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Custom Solutions


Development programs designed specifically for your needs


Partner with us to create a solution that is completely customized to meet your unique objectives. While many organizations offer custom options for programs, we provide experiences that are truly unique from design through measurement. Course designers and faculty will partner with your organization every step of the way to ensure learning objectives align with business outcomes. High-quality service is essential to our mission and identity as part of the University of Minnesota. We consistently receive excellent ratings in overall satisfaction as well as program management from both clients and participants. 

Our forward-thinking approach ensures your high-potential talent will have the competencies needed to maximize business performance today and ensures talent readiness for tomorrow. Read about how Executive Education clients strengthened their teams and reached their business goals in these client impact stories


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Custom program capabilities include:

  • Analytics, big data, machine learning, and artificial intelligence
  • Strategy creation and execution
  • Change management
  • Innovation
  • Diversity, equity & inclusion (DEI)
  • Emerging market business development
  • Collaboration in global organizations
  • Business acumen for new leaders and technical professionals
  • Pricing strategy

Our network of business and leadership experts extends throughout the University of Minnesota and beyond. Select from the broad array of transformative content from our 2-5 day short courses or tell us about your specific development objectives. We will partner with you to develop the program you need to achieve your goals. 

"As we went through the first course that is where the partnership really grew. We stepped back and we learned from the people that participated and the feedback that they got and we continued to refine and that element is not something you're going to get from every university or every partner. You're going to get an out-of the-box course and that's not what we were looking for."

– Marc Paradis,

Vice President and Dean of Data Science University,


Our Impact


of Minnesota-based Fortune 500 firms chose Carlson Executive Education Programs for their leaders, 2018 - 2020


leaders completed a Carlson Executive Education Program, 2018


of Carlson Executive Education’s custom clients became repeat customers, 2015 - 2019

Carlson Custom Design Process

Select the custom solution that best fits your unique needs. Using our exclusive Carlson Custom Design Process, we can match content, learning methodology, expert instructors, and outcome measurement to your unique learning objectives. We can deliver programs at our Carlson Executive Center, onsite at your organization, or in a blended format. Executive Coaching can be added to any solution. To learn more contact our team.

Needs Assessment

We begin by listening to you. Our client relations team first wants to learn about your most pressing business challenges and talent development needs to ensure your organization is future-ready. This discussion forms the foundation for the customized learning solution that we will co-design to specifically meet the needs of your organization.

Solution Design

We design potential learning solutions to meet your business objectives. One of our strengths is to present unique and transformational solutions designed to move your talent forward. Our programs combine thought leadership from world-renowned Carlson School faculty with action-oriented learning. Our tools and frameworks allow for immediate application at work.

Client-Faculty Alignment

Our program design team will partner with you to define the customized content for your program. We’ll ensure your learning objectives will be met by conducting alignment meetings with each faculty member involved in the program. In addition, we’ll recommend learning activities to create an engaging and actionable experience for your leaders.


Our program delivery team excels at delivering on-site, virtual, and experiential learning. We’ll work to make the learning experience seamless and impactful for all participants.

Measurement and Impact

We’ll measure the impact of our program by working with you and your participants, immediately following the program as well as during designated future intervals. We’ll conduct a post-program meeting with you to discuss evaluation feedback, program successes and overall impact to the organization, and to determine how we can further increase the value of our partnership moving forward.

Would you like to discuss how to better connect your Learning and Development plan with your organization's business goals? Contact our team at execed@umn.edu for more information.

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