ATLANTA – Mercer University’s Center for Executive Education is now registering individuals for four open-enrollment programs being offered this fall to increase specific skills in the workplace.

The Center for Executive Education, housed in Mercer’s School of Business, aims to help organizations meet the need for practical and useful knowledge that facilitates critical thinking by maximizing human capital through innovative and state-of-the-art programs. The Center offers a portfolio of customized corporate and open-enrollment certificate programs developed by the most forward-thinking minds in academia and industry.

“As we have done in previous years, we are once again providing access to two Lean Six Sigma programs in addition to another offering for strategy execution. For the first time, we also have a six-module/12-session series on conflict resolution,” said Jeff Wolfe, director of the Center for Executive Education. “These programs have been requested by you, and we are pleased to be able to provide a full range of continuing education in the areas of quality process improvement, strategic planning and managing conflict.”

Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt Certificate

The Center for Executive Education will offer its Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt certificate program on Aug. 12, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., on Mercer’s Cecil B. Day Campus in Atlanta or synchronously online.

The program, led by Dr. Myriam Quispe-Agnoli, associate professor of economics at Mercer, and Dr. Eric Kushins, assistant professor of management at Berry College, provides entry-level certification for individuals interested in understanding the Lean Six Sigma managerial approach and developing a process improvement toolkit. No prior training or knowledge of Lean Six Sigma or statistics is required to take this course.

Visit the Center’s website for more information and to register for the course, which costs $500, with special pricing available for current Mercer students, faculty, staff and alumni, as well as groups of three or more from the same organization. Registration fees cover program materials, eight hours of instruction, breakfast, lunch and refreshments during the program, and a Mercer certificate of completion.

Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Certificate

The Center for Executive Education will host its four-day Lean Six Sigma Green Belt certificate program on Aug. 30, Sept. 20, Oct. 13 and Nov. 10, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. daily, on the University’s Cecil B. Day Campus in Atlanta.

Dr. Kushins and Dr. Quispe-Agnoli will lead training in soft skills, methodological rigor and quantitative tools of Lean Six Sigma while also coaching participants on the development, implementation, evaluation and presentation of a lean project.

Visit the Center’s website for more information and to register for the course, which costs $2,500, with special pricing available for current Mercer students, faculty, staff and alumni, as well as groups of three or more from the same organization. Registration fees cover program materials, 24 hours of instruction, meals and refreshments, and a Mercer certificate of completion.

Strategy Execution Certificate

The Center for Executive Education will host eight virtual sessions on strategy execution on Aug. 24, Sept. 7, Sept. 21, Oct. 5, Oct. 19, Nov. 2, Nov. 16 and Nov. 30, 6-9 p.m.

The workshops will be led by Aspen Business Group CEO Russell Disberger, an expert in organizational assessment, strategy, performance management, decision support and process management, and Kelsey Couture, organizational psychologist and associate consultant at Aspen Business Group.

The sessions are intended to prepare professionals to expertly adapt to dynamically changing business environments.

Visit the Center’s website for more information and to register for the certificate program, which costs $995 per person. Registration fees cover program materials, 24 hours of instruction, four hours of one-on-one coaching and a Mercer certificate of completion. Additionally, individual sessions may be purchased for $175 per person. Special pricing is available for current Mercer students, faculty, staff, and alumni, as well as groups of three or more from the same organization.

Conflict Resolution Certificate

The Center for Executive Education will host 12 virtual sessions covering six program modules on conflict resolution on consecutive Mondays and Thursdays, 7-8 p.m., beginning Sept. 26 and 29. Subsequent sessions will take place on Oct. 3 and 6, Oct. 10 and 13, Oct. 17 and 20, Oct. 24 and 27, as well as Oct. 31 and Nov. 3.

The workshops will be led by Terrie R. McCants, who created the undergraduate and graduate certificates in conflict resolution and co-created the conflict analysis and trauma studies minor at Kansas State University, where she served as a faculty member and program director for many years.

The sessions are intended to cultivate the skills necessary to build better working and professional relationships, manage workplace differences and thrive in today’s dynamic business environment.

Visit the Center’s website for more information and to register for the certificate program, which costs $750 per person. Registration fees cover program materials, 12 hours of instruction and a Mercer certificate of completion. Additionally, individual modules may be purchased for $175 per person. Special pricing is available for current Mercer students, faculty, staff, and alumni, as well as groups of three or more from the same organization.

For more information on the Center and its programming, contact Wolfe at wolfe_jj@mercer.edu.

About the School of Business

Established in 1984, Mercer’s School of Business is named for Eugene W. Stetson, a 1901 Mercer graduate and business pioneer who leveraged the first major buyout in corporate history, and his grandson Robert F. (Bob) Hatcher, a Macon businessman, longtime supporter, trustee and former board chair for the University. Over the past 80 years, Mercer has granted over 12,000 business degrees, and many of its graduates hold senior leadership positions in companies around the world. Mercer’s business school delivers career-focused business education in order to develop innovative leaders who are responsible global citizens. It holds accreditation from the prestigious Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), which places it among the top five percent of all top business schools worldwide. Mercer’s business school has been recognized by The Princeton Review for “Greatest Opportunity for Minority Students” and “Greatest Opportunity for Women” as well as being one of its “Best Business Schools.” In addition, it has been recognized among the “Top 15 Schools in the Nation for Marketing and Accounting.” The School offers the following programs: Atlanta (Evening and Online BBA, Full-Time (Day) MBA, Evening MBA, Online MBA, Master of Accountancy, M.S. in Business Analytics), Macon (Traditional BBA, Evening MBA, Health Care MBA, and Innovation MBA), Henry County (Evening BBA). For more information, visit business.mercer.edu.

Kyle is the director of media relations at Mercer. In addition to being the primary media contact for most academic and administrative units of the university, he coordinates hometown and university news releases and serves as editor of the News@Mercer e-newsletter and Reach magazine.​