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For the executive in training: these leadership and career advancement programs are among the best in class.

IN TODAY'S GLOBAL ECONOMY, WHERE COMPETITIVE advantage reigns, successful firms rely heavily on the intellectual capital of their executive leadership to manage resources, reorganize departments, forecast trends, and take competitive risks. To develop and enhance such competencies, a growing number of companies are enrolling their managers in executive education programs. These courses are intended to help participants put effective, collaborative methods of leadership to work in their organizations.

BLACK ENTERPRISE researched the top schools with course offerings designed to advance the careers of professionals and executives. The following list highlights the best executive business-education programs nationwide.
Top Business Programs

Program Details

Leadership and Fee: $4,950; $5,950
Influence; Women's Dates: March 26-30;
Leadership at April 30-May 4, 2007
Points of Transition Contact: 800-882-3932;
School: Babson College

Program for Fee: $26,500
Executives Dates: Call for dates
 Contact: 412-268-2304;
School: Tepper School of http://business.tepper.
Carnegie Mellon University

Fundamentals of Fee: $17,950;
Management; $7,550/$8,950 (nonresidential
Emerging Leader /residential)
Development Dates: March 18-30 and
 Sept. 16-28; April 2-6 and
School: Columbia Sept. 30-Oct. 5, 2007
Business School, Contact: 212-854-3395;
Columbia University

Tuck Executive Fee: $29,250
Program Dates: July 21-Aug. 10,
School: Tuck School of Contact: 603-646-2839;
Dartmouth College exec/

Strategic Decision Fee: $6,200
Making and Dates: Oct. 1-5, 2007
Critical Thinking Contact: 607-255-4251;
School: The Johnson xeced/programs/stratdec.
School, Cornell University html

Advanced Fee: $28,500; $16,000
Management Program; Dates: April 29-May
The Management 11/June 17-29 (session
Challenge I/session II); April
 15-20/June 3-8, 2007 (ses-
School: The Fuqua School sion I/session II)
of Business, Contact: 800-372-3932;
Duke University

Leadership Best Fee: $9,500; $7,000
Practices; Dates: March 12-16;
The Women's April 29-May 3, 2007
Leadership Forum Contact: 617-495-6555;
School: Harvard Business
School, Harvard University

Managing the Fee: $8,900
Extended Supply Dates: April 15-20 and
Chain Nov. 11-16, 2007
 Contact: 617-253-7166;
School: Sloan School of
Management, Massachu- execed
setts Institute of Technology

Energizing People Fees: $8,250; $3,300
for Performance; Dates: April 29-May 4
The Soul of Leadership and Nov. 11-16; May
 30-June 1 and Oct. 1-3, 2007
School: Kellogg School of Contact: 847-467-7000;
Management, www.kellogg.northwest
Northwestern University

Executive Fee: $15,000
Management Dates: April l-6, May
Program 6-11, Oct. 14-19, and Nov.
School: SMEAL College of Contact:
Business, www.smeal
Penn State University

African American Fee: $5,250
Leadership Dates: May 14-18, 2007
Institute Contact: 310-825-2001;
School: Anderson School
of Management, UCLA

The Executive Fee: $32,500
Program Dates: June 3-29, 2007
 Contact: 877-833-3974;
School: Darden School of
University of Virginia

Senior Executives Fee: $26,000; $3,600
Institute; Leadership Dates: Feb. 25-March 2,
Effectiveness March 25-30, April 29-May
Workshop 4, and June 3-8; April 11-13
 and Oct. 29-31, 2007
School: Kenan-Flagler Contact: 800-862-3932;
Business School,
University of North Carolina
at Chapel Hill

Executive Fee: $22,500
Development Dates: Feb. 11-23 and
Program May 6-18, 2007
 Contact: 800-255-3932;
School: The Wharton http://executiveeduca
School, University of

Certificate Fee: $1,192 (per credit hour)
Program Dates: Year-round
 Contact: 585-275-3533;
School: William E. Simon
Graduate School of Business
University of Rochester

Program Description

Leadership and The five-day program helps
Influence; Women's middle and senior managers
Leadership at enhance organizational skills;
Points of Transition the second course is designed
 for professional women tran-
School: Babson College sitioning or assuming increas-
 ing leadership responsibility.

Program for This four-week course coin-
Executives bines general management
 curriculum with personal
School: Tepper School of development.
Carnegie Mellon University

Fundamentals of The Fundamentals program
Management; is designed for executives who
Emerging Leader have been targeted to assume
Development significant managerial
 responsibilities; the Emerging
School: Columbia program helps accelerate
Business School, development as an executive
Columbia University and leader.

Tuck Executive This four-week course provides
Program senior executives with the crit-
 ical tools and best practices
School: Tuck School of needed to lead their enterprises
Business, to greater organizational effi-
Dartmouth College ciency and success.

Strategic Decision The one-week program helps
Making and managers master techniques
Critical Thinking in high-quality decision mak-
 ing and strategic planning.
School: The Johnson
School, Cornell University

Advanced The Advanced course provides
Management Program; senior executives with a
The Management framework for executing new
Challenge strategies and initiatives; the
 Challenge prepares managers
School: The Fuqua School for the complex demands of
of Business, organizational leadership.
Duke University

Leadership Best Best Practices teaches senior
Practices; executives techniques for
The Women's benchmarking and enhancing
Leadership Forum personal and companywide
 leadership; the Forum was cre-
School: Harvard Business ated to help influential busi-
School, Harvard University nesswomen better understand,
 manage, and leverage innova-
 tion in their organizations,
 careers, and lives.

Managing the This program helps partici-
Extended Supply pants manage the complexity
Chain of today's fluid network of
 suppliers and customers.
School: Sloan School of
Management, Massachu-
setts Institute of Technology

Energizing People The first course is designed so
for Performance; managers can help others
The Soul of Leadership unleash their performance
 potential; in the second, par-
School: Kellogg School of ticipants gain deeper under-
Management, standing of their leadership
Northwestern University aptitude.

Executive This two-week course helps
Management managers develop growth
Program strategies in three distinct
 areas: top-line, bottom-line,
School: SMEAL College of and individual growth.
Penn State University

African American This five-day program pro-
Leadership vides a forum to address key
Institute personal, interpersonal, and
 organizational issues that
School: Anderson School African Americans face as they
of Management, UCLA climb the corporate ladder.

The Executive The program is tailored to
Program meet the needs of executives
 and managers who have sig-
School: Darden School of nificant general management
Business, responsibilities and wish to
University of Virginia heighten their career success.

Senior Executives The Institute is for senior man-
Institute; Leadership agers leading fundamental
Effectiveness change in their organizations
Workshop or who have multifunctional
 responsibilities; the Workshop
School: Kenan-Flagler helps managers strengthen
Business School, their personal and organiza-
University of North Carolina tional effectiveness.
at Chapel Hill

Executive A two-week course, the pro-
Development gram is designed to increase
Program business skills and leadership
 capabilities of managers who
School: The Wharton lead key parts of their organi-
School, University of zation's business.

Certificate This career advancement pro-
Program gram is designed for busy pro-
 fessionals who can take five to
School: William E. Simon six designated M.B.A. courses
Graduate School of Business with the option of matriculat-
Administration, ing into the full-time program.
University of Rochester

Program Benefits

Leadership and Improve ability to articulate
Influence; Women's ideas, win critical team sup-
Leadership at port, motivate colleagues, and
Points of Transition resolve interdepartmental
 conflict; heighten skills at nego-
School: Babson College tiating, leading high-perfor-
 mance teams, and building
 external and internal networks

Program for Develop new skills in global
Executives marketing, strategic think-
 ing, operations, finance, and
School: Tepper School of team motivation through
Business, classroom learning and per-
Carnegie Mellon University sonal coaching

Fundamentals of Enhance communications
Management; and organizational proficiency
Emerging Leader through simulations, case dis-
Development cussions, and workshops;
 acquire skills for strategy for-
School: Columbia mulation, negotiation, conflict
Business School, resolution, and implementa-
Columbia University tion of cultural change

Tuck Executive Apply latest business insights
Program in financial analysis, market-
 ing, operations, and organi-
School: Tuck School of zational behavior/ develop
Business, new approaches to leading
Dartmouth College and managing change

Strategic Decision Increase ability to assess
Making and thinking styles of others and
Critical Thinking impact their decisions and
 performance within the
School: The Johnson company
School, Cornell University

Advanced Enhance competitive strate-
Management Program; gic thinking and financial
The Management acumen; cultivate skills in
Challenge strategic planning and devel-
 oping an entrepreneurial
School: The Fuqua School mindset
of Business,
Duke University

Leadership Best Strengthen management
Practices; skills through lectures, case
The Women's studies, and group interac-
Leadership Forum tions; explore new areas in
 entrepreneurship and moral
School: Harvard Business leadership
School, Harvard University

Managing the Gain knowledge of how to cre-
Extended Supply ate new ways of doing business,
Chain improve outsourcing processes,
 recognize opportunities for
School: Sloan School of aftermarket services, and
Management, Massachu- develop long-term customer
setts Institute of Technology and supplier relationships

Energizing People Learn effective workforce man-
for Performance; agement and motivational
The Soul of Leadership techniques; gain insight into
 group dynamics, loyalty, cre-
School: Kellogg School of ativity, vision, and security
Northwestern University

Executive Adopt tools to help identify
Management business growth opportunities,
Program implement new initiatives,
 enhance operational effective-
School: SMEAL College of ness, and develop a portfolio
Business, of leadership styles to address
Penn State University any complex situation-

African American Increase productivity, improve
Leadership leadership and organizational
Institute skills, manage change, and
 leverage mentors and other
School: Anderson School relationships
of Management, UCLA

The Executive Learn best practices in man-
Program agerial areas such as strategy
 planning, managing change,
School: Darden School of and team building, as well as
Business, in functional disciplines such
University of Virginia as operations, finance, mar-
 keting, and technology

Senior Executives Develop practical solutions to
Institute; Leadership manage innovation and drive
Effectiveness growth; learn to empower
Workshop people, foster effective team-
 work, and achieve personal
School: Kenan-Flagler growth
Business School,
University of North Carolina
at Chapel Hill

Executive Improve strategic decision
Development making, deepen understand-
Program ing of organizational dynamics,
 learn effective communication,
School: The Wharton increase knowledge of core
School, University of areas of business, and explore
Pennsylvania different management styles
 through hands-on strategy

Certificate Deepen knowledge base in spe-
Program cialized areas such as design
 organization, e-commerce
School: William E. Simon strategies, financial analysis,
Graduate School of Business and service management
University of Rochester
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