Program Elements

Customized Curriculum

Our customized curriculum begins with in-classroom sessions with our world-class faculty. Join us at one of our state-of-the-art facilities in the Washington, D.C. Metro region or we can come to you. Either way, your organization will benefit from the extensive experience, research and thought leadership of Smith’s faculty.

Before we even begin, our Executive Education Fellows, faculty and staff will work to understand the culture of your organization, and the challenges you face. The better we know your organization, the better we can support you to learn, lead and succeed.

Smith Signature Experiences + Experiential Learning

Hands- on is the best way to learn and storytelling is a powerful tool in teaching. Faculty at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business don’t stand behind a podium and opine—they create memorable experiences for executive education participants. Participants practice what we teach. All day, learners are on the move, thinking, making decisions and understanding how to influence others. We engage the cognitive, affective and psychomotor domains to make sure people learn by doing--and have a great time in the process.

Click here for more information on Smith’s Signature Experiences.

Action Learning Projects

Smith will partner with your team to identify real-world issues facing your enterprise. Over the course of your program, we will facilitate work groups that allow participants to apply their classroom learning to persistent or emerging challenges at your organization. And at the conclusion of your program, participants will present their business project plans to your executives or their peers.

We have a high rate of adoption for many of these projects and the collaboration forges strong bonds between the members of each work group.

Talk to us about your learning objectives and let us design a great experience tailored for your organization.


Smith likes to conduct a pre- and post-program assessment. A group report will help our faculty become more familiar with the strengths and development needs of the group, so they can tailor their content to match. These assessments will allow us –and you—to gauge the continuing impact of your program one year after the formal learning concludes.

In addition, we can license, administer and debrief a wide range of instruments while our expert social scientists can design a tool that dovetails with your own competency model and organizational needs.

Participants, in a group and one-on-one, help each person develop an Individual Development Plan (IDP) to work on both during and after the program.


You will see a much greater return on investment in professional development if you support your people—supervisors, managers and senior executives—with individual coaching. Coaching is invaluable to help learners move from knowing to doing, allowing them to reach their full professional and personal potential. Smith’s cadre of ICF-credentialed coaches can help program participants create and stay focused on their IDPs. Our coaches can:

  • Prompt new self-awareness through thought-provoking questions and astute observations

  • Supply tips and support for dropping unhelpful habits and developing productive new behaviors

  • Provide safe and confidential space for participants to share challenges, hopes and fears

  • Enable fresh insights when issues feel overwhelming and people feel stuck

  • Encourage people to stretch themselves, become open to new possibilities, and to experiment with new behaviors

Advisory Services

Our world-class faculty practice what they teach. Working with your team, they ensure cohesion and alignment of your strategies and operations -- the hallmark of high- performance organizations. Our team will work with yours on:

  • Strategic planning, digital transformation initiatives, innovation and R&D capability enhancement, operational and business process realignment, as well as research and valuation of investments

  • Emerging technology and innovations in workplace practices to help your organization stay current

Whatever your goals, our team can help you get results.

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