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Crain’s Chicago Business Roundtable highlights Quinlan’s Executive Education

Crain’s Chicago Business Roundtable highlights Quinlan’s Executive Education

Crain's interviewed representatives of three Chicago-area universities on how to select an Executive Education program.

Lifelong professional development through executive education benefits both professionals and organizations, says Colleen F. Reaney, Quinlan's director of Executive Education, in a recent Crain’s Chicago Business roundtable discussion.

She explains that continued training contributes to employee satisfaction, a highly educated workforce equipped to handle a variety of tasks and issues, and career advancement.

Also as part of the roundtable, Reaney and representatives from two other Chicago-area universities discussed the value of executive education programs and how to select a program. Below are excerpts of Reaney's remarks.

The right career stage for Executive Education 

“All stages,” says Reaney. "Our approach at Loyola is that anyone who's looking to advance their career portfolio with new tools and tricks should look at taking programming offered via Executive Education." She also encourages prospective students to consider executive education when looking enhance their resume or gain a new skill set.

How to pick an Executive Education program

Student should take into consideration how courses will “contribute to their professional goals and success, the convenience that course provides them in terms of time commitment and location, the program fees, and the quality of the content provided,” says Reaney. Each university representative emphasized the importance of selecting a program that is the right fit for each individual and the individual's goals.

What distinguishes Quinlan’s program 

Executive Education at Loyola offers a world-class faculty within a nationally ranked business school, says Reaney. Beyond that, the program is part of the Loyola Business Leadership Hub, which means clients can tap into the expansive global network of experts available only at a Jesuit university.

She also stressed that Quinlan’s Jesuit identity and focus on social justice produces leaders that are socially conscious. At Quinlan, there is an innate focus on “why the triple bottom line (social, environmental, financial) must be considered an essential component of all business decisions, not an afterthought,” says Reaney.

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