2021 Director’s Institute:

Dec 1, 8, 15, 2021 & Jan 5, 12, 19, 2022 (virtual)

Fine-tune Your Center’s Strategy with and Input of Your Peers

As the rate of change is rapidly accelerating it is imperative to dedicate some time to assess and elevate your center’s strategic response in a conducive environment without constant interruptions.

CMED Conversation

Attend this  Institute to have candid conversations with your peers and thought leaders about new development and trends in the industry. Learn best practices and evaluate your strategic choices in highly interactive small group sessions. This special professional development program is designed to provide you time, space, and peer feedback to effectively articulate the difference your center can make for your client organizations.

During six highly interactive  sessions you will immerse yourself in an open dialogue with peers from different institutes facing real challenges and making opportunities work for their centers. We do not have all the answers individually but together can create our industry’s thriving future. The common trends and challenges are those things that everyone needs to pay attention to, but will need to be adapted and adjusted to your center’s particular culture, capabilities and market. You will pick up some new ideas and approaches and learn how to do things a little differently.

As the world discovered in the last two years, there is no substitute for learning and growing together in a group of peers. This is how we communicate, develop and build long lasting trust.  We are thrilled to offer a Virtual Online Director’s Institute for you and your team members.  This way you can still join your peers for the most current and impactful learning experience. As a participant you will:

  • Participate in live sessions
  • Access Related Recordings
  • Engage in virtual breakout rooms
  • Network with your peers on a virtual platform
  • Participate in discussions before and during the live sessions
  • Contribute to the conversations
  • Access strategic document developed during the Institute
  • Watch recordings after the session

Don’t miss out on this opportunity to learn from experienced peers in a very engaging environment for all who attend.


This year the virtual Director’s Institute is designed to provide time, space, and peer feedback to effectively articulate strategic responses to changes that are rapidly re-shaping our industry:

  • L&D Needs of Organizations
  • Increased Competition
  • Availability of Partnership Opportunities
  • Drastic Changes in Workforce
  • Existing and Emerging Business Models

We know that everyone participating will both learn and contribute to the knowledge of everyone involved.  We invite you to join your peers in this unique professional development experience that advances the capabilities of everyone involved in meeting the needs and objectives of our clients.

◊ Wednesday, December 1st, 2021 (10 am – Noon, EST)

Opening, Introductions & Overview of Purpose and Outcomes
  • Objectives, Audience, and learning outcomes
  • Introductions of Participants and Facilitators
  • Sessions’ Flow and Purpose
#1: Exploring Future of Work and Center’s Strategic Responses
  • Overview of the Trends
  • Discussion in Small Groups
  • Integration of Ideas in the Large Group

◊ Wednesday, December 8th, 2021 (10:30 am – Noon, EST)

#2: Analyzing Accelerated Competition
  • Overview of the Competitor Clusters
  • Discussion in Small Groups
  • Integration of Ideas in the Large Group

◊ Wednesday, December 15th, 2021 (10:30 am – Noon, EST)

#3: Evaluating Partnership Opportunities
  • General Presentation of Opportunities
  • Discussing Terms and Next Steps in Small Groups
  • Identifying Synergies

◊ Wednesday, January 5th, 2022 (10:30 am – Noon, EST)

#4: Addressing Changing Needs of Clients
  • Overview of Needs in Different Industries
  • Discussion in Small Groups
  • Integration of Ideas in the Large Group

◊ Wednesday, January 12th, 2022 (10:30 am – Noon, EST)

#5: Assessing Various Business Models and Creative Staffing Solutions
  • Overview of the Models and Solutions
  • Discussion in Small Groups
  • Integration of Ideas in the Large Group

◊ Wednesday, January 19th, 2022 (10:30 am – Noon, EST)

#6: Synthesizing Strategies & Discussing Implementation Tactics
  • Outline Options
  • Assess their Impact
  • Develop Next Steps

* Session topics, their order and other program parameters are subject to change

Who Attends

This program is designed for people responsible for developing and implementing strategies at non-degree business, professional, and executive education centers at universities. This usually includes executive education units in business schools, management or professional development units within continuing education schools, or stand-alone entities reporting directly to a dean or other high level administrator. In most cases, attendees have titles that include Assistant Dean, Director, Executive Director, or Manager. They all have the common challenge of creating strategies in response to changing business environment and customer demands. Their centers serve the business community by offering custom training engagements, consortia programs and/or open enrollment programs.

If this sounds like you, please join us for this  institute to examine your current strategies, explore the internal and external factors influencing your success, and potential strategic responses to changes you are facing.

  • Take advantage of this opportunity to focus on the most critical aspects of the success of your unit
  • Get diverse perspectives and ideas from trusted colleagues facing the same challenges
  • Develop a network of peer mentors
  • Return to your team ready to share ideas and implement your own strategies


Kelly Bean

Kelly Bean is a nationally recognized expert in leadership development. She has held Dean and CEO positions at four top global business schools, leading non-degree executive education at UVA Darden, UCLA Anderson, WashU Olin, and WashUatBrookings and Emory. Kelly was recently elected as an independent director at Kepner-Tregoe and is actively involved in several ed-tech firms serving the learning industry’s skilling and workforce development segments. Kelly is pursuing her ACC credential from the International Coaching Federation.

Paige Garrido

Paige Pavlik Garrido is an Assistant Director, Corporate Training and Talent Development, College of Business, Florida Atlantic University. She works in partnership with some of South Florida’s largest and growing organizations to help identify and deliver the best professional development solutions for their employees.  Her current projects include establishing certificate programs in Emergency Management and Public Safety Leadership as well as growing the FAU Women in Executive Leadership Program.

Nicholas Hamilton-Archer

Nicholas Hamilton-Archer is an Executive Director of Executive Education at the Tepper School of Business, Carnegie Mellon University. He works with faculty across the university to develop programs that translate emerging academic research into practical business solutions for global clients. Nicholas leads Executive Education programs for organizations and individuals that leverage the University’s expertise in strategic leadership, innovation, advanced analytics, and technology.

Paul Heroman

Paul M. Heroman, M.B.A., an acknowledged transformational turn-around leader, has 30 years’ of experience instituting market-focused, quality improvement to stabilize businesses, reduce costs, grow revenue, and develop staff. In 2016, Paul joined the University of Notre Dame’s Stayer Center for Executive Education retiring late in 2020, but continuing in the executive education space with the Kelley School of Business. He is committed to providing the practical knowledge and resources needed to help people lead and organizations succeed.

Brandi Plunkett

Dr. Brandi Plunkett joined the Center for Executive Development (CED) at Texas A&M University in late 2014. In the role of Executive Director, she is responsible for the overall administration of the CED as well as the strategic and financial performance of the Global Programs within the center. Dr. Plunkett’s other professional activities have included lecturing in Mays Business School for the Department of Management, working with student groups, public speaking in her community and executive coaching.

Roni ShirRony Shir is the Assistant Dean and Executive Director overseeing Executive Education at University of Miami Herbert Business School. In her role, she focuses on leading the strategic and operational priorities of MHBS’s Executive Education department. Rony works closely with faculty and staff to develop and deliver a portfolio of non-degree programs and facilitate collaboration and sustainable partnerships with clients. Rony serves as a key strategist for expanding the current portfolio of companies and growth of the department.

Paul SlaggertPaul Slaggert is director of Open Enrollment Programs in Executive Education at the Kelley School of Business. He recently completed 18 years in senior leadership roles in Executive Education at the University of Notre Dame, where he served as both director of nondegree programs (15 years) and director of the Stayer Center (three years). He has more than 20 years of experience in academic leadership roles at Notre Dame, the University of Cincinnati, and Boston College, and has taught extensively in the areas of finance, business management, and leadership.

Ron ThomasRon Thomas is the executive director of Executive Education at Indiana University Kelley School of Business. He has spent over twenty years in the executive education industry, designing and conducting custom management and executive education programs for many Fortune 500 firms. Previously, Ron was senior associate director of Executive Programs at Notre Dame University and executive director of Butler University’s Corporate & Executive Education. He also has considerable experience in the development and implementation of consortium education programs.

Register by November 30th
Join Your Peers Today

Per Person Fee:

$0 – first person from an Executive Member institution
$248 – additional person from an Executive Member institution and participants who have registered for the 44th Conference on Management and Executive Development by the beginning of the Institute
$371 – Basic Member
$495 – Non-Member

Register today and join the collaborative and innovative community of your peers.

To register, please fill out the form below. You will be invoiced in accordance to the membership status of your institution. Once your registration is received an invoice will be emailed to you. You will then have the choice of selecting payment by check or credit card. We accept Visa, MasterCard and AMEX. Your registration is complete when your payment is received.