A partnership with the Tippie College of Business.

Program Overview

C-suite Leaders face a host of challenges in leading and growing their organizations, particularly with the social and economic turbulence caused by the pandemic. They often lack opportunities to receive formal executive-level training and forge connections with other executive leaders facing similar challenges.

The Business Partnership’s Executive Leadership Program provides local executives and business leaders an immersive deep-dive into today’s most pressing leadership challenges, giving them the tools to successfully lead and grow their organizations.

The program consists of a kick-off meeting and four full-day, in-person sessions throughout 2022. This structure enables participants to periodically remove themselves from day-to-day demands to collaborate with and learn from peers and experts in a cohort-style format.

Each quarterly session is facilitated by an engaging, internationally recognized expert affiliated with the Tippie Leadership Collaborative at The University of Iowa’s Tippie College of Business.

The one-day sessions will cover the following topics:

  • Session #1: Recruiting and Retaining Top Talent – Learn more
  • Session #2: Leading a Diverse Workforce – Learn more
  • Session #3: Leading Strategic Change – Learn more
  • Session #4: Fostering Engagement and Well-being – Learn more
A Kick-off Meeting will be held on February 18, 2022 (Noon to 1pm)

Each session will include 15 participants, and all course materials will be included in the cost to attend. This program will meet quarterly, starting in March 2022 and ending in December 2022. 

Applications will be accepted until February 4, 2022. Apply below:


Greg Stewart

Greg is the Mary H. Bell Chair in Leadership and the Department Executive Officer of Management and Entrepreneurship in the Tippie College of Business. His award-winning research on organizational staffing and teamwork has been published in top research journals and featured in The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and NBC’s Today Show.

Ken Brown

Ken is the Ralph L. Sheets Professor of Management in the Tippie College of Business.  As an educator, he has received the highest teaching awards from the University of Iowa and is the author of a leading textbook on human resource management. Ken is passionate about diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI), and has worked with numerous organizations and nonprofits on issues related to DEI.

Jennifer Nahrgang

Jennifer is the Palmer Professor of Management and Entrepreneurship in the Tippie College of Business.  A former controller for ExxonMobil Corporation, Jennifer is an internationally recognized expert on leadership development, team dynamics, and employee engagement. She currently teaches courses on leadership and negotiations in Iowa’s MBA programs. 

Steve Courtright

Steve is the Henry B. Tippie Research Professor of Management and Director of Executive Education in the Tippie College of Business. He is the recipient of several teaching awards and currently teaches courses on change management in Tippie’s MBA, undergraduates, and executive education programs.

This program is generously supported by:

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