Here’s a great resource I recently learned about: The Careers Network. The Careers Network has taken on the ambitious goal of cataloging all publicly offered executive development programs throughout the world. So far, they’ve amassed a list nearing 2,500. Natalie Baker, the site’s US editor-in-chief, told me that the site’s goal is to provide the most comprehensive listing of executive education available. It’s free to search the site. The organizations that are featured do not pay to be listed.
The Careers Network is a division of The Economist Group, a well-known media brand based in the UK, which has offices in London and New York. You’re probably most familiar with its flagship magazine The Economist.The Careers Network also launched a blog called The Executive Education Navigator about seven months ago. It has excellent career development tips like how to transition into HR in your mid-career and 6 Ways to Advance Gender Equality in the C-Suite.
One of the features that caught my eye on the Executive Education Navigator blog was the “executive profile” feature. So I reached out to the blog team and offered to write a feature. They said “yes” and I’m pleased to share the result: an interview with an amazing woman: Lourdes (“Lou”) Ebra Grill, from The Cocoa-Cola Company. Check out her story here: The executive-education experience of a Coca-Cola executive. A special thanks to Sue Callaghan from the University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business. She connected me with Lou Grill, a graduate of Notre Dame’s Executive Integral Leadership program.
I personally know many colleagues who have benefitted from attending an executive education program offered by a university or other organization outside of their company. And, don’t let the “executive” in the title drive you away. If you are heading up a large department, or are a small business owner, you can benefit as well. So go on over, check out a few programs, and let me know what you think.