UTRGV, through its new Office of Professional Education & Workforce Development, will launch several executive education programs in the coming months.
Given the complexity of leading an organization in today’s fast-changing world, providing both knowledge and guidance for top-level decision makers is becoming increasingly important. The design of the new UTRGV’s programs keep in mind today’s executives.
The first program is the hybrid course, Executive Certificate in Nonprofit Leadership. It pairs online content with in-class review sessions. This includes hands-on exercises to tie the online content to real-life situations. Online content will be self-paced. This will allow flexibility for participants to learn when they can dedicate focused attention to the course.
Jayshree Bhat, who serves both as assistant vice president for Professional Education and Workforce Development and leader of Executive Education programs, said expert practitioners will teach courses. These practitioners have developed expertise in these areas through years of practice.
“While the online component is taught by industry experts from across the country, instructors for the in-class sessions are local practitioners who have been hand-picked for their expertise and in-depth knowledge in the nonprofit sector,” Bhat said.
Practitioners for the first course have extensive backgrounds in nonprofits.
- Elaine Hernandez of Mc Zoila C. Zambrano Allen has more than 20 years of experience managing community-based projects in the nonprofit sector. She has worked with budgets ranging from less than $100,000 to more than $5 million in multi-year budgets. Her passion is for telling compelling stories of impact based on grassroots efforts.
- Zoila C. Zambrano has served as a key member of top management teams in the nonprofit sector. She has experience in providing finance and compliance insight during the strategic planning process. Zambrano has overseen budgets consisting of private, foundation and government grants totaling up to $7 million. She currently is pursuing a doctoral degree in International Business at UTRGV with a concentration in Marketing. Her research interests focus on nonprofits.
Some of UTRGV’s Executive Education’s program offerings for later this year may include “Executive Certificate in Healthcare Hospitality Management” and other topics that address challenges experienced by senior management positions in various industry sectors. This includes driving performance, leading change, developing a leadership mindset, creating clarity and focus, solving problems and making important decisions.
“We want to stay ahead of the curve in identifying current trends in Executive Leadership and tailor the topics to help executives optimize their performance and lead effectively,” Bhat said.