Professional development matters to business success
Meinders School of Business offers the goods
Americans spent more than $70 billion on professional development and corporate training in 2016 — a 25 percent increase since the end of the last economic recession, according to Forbes.
Employers are recognizing employee development as an innovative way to attract and retain quality talent and overcome skill gaps. They have also noticed the impact this investment can have on a business’ bottom line.
“Oklahoma companies are no exception,” said Melissa Cory, director of Executive and Professional Education at Oklahoma City University’s Meinders School of Business. “Investment in professional education is invaluable.”
“At Meinders we recognized several years ago the importance of continuous learning and development opportunities for our graduates, industry professionals and our community,” she said. “That’s how Oklahoma can produce business leaders and the enterprising workforce that we need to compete.”
“The best companies understand that growth and development of their talent is one of the greatest drivers of engagement and retention,” Cory said. “Therefore, they prioritize and allocate the necessary resources to provide enrichment opportunities for continuous learning — all while gaining a competitive edge to maintain top talent and be an employer of choice.”
According to a recent survey, 76 percent of employees want opportunities for career growth as one of the top three nonfinancial motivators. Millennials rank these opportunities even higher; 87 percent of millennials said professional development opportunities were very important factors in their decisions to stay at a job, according to Gallup.
The Executive and Professional Education Center in the Meinders School of Business at Oklahoma City University provides development opportunities through highquality programs, conferences and special events. They have been recognized beyond the region for preparing professionals to earn certification in project management professional (PMP); Society for Human Resource Management Certified Professional (SHRM-CP) and Society for Human Resource Management Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP); executive coaching and leadership development, Native American Enterprise Management, Professional Land Management (PLM) programs and customized training solutions.
“We are passionate about education and providing business and leadership solutions for today’s talented and diverse workforce,” Cory said.
“Our strategy is to pursue niches with an emphasis on personalization where growth and partnerships enable us to deliver quality programs and high value required by the modern-day business community.”
This division of the business school works with a diverse clientele, from Fortune 500 companies and government agencies to small businesses, nonprofits and individuals with a desire to sharpen their skills and reach their personal and professional goals.
If skill development for highpotentials, managers and senior leadership is what you’re looking for, the executive coaching and leadership development package includes an in-depth assessment into one’s character, drivers and risks as well as the preparation of an individual developmental action plan.
“With employee engagement and job satisfaction at historic lows, it’s important to understand personal leadership acumen, vocational suitability and reward and recognition preferences, to maintain peak performance, Cory said.
“A standard, one-size-fits-all benefits and rewards program just doesn’t work.”
“Top employers with transformational leaders realize the importance of determining what motivates the individual employee,” she said. “The CDR 3-D Assessment Suite for example is a robust tool used to provide the unique insights into a leader’s key strengths and development needs in the areas of character, drivers and rewards and risk assessment.”
Moreover, Cory said, being able to add certifications such as PMP, SHRM and PLM to a resume have become increasingly important to professionals — and Meinders is ready to prepare them for it.
The school is particularly proud of some of the partnerships forged with the community. The Native American Enterprise Management program, for instance, was developed in partnership with Governor Anoatubby and the Chickasaw Nation. It is now in its third year.
“This has been a wonderful opportunity for all of us. We consider the strategic direction with our client at the center of the conversation, which strengthens our partnership and drives financial results,” she said.
Cory and her team have helped develop customized programs for many local companies to close skill gaps and drive creativity and innovation in a format that meets budgetary needs and organizational goals. They also offer services such as conference and event planning and help connect the community to expertise and other leadership.
From custom training, certificate programs or conferences and events, the Executive and Professional Education Center will help find a solution to any professional development need.
“Education has the power to change lives,” Cory said. “We offer a great collection of programs with the highest quality content available to help our clients create innovative ways to keep winning.”
Discover what a professional education from Meinders means at www.okcu.edu/business/professional-education.
The Executive and Professional Education Center in the Meinders School of Business at Oklahoma City University provides development opportunities through high-quality programs, conferences and special events.
LEFT: Melissa Cory, director of Executive and Professional Education at Oklahoma City University’s Meinders School of Business.