Rice business school brings leadership seminar to The Woodlands

May 23, 2019 GMT

Local business professionals and aspiring corporate leaders seeking that extra nugget of management know-how will not have to go far to learn new tactics and strategies, as Rice University is bringing a four-day, intensive leadership program to The Woodlands this fall.

Zoran Perunovic, the director of education for the Rice Business School, said the program “The Leadership Accelerator: The Woodlands,” is the first time Rice University’s Business School has hosted continuing educational session outside of the Houston campus.

“This is the first (course) off-campus course in history, it is historic,” Perunovic said of the Oct. 7-10 seminar. “The Woodlands, it is one of the areas around Houston that has mid-level leaders and one of the fastest growing areas with employees with management duties. We (already) have a lot of people who live in The Woodlands who take the executive education courses on the Rice campus. It is a perfect place to have (an off-campus) leadership program.”


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The course, which begins Oct. 7 and runs through Oct. 10, will be hosted at the Lake Front North II building in Hughes Landing, located at 2103 Research Forest Drive. Described in a press releease as an “immersive four-day course designed to provide established managers with the opportunity to revisit leading practices in creating a more cohesive, productive team in their organizations,” Perunovic said the program will be helpful to many.

“The course is a program of the DNA Leadership platform, this is the ‘genetic code’ of leadership,” he said. “There are crucial lessons for anyone in leadership, for skills they need.”

The lead instructor for the course is Professor Brent Smith who is senior associate dean for Executive Education at Rice. Smith, who works as an associate professor of management and psychology with a focus on organizational behavior, will lead attendees through several modules such as, “Leading Oneself,” “Leading Others,” “Leading Teams,” and “Leading the Enterprise.”

Perunovic said registrations for the seminar are going well and added that college leaders expect the four-day session to be full within weeks. The cost of the course is $6,500 and more details can be located online at www.business.rice.edu/TLA/THEWOODLANDS or call 713-348-3720.

“We already have pretty good (registration) numbers and the outlook for a full seminar is good,” he added.