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Mini-MBA Program

Mini-MBA Program - registration closed
Winter 2016 dates TBA
Location: Marylhurst University
Cost: $1,999, noncredit, includes materials and parking
30 professional development hours

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.

Our Mini-MBA features core faculty from the Marylhurst University 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.

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 of the program. 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 - all sessions run 6-9pm

Week 1 
Organizational Leadership and Culture, with Tonia Twigger
The program kicks off with a look at the different skills of managing vs. leading, and how you will gain both over the course of the program. Participants will review the Myers-Briggs assessment and gain insight into their individual results. Discussion then moves into the nature of organizations and organizational culture, and the participant's role as day to day leader in the organization.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Myers-Briggs profile identification and analysis
  • Impact of organizational culture on company performance
  • Difference between managing and leading
  • Strategies for day-to-day leadership challenges in the workplace

Week 2 
Effective Workplace Communications, with Mary Bradbury-Jones
Leaders must be expert communicators for everything from building support for strategic initiatives to developing employee. Leaders must also lead decision-making efforts, and must facilitate effectively to draw out knowledge in teams and work groups.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Communications planning
  • Tools for team thinking exercises and decision-making
  • Coaching preparation and process

Week 3 
Leading High Performance Teams, with Celina Ratliff
Team leadership is a foundation point for successful organizational leadership. In this session, gain skills for leading cross-functional teams, team meetings and working with challenging team members. Come away with strategies for developing individuals into a dynamic team.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Understand team life cycle and team design
  • How to flex your leadership style to meet team members' development needs
  • Improve team communication through reflection

Week 4 
Marketing and Branding, with Pete Wright
Marketing is not simply the job of the marketing department. Everyone needs to understand what an organization or product line is about, and how to reflect that brand across internal and external business operations and communications. In this session, become conversant in marketing language and techniques to engage more effectively on marketing issues throughout the organization.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Learn what a brand is and why it matters to all parts of an organization
  • Gain strategies for aligning brand and customer experience
  • Understand the components of a 21st century marketing plan

Week 5 
Strategic Thinking, with Paul Ventura
If management is about doing and leadership about figuring out what needs to be done, leaders must contribute strategic direction on a day-to-day basis. In this session, we review essential tools and models for strategic thinking, innovation and systems thinking, and help participants make strategy a part of their day-to-day work.

Learning Outcomes:

  • SWOT and Balanced Scorecard for strategic thinking
  • Innovation skills
  • Systems thinking

Week 6 
Process and Project Management, with Ron Sarazin
Organizational projects and processes are how work actually gets done in the modern workplace. Leading effectively requires understanding these disciplines, how to plan and execute work effectively and systematically for customer value.

  • Essentials of project management and PMBOK(tm)
  • Process mapping
  • Lean process improvement

Week 7 
Legal Issues: Contracts and Employment Law, with Fred Isaacs

Leaders must understand and address the critical legal issues facing the organization, including contracts, partnerships and international issues. In this session, learn the fundamentals of good contracts, strategies for identifying contractual issues up front, and language to better work with legal specialists.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Learn the essential elements of good contracts
  • Know what to look for in different kinds of agreements
  • Gain legal terminology related to the workplace

Week 8 
Statistical Thinking and Decision Making, with Anne Ruybalid
We use data in business to understand what's happened and to make predictions about future events. Understand how to use data to drive better management level decisions, including key statistical terms and methods.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Knowledge of statistics essentials
  • How stats are used in forecasting and decision-making
  • Data and information presentation techniques

Week 9 
Financial Statement Analysis, with Dorian Simpson
Financials are critical to any business case or new business proposition. Leaders across organizations need to understand core financial terminology and concepts to be effective in building and evaluating business opportunities. In this session, participants gain understanding of the terms and structure of core financial documents, and what they mean to the business.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Review the content and terminology of essential financial documents
  • Learn strategies for structuring financial elements in a business case
  • Gain techniques for evaluating trade-offs in business opportunities

Week 10 
Leadership and Change, with Tonia Twigger
Leaders brings about change, and change demands effective leadership. Learn how driving change in your organization, to act as leader and not just as manager to deliver on organizational goals and mission.

  • Review difference between managing and leading
  • Inspiring shared vision
  • Facilitating others to act
  • Supporting transitions after change

Mini-MBA Program Instructors:

Mary Bradbury-Jones is director of Professional Development and Training at Portland Community College's CLIMB Center. She is formerly dean of Marylhurst's School of Business, overseeing on-campus and online MBA programs, as well as undergraduate programs in business and real estate. Prior to her work at 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 organizational excellence and human resources at Marylhurst University. Prior to joining her time at Marylhurst, Ratliff served as chief performance and human resources officer for 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.

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 one week prior to the program start date.

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