Center for Executive Education Offering Lean Six Sigma and Strategic Planning Programs in Early 2021

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ATLANTA – Mercer University’s Center for Executive Education recently announced its latest series of programs open to the public during the upcoming spring semester addressing a variety of content areas designed to increase specific skills in the workplace.

“We are starting the New Year off with three programs designed to improve your capabilities as a leader in your organization. This will be accomplished through a combination of learning how to eliminate errors within processes, identify needless steps that consume extra effort and resources, and set priorities that focus energy and resources, strengthen operations, ensure that all are working toward common goals while establishing agreements around intended outcomes,” said Jeff Wolfe, director of the Center for Executive Education.

Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt Certificate

The Center for Executive Education will host a Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt certificate program on Jan. 8, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., on the University’s Cecil B. Day Campus in Atlanta or online synchronously via Zoom.

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 snacks during the program, parking and a Mercer certificate of completion.

Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Certificate

The Center for Executive Education will host a four-day Lean Six Sigma Green Belt certificate program on Jan. 22, Jan. 29, Feb. 26 and March 12, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. each day, on the University’s Cecil B. Day Campus in Atlanta.

Dr. Quispe-Agnoli and Dr. Kushins 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, 28 hours of instruction, three breakfasts, lunches and snacks during program, parking, two 30-minute Zoom conference call coaching sessions to provide personalized support on project development and a Mercer certificate of completion.

Strategic Planning – Agile Execution with Predictable Results

The Center for Executive Education will host a series of four strategic planning workshops on “Agile Execution with Predictable Results” on Feb. 1, 4, 8 and 11, 8 a.m.-12 p.m. each day, online synchronously via Zoom.

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. They are intended to help managers, senior managers, team leaders or heads of departments attain predictable results in unpredictable times by building roadmaps to achieve business-critical goals and fostering a cadence of shared accountability.

Visit the Center’s website for more information and to register for the workshops, which cost $975 per person, 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, 16 hours of instruction, two hours of one-on-one coaching, and a Mercer certificate of completion.

The Center for Executive Education, housed in the Stetson-Hatcher 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 that have been developed by the most forward-thinking minds in academia and the industry. 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 BBA, Full-Time (One-Year) MBA, Evening MBA, Executive MBA, Professional MBA, Master of Accountancy, M.S. in Business Analytics), Macon (Traditional BBA and Evening MBA), Douglas County and Henry County (Evening BBA). For more information, visit business.mercer.edu.

Kyle Sears
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.​