Center for Executive Education opens registration for 3 leadership programs

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A Lean Six Sigma presentation on the Atlanta campus. Photo by Mercer University

ATLANTA — Mercer University’s Center for Executive Education is now registering individuals for its next offering of three leadership certificate programs — Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt, Leadership Accelerator and Conflict Resolution. 

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, for the second half of 2023 we are once again providing access to a Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt program,” said Jeff Wolfe, director of the Center for Executive Education. “Also scheduled for the second half of 2023 is our second offering of the virtual Leadership Accelerator certification series for emerging leaders and the Conflict Resolution program.”  

Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt Certificate  

The Center for Executive Education will offer its Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt certificate program 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Aug. 10 on Mercer’s Cecil B. Day Campus in Atlanta.  

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.  

Virtual Leadership Accelerator Certification 

The Leadership Accelerator Certification series spans eight programs, 40 sessions and 100 hours of leadership-focused education essential for growing into an impactful executive. Uniquely designed to expose leaders to crucial business knowledge and toolkits, participants gain a holistic perspective through a three-tiered certification focus on micro (individual-level), meso (team-level) and macro (organizational-level) environments. Dates for the upcoming 10-session Micro and Meso Leadership Series are Aug. 15, Aug. 29, Sept. 12, Sept. 26, Oct. 10, Oct. 24, Nov. 7, Nov. 21, Dec. 5 and Dec. 19. Each session is 2 ½ hours. 

Visit the Center’s website for more information and to register for the course, which costs $995 per person. Special pricing is available for Mercer faculty, staff and students. 

“This program has 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 and leadership,” Wolfe said. 

Virtual Conflict Resolution Certification 

The Conflict Resolution certificate program will take place over eight virtual sessions covering eight program modules on consecutive Thursdays, 6-7 p.m., beginning Sept. 28. Subsequent sessions will take place on Oct. 5, Oct. 12, Oct. 19, Oct. 26, Nov. 2, Nov. 9 and Nov. 16. Also included in the certificate program are eight, one-hour recorded sessions to be completed prior to each live virtual session 

“Conflict is a part of our everyday life. We can’t escape it, but we can learn how to manage it better at work and at home,” Wolfe said. “Our Conflict Resolution certificate program can be applied to all situations, allowing participants to address conflict sooner before it gets too far out of hand.” 

Registration is available now at a cost of $750 per person for the whole program or $175 per person for one module. Special pricing is available for Mercer faculty, staff and students. 

The program will be led by Terrie R. McCants, who created undergraduate and graduate certificates in conflict resolution and co-created the minor in conflict analysis and trauma studies at Kansas State University. 

About Mercer University 

Founded in 1833, Mercer University is a dynamic and comprehensive center of undergraduate, graduate and professional education. With approximately 9,000 students enrolled in 12 schools and colleges, on major campuses in Macon and Atlanta; medical school sites in Macon, Savannah and Columbus; and at regional academic centers in Henry and Douglas counties, Mercer is ranked among the top tier of national research universities by U.S. News & World Report. The Mercer Health Sciences Center includes the University’s School of Medicine and Colleges of Nursing, Health Professions and Pharmacy. Mercer is affiliated with five teaching hospitals – Atrium Health Navicent The Medical Center and Piedmont Macon Medical Center in Macon; Memorial Health University Medical Center in Savannah; and Piedmont Columbus Regional Hospital and St. Francis-Emory Healthcare in Columbus. The University also has an educational partnership with Robins Air Force Base in Warner Robins. It operates an academic press and a performing arts center in Macon and an engineering research center in Warner Robins. Mercer Medicine, the clinical faculty practice of the School of Medicine, is based in Macon and operates additional clinics in Sumter, Peach, Clay, Putnam and Harris counties. Mercer is one of only 293 institutions nationwide to shelter a chapter of The Phi Beta Kappa Society, the nation’s most prestigious academic honor society; one of eight institutions to hold membership in the Georgia Research Alliance; and the only private university in Georgia to field an NCAA Division I athletic program. For more information, visit mercer.edu

Jennifer Falk
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