Minnesota Executive Program

Advanced Business Strategy and Leadership for Executives

This powerful advanced business strategy and leadership development program is designed for key leaders who want to enhance and sharpen their skills to manage strategically, leverage technology, gain market share, and effectively engage and lead people.

2014 Dates
September 14–19, October 19–24,
November 9–14, and January 11-15 (2015)
Finance Module (optional) September 11–12


$ 2,200

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Anchored in a vigorous yet achievable four-week program, this advanced business strategy and leadership development program is designed to transform your leadership capabilities from good to great.

One week a month from September through November and January —you will participate in a highly energetic, interactive environment that includes small group work, reflection, case studies, and live cases—all designed to improve your executive capabilities. And, best of all, the program will generate ROI for you and your organization.

MEP gives you the opportunity to:

  • Develop significant business strategy and leadership vision
  • Acquire a complete set of advanced business knowledge and skills
  • Work with a select network of executive peers and share best practices
  • Study with seasoned executive faculty who have produced a strong body of significant research
  • Learn successful applications as well as business theories
  • Augment the qualitative judgments and analytical techniques required to perform as an executive problem solver

Candidates for this program are senior executives who have strategic responsibilities within their organizations and have about 15 years of business experience.

Admission Requirements

To enhance the overall learning experience, we seek to admit people to the program with comparable management responsibilities and diverse skills and experiences. The Admission Committee takes into account a candidate's organizational level; management experience, especially in senior management; and future responsibilities. We seek to admit senior-level candidates who reflect a broad range of industries, functions, and backgrounds to enrich the networking and learning experience.

Class size is limited to maximize classroom and team participation, so early application is encouraged. Program applications are accepted on a rolling basis and are reviewed upon submission until the program fills.

Examples of past participant titles:

  • ALLETE/Minnesota Power
    Vice President, Generation/Operations
  • American Academy of Neurology
    Chief Executive Officer & Executive Director
  • Arctic Cat Inc.
    North American Sales Director
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota
    Director, Program Development
  • Braun Intertec Corporation
    Vice President
  • CISCO, Inc.
    Chief Operating Officer
  • Ecolab, Inc.
    Assistant Vice President
  • Goodrich Corporation
    Director, Commercial Transport
  • Hormel Foods Corporation
    General Manager
  • Lifetouch, Inc.
    Senior Director of Marketing
  • Park Nicollet Health Services
    Chief of Primary Care
  • The Toro Company
    Director, Controller
  • Xcel Energy
    Principal Manager, Customer & Field Operations

Time Commitment: MEP is comprised of four program modules and an optional finance module. Each program module takes place one week a month.. The optional Finance Module is 2-days.

Tuition for MEP Program Modules 1–4 : $18,500; includes tuition, notebooks, and materials
Tuition for Finance Module (optional): $2,200; includes tuition, instructional materials, continental breakfasts, lunches, and coffee breaks each day.

MEP Conference Center Accommodations (not included in tuition): MEP is an intensive, highly-interactive residential program with evening sessions and team assignments that sometimes take place after the sessions. Even if you live in the Twin Cities, we strongly encourage you to reside at the local conference centers in order to take full advantage of the opportunities for socializing and to complete your team assignments.

Conference Center/Meals/Lodging: From $3,000 to $5,000 for all 4 modules (not included in the program tuition). A negotiated MEP group rate is payable directly to the conference centers. Please note that if you are unable to reside at the conference centers, you will still be responsible for the Day Meeting Package (facility, meals, snacks and other incidentals). The optional Finance Module is non-residential, but if you need lodging, see our Travel Information page for local accommodations.

Dates and Locations

Finance Module (optional): Prior to the program start, you have the option of taking the Finance Module which is a finance fundamentals course recommended for anyone without a substantial financial background.
September 12–13
Carlson School of Management, Minneapolis, MN

Module 1
September 14–19
Crowne Plaza Minneapolis West
Plymouth, MN
(Map & Directions)

Module 2
October 19–24
Minnesuing Acres
Lake Nebagamon, WI
(Map & Directions)
Module 3
November 9–14
Oak Ridge Conference Center
Chaska, MN
(Map & Directions)

Module 4
January 12-16, 2015
Oak Ridge Conference Center
Chaska, MN
(Map & Directions)

The Minnesota Executive Program provides world-class faculty.

Drawing from the academic side, you will work with notable professors from the Carlson School of Management who are published researchers as well as visionaries. Carlson faculty are business innovators of new fields and improved tools that benefit corporate performance. Carlson faculty are creators of interdisciplinary ideas and applied thinking that influence global business economics.

Drawing from the business side, you will work with senior-level practitioners, accomplished thought leaders, and "been-there, done-that" chief operating officers who are internationally recognized. Their candor, as well as their concern for your success, sets the bar high in terms of transformational learning.

Ravi Bapna Ravi Bapna, Academic Co-director, Social Media and Business Analytics Collaborative (SOBACO) and Board of Overseers Professor of Information and Decision Sciences, Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota

MARY BENNER Mary Benner, Associate Professor in Strategic Management and Entrepreneurship, Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota
Kevin Cashman Kevin Cashman, Carlson Executive Education Instructor
NORMAN L. CHERVANY Norman L. Chervany, Professor of Information & Decision Sciences, Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota

LEO HOPF Leo Hopf, Carlson Executive Education Fellow

RON JAMES Ron James, Carlson Executive Education Fellow, President & CEO of the Center for Ethical Business Cultures
EDWARD J. JOYCE Edward J. Joyce, Professor of Accounting, Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota
PETER M. RAMSTAD Om Narasimhan, Associate Professor in Marketing, Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota
PETER M. RAMSTAD Peter M. Ramstad, Carlson Executive Education Instructor, Vice President,The Toro Company
Joseph Redden Joseph Redden, Assistant Professor of Marketing and Logistics Management, Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota
ERIC SVAAN Eric Svaan, Carlson Executive Education Instructor

Paul Vaaler  Paul Vaaler, Associate Professor of International Business in Strategic Management and Entrepreneurship, Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota.
AKS ZAHEER Aks Zaheer, the Curtis L. Carlson Chair in Strategic Management, and Director of the Strategic Management Research Center, Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota

Faculty listing is subject to change.

"MEP is really about team building, relationship building, and discovering how you work as a leader. The program exposed me to the perspectives of other industries and business functions, which helped me appreciate how I can effectively align strategies to help my organization succeed. If you want an MBA-level education and superior networking opportunities all within a short amount of time, then MEP is for you.'
Vice President, IT
Medtronic, Inc.

"If you want to acquire a profoundly deep understanding of the 'language' of business—what it means and how to use it—and you still want the time to live your life, have a family, and do your job, then MEP is the perfect choice."
Cunningham Group Architecture, P.A.

"MEP provided the time away from everyday work to review each of our strategic business concepts from an academic, peer, and personal view. MEP provided the tools necessary to analyze our business and provide a template for future growth possibilities."
President & CEO
Dan’s Prize Inc. (Hormel)



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"I did extensive research on the top general management programs in the country, as well as the London Business School, and decided that making the trip from Boston to Minnesota for MEP was the best choice. From the quality of instruction to the quality of the other participants, this program was first-rate."

– Andrew Wheeler
Vice President
Windmoeller and Hoelscher

"Attending MEP was a wonderful opportunity to step outside my industry and be exposed to a group of highly accomplished people who could offer me fresh ideas and diverse perspectives."

– Jeannie Fichtel
Executive Vice President
US Bank

"MEP helped prepare me to advance in my career from a vice president position to the position of president, and I highly recommend the program to any business professional who wants to ensure their career is on the path to success."

– Bill Smith
President & CEO
Waterous Company

Contact Information

Kelly Sherer

Kelly Sherer
Senior Business Development Manager
Phone: 612-624-3821
Email: kdsherer@umn.edu

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