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October 10: 5:00pm - 8:30pm
October 11: 9:00am - 4:00pm


$1,072.50 early bird rate before August 15.
$1,200 after August 15.
Includes tuition, course materials, parking and most meals.

Western Federal Credit Union
14500 Aviation Blvd.
Hawthorne, CA 90250

Program Consultant

Jill Rosenow


September 26-27

‹ The Strategic View
  October 10-11

October 24-25

Success Under Stress
November 7-8

About the Program

Strategic Thinkers will define the future, while possessing the mental agility to adapt virtually any plan to any context, especially in this fast-paced, global marketplace—yet how do we develop this for individuals? This course emphasizes how to develop a more-strategic mind & enact strategic behaviors through key frameworks and step-by-step methods. The Strategic Mind focuses participants on crafting novel, visionary approaches that will both challenge and synergize with conventional approaches. Those with these perspectives balance future states with past and present contexts, seize opportunities and manage risks simultaneously, align with the organization’s goals and challenge rigid mind blocks. They think in systems that coordinate disciplined focus with desired outcomes.

Through this course, participants will:

  • Learn to redefine “the rules of the game” and shift toward concrete mode of thought and action
  • Develop mental acuity through a variety of strategic methods and processes
  • Envision the future state, while accounting for the past and present state
  • Boost proactive behavior and initiative in structured ways

Course Outline

Strategic Thinking Illuminated

  • What is Strategic Thinking?
  • Everything's a System: The World View & Value of Strategy
  • Visual Thinking: Processes, Diagrams, Infographics & White Boards
  • The Key Components of Strategic Planning

The Strategic Cornucopia: Multiple Strategy Models

  • The Classics: Proven Strategic Frameworks that Work
  • Innovative Strategic-Thinking Models: From Porter to Kotter to Bigger & Better.
  • The Meta-Framework: How to Position Each and Every One of These Strategic Models into Your Own Meta-Strategic Framework.

Applying & Testing Strategic Scenarios

  • Case Scenarios to Test & Apply Your Strategic Skills
  • Systems and Process Mapping to Solve These Case Scenarios
  • Evaluation of Best Strategies and Tactical Solutions


Christine Itano-Cosner
, Partner of Spectrum Knowledge, has 20 years of experience as an organizational development consultant, instructional system designer and trainer and facilitator for Fortune 500 organizations and non-profits agencies.

Ms. Itano-Cosner has a M.S. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology. Her expertise includes leadership/management development, organizational development, strategic planning, performance management, teambuilding, diversity training, coaching, instructional design and development and organizational research. She is an instructor at the UC San Diego Rady School of Management and has been an adjunct faculty member at the University of California at Irvine, Merage School of Business, Executive Education Program and a member of Pfizer’s Worldwide Diversity & Inclusion consultant team. Her partnerships include Los Angeles Department of Water & Power, International Institute For Education, US Air Force, IBM, Boeing, The Aerospace Corporation, Northrop Grumman, Raytheon, McDonald’s, American Express and Environmental Protection Agency.

Craft Your Political Strategy

  • From Invisible to Indispensible to Influential
  • Your Political Playbook: A Roadmap for Organizational & Personal Development


"The course and Dr. Pham proved transformational information to help facilitate breakthrough!"

"Excellent & useful class! Both to help professionally & personally."

"I both reinforced and took away ideas from his experience. The best part was the internal collaboration in the session, a demonstration of instant network/connection success by a teacher who brought our ideas together with successful class participation."

- From 2013 participant evaluations


Individual Tuition & Registration

Enroll by selecting one of the following plans:

Early Bird Registration
(Before August 16, 2013)


Navigate (single course registration)



One Complete UCSD Certificate Series

$4,290 for all 4 courses
(a savings of $510)


Power Pack
(Enrollment in Certificate Series & Emerge)

(a savings of $1,560)



Certificate Requirements

To receive any Elevate Program Certificate, participants must complete the required 4 courses*:

Navigate - September 26-27, 2013
The Strategic View - October 10-11, 2013
ThriveOctober 24-25, 2013
Success Under Stress - November 7-8, 2013

*Course Replacement: Interested in taking the Series but have a schedule conflict? Contact us to find out more about course replacement options.
Eligible for Tuition Assistance:  This program is eligible for Tuition Reimbursement, so check with your organization,  as they may likely cover the program tuition.
Emerge: The Emerge course may count as one of the required courses of an additional UCSD Certificate in 2013 or 2014, which is a second UCSD Certificate.