Your professional development is just as important as your academic development.
Each semester, you'll have opportunities to participate in cutting-edge workshops
and customize your own program by choosing courses specific to your interests. You
can listen to guest speakers from some of the biggest companies in the world, take
workshops to improve your technical skills, and work with our image consultant experts
to make sure you look your best for that dream job interview.
Topics differ each semester and, although you must participate in a minimum number,
you are never limited in how many you can take.
Topics and Skills
Recent Professional Development workshops and Speaker Series have included:
Students learn the value of excellent communication skills to prepare them for the
- Business Communications
- Negotiation and Bargaining
- Reaching Peak Performance – Presentation Skill Training
- Building Your Personal Brand
Leadership and management are critical to any business. Good leadership skills create
a vision for a company's success, while management skills bring success with performance.
They are vital to make complex organizations reliable and efficient.
- Managing Cultural Diversity
- Project Management
- Faith, Values, and Authentic Leadership
- Six Sigma Training
Get the technology knowledge necessary to compete in the business world. Experts teach
students advanced skills through customized workshops. With the growing trends in
digital marketing and social media, students work to gain a holistic view of emerging
technologies relevant for business marketing and operations.
- Microsoft Office Workshops: Excel. PowerPoint, Access
- Social Media and Digital Marketing
- Emerging Technologies
The Career Development Center guides students through career discovery and prepares
them for success in the global workforce.
- Professional Networking and Career Fairs
- Mock Interviews
- Resume Building
- Job and Internship Search Strategies
- Professional Dress and Business Etiquette
Students have the opportunity to learn from top business leaders in Arkansas and around
- Dina Howell, CEO, Saatchi & Saatchi X
- Henry McLeish, The Future of the EU Economic Union
- J.K. Symancyk, President and CEO, Academy Sports + Outdoors
- Dr. Srini Venkatraman, Chief Data Scientist, Boeing Company
- Condoleezza Rice, Former Secretary of State, US. Distinguished Lecture Series
- Steve Wozniak, Apple co-founder, Distinguished Lecture Series
- His Holiness Dalai Lama, Distinguished Lecture Series
MBA Experiential Learning Week exposes MBA students to ambiguous and unstructured
real-world business problems and develops leadership and communication skills through
selling solutions to panels of judges from the business, government, education, and
Students are exposed to real social issues and are given the opportunity to work with
a number of corporate executives.
The central focus of the week is the collaborations students have with local non-profits,
business executives, and government employees, and the solutions developed against
difficult problems. Students will gain real world experience in an issue of social
importance, with the goal that their proposals will result in innovative initiatives
that could be enacted in this community.
Previous topics have included food insecurity, child poverty, and workforce training/job
skill development. Students have worked community partners like Walmart Foundation,
7Hills Homeless Center, Magdalene Fayetteville, LifeSource International, TriCycle
Farms, Northwest Arkansas Council, and the City of Fayetteville.