Putting the You in UNICON
To reiterate the all too common refrain, I can’t believe how fast time is passing by! We are already gearing up for the 2018 Team Development Conference hosted by the University of Maryland Robert H. Smith School of Business. I am looking forward to hearing our guest speaker Tom R. Robinson, President and CEO of AACSB, reconnecting with old friends, and meeting new members. The Team Development Conference is always lively and energizing, with lots of sharing of experience and ideas, challenges and solutions, and many opportunities for interacting with and getting to know colleagues from across the industry and around the world. We are very grateful to the team at the University of Maryland Robert H. Smith School of Business for taking on the considerable challenge of hosting hundreds of seasoned and sophisticated conference goers and organizers.
As with any UNICON conference, even with all of the great ideas and efforts of the host, the full value of the experience also depends on the excitement and commitment of UNICON membership to attend, share, and help continue to create the future of our industry. The Team Development Conference has enough seats for every UNICON member institution to be represented, and even welcomes members to send multiple delegates or entire teams. Even so, not all of the estimated 1000+ people who work in our member executive education programs can attend these great, in-person meetings.
That’s why we have been developing a variety of other ways for everyone to keep in touch with the latest developments, read our research and benchmarking reports, share experiences, practices and innovations, and help ensure that university-based executive education continues to improve and remain an important resource for our prospective clients and customers. Our own website is a treasure trove of valuable resources. For example, have you signed up for our informative webinar series? These online events cover a variety of important and practical topics we all face in our jobs every day. To mention just a few:
- “The Top Management Agenda for Executive Development,” presented by Professor Winfried Ruigrok, Dean of the Executive School of Management, Technology and Law at the University of St. Gallen
- “Practical AI Applications for University-based Executive Education,” presented by Paul McDonagh-Smith and Christine Gonzalez, Digital Capability Leader and Assistant Director, Digital Deliveries at MIT Sloan School of Management
- “Perspectives – How University-based Executive Education Is Viewed By Faculty and Clients,” presented by Michael Devlin, Principal, Athru Services, LLC; hosted by Rob Dietel, Director of Executive Programs at MIT Sloan School of Management
UNICON is more than an organization of organizations. We are an organization of and for all the people who work in executive education in our member institutions. We want to invite anyone and everyone who is associated with a UNICON member school to submit contributions* that can be published under your school’s name on the UNICON website. We are asking every member institution to contribute—during the course of a year—at least one short or long article, blog post, or interesting news item about our industry or your own innovations in executive education. Everyone who works at the school is a member of UNICON, not only the prime representative or the head of the organization, and we encourage everyone on your team to contribute to our Content Hub for the shared benefit of the wider membership.
I look forward to reading about all the great work that’s happening around the UNICON membership on our website. And I’ll see some of you in Maryland later this month!
Peter Hirst, UNICON board chair 2018-2019
*For consideration by the UNICON editorial team and subject to obtaining your own institution’s approval.