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chrite-brentWhile spring is synonymous with growth and development, this fall has been marked by significant measures of both at the Daniels College of Business—in the form of new programs and evolving initiatives.

As highlighted in last month’s issue of BizNotes, we launched The Denver MBA this fall, a new 20-month program that is turning the traditional MBA model on its head with a challenge-driven approach. In tandem with rigorous, integrated learning modules, students in The Denver MBA participate in four challenges in which they build a startup; support an organization working for the social good; develop solutions to a corporate problem; and, finally, travel beyond the U.S. to work across cultures. Our students are currently immersed in the first of the four challenges—the Enterprise Challenge—which has them ideating, collaborating and pitching their ideas for new startups while being mentored by professionals in various industries. The challenge will wrap on Nov. 15 in a final pitch event at the Commons on Champa in downtown Denver. It promises to be an exciting evening brimming with innovation, creativity and energy.

Also new this fall is a Master of Science in Management degree specifically geared toward recent, non-business graduates seeking their first jobs. The 10-month program is ideal for those wanting clarity about their career paths while developing sound business skills that will give them an edge as they enter the workforce. In the first quarter of the program, we offer the Ideation Class that allows students to think creatively, yet practically, about how to translate their passions into actual jobs. Quite simply, students are limited only by their imaginations.

Highly customized, immersive leadership development is woven throughout our curricula at Daniels where we are cultivating game-changing leaders poised for success in today’s—and tomorrow’s—complex business environment. In September, we welcomed the second cohort of Daniels’ Leadership Fellows program, which offers participants resources over the course of the academic year that range from exclusive seminars and fireside chats with national business leaders, to tailored feedback from executive coaches and Leadership Circle Profiles. The program allows graduate students to take a deeper dive into leadership as they chart their personal and professional growth agendas.

On the undergraduate level, we’re ensuring that our students receive core professional development programming early in their college experience through the Daniels Professional Development Program. Events like The Dress Code, covered in this issue of BizNotes, offer engaging experiences for students outside the classroom that ensure they are equipped with the skills necessary for success following graduation.

Read on to learn how challenge-driven education, market readiness and leadership development are at the heart of all we do here at the College. That’s the Daniels Difference. And we’re eager to share it with you.


E. LaBrent Chrite, PhD