Aravind Chandrasekaran teaching an Executive Education class

As business changes, so too do the skills needed to understand, excel and lead across different organizations and industries.

To meet this demand, Fisher College of Business has launched seven new open enrollment programs designed to provide business leaders with a la carte learning opportunities to explore some of the most in-demand topics being discussed by organizations today. The new, two- to three-day programs put students at the center of learning, with classroom instruction complemented by immersive experiences that include company and site visits, tours of Ohio State facilities including Ohio Stadium, and group projects and activities.

The open-enrollment programs are offered through Fisher’s renowned Executive Education program, which has been providing seasoned professionals with the latest in executive-level business insights for more than half a century.

“These new open enrollment programs are proof of concept of Fisher’s dedication to creating educational offerings that meet the needs of today’s marketplace and its workforce,” said Meredith Conder, executive director of Fisher’s Executive Education department. “As part of our efforts to continuously innovate on what, why and how we offer programming, we have identified seven areas that are critical to the success of any industry or line of business.”

Executive Education students in class
Open enrollment programs provide Executive Education students opportunities to participate in group activities.

“We look forward to connecting our world-class faculty and thought leaders with executives and middle managers who are seeking a competitive edge through lifelong learning.”

The new open enrollment programs, which begin May 17, include:

Advancing Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the Workplace

From adding chief diversity officers and creating affinity groups to increasing community outreach and developing diversity performance metrics, many companies responded to the COVID-19 pandemic and the civil unrest following the George Floyd murder with strong actions. But for many, sustaining these efforts has been challenging. Through evidenced-based research and contemporary practices from companies making DEI strides, participants will gain actionable strategies of how to successfully do the hard work of advancing DEI within their organizations. 

Executive Lean Six Sigma Green Belt

The Executive Green Belt program helps middle managers better understand Lean Six Sigma and apply its continuous improvement tools, processes, philosophies and vocabulary to ensure ongoing innovation, fast failure and long-term growth. Offered in partnership with MoreSteam, the Executive Green Belt program will help organizations examine their businesses through the customer lens and utilize Lean Six Sigma principles as a toolkit to eliminate variability and waste.

Financial Intelligence: Fundamentals for Non-Finance Leaders

Understanding your company’s financial picture helps you make faster and better decisions, prioritize requests for needs and wants, and facilitate collaboration and innovation across all departments. Because finance is an integral part of every organization, aspiring senior leaders need to understand their companies’ current financial situation. In the Financial Intelligence program, participants will broaden their perspectives and use financial concepts and principles to proactively lead and increase agility as business conditions change.

Innovation in Health Care

With the advancement of collaboration models, payment reforms, infusion of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in decision making and supply chain disruptions from pandemic demands, the health care industry has undergone recent change. The Innovation in Health Care program will engage students on how to take meaningful steps to incorporate these innovations into their areas of the industry. The program leans on evidence-based research and contemporary practices from leading health care organizations to help participants gain actionable strategies.

Unlocking Leadership Potential through Neuroscience and Narrative Re-Cognition

For generations, “soft skills” such as empathy, courage and communication have been considered skills that leaders are either born with or acquire sporadically through experience. Groundbreaking research has revealed that leaders can develop these skills and improve their effectiveness. The Leadership program will equip participants with strategies to develop mental narratives to unlock their leadership potential, to maximize their personal abilities and to learn to lead in their own unique way.

Supply Chain of the Future: Creating Customer Value and Competitive Advantage

Today’s supply chain leaders must build the right portfolio capabilities, take advantage of technology, sense current consumer trends and utilize strong leadership skills to choreograph resilient supply chains. The Supply Chain program helps participants expand their current supply chain perspectives, push beyond traditional ideas, and recognize how supply chain management contributes to overall business success.

Supporting ESG Across the Supply Network

With increased attention on Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) from regulators, investors and the public alike, successful organizations need to rethink the importance of ESG. The Sustainability program focuses on environmental sustainability and provides participants with training to build an understanding, a common language and a commitment to ESG by examining ways organizations can financially benefit from transforming their supply networks to align with their ESG goals.


Open Enrollment Programs

Two- to three- day programs

Interactive curriculum

  • Case studies
  • Out-of-classroom experiences
  • Site visits
  • Tours of Ohio Stadium
  • Group activities


Learn more about individual Executive Education programs