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Bill Sheurer, Principal
Currently Executive Director of UNICON, a Global Consortium of Executive Education Providers
Former Director of the Executive Development Center at the University of Minnesota
Bill currently provides talent strategy and executive education consulting services to companies and universities looking for world class programs and services. Services include a full range of assessment, design, development, delivery, measurement, and evaluation policies, practices and procedures.
He also serves as the Executive Director of UNICON, a global consortium of approximately 95 major universities providing executive education programs and service (http://www.uniconexed.org/). He manages the strategy and activities of the Board of Directors and Committees including Research, Benchmarking, Conferences, Membership, Communication and Finance.
Bill led the Executive Development Center at the University of Minnesota where he was responsible for the vision, strategy, and execution of the executive education business for 20 years. During this time he grew the business from a negative cash flow position to a highly profitable business, with a strong reputation for excellence. Programs consistently featured marquee faculty from around the world (e.g. Henry Kissinger, Ram Charan, Lester Thurow, George Will, and Warren Bennis). The program was globally ranked by the Financial Times in the top-twenty-five for custom programs (tied with the University of Michigan), and top-ten for Senior Programs (2006). Our prestigious list of custom program clients included: American Express, Anderson Windows Inc., Blue Cross Blue Shield, Carlson Company, Children’s Hospital, CHS, Federal Bureau of Investigation, GMAC RFC, Illburck GmbH, Mayo Clinic, Nuclear Management Company, Pentair, REXAM PLC, RSM McGladrey Inc., Unipro Foodservice, Inc. Xcel Energy, and Young Presidents Organization.
Read Bill’s article, The Exec Ed Action Plan, published in BizEd, The Leading Voice of Business Eduction, October 27, 2015. In this article, Bill provides guidelines that Business School Deans can use to build successful exec ed businesses. Read the article.
Elizabeth (Ellie) Weldon, PhD, Principal
Former Executive Education professor at business schools in Europe, Asia and North America
Dr. Weldon is an independent executive education professor with twenty years of experience teaching in MBA, EMBA, Executive Education, and customized leadership development programs in North America, Europe, and Asia. As an independent professor, she works with business schools around the world to design and deliver executive education with impact. Her goal is to help managers do their jobs better by delivering successful executive learning experiences.
She also works with executive education professors to help them develop their executive education skills. She uses teaching tips, learning tools, learning guidelines and design worksheets to coach professors and to deliver formal faculty development programs based on research into effective executive education practices and her own experience as an executive education professor.
She has served as Professor of Executive Education at the China Europe International Business School (CEIBS) in Shanghai, China, the H. Smith Richardson, Jr. Visiting Fellow at the Center for Creative Leadership, a top-ranked global provider of leadership development experiences and as Professor of Leadership and Management at IMD International in Lausanne, Switzerland. She has also served on the faculties of the Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business in Beijing, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Indiana University, the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University, and the University of Illinois, and as an invited professor in the Global EMBA program in the Fuqua School at Duke University and the Executive MBA program at Beijing University. She has also designed and delivered executive programs for Penn State University, University of Colorado, Peiking University, Insper Business School in Sao Paolo, the Petronas Leadership Centre in Kuala Lumpur, and King Abdullah University of Science and Technology in Saudi Arabia.
She is developing a set of tools, tips and worksheets that professors can use to build their executive education skills. You can download the first worksheet free at Learning from the Best: Observation Guide. You can learn more about her work at www.ExecutiveEducationWithImpact.com.
Former Associate Dean of Executive Education
University of Chicago, Booth School of Business
Steve LaCivita has over 31 years of experience producing double-digit annual compounded growth in the Executive Education field. As Associate Dean of Executive Educatin at the University Of Chicago Booth School Of Business, he led the Executive Education unit and the Gleacher Conference Center. Mr. LaCivita developed and rolled-out the Executive Education unit as a start-up initiative of Chicago Booth in 1996. His responsibilities included: strategy development and execution; faculty and staff recruiting; strategic marketing planning and product line decisions; setting organizational policies; design and implementation of operational processes; and design and development of the organizational structure.
Under his direction, Chicago Booth’s Executive Education has become a highly successful organization and has experienced dramatic growth, moving from zero to over $20 million in annual revenue. It has been ranked among the world’s top executive education programs in surveys conducted by The Financial Times, Business Week, and the Economist business publications. In the 2014 FT survey, Booth was the top rated US business school coming in at number 2 in open programs and number 6 overall.
Prior to joining the Chicago Booth, Mr. LaCivita held the position of Director of Marketing for the University of Michigan Business School’s Executive Education. During his 13-year tenure at Michigan, the Executive Education Center grew into a profitable and highly acclaimed enterprise. Michigan’s Executive Education grew from just under $4 million annually to over $26 million and captured Business Week’s number 1 positioning in executive education. LaCivita also served as an adjunct lecturer at the University of Michigan–Flint School of Management where he taught courses in Marketing Management.
Mr. LaCivita served on the Board of Directors for The International University Consortium for Executive Education (UNICON) from 2000 to 2006 and was the organization’s Chairman of the Board of Directors in 2004/2005.
Lou Centini, Principal
Former Managing Director of Executive Education at the Darden School of Business, University of Virginia
Lou currently provides consulting services to companies and universities in the areas of strategy, business development, operations, leadership and executive coaching. He is the former Managing Director, Executive Education at the Darden School of Business, University of Virginia. For more than 25 years, he contributed to the significant growth of the executive education business resulting in a $20plusmillion business, over 130 program offerings attended by more than 3000 executives and a top five global ranking. This was accomplished by Lou’s hands-on leadership style combined with extensive experience in every aspect of executive education including business development, marketing, client relationship management, strategy, program design and operations.
Over the past 25 years, Lou served a diverse set of global clients including United Technologies, Merck, USAA, Cigna, Unilever, Genworth Financial, Altria, State Farm Insurance, Norfolk Southern, Areva, and many others.
In addition, Lou held a faculty appointment at the Darden School and taught extensively in the areas of strategy, leadership and change management. He also has taught courses at the University of Virginia, Cornell University and Western Connecticut State University.
Lou served on the Board of Directors for The International University of Consortium for Executive Education (UNICON) for ten years and served one term at the Chairman. He is currently is an emeritus Board member.
Prior to joining the Darden School, Lou had over 15 years of professional management experience in industry serving in human resource roles at the Weyerhaeuser Company and Miller Brewing Company.
Marie Eiter, PhD, Associate
Former Executive Director of Executive Development Center at the MIT Sloan School of Management
Marie assists business school deans in evaluating the operational effectiveness of their existing executive education programs as well as in developing strategies for growth. As a researcher, she investigates trends in executive education. Recent research reports include “Breaking the Mold on Blended Learning” (with Toby Woll) and “Opportunities and Challenges in Corporate University and Executive Education Partnerships” (with Jim Pulcrano, Jennifer Stine and Toby Woll).
Marie has actively worked in the field of executive education for over 30 years. From 2001-2006 she was Executive Director of Executive Education at the MIT Sloan School of Management. Under her leadership as Executive Director, Sloan’s rankings in custom executive programs rose from unranked to #6 as rated by the Financial Times. During the same period revenues increased 300%. At MIT Sloan, Marie worked closely with global organizations across a range of industries from petrochemicals to bioscience, enhancing their ability to compete in an economy driven by increasing technological and social complexity.
Previous to her appointment at MIT, she served as Director of Executive Education at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College (1991-2001). Prior to her appointment at Tuck, Marie was Vice President and Manager of Executive Development for Chase Bank for more than ten years, where she had worldwide responsibility for the development of Chase senior vice presidents and general managers.
Dr. Eiter holds a PhD from Columbia University in the field of Organizational Psychology. She served on the Board of Directors for The International University Consortium for Executive Education (UNICON) for ten years and in 2008 was awarded UNICON’s Lifetime Achievement Award for her contribution to the field of executive education.
Adam Gordon, PhD, Associate
Former Director of Executive and Corporate Education at the University of Witwatersrand
Adam is the former Director of Executive and Corporate Education at the University of Witwatersrand, and has been a developer, or provider of executive education with institutions across the world, including Monash GSB, Cedep, Stanford Center for Professional Development, Skolkovo, and the University of Cape Town. He is a facilitator and negotiator of academic, management, and commercial solutions for business schools and client companies who commission executive education. He is trained as an instructional designer of custom and open executive short-courses, and experienced as academic faculty and as academic director of cross-functional delivery teams containing faculty, professional staff and client officers.
Adam combines executive development with strategic foresight: working to prepare leaders for tomorrow’s opportunities. He has been a workshop facilitator and industry advisor in management future thinking, advancing business acumen for clients such as Siemens, SABMiller, Boehringer-Ingelheim, Adidas, and Colgate-Palmolive––approaching executive education from the point of view of enterprise strategy and senior leadership concerns, translating this into forward-looking leadership development. He is the author of “Future Savvy” (Amacom Press, NY) and writes on executive education for tomorrow’s opportunities at Forbes.com “Management By Looking Ahead”. With a foot in both worlds, Adam often works between developed and emerging markets, and is a relative specialist in this.