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Center for Executive Development


Emerge condenses 2.5 days of learning into 2 days, which culminates into the Elevate Forum that features intense and small-group interactions with our Senior Executive guest speakers.


We work and live in turbulent times. How many of us have been actively taught and trained to thrive amidst such crises? This Elevate Now course features strategic and practical modules to help any professional – from manager to individual contributor – perform at peak levels in even the worst of contexts. The program combines relevant leadership topics, research-based insights and tactics from specialized instructors and best practices and tested experience from over 20 Senior Executive guest speakers to augment your professional development and talent potential.

Course Topics

  • Team Dynamics During Turbulent Times: Co-Opetition (Cooperation & Competition), Conflict Management & Collaborative Motivation for Organizational Success
  • Pressure-Cooker Persuasion: Influence Amidst Apathy, Anxiety & Animosity
  • Q3 (Query, Quantify & Qualify): Calculate Risks & Convert to Opportunities



December 12: 8:30am-6:30pm and
December 13: 8:30am-4:30pm


Includes course tuition, materials, executive forum, parking and most meals.

Program Manager

Jill Rosenow


Senior executives possess a wealth of insight and experience. The Elevate Forum provides a dynamic platform for them to share this knowledge and showcase their personal brands. These senior executives will clear through the noise and focus on their single best leadership practice, based on the year’s theme. We then transform them into multiple formats, such as:

Animated Skill Clips Info Graphics Podcasts Published Commentary Peer Sharing
Animated Skill Clips Infographics & Process Diagrams Podcasts Published Commentary & Quotes Peer-Sharing Networks

Confirmed Executive Speakers

  • Emanuel Brady | Vice President of IT and CIO, Space & Airborne Systems, Raytheon
  • Cary Burch | President, Thomson Reuters Elite
  • Charles Connoy | Vice President, Global Platform, Sony Computer Entertainment America
  • Christopher Cool | Sector Vice President, Affordability, Aerospace Systems, Northrop Grumman
  • Michelle DiTondo | Senior Vice President, Human Resources, MGM Resorts International
  • Khoa D. Do | Partner, Jones Day
  • Donna Farrugia | Executive Director, The Creative Group, Robert Half International
  • Sven Gerjets | Vice President of Information Technology, DirecTV
  • Genevieve Haldeman | Vice President of Global Communications, Plantronics
  • Gilbert Ivey | Chief Administrative Officer, The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California
  • Bert Lacher | Managing Partner & Sr. Director, Strategy & Enterprise Development, Verizon Business Solutions
  • Jamie Latiano | Vice President Human Resources, In-Flight Entertainment & Connectivity, Thales Avionics
  • Harry Lee | Sector Vice President of Contracts, Pricing and Program Business Operations, Northrop Grumman
  • Sean Mehranbod | Regional Vice President, Southwest General Manager, Sam’s Club
  • Peggy Nelson | Vice President, Engineering & Global Product Development, Northrop Grumman
  • Nereida Perez | Vice President, Global Diversity & Inclusion, Ingersoll Rand Company
  • Jim Phillips | CFO, Mobility Surveillance & Engagement at Defense, Space & Security, The Boeing Company
  • Jonathan Reichental, PhD | Chief Information Officer, City of Palo Alto
  • Peter Riley | Vice President, Regional Manager, Kohl’s Department Stores
  • Kenneth A. Shaw | Vice President, Supply Chain Management, Boeing
  • Jimmy Thai | Vice President for Technology, SAIC

For additional information, contact Program Manager Jill Rosenow at 858-246-0959 or jrosenow@ucsd.edu.