March 20, 2001
Training Targets Future Business Leaders
How do you grow a CEO? That's a challenge
being met in a popular program at California State University,
What makes "Leadership for the New Millennium" special
is continual input from area businesses like Blue Shield and
Aerojet. The course, which begins Thursday, March 29, is run
by the University's Regional and Continuing Education division.
Program organizers got business leaders involved right from
the start. "When we were developing the curriculum, we
asked 25 CEOs, 'What skills or attributes will be necessary
in your replacement?' " says Jerry Estenson, faculty
coordinator for the class and CSUS professor of business administration.
And they continue to keep then involved. The program is reevaluated
each semester and revamped when necessary to meet the changing
needs of both the businesses and the participants, says program
director Elizabeth Hough. Topics this semester include "Future
Role of Leaders," "The Technology of Change"
and "Modeling Quality Leadership."
Each of the nine six-hour sessions features a presentation
by an internationally recognized scholar. On April 5, the
speaker will be Army Brig. Gen. Kenneth Bergquist, president
of the newly created Joint Special Operations University in
Hurlburt Field, Fla. Bergquist, who leads an effort to help
the individual special operations units of the Air Force,
Army and Navy work together more effectively, will talk on
"Achieving Focus" at 1 p.m. in the Alumni Center.
Estenson says they continually search for presenters who have
a mix of academic credentials and applied knowledge. They've
included faculty from UC Berkeley, St. Mary's College, Santa
Clara University and the University of San Francisco. Non-university
presenters include real estate developer J. J. McClatchy on
power, politics and money, Hewlett-Packard executive Margery
Auvinen on crisis communication and Eric Klein, co-author
of Awakening Corporate Soul: Four Paths to Unleash the Power
of People at Work.
There is also an opportunity during each session to interview
a local CEO. "Participants get to see a leader up close,"
Hough says. "They are very candid discussions."
This semester's group of executives features several graduates
of the program including Anne Moore, Sacramento Housing and
Redevelopment Agency executive director; Philip Germond, Roseville
Telephone vice president; and Dorothy Meehan, Sierra Health
Foundation vice president.
The selection criterion is strict and enrollment is capped
at 25. Participants must be in line to become a senior executive
in a company, or a senior non-elected government official,
within five years and must be sponsored by his or her organization.
This semester's participants represent Aerojet, Blue Shield,
the California Health and Human Services Agency, the Department
of Consumer Affairs, DST Innovis, Logicon, Roseville Telephone
and Wells Fargo. There will also be four participants from
the government of the Guangdong Province in China.
"It's one of the most challenging things I've ever been
involved with," Estenson says. "You have 25 'Type
As' in one room - superstars all."
It's also "networking personified," Estenson adds.
"Each participant leaves with a support group of 24 fellow
participants and knows nine business scholars and nine CEOs
by name. It's incredibly gratifying."
Regional and Continuing Education is now accepting applications
for the fall program. For more information, contact Hough
at (916) 278-4843. For media information, contact the CSUS
public affairs office at (916) 278-4282.
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