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Carlson General Management Program

Accelerate the trajectory of your high potential leaders and prepare them to take on enterprise-wide responsibility. The Carlson General Management Program is a senior-level development program designed to accelerate the pace at which rising leaders can successfully lead the business and lead others.

Program Details


Program spans 5 sessions over the course of 6 months. April 19-20, May 18, June 6-7, July 13, Sept. 26-27, 2023.

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In Person: Minneapolis, MN

About the Program

The Carlson General Management Program is our flagship program for senior-level leaders who are assuming enterprise-wide responsibilities. In this six month, transformative program, senior leaders will immerse themselves in far-reaching leadership topics, polish their understanding of business strategy, and acquire the soft skills required to lead in today’s environment of continuous disruption.

Participants may choose to attend remotely via Zoom. This option can be selected in the registration process.


Learn how you can customize this program for your organization.


The program is designed to fit the needs of busy professionals. Participants join their cohort for three immersive modules as well as two live-online sessions alongside faculty and their peers. Accomplished Carlson Executive Education faculty will lead the cohort through discussion and provide subject matter expertise to help leaders apply course material directly towards their work. Surrounded by a close group of colleagues, participants will build relationships and expand their networks as they prepare to lead.


At the end of this prestigious program, participants will have enhanced their capacity to lead by acquiring a well-rounded understanding of business strategy and leadership skills. Course work covers navigating a digital-first world, building sound business strategy, providing financial accountability, creating customer-centric programs, leading change, ethical decision-making, enterprise-level collaboration, as well as leading inclusively, cultivating executive presence, and working with emotional intelligence.


Carlson Executive Education has selected the program faculty to facilitate a world-class, impact-generating learning experience. Our faculty have direct experience developing leaders to deliver value for their organizations.

Meet Program Faculty


  • Business Unit Leader
  • Division Leader
  • Vice President
  • General Manager
  • Senior Director

Key Benefits

  • Elevate leadership capabilities to drive organizational growth
  • Develop a global, enterprise mindset to lead across complex organizations and a changing business landscape
  • Explore vital topics including digital transformation, strategy & inclusive leadership
  • Connect with other influential leaders and gain valuable insights from other industries and perspectives
  • Apply new knowledge immediately and drive business impact

Faculty Perspective

Prof. Theresa Glomb and Prof. Aks Zaheer discuss the shift in mindset that leaders must undergo as they take on more enterprise responsibilities. 

It's important for me to get away and brush up on skills, talk about current issues, and get refreshed so I can go back to my team and lead change in a way that they can identify with.

– Lynn Andrews, General Manager, American Precision Avionics

There are some cutting-edge things that are hitting companies and this [program] was a great way for me to become much more knowledgeable about them.  

– Aric Melzl, Brand Executive, Consumer Goods

Participant Perspective: Carlson General Management Program

Participants share their experience in the program and explain how their learning has led to growth, for themselves and their teams. 


Module 1
April 19-20, 2023
Digital Transformation AI & Demystifying Data Analytics
Executive Presence
Working with Emotional Intelligence
Business Strategy
Leadership Success Circle
Live Online Session
May 18, 2023
Leadership Agility
Module 2
June 6-7, 2023
Financial Accountability
Enterprise / Global Collaboration
Business Ethics for Leaders
Executive Panel
Live Online Session
July 13, 2023
Leadership Agility
Module 3
September 26-27, 2023
Customer Centricity
Leading Change
Leading Peak Performance
Inclusive Leadership


Ravi Bapna
Curtis L. Carlson Chair in Business Analytics and Information Systems; Associate Dean for Executive Education, Academic Director, Carlson Analytics Lab

Professor Ravi Bapna's expertise lies in helping companies reframe their understanding of analytics, AI, and machine learning, and then leverage that understanding for competitive advantage.

Louellen Essex
Carlson Executive Educators Network

Louellen Essex focuses on training and organizational development, leadership, communication, team building and conflict resolution. She holds a PhD from the University of Minnesota where she studied administration, psychology, and communication.

Theresa Glomb
Professor, The Toro Company-David M. Lilly Chair in Human Resources

Theresa Glomb is a Professor and The Toro Company – David M. Lilly Chair in Human Resources, Department of Work and Organizations. She received her Ph.D. and AM in social, organizational, and individual differences psychology from the University of Illinois and her BA in psychology from DePaul University.

Miquel Lladó
Carlson Executive Educators Network

Miquel Lladó is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Strategic Management at IESE Business School, University of Navarra. He holds an Advanced Degree in Economics and Business from the University of Barcelona.

Helen Moser
Senior Lecturer, Finance
Helen has served in multiple finance roles including CFO, chief credit officer, commercial lender, controller, and commercial credit analyst. She began teaching undergraduate courses in the evenings while working in the banking industry.
Hari Nair
Carlson Executive Educators Network

Hari’s currently serving as an Advanced Leadership Fellow at Harvard. His most recent role was Group Chief Strategy & Innovation Officer for Sime Darby, a $13 Billion USD conglomerate and diversified multinational, with businesses in key growth sectors namely, plantations, industrial equipment, motors, property and energy & utilities with operations in more than 20 countries.

Abdul Omari
Carlson Executive Educators Network

Omari is the founder of AMO Enterprise, which focuses on leadership development and the inseparable ties to equity, inclusion, and diversity.  He served six years as an elected member of the Board of Regents at the University of Minnesota and currently serves on the University of Minnesota Foundation Board of Trus

Rand Park
Senior Lecturer, Strategic Management & Entrepreneurship

Rand Park has held a variety of professional positions over the past 20 years, including law, public finance, higher education administration, and fundraising and development. From 1997 to 2002 he served on the Board of Directors of HealthPartners, Inc.  He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Better Business Bureau Foundation of MN and ND. 

Amy Tolbert
Carlson Executive Educators Network

Amy S. Tolbert, Ph.D., CSP develops multicultural organizations and individuals by bringing you cutting-edge topics, such as, multicultural and diversity initiatives, leadership competency development, managing to style, and creating breakthrough teams.

Connie Wanberg
Professor and Industrial Relations Faculty Excellence Chair

Connie Wanberg teaches classes involving human resources management, leadership, industrial/organizational psychology, and organizational behavior. In her role as a researcher, she is known for her work on unemployment, job search, and careers.

Aks Zaheer
Professor, Curtis L. Carlson Chair

Aks Zaheer is Professor and Curtis L. Carlson Chair in Strategic Management and Entrepreneurship at the Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota.  He earned his PhD from the Sloan School of Management at MIT, an undergraduate degree in Economics from St.

Mary Zellmer-Bruhn
Professor, Department of Work and Organizations
Professor Zellmer-Bruhn is a Professor of Organizational Behavior in the Work and Organizations Department of the Carlson School of Management.

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Program spans 5 sessions over the course of 6 months. April 19-20, May 18, June 6-7, July 13, Sept. 26-27, 2023.

Register by Credit Card Register by Invoice

Program spans 5 sessions over the course of 6 months. April 19-20, May 18, June 6-7, July 13, Sept. 26-27, 2023.

Register by Credit Card Register by Invoice