MBA student Simon Tam's dispute with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office over an application to trademark the name of his band, The Slants, is receiving attention from major networks including BBC World News, NPR and Time.
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're currently running the first program offering this fall. New dates for March to May 2014 will be announced soon, with online registration opening then.
Mini-MBA Fall 2013 Program (registration closed - program in progress)
Dates/Times: 10 Tuesdays, October 8 - December 10, 2013, 6-9pm
Location: Marylhurst University, Villa Maria Building, Hemlock Room
Cost: $1,899, noncredit, includes materials and parking
30 contact hours, 3.0 CEUs
Week 1 - October 8, 6-9pm
Introduction to Dynamic Business Environments, with Susan Marcus
Learn about business cycles, organizational dynamics and culture, and your role as manager and leader.
Week 2 - October 15, 6-9pm
Effective Workplace Communications, with Mary Bradbury-Jones
Learn about communication styles and how to more effectively facilitate groups in the workplace.
Week 3 - October 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 - October 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 - November 5, 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 - November 12, 6-9pm
Process and Project Management, with Ron Sarazin
Understand work process techniques to plan and execute work effectively and systematically.
Week 7 - November 19, 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 - November 26, 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 - December 3, 6-9pm
Financial Statement Analysis, with Sunny Liston
Learn the fundamentals of how money works in organizations and how to converse more effectively with financial and senior management.
Week 10 - December 10
Leadership and Change, with Tonia Twigger McConnell
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.
Sunny Liston is the chair of the Department of Real Estate Studies in the School of Business at Marylhurst University. He is responsible for curriculum design, course facilitation, faculty and student mentoring, and collaborating with other faculty and program developers within the University. He is also an active practitioner, at a Realtor in the states of Oregon and Washington as well as the owner and broker for American Real Estate Concepts, a boutique firm with offices in Portland, Oregon, and Vancouver, Washington. Dr. Liston has personally closed over $30 million in transactions, ranging from difficult short sales to multiple simultaneous closings, brokered over 150 agent transactions, and originated over $50 million in loan transactions. Sunny earned his Bachelor degree from New Mexico State University, his Masters degree in Business Administration from Golden Gate University and his Doctorate in Business Administration with the University of Phoenix's Online program.
Susan Marcus is the chair of MBA programs in the School of Business at Marylhurst University. Susan brings over 20 years of experience in management, operations, and business development for public, private, and non-profit organizations in several industry sectors including retail, finance, training and development, and higher education. Susan has launched several businesses and most recently developed a venue to provide low-cost, supportive space for first-time entrepreneurs.
Tonia Twigger McConnell is principal of Tonia McConnell and Associates, and a seasoned consultant and instructor around organizational culture and change issues.
Celina Ratliff is vice president of human resources at Marylhurst University. Prior to joining Marylhurst, Ratliff served as chief human resources officer for the Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center.
Ron Sarazin is principal of Olympic Performance, a firm specializing in teaching and helping organizations to build efficient operations that align with organizational strategies.
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.
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.