Executive Education and Leadership Development

Aspire is Loyola University Maryland's extended learning community and online education platform designed to provide students of all experience levels the opportunity to engage in lifelong professional and personal development. Through Aspire, we offer several executive education and professional development courses designed specifically for the business community. The goal of each offering is to improve a specific aspect of job performance and to enhance the participant’s immediate potential and professional network. 

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Advanced Leadership Development Program

The Advanced Leadership Development Program is a 5-module program designed to provide management professionals with the knowledge, tools and confidence to improve their daily leadership effectiveness while preparing them for advanced opportunities.

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Leadership Essentials

Leadership Essentials attracts rising stars and future leaders in the beginning and middle of their careers and is designed to address the critical gap between the skills provided by formal education and the full development of seasoned professionals. Leadership Essentials cohorts are offered in collaboration with Leadership Howard County and the Baltimore County Chamber of Commerce.

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Custom Programs/Mini MBA Workshops

Loyola subject matter experts collaborate with your organization to design custom programs and workshops, ranging from specific topical sessions to broader multi-faceted programs that can accommodate the development needs of a wide range of experience levels.

Mini MBA workshops offer a menu of partial-day seminars on functional area topics including team leadership, finance, accounting, marketing, cyber security, economics, project management, data management and database systems. These topics are designed to increase business acumen for both emerging and experienced leaders who want to enhance their professional development.

Insights Discovery workshops are also available for groups at an organization.  Download the flyer to learn more.

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Online Data Management and Database Programs

Executive Education offers three self-paced fully online courses. These courses may be taken anytime by anyone. Upon completion of your course, participants will receive a Certificate of Completion indicating that you have received a specified number of continuing education (CPE) credits. These credits may be counted, for example, towards maintenance of CPA or other professional licensing.

Program Overview 

In the era of big data, information is the quintessential strategic asset. Managing and accessing information is often a complex challenge requiring a deep knowledge of database systems, database design, and query languages. The courses shown below are designed to help you understand how to manage and access data. You will develop an understanding of data management methods and data visualization using Tableau (Course 1) and, later, valuable hands-on skills in how to access data using Structured Query Language (SQL) at a basic level using Microsoft Access (Course 2) and then more advanced SQL techniques in both Microsoft Access and Oracle (Course 3). You may take one or more courses. For anyone taking Course 3 (advanced database systems), it is recommended that you have Access skills already or that you first complete Course 2 (Introduction to Database Systems). For those completing Course 2 or Course 3, you will need Access to Microsoft Access software. A limited-time subscription to Tableau is included in Course 1.

Course 1: Data Management and Visualization - This course introduces students to the concept of Information Lifecycle Management and how to manage data from the perspective of protecting information as a strategic asset. The course also includes a component on data visualization using Tableau. Time to completion: 15 hours

Course 2: Introduction to Database Systems - This course introduces students to the rudiments of database design through a process called data normalization. Students receive instruction in using Structured Query Language (SQL) in Microsoft Access. Time to completion: 15 hours

Course 3: Advanced Database Systems - This course presents advanced Structured Query Language (SQL) techniques using Microsoft Access. Students are also introduced to advanced SQL/PL and application development in Oracle. Time to completion: 15 hours

CPE Credits and Course Pricing Information 

  • 1 course (15 CPEs) $200
  • 2 courses (30 CPEs) $375
  • 3 courses (45 CPEs) $500

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Great format, presentation of concepts, and plenty of group discussion. The leadership seminar provides real techniques and tools that can be applied to daily challenges.

-Chris Rahl, Gordon Feinblatt LLC

I appreciated the immediate and continued team interaction. The course presented subjects and case studies that I recommend for self-awareness and leadership training.

-Stephen Shultz, Brown Advisory

The strategic planning seminar was thoughtfully crafted and executed exploration into the topic at hand. The instructor used a creative approach and extensive experience to deliver on the goals of the class.

-Michael Bamonti, Loyola University Maryland

The seminar on strategic planning was very informative. The instructor offered a concise look into types of strategies and supporting matrices which can be used to plan for competitive advantage in resource planning, product development, and more importantly, life.

-Belinda Edwards, The MITRE Corporation

After attending the seminar I fell more self-aware and prepared in dealing with business decisions. Prior to this session I would say I did not consciously consider strategy on a daily basis and will now make it part of my daily practice.

-Eric Fischer, RSM US LLP

I appreciate that the seminar really encouraged me to think about myself - how I make decisions, what my leadership style is, and what my own core values are. I think being more self-aware will make me a better leader.

-Todd Studney, Director of Finance, Healthcare for the Homeless

The seminar took the fundamentals of leadership and packaged it into a thoughtful tool that can be used in a practical manner in the workplace.

-Minh Nguyen, HRMS, Manager, Archdiocese of Baltimore