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ith industry demand rising for specialized training to keep senior managers ahead of the curve, the Graduate School of Management has launched an ambitious nondegree, custom executive education program, offering tailored and transformative learning experiences that have a lasting influence on the individual, the team and the organization. At the helm is Wendy Beecham, a veteran executive with more than three decades of experience in the private sector and nonprofits. As managing director of executive education, she oversees the development of client-focused learning experiences that make a difference. Nondegree executive education is fundamental to strengthening the School’s corporate relationships, adding another opportunity for executives to tap into the School’s

management talent, internationally renowned faculty and broad network of experts. “All business schools have deep partnerships with the business community,” says Dean Steven Currall. “We see executive education as central to our overall vision of a truly great global business school.” Beecham and Currall, who taught international executive education courses in corporate governance while at London Business School, plan to pursue global executive education markets, including China. The program is designed for groups of employees, rather than sending individual managers to conferences and hoping they pass along their knowledge to colleagues, Beecham says. Programs can be held at the company, off-site or at one of the School’s campuses in Davis, Sacramento and the Bay Area. “It’s a much higher return on investment for the company because an entire team can learn a common language and common skills simultaneously,” Beecham explains.

An Extensive Background Beecham brings an extensive background developing educational content for the corporate market, including the first non-U.S. version of the Westlaw online legal research service as CEO of the London–based Sweet & Maxwell. She also served as senior vice president of the $200 million Enterprise and Library Division of LexisNexis Group in Washington, D.C. Most recently, Beecham was CEO of Watermark, a Bay Area nonprofit organization for women leaders that the Graduate School of Management partners with on its annual “UC Davis Study of California Women Business Leaders.” She also ran a San Francisco–based boutique consulting firm offering coaching to CEOs. As both a creator and participant, Beecham understands how nondegree executive education programs can help businesses meet their goals.

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