Executive Education

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.

Spring 2019 Courses

Navigating from Strategy to Results

Leadership Essentials for Supervisors and Managers

Creative Thinking and Problem Solving

Developing an Integrated Marketing Plan

The Language of Business: Accounting for Decision Making


Navigating from Strategy to Results

with Michelle LaVallee

Friday, April 5, 2019; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Turning strategy into results is challenging and most organizations admit that they don’t do it very well. In fact, many organizations avoid strategic planning because past plans sit on shelves in dusty three-ring binders. To execute your strategy successfully, it must be the focus of every person in your organization. It is up to you as a leader to create, monitor, and reward that focus. You can create a strategic framework that engages your team and provides an actionable guidepost to show results. Come away knowing how to properly create, execute and monitor your plan, from start to finish and leave with a template and method to enable accountability for achieving results.

Learn how to:

  • Create the building blocks of a good strategic plan, beginning with your company’s vision, mission and values.
  • Analyze your strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats (SWOT) to help establish the critical initiatives and goals to drive your strategy. 
  • Establish the key performance indicators (KPIs) that are essential to traction and accountability,
  • Determine which team members will lead your initiatives.

Who should attend?

Leaders who know they should spend time developing their strategy and need help getting started. Leaders and managers who need to understand both the big picture of their business strategy and the tactics to get it done. Managers who are responsible for creating their department’s strategy and producing results.

Registration Fee: $595 – special pricing available

Discounts Available: Contact execed@usd.edu for details.

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What did people say about executive education?

It is great that you offer these courses to local business professionals. It is important to remember that our learning does not stop when we finish school. We can always be educated on how to be better leaders for our organizations.

I really appreciated that this was taught at the university level. The handbook was very helpful and it is written in such a way that I can quickly find tricks and tips to use in my daily work.


I feel like the information was very informative and relayed very effectively. It forced introverts like myself to test out what we learned rather than just sitting back and watching.

 


Leadership Essentials for Supervisors and Managers

with Stephanie McGovern

Tuesday and Wednesday, April 9 and 10, 2019; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Unleash your power and create an environment where people want to and can contribute their best work. The transition to leading other employees and departments demands new skills and approaches. Learn how to motivate your employees to discover their true capabilities, and you will lead with success and confidence.

Learn how to:

  • Leverage your supervisory or management style to achieve results
  • Create a positive, productive work environment 
  • Apply appropriate leadership strategies based on employee needs
  • Establish clear work expectations with employees, delegate and manage ongoing performance
  • Initiate performance improvement or development plans 
  • Have difficult conversations that produce productive outcomes

Who should attend:

This class is designed for new and experienced supervisors and managers who want to get up to speed quickly to lead their teams and organizations to success.

Fee: $995 – special pricing available

Discounts available: contact ExecEd@usd.edu for details.

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Creative Thinking and Problem Solving

with Greg Bertsch

Friday, April 26, 2019; 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

The new knowledge-based economy provides a competitive advantage to companies who continuously innovate and solve problems rapidly. This means that creative thinking is crucial for our business leaders across every functional area. A structured approach to innovative thinking and problem solving can jump-start ideas and short-circuit false starts while creating a culture that sustains long-term innovation. This holds true for companies of any size.

Learn new approaches that will help your company:

  • Implement structured innovation methods that lead to better decisions and more effective solutions to business problems.
  • Learn and apply customer-centric design thinking processes for creative problem solving.
  • Use proven Six Sigma tools to rapidly identify problem root cause, then implement and confirm effective solutions.
  • Foster creative thinking and overcome cultural barriers that stifle innovation.

Who should attend?

Leaders, managers, and consultants who want to develop creative thinking skills in themselves and their employees, and promote a culture of effective problem solving within their organizations.

Registration Fee: $595 – special pricing available

Discounts available: Contact ExecEd@usd.edu for details.

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Developing an Integrated Marketing Plan

with Emily Paulson

Friday, June 7, 2019; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Marketing strategy has become one of the most complex areas within a company. An integrated marketing strategy and plan can help you embrace the complexity and align all of your marketing activities around common sales and revenue goals. Integrated marketing helps to ensure that all messaging and communication strategies are unified across all channels and are centered around your customer. It means delivering great customer experience across any and every channel. It also means reconsidering your marketing processes, investing in new technology including social media and digital marketing; and creating entirely new, integrated strategies.

Learn how to:

  • Think about your company’s brand promise more holistically
  • Create a marketing strategy that ensures your products and services stay top of mind
  • Gain awareness of traditional and leading-edge marketing tactics
  • Engage and collaborate with others in your organization to ensure their buy-in and support for traditional and digital initiatives

Who should attend?

This course will be valuable for business owners and department managers that have had limited marketing resources in the past, and want to refine and refresh marketing practices through both external and internal resources.

Registration Fee: $595 – special pricing available

Discounts available: Contact ExecEd@usd.edu for details.

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The Language of Business: Accounting for Decision Making

with Matt Heard

Thursday, June 13, 2019; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

As a business leader, you are faced with countless production, marketing, human resource and financial decisions daily. These decisions can have a huge impact on your company and unless you understand the financial basics, you run the risk of poor decision-making.
Developing a sense of financial acumen will empower you and your employees to make strategic decisions that will benefit your organization. Even without access to the company’s complete financial statements, an understanding of what is monitored and what is important will help you and them become better stewards of the company’s resources, and to make more thoughtful decisions.

Learn how to:

  • Identify and understand how to interpret the key financial statements for any organization
  • Determine the factors and variables to use to make lease versus buy decisions
  • Recognize when it is most beneficial to finance a purchase versus paying with cash
  • Utilize financial information to make strategic business decisions
  • Develop a financial vocabulary so you can confidently talk to your employees, your CFO, and other financial service providers.
  • Understand basic business budgeting and cash flow forecasting.

Who should attend:

Ideal for new or current managers who need basic to mid-level financial analysis training to take their role to the next level.

Registration Fee: $595 – special pricing available

Discounts available: Contact ExecEd@usd.edu for details.

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Meet Your Program Faculty

Greg Bertsch

Greg Bertsch, Beacom faculty

Greg Bertsch, Ph.D., is President and CEO of Antimicrobial Materials, Inc., a biotech company developing new disease-fighting compounds. He also serves as a faculty member within the USD Beacom School of Business Department of Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Throughout his career, Greg has held leadership positions with private sector companies including Ford Motor Co., The Behr Group, and Adams Thermal Systems, and worked extensively with Lean Six Sigma methods. Much of Greg’s experience has focused on biomedical and automotive industries. Greg’s academic credentials include a Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering and an MS in Mechanical Engineering.

Michelle Lavalle, beacom faculty

Michelle LaVallee

Michelle M. LaVallee, M.B.A., is a seasoned, senior-level strategist with experience in six industry verticals including hospitality, healthcare, manufacturing, and banking. She led the University of South Dakota’s rebranding efforts as vice president of student services and chief marketing officer. Marketing, brand messaging, strategic planning, crisis communications, issues management, growth strategies and customer experience are core competencies. She has held extensive leadership positions throughout the community and currently serves on the boards of the Sioux Falls Development Foundation, the USD Beacom School of Business Advisory Council, and the Downtown Sioux Falls Marketing Committee. She is an adjunct faculty member for the Beacom School of Business Executive Education.

Emily Paulson

Emily Paulson

Emily Paulson, M.B.A., is an instructor of marketing at the Beacom School of Business. Her previous work experience includes business strategy and marketing in various industries, ranging from healthcare, web and digital marketing to hospitality. Coupled with her experience in theater and improvisation comedy, her teaching style engages students and translates into actionable insights. Her research interests include integrated marketing strategy and communications.

Stephanie McGovern

Stephanie McGovern

Stephanie McGovern, MAIR, is an adjunct instructor at the Beacom School of Business Executive Education. She works with individuals andorganizations in a variety of industries 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’s collaborative approach, practical orientation and sense of humor make her easy and enjoyable to work with. In addition, she finds cost-effective ways for teams and leaders to improve results.

Matt HeardMatthew Heard, Beacom faculty

Matthew Heard, M.B.A., was a long-term care facility administrator before coming to the University of South Dakota as a budget specialist in the finance office. He was bitten by the teaching bug and began his current role of teaching accounting and finance courses at the Beacom School of Business in 2018. Matt’s expertise includes using financial information for strategic decision making, developing budgets, and preparing financial statements for highly regulated complex organizations.


Location

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

10% discount if you register at least 30 days before the course begins.

Registration

Register and pay online with a credit card. Contact Linda Halliburton at 605-658-6533 for information about invoicing and group registration.

10% savings for USD alumni and Prairie Family Business Association Members. Group pricing for 3 or more people from the same organization – call for details. Bundle multiple special pricing options for a total of up to 25% savings.

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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 SCHOOL OF BUSINESS
Beacom Hall 127A
(605) 274-9519
Linda.Halliburton@usd.edu
For Registration Assistance
Continuing & Distance Education
DIVISION OF CONTINUING & DISTANCE EDUCATION
(605) 658-6140
cde@usd.edu