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We live in an interconnected world. Your organization may see many advantages in partnering with other companies for learning and development. You will benefit from access to the best practices of others who may be in the same sector—or could be innovators you admire in a completely different field. Fund five people or more and give them the opportunity to develop a strong peer network, and to learn from Smith faculty in small groups. Ideal for smaller companies, the consortium model is a very cost effective way to approach learning and development for high potential managers.

This is how it works:

  • Contact Smith and let us know what your people need to learn, or what problem you’d like our help to solve
  • Share thoughts on other organizations who might have the same need—or with whom you’d like to learn
  • Confirm how many people you want to develop and share your timeline
  • Smith will contact the organizations you suggest, and others, to pull together a learning consortium
  • Together with Smith, all the partners develop content and agree dates
  • Each of you registers the same number of people for each iteration of the program
  • We all learn together, and benefit from an enduring network.
  • We evaluate the success of the program, make improvements, and run it again

Current consortium programs including Leading with a Global Mindset, the Interagency Excellence Series, and the Professional Services Leadership Initiative described below. Get in on this cost-effective and valuable way to learn—contact us about your organization’s training gaps. 

Service Marketing Spotlight


Faculty in the department of marketing at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business are acknowledged world thought leaders in professional service marketing. Prompted by Randstad, the global human resources consulting firm, Smith launched the Professional Services Leadership Initiative (PSLI). Marketers from investment firm, T. Rowe Price, consulting company PWC and commercial realtors Jones Lang LaSalle also participate. If you are interested in becoming a partner in PSLI, please contact the Office of Executive Programs at execed@rhsmith.umd.edu or 301-405-5266 about what you can bring to the consortium, and to learn more about the program’s learning objectives.

Wendy Moe  Roland Rust

Executive Education programs are facilitated by the Robert H. Smith School of Business Foundation, Inc.