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Empowerment in Action First Thursday Events – Spring 2010

The Willamette MBA is pleased to announce the spring “Empowerment in Action” series in Downtown Portland.  Learn, interact and connect with staff, faculty, students, alumni and friends while we discuss and explore key issues facing the business community.

Thursday, February 4, 2010 - "Leadership for Uncertain Times"
Jerry Zygmuntowicz, Contributing Assistant Professor

Today’s leaders face unprecedented challenges in navigating the lingering economic downturn. Beyond results, they can draw on their authentic leadership to model behaviors that inspire all their stakeholders and increase employee commitment and retention.

Thursday, March 4, 2010 - “Can We Innovate Our Way Out of This Recession?  Black Swans Cast Long Shadows”
Mark Ahn, Associate Professor of Global Management


We live in an interdependent world in an era of rapid change and growth.  Are we ready for the challenges ahead? This discussion will explore the hype, hope, and opportunities ahead in the context of innovation, performance and value creation.


Location: Living Room Theaters - 341 SW 10th Avenue (at the corner of Stark Street) - Portland, Oregon

Details at http://www.willamette.edu/mba/empowerment.


Second Annual Sustainable Enterprise Certificate Begins in February 2010

Last month the Aspen Institute recognized the Atkinson Graduate School as a top program globally for corporate social responsibility and environmental stewardship.  Once again, the Sustainable Enterprise Certificate program will utilize world-renown speakers in social and environmental well-being to support the School’s commitment to sustainable education.

The program includes three, two-and-a-half day sessions (one in February, March and April, with webinars in between).  Speakers include Polar explorer Robert Swan, Mary Hansel of the Biomimicry Institute and Norm Miller of the Climate Science Department at the Berkeley National Laboratory.

Limited space is available for the February 2010 session.  For more information on the Sustainable Enterprise Certificate, visit http://www.willamette.edu/mba/sustainability.


Willamette MBA Alumni Referral Network – Empower Future MBAs in the Early Career and Professional Programs

The Willamette MBA is now accepting applications for a limited number of spots in the MBA for Professionals in May 2008, full cohorts of the MBA for Professionals in September 2010 and the Early Career MBA in Fall 2010.  Empower the career of someone you know and refer them to the Willamette MBA today.

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Certificate in Business Lawyering – Presented by the Atkinson Graduate School of Management and Willamette University College of Law

Willamette University's Certificate in Business Lawyering (CBL) is a unique program designed to help attorneys speak the language of business.  The program's eight, day-long sessions - taken selectively or together as a Certificate  - explore the fundamental knowledge of business and management in a collaborative, interactive environment.  The program is delivered face-to-face at the Willamette University Portland Center to facilitate discussion and encourage networking between attorneys from law firms and in-house council.

The first session starts on April 7, 2010.  Information about the CBL, including a detailed schedule of topics, session descriptions and an online registration form, is available at the CBL website (http://www.willamette.edu/mba/cbl).  Please feel free to contact Steven Maser, program director, with any additional questions at smaser@willamette.edu.