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Take Your Business Further

Impactful training that will give you the edge in your industry.

As the flagship business school in the state, we are committed to helping businesses in the state and region recruit and retain high-quality business professionals. Our executive program initiative aims to provide training opportunities to working professionals and senior executives in the state in order to make businesses achieve higher productivity and enhance their competitiveness.

Fall 2017 Courses

Leadership and Communication

Project Management

Process Improvement - Rescheduled for spring 2018


Leadership and Communication

Developing High Performing Teams with Stephanie McGovern

Friday, September 29, 2017; 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

In today’s fast changing world, every organization needs teamwork to develop innovative solutions to complex challenges. Creating teamwork, however, is more difficult than it sounds. In this course, you will learn the basic building blocks of creating a high performing team that can be applied to new and existing teams. Whether your team is an ongoing or a project based team, you will learn how to increase its effectiveness with building blocks, tools and skills that create and sustain high performance.

Who should attend:

Those who will benefit from this course include managers, program and project leaders, supervisors, team leaders and individual contributors who wish to lead high performing teams.

After this course, you will be able to:

  • Discern between a work group and a real team
  • Identify the building blocks of creating and sustaining high performing teams
  • Apply tools and skills to be an effective team leader
  • Quickly assess team strengths and areas for improvement
  • Identify team roles needed for effective team performance
  • Assess and improve team meeting effectiveness
  • Establish an action plan for improving team effectiveness

Fee: $595

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Process Improvement

Lean Management: Create Profit in Any Industry with Dan Tracy

Friday, November 3 and 10, 2017; 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Rescheduled for spring 2018

In today’s competitive environment, it is essential for products and services to provide a significant value proposition for customers. Improving this value proposition requires a process focus with an emphasis on process improvement. The key to effective process improvement is to strategically focus improvements in areas that will have the most impact on the areas that create value for customers. Two methodologies that are ideally suited to this pursuit are the Theory of Constraints and Lean Management. Used together, this combination results in processes that are highly effective in providing value, while dramatically increasing profit and competitive advantage. This understanding will enable managers at all organizational levels to initiate, manage and sustain a lean culture that results in highly profitable process improvement initiatives.

Who should attend:

Those who will benefit from this course include managers at any organizational level, process improvement champions, continuous improvement team leaders and small business owners.

After this course, you will be able to:

  • Understand basic Theory of Constraints and Lean Management concepts, and how to apply them to your own business
  • Demonstrate the dramatic financial impact that successful lean implementation can have in any industry
  • Understand basic lean tools and how to use them
  • Recognize the challenges of lean implementation and culture change
  • Influence internal support for your lean efforts
  • Brainstorm how to get your firm to begin its lean journey

Fee: $995

Project Management

Foundations of Project Management with Tom Martin

Thursday, October 12 and October 19, 2017; 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Most people have been involved with projects and have experienced the highs and lows. What makes some projects and some project leaders more successful than others? How can you make sure your projects are delivered on time, under budget and with happy stakeholders? They key is understanding and applying formal project management principles. In this course, you will be introduced to the knowledge, skills, tools and techniques for completing a project on time, within budget and meeting quality requirements. You’ll learn topics such as project scope, resource requirements, estimation of time requirements and the identification, development and evaluation of budgets, risks and critical milestones. The foundational skills and techniques will help you manage your own projects or contribute as a member of a project team.

Who should attend:

This course will be helpful to managers, supervisors or team leaders who are new to project management or haven’t had any formal training in project management, associates who are or will be part of a project team and anyone interested in learning more about project management.

After this course, you will be able to:

  • Recognize the phases of Project Management
  • Understand the steps of planning and scheduling a project
  • Understand how to function as a leader or member of a project team
  • Apply core business functions to analytical decision-making
  • Identify risks and how to mitigate them
  • Know how to manage a project budget

Fee: $995

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Negotiating for Added Value with Tyler Custis

Friday, October 27, 2017; 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Effective negotiation skills are important in both informal day-to-day interactions and formal transactions. They contribute significantly to success, as they help you build better relationships, deliver lasting, quality solutions and help you avoid future problems and conflicts. Most successful business leaders throughout the world have had to master the art of negotiating to get accomplish their goals. Although everyone negotiates in some form, very few people have taken the time to fine tune their negotiating style and learn new techniques to successfully prevent and resolve conflict. This program is beneficial for professionals looking to be more effective in their negotiation strategy. It will help you learn and practice different approaches to negotiation.

Who should attend:

This course will be particularly helpful for those who manage supplier or vendor relationships, source products and services, hire new employees or negotiate salary.

After this course, you will be able to:

  • Understand key negotiation strategies and tactics
  • Become familiar with BATNA and ZOPA frameworks
  • Establish negotiables and trade-offs
  • Actively manage conflict in negotiation and adopt appropriate communication techniques
  • Negotiate utilizing problem solving methodologies

Fee: $595

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Meet Your Program Faculty

Stephanie McGovern
Stephanie McGovern

Stephanie McGovern

Stephanie works with leaders and teams to unleash and align the power of people to achieve results. She works with individuals and organizations to access the untapped potential of leaders and teams, improve individual and team performance, increase trust levels between groups and with leadership and improve customer satisfaction. Stephanie holds a Master’s Degree in Industrial Relations from the University of Minnesota and a coaching certification through the Hudson Institute of Santa Barbara.

Dr. Dan Tracy
Dan Tracy

Dan Tracy

Dan is a Professor of Decision Sciences with a passion for operations and lean management. The combination of education, teaching and professional experience has fostered his activity in consulting for the past seventeen years. He has provided consulting services for nine firms yielding over $7 million in first year profits. His students have completed lean projects for over 150 organizations yielding over $80 million in first year profits.

Tom Martin
Tom Martin

Tom Martin

Tom’s teaching expertise is augmented by nearly 22 years of worldwide service in the U.S. Army. His students benefit from his practical leadership experience in operations and logistics, supply chain management, project management and other areas. In addition, Tom works with various organizations on projects designed to improve their processes and profitability. Tom holds a Master of Science degree in Logistics Management from Florida Institute of Technology.

Tyler Custis
Tyler Custis

Tyler Custis

After founding and selling an English training company in Taipei, Tyler returned to South Dakota and earned Juris Doctor and Master of Business Administration degrees. He loves international environments and strives to broaden his horizons and understand the world better. An entrepreneurial thinker and doer, he enjoys the process of creating or impacting organizations to make a difference. Tyler is a purposeful teacher who loves working with people who want to learn and grow.


The University Center – Sioux Falls is conveniently located at the corner of 60th St. North and Career Avenue. This is just west of Interstate 29 at exit 83.

 Map and Directions

Parking Information

Ample free parking is available at the University Center. Park in any undesignated space in the open lots.

Early Registration Discount

Receive a discount of 10 percent for registration by September 11.


Register and pay online with a credit card. For easy group registration or to be invoiced, download the form and return it via email, fax or mail. Registration fees include all program materials, lunch and refreshments.

A discount of 10 percent for employees of non-profit organizations, members of Prairie Family Business Association and University of South Dakota faculty and staff.

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Cancellation Policy

We understand that schedules can change. If you need to cancel your course registration, you have options. Transfer your registration to another course for no additional fee. Transfer your registration to another person for no additional fee. Cancel no later than five business days before the class for a refund less a 10% processing fee.

Contact Us

Name Department & Office Contact
For More Information
Linda Halliburton
Director, Graduate Business & Executive Education Programs
Beacom Hall 127A
(605) 274-9519
For Registration Assistance
Continuing & Distance Education
(605) 658-6140