College of Business faculty works with FIU Center for Leadership to guide University College of the Cayman Islands global skills program.

College of Business faculty works with FIU Center for Leadership to guide University College of the Cayman Islands global skills program.

Faculty members of FIU College of Business are helping to lead an effort to bring high-level leadership skills to an academic partner in the Caribbean.

The effort is part of FIU’s Center for Leadership’s partnership with the University College of the Cayman Islands (UCCI)’s Executive Certificate in Global Leadership program at UCCI’s campus in Grand Cayman. The program provides participants with knowledge and skills relevant to global leadership business, organizations and government.

Nathan Hiller
Nathan Hiller

“Our approach to leadership helps participants gain self-insight and learn developable skills,” said Nathan Hiller, associate professor in the Department of Management and International Business and academic director for the Center for Leadership, who presented sessions during the 2016-2017 program, scheduled to conclude in May 2017. “Our research-based findings cover a range of topics to help individuals take charge of, and strategically build, their leadership capacity.”

The current program, which began in October 2016, consists of a range of business and management topics presented as intensive sessions over a weekend (Friday/Saturday) once every month. Programs such as these for UCCI are what earned The Center its 2017 #1 global ranking by Leadership Excellence Magazine and HR.com, for custom designed leadership development programming by an academic institution.

“We regard FIU as a very prestigious partner because of its research and academic excellence and we are pleased to have the Center for Leadership with us for a second year of the program,” said UCCI President J.A. Roy Bodden, JP. “We have gotten excellent feedback from people in this program about the significant value that The Center brings to us.”

“The interactive approach that FIU faculty members have creates an interesting dynamic for participants in the program,” said Dr. J.D. Mosley-Matchett, Dean of Graduate Studies and Professional Development at UCCI. “This year’s class happens to consist of almost all government officials and this is a particularly beneficial method of learning for them.”

Hock-Peng Sin
Hock-Peng Sin

Also participating in the program: Dr. Hock-Peng Sin, associate professor in the Department of Management and International Business; Dr. Joyce Elam, dean emeritus, University College and program director for The Center’s Women Leaders Program; Garth D. Headley, director, research advocacy, Office of Research and Economic Development; and Dr. Mayra Beers, director of strategy and implementation for the Center and a Knight Research Fellow.

“Part of our vision at The Center is to have leadership impact on communities beyond South Florida and even beyond the United States,” said Dr. Beers. “We are pleased to continue our partnership with UCCI.”

The FIU/UCCI’s Executive Certificate in Global Leadership program is a required part of UCCI’s Commonwealth of Learning Executive Master of Business Administration and Executive Master of Public Administration degree programs.

For more information on this and other Center for Leadership programs, visit lead.fiu.edu or call 305-348-LEAD.

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