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High Performance Leadership

Denver’s Premier “Mini MBA” Program

The High-Performance Leadership Program (HPL) at the University of Denver’s Daniels College of Business is an intensive experience for individuals with significant leadership responsibilities who are looking to hone their skills in order to take on larger and more critical challenges. In a fast-track format, you’ll experience the best that Daniels has to offer: high-caliber faculty, rigorous and innovative classes and an accomplished peer group.

Program Start: March 2, 2020

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Workshop Benefits

Drawing from the Daniels Executive MBA, the HPL combines leadership skills and competencies with foundational business topics such as finance, marketing, and strategic decision making. You will gain: 

  • An awareness of your personal strengths and weaknesses as well as those of your organization.
  • A plan to achieve organizational goals through your personal leadership and the ability to inspire, engage and lead others’ performance.
  • New methods, tools and best practices in the areas of innovation, strategy and market analysis.
  • An increased agility and adaptability to change.
  • A strong foundation of business ethics to be prepared for difficult decisions today and in the future

Day 1 – DU/The Nature Place

  • Class Introduction
  • Leadership
  • Org Performance
  • Change Frameworks

Personal Leadership—Insights and Emotional Intelligence

Day 2 – The Nature Place

Building High Performance Teams & Feedback

Outdoor Experiential Feedback & Declarations

Day 3 – The Nature Place

Interpersonal Leadership—Engagement, Performance

Outdoor Experiential Feedback & Takeaways Return to Denver

Day 4 – DU

Finance Part 1: Understanding Financial Statements

Managing Executive Presence

Day 5 – DU

Marketing, Innovation and CRM

Marketing, Innovation and CRM (continued)

Day 6 – DU

Finance Part 2: Planning & Analysis, Budgeting

Influence & Negotiation

Day 7 – DU

Data Visualization

Values-Based Leadership

Day 8 – DU

Strategic Thinking/Business Models/Org Designs

Managing Energy/Resilience

Day 9 – DU

Attracting & Developing Talent

Execution Disciplines

Day 10 – DU

Leading Change

Program/IDP Debrief & Graduation

Key Faculty

Kerry Plemmons

Kerry is a Clinical Professor at the University of Denver, Daniels College of Business. He brings over thirty years of experience in entrepreneurship, leadership, business development and international business. Prior to Daniels, Kerry held executive positions at Starbucks and Pour La France.

J. Scott McLagan

Scott is a Clinical Professor of Management at the University of Denver, Daniels College of Business. He teaches and consults in the areas of leadership, strategic planning/execution and global business. Prior to joining Daniels, Scott spent over 27 years in industry with senior executive roles with Emerson Electric and Monsanto.

More Details

Program Structure—HPL begins with a two-night, three-day retreat in the mountains of Colorado followed by seven full-day sessions on consecutive Thursdays taking place on the University of Denver campus.

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Detailed Program Schedule

Monday, March 2 – Wednesday, March 4, 2020: 3 day/2 night retreat in the Colorado mountains Each of the following dates is a full-day session on-campus at DU:

  • Thursday, March 12, 2020
  • Thursday, March 19, 2020
  • Thursday, March 26, 2020
  • Thursday, April 2, 2020
  • Thursday, April 9, 2020
  • Thursday, April 16, 2020
  • Thursday, April 23, 2020
Admissions Requirements

A minimum of seven years of work experience in progressively responsible roles, including at least five years in personnel management. We will evaluate management experience to determine the appropriate fit. Additionally, the application requires a professional resume, personal statement (outlined on application), recommendation from your supervisor (if applicable), and if taking the program for academic credit, unofficial transcripts of past college-level work. Please note that the application deadline is three weeks prior to the program’s start date.

Tuition & Cost

Not-for-credit: $10,000 15% discount available for DU Alumni, Daniels Corporate Partners, and 3 or more individuals from the same organization: $8,500 20% discount available for Non-profits, Current or Former Military, Government: $8,000 

For-credit: $11,408 (8 credit hours at DU’s tuition rate)

Cancellation Policy

If you need to cancel your registration for this workshop, you may transfer your enrollment to a future session, send someone to take your place, or cancel without penalty at any time up to one week (7 days) prior to the start of the first class. If you provide us with less than one week’s notice, or fail to attend, you will be liable for the entire workshop fee.

Contact Us

Assistant Director of Business Development
Executive Education
Joy Burns Center 307

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