2015 Annual Workshop



Hosted by The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. The 2-day workshop, to be held July 15-16, will focus on "Leading High Performing Teams".

Successful leaders know their value lies not only in managing teams but also in inspiring others. Join your peers and colleagues at UNICON’s 2015 Summer Workshop at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Led by distinguished Wharton faculty, this two-day only workshop will revitalize your leadership skills with practical tools and frameworks, team exercises and case study discussions. Learn the imperatives of effective leadership and decision making that can help you create cultures of excellence within your own executive education programs.

Registration now open for additional individuals from our member schools.

Register For This Workshop Now!

   2015 Team Development Conference Theme Announced


This year's conference theme will be: "Driving and Managing Growth by Building High Performing Teams".

The conference will be held December 2-4 at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Kenan-Flagler Business School, Rizzo Conference Center.

Details to follow ...

  New FaceBook Page Centers on Conference Attendees


So far, anyway.  We've posted three sets of photos from recent conferences. UNICON members are welcome to forward photos you wish to appear on the UNICON FaceBook page to the webmaster at uniconexed.org; be sure to identify the date, location and individuals in the photos.  Check out our new FaceBook page!


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 A Culture of
Continuous Learning


Kelly Bean is Chair of the UNICON board, and is Associate Dean of Executive Education at UCLA’s Anderson School where she designs, develops and often teaches executive education programs.

Dear UNICON Colleagues,

As I approach the homestretch of my term as UNICON board chair, I have been reflecting on the quality of the individuals I’ve met from the University-based Executive Education industry.  A few themes have emerged from my interactions with executive education colleagues around the world:

  We practice what we preach. 

Not only do we help our organizational partners develop their skills, leadership attributes, and strategic acumen, but we also take very seriously the need to grow and develop ourselves.  I have rarely seen a group of individuals so completely committed to self- improvement.  The quality of your participation in conferences, webinars, LinkedIn discussions and other interactions, never ceases to amaze me.  I am inspired by you and grateful for your optimism and energy.

  We are devoted to the development of our own teams and put enormous time and effort into ensuring that we generously and selflessly transfer our knowledge to our team members. 

This transfer of knowledge ensures that the next decade of University- based Executive Education will be even more exiting, dynamic and expansive than the last one.

  As an industry, we never stop looking for ways to improve our clients’ learning experiences. 

There is a palpable restlessness among you to use every tool available to create learning that is impactful, memorable, and immediate.  This struck me most powerfully when I began reading about SPOCs a few months ago.  It occurred to me that while other areas of higher education struggle with how to turn SPOCs into an effective business model, we’ve been doing it for many years.  This realization prompted us to speak with some University-based Executive Education experts on the topic of SPOCs.  I think you will find the resulting article to be both informative and affirming. 

SPOC article link ...

Make Way for SPOC - the Small Private Online Course
17 Apr 2015 15:42

Make Way for SPOC - the Small Private Online Course

Athru Services

By Michael Devlin and Karin Kuta

April 17, 2015
First it was e-learning.  Then it was virtual classrooms.  Then it was asynchronous virtual learning tools.  Then it was the MOOC.  The latest internet-enabled learning phenome [ ... ]

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Nations Chasing Harvard Merge Colleges to Ascend Rankings
24 Mar 2014 07:42

Nations Chasing Harvard Merge Colleges to Ascend Rankings

Bloomberg.com

By Oliver Staley

Published: March 13, 2014

Original URL: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-03-13/nations-chasing-harvard-merge-universities-to-ascend-rankings.html

Ten miles from King Louis XIV’s Palace of Versailles, anoth [ ... ]

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"Business school: time to set yourself apart", By William Ham Bevan, November 4, 2013, The Telegraph
05 Nov 2013 14:42

Business school: time to set yourself apart

The Telegraph

By William Ham Bevan

Published: November 4, 2013
br/>Original URL: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/universityeducation/10399002/Business-school-time-to-set-yourself-apart.html

Recent years have seen a proliferation of advanced leadershi [ ... ]

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