ATLANTA/MACON – Mercer University’s Center for Executive Education recently announced three new programs open to the public designed to increase specific skills in the workplace.

“Due to a strong demand for continuous process improvement training, this spring we have been busy providing three Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt Certificate Programs and two Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Certificate Programs,” said Jeff Wolfe, director of the Center for Executive Education. “Because of this continued interest, we are excited to announce that we have plans for two more Yellow Belts and one more Green Belt program during summer and fall 2021.”

Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt Certificate

The Center for Executive Education will host a Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt certificate program on July 22 or Aug. 12, 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 refreshments 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 Oct. 7, Oct. 21, Nov. 11 and Dec. 9, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. each day, at the University’s Henry County Regional Academic Center.

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, six-plus meals and refreshments, parking, and a Mercer certificate of completion.

RADICAL Strategy Execution

The Center for Executive Education will host eight sessions on “RADICAL Strategy Execution” on June 3, 10, 24 and July 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29, 10 a.m.-12:30 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, 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 of eight workshops, which costs $995 per person. Registration fees cover program materials, 20 hours of instruction, an individual coaching session 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.

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 that have been developed by the most forward-thinking minds in academia and the industry.

The Center is planning additional programming for the summer and fall, including a four-course FinTech program for August-November, a Business Valuation Analysis certification program from Sept. 27-Oct. 2, two more Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt certificate programs and one more Lean Six Sigma Green Belt program from July-November. 

Also in development for the second half of 2021 are a Diversity, Equity and Inclusive (DEI) Leadership program, Project Management prep course, Python training and an Executive Coaching program.

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.​