Summer Skills Series

Summer is a great time to build the business tools necessary for your success!    The MBA Office and Professional Development Center are partnering to deliver a Summer Skills Series consisting of four half-day workshops to enhance and develop the diverse skills needed to compete in today’s workforce.

Why Attend?   

  Prospective MBAs:        This series is a great way to jump start your MBA career!  Skills developed in this series can serve as a great foundation for your MBA curriculum – and even better prepare you for success on the projects and presentations that lie ahead.
  Current MBAs:   A solid opportunity to propel your skills to the next level!  These sessions can better prepare you for future classes and translate directly to the workplace to maximize productivity. 
  MBA Alumni:   What better way to refresh your skill set!  These sessions are a great opportunity to remain current in the field and strengthen your marketability.  
This workshop is open to Prospective MBA Students, Current MBA Students and MBA Alumni.


The Bloomberg Experience

May 18th 1-5 p.m., 5/3rd Training Room, Smith Hall

Bloomberg is a powerful computer information and retrieval system providing access to financial, economic, accounting, demographic, legal data, news, and analytics. This session will raise awareness of the resources available that can span multiple disciplines - whether you work in the Finance arena or beyond Bloomberg can prove to be a valuable tool! This workshop will teach users how to navigate the system, discover Bloomberg’s powerful functions, and set up your own Bloomberg username.

*Through the corporate partnership with Bloomberg L.P., the Fifth Third Trading Center is the largest Bloomberg-equipped facility among universities in the country. In addition to Bloomberg, the Fifth Third Trading Center also provides access to the Morningstar platform, Research Insight, and other data, news, search, and analytical systems.


Building Proficiency in Excel

June 22nd 1-5 p.m., Conaton Learning Commons, Room 207         

This session will provide a hands-on opportunity for you to expand your proficiency with Excel, while discovering ways to make your workday more efficient. Lynn Beirl, of Xavier’s Discovery Services Center, will walk attendees through the following:

    • Creating and Modifying Charts: learn how to create charts on worksheet data and customize the charts’ design, layout and formatting.
    • Using Sorts, Filters & Pivot Tables: learn how to import data into Excel worksheets; sort, consolidate and filter data; remove duplicate data; validate data; and organize data using Excel outlines. Participants will also learn how to use PivotTables, a powerful tool to quickly summarize large amounts of data in a flexible, ad hoc manner.
    • Analyzing Data Using What-if Tools: Overview of Microsoft Excel’s powerful What-if Analysis tools (Goal Seek, Scenario Manager and Data Tables).

This workshop is currently at capacity and registration has been closed. To be included on a wait list, please email the MBA Professional Development Center at


Influencing without Authority: Cornerstone

July 20th 1-5 p.m., Smith Hall, Room 137

Leadership is more about influence, than the exercise of authority. It is about behaving in ways that influence the feelings, thoughts, and actions of others. This is the key to sustainable leadership and organizational success. With this definition, leadership does not depend on what level you are within the organizational pyramid.

Our facilitators, Rocco Dal Vera, Denise Dal Vera and Annie Fitzpatrick, will guide participants through a learning experience that will change the way you engage others, manage interactions and shape outcomes. This program leverages the fact that—regardless of what we may think—most people make decisions (even complex technical and financial ones) based upon emotional factors. So the ability to connect with your audience on an emotional level is one of the keys to leading others, especially when you don’t have direct authority over what they do. It is also one of the keys to managing interactions and discussions with people who are “difficult.”

If you are interested in how to more effectively influence human interactions and communications in ways to better achieve your personal, team, and organizational goals – this is the workshop for you! Click here to learn more about this session and our facilitators!


Implementing Innovation

August 10th 1-5 p.m., Smith Hall, Room 137

We all seem to agree we need to be more innovative. Some say it is the predominant way in the information age for organizations to achieve sustainable competitive advantage. So what is innovation? Len Brzozowski, of the Xavier Leadership Center, will guide participants through an active discussion on how leading organizations like P&G, IDEO, May Clinic, Google and others make it work in practice. Attendees will explore these topics and what it takes systematically and culturally to make innovation an important piece of your organizational tool kit.

A $25 deposit is required to hold your reservation for each session.  Accounts will NOT be charged if participant attends the session.  No-shows and those who cancel their reservation within 24 hours of the session will be charged the $25 fee.

Questions? Please contact the Xavier MBA Office at 513-745-4213 or

Disclaimer:   We reserve the right to cancel workshops with less than 10 registered attendees.  Those registered will be notified in advance.