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Program Overview

Drake University Campus — Des Moines, Iowa

A four-part, signature, learning experience encompassing more than 100 hours of orchestrated learning over 12 months.

If you’re interested in more information, please email Sarah Ramsey or call 515-271-2147.

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Leader Readiness

Jan 27, 2020

  • Complete the Drake Leadership Success Profile
  • Identify current leadership challenges with personalized executive coaching sessions

Leader Development

March 30 - April 3, 2020: 40 Classroom Hours

  • ‍Identify your strengths and weaknesses through your Leadership Success Profile results
  • Create a personalized leader development plan
  • Learn practical tools to engage your team

Organization Performance

Jun 1 – 5, 2020: 40 Classroom Hours

  • Learn how to drive strategy and decision-making
  • Identify performance gaps and strategic opportunities
  • Create a 3-year business plan for your function
  • Present your business plan to the Dolphin Tank

Leadership Sustainability

Feb, 2021: 12 Classroom Hours

  • Understand your leadership gains through your re-assessment of the Leadership Success Profile
  • Complete your leader development plan, charting your continued journey to outstanding leadership
  • Evolve your 3-year business plan to achieve greatest impact

Application Deadline

January 9, 2020

EARLY BIRD Deadline by Tuesday, Nov 19, 2019

Additional Coaching Bundles

For those who wish to continue their professional development over and beyond the duration of the program, our executive coaches are available for additional coaching sessions.

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Client Testimonial

I’m in a role where I work with others on developing their careers. Sometimes this means I’m last to take time for my development. Drake's leadership program has helped me with a master-level curriculum designed to identify and leverage my leadership strengths, an executive coach to help stretch me in areas of opportunity, and a structure to create an effective and impactful business plan. The combination of these three elements is like no other experience I’ve had in my 20-year career.

Amanda Young

SVP Human Resources, Bankers Trust

Amanda Young — SVP Human Resources, Bankers Trust

Client Testimonial

As a leader in my family business, Drake's program provided the tools I needed to accelerate my leadership development. The feedback and perspectives given by my executive coach, as well as the other leaders in the program, added value that I utilize daily.

Vince Buie

Director of Business Development, Keystone Electrical

Vince Buie — Director of Business Development, Keystone Electrical

Client Testimonial

The skills, experience, professionalism and passion of everyone involved with this program has been absolutely exceptional.

Tiffany Tauscheck

Chief Strategy Officer, Greater Des Moines Partnership

Tiffany Tauscheck — Chief Strategy Officer, Greater Des Moines Partnership

Executive Delivery Team

Executive Faculty

Matthew Mitchell, PhD — Drake University

Matthew Mitchell, PhD

Drake University
Associate Professor of International Business and Strategy

Matthew Mitchell is an associate professor of international business and strategy at Drake University. Mitchell has travelled, lived, and worked in more than 75 countries, and he has advised Fortune 500 companies, governments, educational institutions, and non-profit organizations around the world in the areas of executive leadership development, board management, facilitation and education, risk management and analysis, international management, and cross-cultural communication.  Professor Mitchell’s research investigates the relationship between firm strategy, politics, and religion in global markets. He has written and published extensively on these topics.  He is a recipient of Drake University's Madelyn M. Levitt Teacher of the Year Award and is Fellow of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufacturers and Commerce.  Mitchell has served as executive editor of the journal International Business: Research, Teaching, and Practice and is a Fellow of the largest national chapter of the Academy of International Business. He earned degrees in physics, math and an MBA from Rollins College, and his PhD in International Business from the University of South Carolina—the world’s leading program in international business.

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Jeffrey Kappen, PhD — Drake University

Jeffrey Kappen, PhD

Drake University
Assistant Professor of International Business and Management

Jeffrey Kappen is an assistant rofessor of international business and management at Drake University. Grounded primarily in institutional approaches, Kappen’s research examines how socio-cultural differences are negotiated and legitimated in organizations.  Kappen is the director of Drake’s Principal Center for Global Citizenship and the Nelson Institute of International Affairs and he teaches primarily on organizational management, global business, and sustainable developments. Kappen has worked and consulted extensively in international sales, marketing and logistics with Fortune 500 companies, educational institutions, and non-profit organization. He speaks six languages and has lived and worked in over 40 countries, with broad experience in Brazil, France, and Venezuela. He also currently chairs the largest national chapter of the Academy of International Business, is serving as a special issue editor for The International Journal of Emerging Markets, and sits on the editorial board of International Business: Research, Teaching, and Practice. Jeff earned degrees with honors in International Relations, French, and Russian from Beloit College, an MBA in International Marketing from the University of Wisconsin, and a PhD in Management from the University of Massachusetts.

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Executive Coaches

Kathy Bauer

Kathy Bauer

HR Consultant; Retired, SVP of Human Resources — Global Atlantic

Kathy Bauer is a seasoned executive with more than 40 years of experience in the life insurance and annuity industry. As the SVP of Human Resources for Aviva USA, Bauer’s key areas of focus included HR infrastructure encompassing talent recruitment and leadership programming, mergers, acquisitions and integrations, and serving as a confidant and counsel to executives. When Aviva USA was acquired, a start-up organization—Global Atlantic Financial Group—purchased the life business and Bauer was asked to lead and develop the HR team.  Over a period of two years, she successfully built the HR infrastructure including benefit programs, the annual performance and 360 review processes, and partnered with the CEO to incorporate executive coaching in the development of key talent. She retired from Global Atlantic in May of 2016 as managing director and chief human resources officer.

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Holly Dierks

Holly M. Dierks

HR Consultant; Retired, VP of Human Resources — John Deere Financial

Holly M. Dierks is retired after a 37-year career with John Deere where she most recently served as Vice President, Human Resources for John Deere Financial (JDF).   As a member of the senior leadership team at JDF’s worldwide headquarters located in Johnston, Iowa, Holly was responsible for HR globally across its 18 countries’ operations.  Key areas of her responsibilities included leadership development, succession planning, coaching and key talent identification and development.  In retirement, Holly is active in the Des Moines community, serving on the Board of Directors for Living History Farms and Drake University Bulldog Club, is a member of the Income Cabinet for United Way and is a volunteer for PREP workshops for the Evelyn K. Davis Center and Dress for Success which help unemployed and underemployed women build resume and interview skills.  Holly also is happy to be able to provide weekly care for her two grandsons (age 2 and 6 months) and her father who recently celebrated his 100th birthday and is fondly known as “Mr. Drake”.  Holly earned a degree in Psychology from Drake University, and has been active in Drake alumni leadership roles for many years.

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Charise Flynn

Charise Flynn

Owner — C.Results

Starting her first business at 13, Charise Flynn—owner of C.Results, LLC—has more than 20 years experience cultivating companies from the ground up through razor-sharp thinking, design of business models and the development of executives. Serving most recently as chief operating officer of Dwolla, Flynn established and lead teams in the areas of legal, compliance, risk, customer support, human resources, and finance. Raising more than $32 million in tier-one venture capital and overseeing the Des Moines-based company's expansion to San Francisco, Flynn was instrumental in guiding Dwolla's growth. Named to the Des Moines Business Record’s “40 Under 40,” awarded the Simpson College Alumni Achievement Award, and bestowed the Technology Association of Iowa's Small Business Innovation and Leadership Award, Charise graduated Magna Cum Laude from Simpson College with degrees in Philosophy and Religion.

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Kerty Levy

Kerty Levy

President — KNLWorks

Kerty Nilsson Levy, President of KNLWorks, helps organizations identify theirstrategic directions and works with individuals to develop skills that drive operational success and empowered working environments. Levy is known for her ability to think strategically and innovatively, working with a wide variety of industries.  She has consulted with Fortune 500 companies and startup companies all over the world to identify needs and conduct customer discovery in the market place, developing products, services and execution plans. Levy has worked in consulting for Boston Consulting Group and Technomic Consultants International (TCI) in Hong Kong, as well as in business development and product management for start-up e-learning organizations in San Francisco.  Levy also served as CEO of the Downtown Community Alliance, and led global marketing, HR and IT for Kemin Industries. Levy received her Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from the University of California at Davis and her Master of Business Administration from Harvard University.

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Sarah Ramsey

Director — Drake Executive Education Center

Sarah Ramsey, director of the Drake University Executive Education Center, is a positive, passionate and determined leader with more than 20 years experience rallying the troops and building consensus and commitment so that individuals, teams, and organizations can achieve a common goal. She is known for her ability to interact with a wide-range of individuals, develop meaningful relationships, and leverage resources to create solutions. Sarah's role at the Executive Education Center is rooted in her beliefs that strong leaders build strong organizations and strong organizations build strong communities, and that transformational learning experiences are pivotal to the journey.  She holds a masters of Public Policy from UCLA School of Public Policy and Social Research, and a BA in Sociology from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.

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Enrollment Fees


Fees Include

  • 360 performance review
  • Tuition
  • All education materials
  • Breakfast, lunch and coffee breaks during classroom sessions

Fees Do Not Include

  • Travel
  • Accommodation

Optional: Additional Executive Coaching

$1,200 for 6 hours

Additional Information: You must be nominated and sponsored by your current employer. Although there are no formal educational requirements, admission is selective and based on professional achievement and organizational responsibility. We look for professionals who demonstrate business talent and leadership potential. Drake University Executive Education programs have been developed in conjunction with our corporate and community stakeholders and are specifically designed to deliver value to both you and your sponsoring organization. Success in any component of the Leading Others program requires full commitment from both parties: While participants devote time and intellect to the learning experience, sponsoring organizations agree to relieve individuals of their work responsibilities during the program.

Application for Leadership

Outstanding leadership matters and is achievable. Our program leverages a signature learning experience, one that is transformative, empirical and readied. 

Take your leadership
from, "Ready Later" to "Ready Now".

Complete the application here. You may submit your completed application, along with necessary additional materials, via mail or email. 

Program Dates

  • Leader Readiness: January 27, 2020 (no classroom time; welcome guide sent out)
  • Leader Development: March 30 – April 3, 2020 (in classroom)
  • Organization Performance: June 1 – 5, 2020 (in classroom)
  • Leadership Sustainability: February, 2021 (exact date TBD; 8-hour classroom experience)

Application Due

January 9, 2020

Enrollment Fees

Standard Pricing

$11, 499

Early Bird Pricing*

$10,740 (SAVE $750)

*Early bird pricing valid until November 19, 2019


Group of 3 attendees

$10,000 per person

Fees Include

  • 2 x 360 performance review
  • Tuition
  • 7 Executive coaching sessions
  • All educational materials
  • Breakfast, lunch and coffee breaks during classroom sessions


Drake University Executive Education Center 
Attn: Executive Director
2507 University Ave. 
Des Moines, IA 50311


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Client Testimonial

This program has revolutionized how I think about leadership. 

Ian Asplund

SVP Strategic Analytics, EMC

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