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Leading-edge programs delivered online or in-person

Our commitment to developing and providing transformative educational experiences does not stop with a degree. The changing world of business requires leaders who continually evolve to meet new challenges. Professional and Executive Education at Gies College of Business provides continuing education that empowers senior executives, managers, and all lifelong learners to achieve their potential.

We offer certificates, noncredit workshops, and digital badges for individual learners as well as custom solutions for enterprise partners. 

Online Courses, Certificates, and Badges

Not every learner wants to earn a degree. Some are looking to upskill or reskill; others want to pursue noncredit courses as a first step toward earning more advanced credentials. We have the online learning expertise and infrastructure to serve these lifelong learners with professional and executive education. Our stackable options provide direct access to Gies online content and allow all learners to choose their point of entry and their path on the continuum, from skill development to degrees. This flexible, stackable structure makes a Gies education accessible for all lifelong learners.

Certificate in Business Management and Administration

MBA Essentials Certificate Course
Starts October 8, 2020

Gain skills in strategic leadership and innovation, process improvement, marketing management, and managerial accounting.

Skills iCademies

Skills iCademy: Business Analytics
Open Enrollment

The Business Analytics iCademy provides foundational and advanced resources to help ease the burden you face when learning data analytics.

Data Analytics and Visualization for Accounting Professionals

Data Analytics and Visualization for Accounting Professionals
Open Enrollment

This course is designed to help accounting professionals develop an analytical mindset and prepare them to use data analytic programming languages like Python and R.

Enterprise Partnership Programs

Our Enterprise Partners program offers employers the opportunity to advance their workforce through customized online and on-site educational experiences. For employees, the program helps accelerate their careers. For employers, it advances the organization. We invite you to partner with us to access customized, high-quality, and engaging content to cultivate your employees’ business skills. From information about the fundamentals of business to disruptive technologies, we provide the global workforce access to the highest quality, stackable, in-demand content.

"Developing the program with Gies as the partner was a very strong message of how serious we were about [internal promotion]."

Dr. James C. Leonard
MD President, Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
The Carle Foundation

Gies News and Events

Purpose, process and the power of authenticity

Oct 14, 2020, 10:29 AM by Aaron Bennett
Kari Keating brings decades of industry and academic experience to Gies, where she hopes to help the next generation of business professionals find their purpose by giving them something everyone needs — the freedom to be themselves.

For nearly a decade, Kari Keating was a teaching assistant professor at the University of Illinois College of ACES, where she helped coordinate the school’s minor in leadership studies. Now she’s bringing that experience a few blocks west, where she hopes to help the next generation of business professionals find their purpose by giving them something everyone needs — the freedom to be themselves.

“I want to bring my own sense of authenticity, so that students feel like they have the permission to do the same,” said Keating. “In my courses, I like to talk about my own backstory so students realize professors and business people are just people. It’s not like they’re auditioning to play a role.”

For Keating, that backstory starts in the Midwest. Originally from Taylorville, Illinois, she completed a bachelor’s in marketing from Bradley University. That was followed by a master’s in educational psychology from the University of Iowa. But it wasn’t until her first post-graduate job in Florida that her education really became complete.

“I grew up in Illinois, but professionally, I grew up in Florida,” said Keating, who spent a decade working for the St. John’s County Chamber of Commerce. Home to the city of St. Augustine, it’s a popular destination for tourists, who are drawn by both the climate and the culture of America’s oldest settlement. “That’s where I learned my real-world business acumen and how non-profits work, how communities develop, and how local and state leadership works. It’s also where I really got turned onto leadership development and collaboration across territorial bounds.”

She loved everything about the job, but two years after the birth of her twins, she decided it was time for a change of pace. “My long-range plan was always to get back to academia,” she said. “Because that’s where I felt most at home.” So, with her family in tow, she moved back to Illinois, where she completed a PhD in human and community development at the College of ACES in 2011.

Her timing couldn’t have been better. Just as her studies at ACES were winding up, a new, campus-wide minor in leadership was just starting up. That’s when Keating made the leap to the front of the classroom. For the next nine years, she honed her skills as an instructor, teaching Intro to Leadership, Leadership Communications, and a capstone course call Collaborative Leadership.

There are echoes of all that in the courses she’ll be teaching at Gies, which are part of the new undergraduate core. In Business 201-Business Dynamics, she’ll lead students as they work in teams to manage a simulated manufacturing business. Business 301-Business in Action, follows a similar roadmap. Students will continue working in groups; only here, they’ll up their game, working with real clients as they hone their professional skills.

Keating says she loves teaching, because she likes connecting with students, especially those who are just starting to find their place in life. “I think that’s part of the reason I’m so drawn to Gies is the heavy focus on purpose,” said Keating. “As a teacher, I want them to know I see you and I hear you. Whether you’re going to pursue something in the private sector, non-profit advocacy, or you want to be a public servant, I see all your stories and they’re all worthy.”

Through her courses, she also hopes to help her students learn another important fact of life in the business world — that process is often more important than product. “The way they express themselves and the way that they work with others will have the biggest impact on their life.”