five accelerated online degree programs, taking them from launch to their current enrollments of nearly 700 students representing every state and many other countries. Prior to coming to Marylhurst, Mary served as a program manager at the University of Phoenix and held several leadership positions in the financial industry, specializing in strategic planning, leadership and team development, and change management.

Fred Isaacs has been a full-time associate faculty member in the Marylhurst Master of Business Administration program since 2008, and has taught at Marylhurst since 2000. He is an attorney with a legal consulting practice, specializing in assisting other lawyers with civil appeals before the U.S. Supreme Court and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Celina Ratliff is an independent HR executive, most recently vice president of human resources at Marylhurst University. Prior to joining her time at Marylhurst, Ratliff served as chief human resources officer for the Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center. She specializes in employee engagement initiatives among other things, and is expert at group process and facilitation.

Anne Ruybalid supports both private and non-profit sector organizations to make better decisions based on data. Her work focuses on alignment, dashboards, market research, budgeting, technology implementation, performance management and impact measurement. Anne's current projects include leading a team at the YMCA of Greater Seattle, working as a partner at a market research firm, and working on Marylhurst's adjunct faculty team. Anne earned her BA from Emory University her MBA from the University of Washington, where she was a regular contributor to Business Week's online MBA Journals. Anne has completed post-MBA work in the Executive Education program at Harvard University.

Ron Sarazin is principal of Olympic Performance, a firm specializing in teaching and helping organizations to build efficient operations that align with organizational strategies. He is a long time instructor around project and process management issues. Ron was a reviewer for the Malcolm Baldridge award in years past and is author of the book Action with Traction, connecting organizational strategy to the projects and processes that ensure success.

Dorian Simpson is founder of Planning Innovations and a product development and innovation expert. Dorian is the author of the upcoming book, The 30 Day Corporate Innovator: Key Strategies to Move Big Ideas through the Corporate Chaos. He is also lead instructor in our product development program, The Professional Innovator. Before starting his training and consulting practice, Dorian held key positions at Motorola and AT&T in product management, sales, marketing, business development, and engineering.  Dorian holds a BSEE from Northwestern University and an MBA from the University of San Diego.

Paul Spindel is an experienced HR executive with companies like Marriott and Nike, who for more than the last decade has devoted his professional life to consulting and teaching on group process issues. Paul is passionate about speaking ones truth in the workplace, helping you align your values and decisions so that you're pointed to your "true north." He is expert in motivating people to perform better, and has a range of strategies for dealing with difficult people and situations managers must take on. When he's not pushing himself to climb Mt. Hood or ride in Cycle Oregon, Paul leads workshops that help people with career transitions and creating the lives they want most.

Tonia Twigger is an experienced professional and instructor, having work in the manufacturing and high tech industries among others, and a teacher and trainer for her entire career. She specializes in leadership, organizational culture and change issues, and she is certified Myers-Briggs Type Indicator facilitator. She holds and M.S. in Educational/Instructional Technology from the University of Oregon.

Paul Ventura is the chair of the MBA in Sustainable Business at Marylhurst University's School of Business. Paul teaches courses in strategic leadership, modeling and decision making, and principles of sustainability in both the on-campus and online green MBA programs. He also oversees the capstone project that all students complete at the end of their MBA coursework. Paul earned both bachelor of arts and master of science degrees from the University of Pittsburgh.

Pete Wright is a photographer, designer, and broadcaster in Portland, Oregon. He has spent the last 20 years in the media business; first as a journalist, writer, and reporter, then as a corporate marketing and public relations specialist for the largest for-profit education concern in the U.S. Pete has served as adjunct faculty with Marylhurst School of Business since 2006, teaching courses in business, media, popular culture, and marketing management in both the undergraduate and MBA programs.

Program cancellation policy: The Professional Development Center offers full refund of program fees up to and through the first session of the Mini-MBA program.

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