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As part of the internationally ranked Penn State Smeal College of Business, Penn State Executive Programs offers award-winning executive education programs that helps leaders develop, improve performance, and drive change. 

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, we are uniquely positioned to deliver innovative learning engagements that build your capabilities to succeed.

Excellence in Management Series

Penn State Executive Programs is pleased to announce, in partnership with the Commonwealth Campuses of Penn State, a series of two-day programs in business leadership delivered regionally. These certificate-track programs are designed to enhance the skills of leaders to sustain strong performance, build talent for the future, and create a strategy-driven culture where they are responsible for achieving results and building the capability of the organization. Programs prepare individuals for promotion as opportunities arise through the development of competencies consistent with increased levels of responsibility throughout the company.

Value Created for You and Your Company

In many organizations, there is a gap in professional development at the middle manager level.  Companies do a good job at the 1st or supervisory level and at the executive level.  But for organizations that are medium-sized, there may be only a handful of people at standing in the “gap” between those two groups – think of Sales Managers, HR Directors, etc.  These people are often lost in the planning process. This series brings these people together from a variety of regional organizations and a variety of industries to learn and share best practices that are relevant to their daily responsibilities as leaders at this critical level.  

Drawing from Smeal faculty and proven executives from a broad range of industries, our faculty are experts in executive education and working with companies of all sizes.  Excellence in Management enhances strategic leadership, individual leadership capabilities, and improves the leader’s ability to consistently add value in these key areas:

  • Understanding and implementing business strategy
  • Making financially sound business decisions
  • Leading others to attain critical goals and improve performance
  • Increasing personal effectiveness and use of time and resources
  • Developing a personal management and leadership style
  • Strengthening leadership and team-building abilities
  • Enhancing ability to manage conflict and negotiate positive outcomes

Who Should Attend

Programs are ideal for individuals with key responsibilities for leading a team, project or department. 

Can You Bring This to My Company?

Penn State Executive Programs is an invaluable partner in executing an enterprise-wide change initiative and building organizational capability to execute against strategic goals. These programs can be tailored and targeted toward the unique needs of your business to allow a more custom version of the experience for teams of leaders.

Series Programs

Each program awards 1.4 CEU's. Completion of the series yields a Professional Certificate in Managerial Excellence from Penn State Executive Programs.A Certificate of Completion is provided for attending a single course.


Excellence in Management: Financial Acumen and Decision Making

This program helps managers improve their decision making skills by offering behavioral insights into how people actually think and make decisions. You will examine the advanced critical thinking skills and creative strategies needed to manage unfamiliar, highly complex problems or decisions that involve significant uncertainty.

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