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New business course provides ongoing education for leaders

ASU's Next-Level Leadership program helps executives, managers and others in top positions thrive in a changing work environment

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Next-Level Leadership is a new course designed by the W. P. Carey School of Business to assist executives, managers and others in top positions to thrive in a changing work environment. iStock photo

March 14, 2024

Leadership is a trait that must be nurtured and refined over the course of one’s career.

It is never staid or static, and constantly shifts in response to a constantly changing landscape and workforce. The best leaders understand that their education and understanding is never complete.

Arizona State University’s W. P. Carey School of Business recognizes this and is why they’ve created an in-person, executive education course to assist the next generation of leaders.

W. P. Carey Executive Education

The Next-Level Leadership program is just one of several courses the W. P. Carey School of Business offers for individuals and corporations. 

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Next-Level Leadership is a new course designed to assist executives, managers and others in top positions to thrive in a changing work environment.

Alicia Holder, business development director in the W. P. Carey School of Business, is responsible for working with clients and developing the marketing messaging for both the school’s open enrollment and custom professional development programs.

These duties also include the implementation of Next-Level Leadership, which will host its first cohort March 19–20 at ASU’s Tempe campus.

Holder spoke to ASU News about the new program and how it will benefit participants.

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Alicia Holder

Question: How long has W. P. Carey hosted Next-Level Leadership and what is its prime purpose? 

Answer: This is a brand-new program for the W. P. Carey School of Business.

It is one of several new open enrollment programs we are offering as part of our Executive Education portfolio to build business skills in leaders in a wide range of fields and roles. 

It focuses on emotional intelligence and becoming more self-aware of your impact on others.    

Q: What makes for a strong leader and why is leadership so important now?  

A: Leadership is important all the time and in every situation. It takes on many different forms. All of us have the opportunity to lead. 

A strong leader knows how to bring out the best in people and see the opportunity for growth in every situation. This is crucial right now as we have been going through such a period of change.  We need for each person to see where they can make an impact.

Q: This year you requested specific slots for potential leaders in the field of education. Why was this important to you? 

A: Community embeddedness is a key value at ASU. The W. P. Carey School of Business has made a number of commitments to education — both locally and nationally. 

We have created a financial literacy dual enrollment program pilot in one of the public high schools and a program that teaches financial literacy to middle school and high school teachers so they can teach it to their students. We are building on that commitment by creating opportunity for school district leadership to take advantage of programs that build their leadership or financial acumen skills. We have committed to 25 free seats to school district leaders in Arizona for key professional development programs.

Q: What do you hope the learners who attend this come away with? 

A: In addition to a new skill set and new ideas, we hope they walk away with a stronger sense of confidence towards what they can contribute to in their work and community. 

We also hope that they walk away seeing themselves as part of the ASU family — whether they are a Sun Devil or not.

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