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Curriculum and Faculty

The Minority Business Executive Program combines synchronous and asynchronous class sessions, discussions, exercises, and other interactive learning. Participants will gain knowledge, tools, and a valuable network to help them achieve their business goals. Some materials and reading assignments will be sent to participants prior to program start.

The program has given solid structure to my natural entrepreneur capabilities. I plan to apply the techniques and knowledge gained to my business.
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Communication Skills

  • Miscommunication in a workplace can lead to frustration and a loss of productivity. To be a better communicator, it is important first to understand your own style and know what your tendencies are. During this session, you will become more aware of your communication style while also learning techniques to identify the styles of others. With this understanding, you will be able to craft and adjust your style to communicate more effectively.

Finance and Accounting

  • Learn to interpret and use accounting data for planning, decision-making and financial reporting.
  • Enhance your understanding of finance principles and practices, including cash flow analysis, capital budgeting, risk, and return.


  • Become a more effective communicator and decision-maker, learning evidence-based techniques for building and maintaining relationships, applying appropriate power and influence, structuring agreements, and developing buy-in.

Legal Aspects of Contracting

  • Understanding legal implications and long-term ramifications of contract negotiations can be challenging. Gain insights from experienced business owners and organizational advocates on what to look for and common pitfalls to avoid.

Digital and Social Media Strategy

  • Learn how to develop digital and social media strategies that uniquely serve your customers and maximize customer lifetime value.
  • Identify brand execution tactics that leverage your strategy and increase product and firm equity.

Change Management

  • Enhance your ability to lead organizational change to increase your organization’s performance. Acquire tools to learn the key dimensions of organizational performance, diagnose your organization’s current operational state, design a future operational state of improved performance, and develop a change plan for transitioning from the current to the desired future operational state.
  • Learn a framework to screen ideas for success.
  • Explore how to manage risk during innovation.


  • Learn to apply successful leadership and decision-making models to develop your full potential as a leader.
  • Develop critical leading and influencing skills necessary to sustain long-term organizational success through a combination of lecture, discussion, simulation, and self-assessment.

Special Facilitated Learning with Program Sponsors and Alumni

  • Learn first-hand what the sponsors of the program value from their suppliers.
  • Hear from program alumni on how they are applying their learning from the program and get advice on how to leverage connections with classmates and their expanded networks.

Patrick Bettin
Associate Teaching Professor of Management
Adjunct Associate Professor, Dept of Psychology

Gregory Bigley
Associate Professor of Management

William Bradford
MBEP Faculty Director
Professor of Finance and Business Economics
Business and Economic Development
Endowed Professor

Jean Choy
Associate Dean, Executive Education and International Initiatives
Assistant Teaching Professor of Management

Lea Dunn
Assistant Professor of Marketing

Stacia Jones
Dean’s Impact Scholar and VP and Global Head of Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Action (IDEA) at lululemon

Elizabeth Umphress
Associate Professor of Management
Evert McCabe Endowed Fellow

Other Subject Matter Experts