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Mini-MBA Program

Mini-MBA Program - registration closed
Dates/Times: 10 Tuesdays, April 8 - June 10, 2014, 6-9pm
Location: Marylhurst University
Cost: $1,899, noncredit, includes materials and parking
30 contact hours, 3.0 CEUs

The Marylhurst Mini-MBA Program is a ten-week, one night a week program where you learn essential management and leadership skills to lead change effectively 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 want to gain business acumen. Participants earn a 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.

We launched the program in fall 2013 and are pleased to announce our second program offering in spring 2014. Registration is now open.

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 - April 8, 2014, 6-9pm
Organizational Leadership and Culture, with Tonia Twigger
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 - April 15, 6-9pm
Effective Workplace Communications, with Mary Bradbury-Jones
Learn about communication styles and how to more effectively facilitate groups and coach individuals in the workplace.

Week 3 - April 22, 6-9pm
Leading High Performance Teams, with Celina Ratliff
Gain skills for leading cross-functional teams, team meetings and working with challenging team members.

Week 4 - April 29, 6-9pm
Marketing and Branding, with Pete Wright
Become conversant in marketing language and techniques to engage more effectively on marketing issues.

Week 5 - May 6, 6-9pm
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 - May 13, 6-9pm
Process and Project Management, with Ron Sarazin
Understand work process techniques to plan and execute work effectively and systematically.

Week 7 - May 20, 6-9pm
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 - May 27, 6-9pm
Statistical Thinking and Decision Making, with Candace Sorenson
Understand how to use data to drive better management level decisions, including key statistical terms and methods.

Week 9 - June 3, 6-9pm
Financial Statement Analysis, TBA
Learn the fundamentals of how money works in organizations and how to converse more effectively with financial and senior management.

Week 10 - June 10, 6-9pm
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.

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.

Candace Sorenson is currently adjunct faculty at Marylhurst University. She comes from a career in the telecommunications industry, primarily in financial systems and contract administration. She has also been a board member for several non-profit agencies. She has undergraduate and graduate degrees in psychology, from the University of Washington and Antioch University, respectively. She began her career in higher education in 1998 as adjunct faculty at Antioch University and City University of Seattle where she earned the 2003 President's Distinguished Instructor Award. She became Senior Faculty/Program Coordinator at City University in 2001 and was responsible for two graduate programs (Masters in Teaching and Masters of Arts in Counseling Psychology) on the Olympic Peninsula. She has taught statistics at the undergraduate and graduate levels for 12 years and is a member of the American Quality Society.

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.

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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