Custom Solutions

Our Customer-Centric Approach

To learn more about designing a custom program for your organization, reach out to Mindy Flood at, or (612) 624-8240.

Our approach to custom programs delivers tailored learning experiences for your team or organization. We co-design the programs with you, matching the curriculum, learning components, and expert instructors to meet your unique needs.

We can help you solve your biggest business challenges, including:

  • Accelerating your leadership pipeline
  • Leveraging analytics, big data, machine learning, and artificial intelligence
  • Creating and executing strategy
  • Enhancing leadership capabilities
  • Developing technical professionals’ business acumen
  • Implementing change successfully
  • Collaborating effectively across a global organization
  • Fostering global & strategic mindsets
  • Driving innovation across your organization
  • Leading across matrix organizations
  • Optimizing your pricing strategy
  • Building business models for emerging markets
  • Additional topics tailored to your business

Ways to Partner with Carlson Executive Education

We can deliver programs at our Carlson School Executive Center, onsite at your organization (including global locations), and in a blended format with face-to-face and online modules.


Our Design Process

See how Carlson Executive Education leverages the expertise of the University of Minnesota faculty and other industry experts to meet your organization's unique needs.

Exploratory Concept Discussion


We begin by listening to you. Our client relations team first wants to learn about your organization, your challenges, and your learning needs. This discussion forms the foundation for the learning solution that will meet the specific needs of your organization.

Potential Solutions


Next, we design potential learning solutions to meet your specific criteria. In most cases, we will present several program ideas for you to consider. One of our strengths is to present outside-the-box solutions designed to move your talent forward.



After agreeing on the program that will best meet your needs, we'll provide you with a proposal, including program elements, learning objectives, timing, faculty, and other program details required to ensure success.



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



Our program delivery team delivers onsite, virtual, and experiential learning. We'll work to make the learning experience as effortless as possible.

Lessons Learned


We'll conduct a post-program meeting with you, including evaluation feedback, to determine how we can further increase the value of our partnership moving forward.

Measurement and Follow-Up


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.

Experiential and Engaging Learning

A full suite of tools for any organization or learning style.



Exec Ed Simulations

Simulations place participants in real-world situations and drive skill development by practicing processes, systems, or situations.

Individual Reflection

Individual Reflection

Individual reflection, including guided learning journal entry, helps participants make connections and directly apply their learning to their current roles.

Case Studies



A case study provides an in-depth look at a topic or situation. Participants are challenged to develop their analytical skills as well as apply tools and frameworks while learning from peers.

Executive Coaching

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Executive coaching helps develop specific leadership behaviors and enables leaders to better navigate issues critical to their success.

Applied Learning

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Applied learning activities enable participants to apply theories, tools, and frameworks directly to their real-world issues.

Action Learning Projects

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Action learning projects provide opportunities for teams to solve significant, organization-wide challenges. Teams are tasked with adding considerable value to their firms while enhancing their critical thinking skills.



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Assessments are used to increase self-awareness and team effectiveness. We work with organizations to identify the right assessments to fit your specific development needs.

Critical Thinking Exercises

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Critical thinking exercises provide opportunities for participants to work with and learn from peers. Skills and competencies are practiced during games or other situations.

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