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Strategic Leadership: Principles in Action


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Effective leaders must learn to navigate uncertainty while being ethical. Join two David Eccles School of Business professors to learn to address rising challenges, sharpen your ethical decision-making skills, and learn to address varying levels of uncertainty.

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COVID-19 Update

Despite the uncertainty of COVID-19 we encourage you to enroll in our Executive Education offerings with confidence. Courses will be modified to a full or partial distance-learning format in the case of campus closure. Because distance-learning courses will not be able to accommodate on-campus amenities, a discount may be provided. Please contact our office at ExecEd@Utah.edu or 801-572-7273 for more details.

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Successful ethical leaders have consistent principles, a strong sense of empathy, and a strategic vision for their team or organization. Times of uncertainty can test how leaders and organizations address rising challenges. In this program, you will strengthen your leadership skills, sharpen your ethical decision-making abilities, and learn how to address varying levels of uncertainty, all while remaining true to the core mission of your organization. Participants will discuss areas of uncertainty in their organization and learn from faculty how to identify and navigate solutions.

In this program, you will:

  • Learn the role of leaders in recognizing and responding to uncertainty
  • Analyze and understand varying levels of uncertainty
  • Gain strategies for individual and organizational approaches to organization’s challenges
  • Improve your understanding of the characteristics of ethical leaders
  • Assess how to make ethical decisions that meet the goals of your team and organization

Eccles Executive Education is recognized by SHRM to offer SHRM-CP or SHRMSCP professional development credits (PDCs). This program is valid for 13 PDCs. For more information about certification or recertification, please visit SHRMCertification.org.

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Dr. Patricia Gorman

Dr. Patricia (Trish) Gorman is Managing Director of the Goff Strategic Leadership Center at the David Eccles School of Business at University of Utah, where she also teaches Strategy. Trish served recently as a Director at Deloitte, leading their U.S. thought leadership on growth. Earlier in her career, she consulted for the LEK Partnership and for McKinsey & Company, where she later served as McKinsey’s Director of Global Strategy Learning. Trish has held leadership and academic positions as Dean of the Jack Welch Management Institute, Academic Director of the Global Consulting Practicum at Wharton, core faculty at Columbia Business School and lecturer at Duke Executive Education, London Business School and various corporate universities. She has developed and delivered learning programs around the world for Heinz, IBM, Havas, Statoil, Samsung, John Deere, Ropes & Gray, Novo Nordisk, Nokia, SwissRe, Ford, Blue Cross Blue Shield, and dozens of other organizations.

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Dr. Joe Horton 

Before beginning his career at Primary Children’s Medical Center, Mr. Horton was formerly Chief Operating Officer of Cottonwood Hospital. He transferred to Primary Children’s Medical Center as Chief Operating Officer in 1986 and became Chief Executive Officer in 1994. On May 1, 2007, Mr. Horton was appointed Senior Vice President of Intermountain Healthcare and assumed responsibility for all 23 hospitals until his retirement in 2012. Mr. Horton teaches leadership at the University of Utah where he is an adjunct professor. He is also a Visiting Professor at the University of Michigan where he teaches leadership to graduate students.

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  1. Alyssa Charles

    “When you’re in a learning environment and the instructors are very passionate it makes the experience last. Both Trish and Joe are very passionate about their field and I really enjoyed this class. Thank you.”

  2. Alyssa Charles

    “Reinforcing the principles of leadership and connecting it with the human side.”

  3. Katrina Vastag

    “Great real-life examples, pushed me to think differently, instructor gave me a road map and tools I didn’t have before. Loved her energy.”

  4. Katrina Vastag

    “It helped me create some structure/tools to embrace or define ambiguity and how to help others through their own struggles.”

  5. Anonymous

    “Trish has awesome energy. She delivered information in an understandable manner and challenged my way of looking at decisions I make.”

  6. Michael Rodriguez

    “Organized, precise, valuable information. Very thorough and broken down for different levels.” -Michael Rodriguez, Vivint Solar

  7. David Little

    “The instructor was welcoming of all types of engagement. Material was easily adaptable to our company and my market.” -David Little, Vivint Solar

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