SMU Cox Executive Education was presented the silver Learning in Practice award for Excellence in Academic Partnerships by Chief Learning Officer magazine at a special ceremony on September 19th at the Fall 2012 Chief Learning Officer Symposium.  SMU Cox Executive Education was selected for its work with the National Hispanic Corporate Council (NHCC) in developing the corporate executive development program for Hispanic managers and executives.

These national awards are presented annually to individual learning practitioners/executives and provider organizations that have helped their own or their client organization enhance performance and meet business objectives through outstanding learning initiatives.  The judges for the awards represent a number of significant national corporations. CLO magazine received a record number of entries this year.

SMU Cox Executive Education and the NHCC collaborated in designing and implementing a unique leadership development program for Hispanic individuals identified by their corporate employers as potential executives for leadership roles. The 9-month experience combines 3 ½ day business and leadership coursework modules at SMU in September, January and May with nationally recognized SMU Cox faculty and corporate leaders, personal business development plans, individual Hispanic leader mentors and sponsors, special program projects and on-going development support at their jobs between these modules. Many of the program graduates have already progressed to executive positions with Fortune 1000 companies.

“There is a significant opportunity to meet the leadership needs of today’s organizations by growing the Hispanic executive talent pool.  This is a great tribute to the people involved in the program from the NHCC and SMU Cox,” said Frank Lloyd, Associate Dean, Executive Education, SMU Cox School of Business.  “This is the only development program of its kind created through the collaboration of an academic institution and an effective Hispanic corporate networking organization.”

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