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Leadership and Strategy From Penn State Executive Programs

Penn State Executive Programs specializes in preparing organizations and leaders to create and unify behind common strategic goals. For more than 50 years, we have been preparing leaders who can interpret the environment, seek out new opportunities, rally those around them, and reflect the DNA of the organization.

OUR VERY BEST FOR YOU: Powered by the internationally ranked Smeal College of Business, a faculty that ranks among the best in the world for academic excellence, and partnerships with distinguished research centers, such as the Center for Teams and Negotiation, we are uniquely positioned to deliver innovative learning engagements that build your capabilities to succeed.

Smeal at Your Service

Smeal thrives in the area of leadership and strategy. Beyond certificate-track executive programs, the college provides numerous professional graduate degree programs including residential, online, and executive MBA offerings with concentration in this area. The work of Penn State Executive Programs focuses on  building great companies in two ways:

Custom Learning Initiatives

We collaborate with organizations to develop learning engagements that build momentum for strategic change. Contact us to build a critical mass of leaders who are aligned in their behaviors and approaches. Custom learning initiatives are:

  • Driven by your unique vision, mission, strategic direction, organizational culture, and operational processes
  • Relevant, practical, and directly tied to business goals
  • Seamlessly integrated into other developmental initiatives and management systems within the organization
  • Flexible in program length, timing, location, and delivery mechanisms.

Open-Enrollment Programs

We provide non-degree learning experiences that help you develop the leadership mindset to improve organizational performance.

  • Execute effective strategies, bolster your abilities to make sound financial decisions, and leverage social dynamics within your organization.
  • Engage with leading faculty and practitioner executives who deliver relevant content that prepares you to confront your firm’s critical challenges.
  • Grow your career and increase the value you bring to your organization.

Identify the offerings best suited to your needs and the combination of programs necessary to earn a Leadership Certificate in Strategy and Organizational Performance.

Upcoming Programs

Strategic Leadership

This program is designed for those charged with creating and implementing strategy and developing organizational capability. It is ideal for those with functional and general management responsibilities who seek to enhance their strategic leadership effectiveness.

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Winning with Rapid Value Chain Innovation

This program is designed for mid-level managers and individual contributors involved in any functional or end-to-end process in their organization who wish to play a key role in helping their organization implement process improvements at a faster rate than competitors.

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Leading in Complex Organizations

This program is designed for those charged with creating and implementing strategy and developing organizational capability. It is ideal for those with functional and general management responsibilities who seek to enhance their strategic leadership effectiveness.

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Finance for Strategic Decision Making

This program is designed for those charged with creating and implementing strategy and developing organizational capability. It is ideal for those with functional and general management responsibilities who seek to enhance their strategic leadership effectiveness.

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Build a Culture For Success: GSVCC Chamber U Leadership Series

This course teaches how to develop cohesive and productive teams focusing on the benefits of diverse groups for optimum results. Participants learn guidelines on how to establish, build, and grow a team, as well as insights on gauging the organization’s culture and climate. The final section teaches how to empower individuals to help them achieve their goals.

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Women's Leadership Series: Negotiation Strategies

This program provides participants with core negotiation skills that can be used in any component of one’s job.

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HR-Interviewing and Selecting Employees: GSVCC Chamber U Leadership Series

This course is focused on selecting new employees and, more specifically, on planning and conducting effective selection interviews.

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Communication Series-Interpersonal Communication: GSVCC Chamber U Leadership Series

This course covers key concepts of interpersonal communication including the process model, verbal and nonverbal elements, communication barriers and problems, listening skills, and the supervisor’s responsibilities for keeping employees informed.

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Women's Leadership Series: Increasing Your Power and Influence

This program will equip you with knowledge from the latest research and provide you with insights and tools to diagnose individual and organizational sources of power and to recognize the array of tactics by which power and influence are wielded.

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