DePaul University Corporate Training

DePaul's Corporate Training provides workshops, seminars and customized certificate programs for companies, organizations and government agencies seeking to enhance the professional skills and capabilities of their employees.
Whether you seek basic training for frontline staff or strategic planning for senior executives, you can choose from any of DePaul's existing professional education and certificate programs and have them tailored to meet your specific needs. Taught by industry experts and DePaul faculty, we specialize in aligning employee learning with the business objectives of your organization.
DePaul will also provide assessment services, instructional design services and program delivery services offering you the flexibility to choose the right level of support for employee training and development projects. Our experience is crucial to your success. To review some examples of measureable results from our training, click here.
Listed below are a few of the many onsite programs and services DePaul can provide:
  1. Leadership and Management Development
  2. Business Communications
  3. Project Management and Six Sigma
  4. GIS Technology
  5. Data Science
  6. Strategic Planning
  7. Procurement Principles and Practices
  8. Human Resources Training
  9. Marketing
  10. Training for IT Professionals
  11. Sustainability
  12. Legal
In addition to the programs listed here, DePaul can customize any of our existing professional education courses and certificate programs. To view a complete list of offerings by subject area, click here.

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  • Leadership and Management Development

    • Influencing without Authority (1 Day)
      Influencing without Authority instructs participants on the techniques to lead individuals and groups over whom there is no direct authority. The key areas covered include analyzing the environment, understanding interpersonal factors and tailoring actions that best respond to the particular situation. Instruction includes various simulation exercises to practice and reinforce the key elements of the instruction.
    • Resilient Leadership (2 Days)
      This course, designed for experienced managers, highlights the fundamentals of great leadership even under difficult circumstances. Insights and practical techniques are provided based on real-world, evidence-based case studies. The program provides participants with hands-on applications to maximize motivation, innovation and creativity without the benefits of economic incentives. It also examines navigating critical people-related problems in order to create and implement positive change practices within an organization.
    • Personal Effectiveness and Self-Leadership (1 Day)
      This course focuses on identifying various managerial styles and understanding the benefits and downsides of each. It is comprised of two half–day sessions. The first features a ½ day of videotaped exercises by each participant. These videotapes are evaluated using validated standards that identify each individual’s managerial style. In the second half –day session, individualized results are distributed and strategies are provided to effectively manage each person’s style. In addition, the course explores the manager’s blind-spots in making decisions and communicating with others based on these styles.
    • Basic Management Skills (2 Days)
      This program includes four modules that build on each other. The focus is upon laying the groundwork to build effective supervisors. Training is interactive, balancing lectures with individual and group exercises that allow participants to practice their new skills using real-life situations.
    • Multisource 360° Feedback Assessment and Training (1 Day)
      This assessment includes individual results and a one-day in-class session to discuss the results. Participants receive feedback derived from a multisource 360°leadership assessment (administered 1-2 weeks prior). Participants select up to 10 respondents across multiple stakeholders including direct reports, direct supervisors, peers, and others who will provide their perceptions of participants’ leadership capabilities. The multisource 360° feedback assessment is based upon behaviors associated with core managerial skill areas representing the most active and effective leader behaviors. Overall, nine key behavioral categories are assessed across 48 response items. Such behaviors have been shown to be associated with increases in individual performance and unit performance.
    • Systems Thinking (1 Day)
      This is an experiential workshop based on the principle that change comes from how we think about our organizational roles. Participants will experience, first-hand, how common learning constraints can blind us to creative solutions. Participants will be given the opportunity to practice skills in multiple domains. Specifically, participants will learn how to apply Systems Thinking principles to solving recurrent problems that become mired down by communication stalemates.
    • Selecting and Retaining High-Performing Employees (1 Day)
      This course covers the most effective hiring and retention practices. The training focuses on evidence-based methods to predict applicant performance and organizational fit. This includes screening candidates using relevant assessment methods, conducting effective interviews, and assuring the candidate gets off on the right start.
    • Leading Organizational Change (1 Day)
      This training investigates the impediments to organizational change—organizational alignment and value incongruence—and approaches that help groups effectively and productively adapt to change. Group work and simulation will be used to help illustrate key concepts and practice new behaviors.
    • Conflict Management Training (1 Day)
      In-depth knowledge is provided and skills are developed for participants to assess conflict in various situations, diffuse emotion, and manage a situation to find productive, relationship-building outcomes. Participants focus on situations they regularly face. They learn to identify each Conflict Handling Mode, develop the skills needed to implement each one, and understand the ramifications of overusing or underusing each one.
    • Problem Solving and Collaborative Communication (1 Day)
      The course focuses on unproductive conversation patterns and provides approaches to develop consensus. Specific tools are provided that identify the root cause of miscommunication and deliver the skills and knowledge to turn these into productive and collaborative conversations. Special focus will be placed upon strategies for engaging the unengaged.
    • Leading Change: Innovative Approaches for Problem Solving (1 Day)
      This training develops the ability of participants to approach change in innovative ways, regardless of the type of change needed. Participants learn the key activities necessary to manage change from start-to-finish, beginning with diagnosing the needs for change, utilizing a variety of techniques to uncover innovative approaches, and ending with evaluating change efforts.
    • Building High-Performing Teams (1 Day)
      This highly interactive class focuses on the critical elements that influence team building. These include individual factors, effective process approaches, and critical team components necessary for high-performing teams. Participants will be exposed to evidence-based theories and real world examples that can be applied to their own business responsibilities.
    • Effective Leadership in Virtual Environments (1 Day)
      This one-day course trains managers to be more effective leaders within virtual environments. Virtual work arrangements have become commonplace in contemporary organizations. Leadership in a virtual context often presents unique opportunities and challenges compared to more traditional “face-to-face” leadership. This course takes an evidence-based approach to outlining multiple tools and techniques to facilitate effective leadership in virtual environments.
    • Group Facilitation (1 Day)
      Through lecture, discussion and small group exercises, participants learn the steps for efficient and productive meetings. In addition, they learn how to use various brainstorming and group decision-making methods to generate innovative solutions. Participants who take the training will be able to lead a group to make effective decisions and ensure that all meeting objectives are met. A special focus is placed on how to respond to difficult or challenging participants.
    • Creating Positive Workplace Culture (1 Day)
      This training is designed to discuss the differences between workplace cultures that drive excellence and engagement with those that fuel dysfunction, conflict and incivility. Participants will examine the evidence regarding the importance of respect and transparency in leadership and the extent to which professionals can promote positive interactions between employees, even in the face of competitive pressure and lean resources. In addition, participants will examine practical strategies that can help strengthen a positive work culture in their own business units.

    Business Communications

    • Intercultural Communication Competence (1 Day)
      This course will increase participants’ understanding of cultural differences, cultural awareness and intercultural communication competence. Instruction is comprised of the most current research as well as “real world” best practices. A variety of interactive exercises will also be used to demonstrate the barriers to intercultural communication and provide the needed tools to overcome such barriers.
    • Advanced Business Communication
      This course provides an overview of best practices for planning and delivering effective communication. This includes verbal communication for presentations and meetings and written communication for formal documents and email. Participants will assess their skills in each area and learn about effective approaches to enhance their skills as well as be given multiple exercises that allow them to put the instruction into practice. Along with teaching technical skills, this course also focuses on building confidence and reducing anxiety.
    • Improving Communication and Building Working Partnerships (1 Day)
      This session focuses on improving communication and partnership-building skills. Using a highly predictive assessment that each participant takes, feedback is personalized and the training is designed so that it is applied on an individual basis. Participants learn a framework for thinking about the skills most important to creative and persuasive communication. In addition, they acquire and gain experience in activities that help exercise the intuitive mind to improve communication.
    • Breakthrough Communications for Senior Managers/Leaders (2 Days)
      This advanced training teaches all of the fundamentals of Breakthrough Communications. It covers the latest thinking in psychology on factors that affect persuasion. The training will cover the following:
      • How to communicate effectively within different corporate cultures
      • How to influence others who are not direct reports
      • How to communicate successfully in difficult situations
      • How to influence direct reports to achieve high performance levels

    Project Management and Six Sigma

    • Basic Project Management (2-Day)
      The objective is to train participants who manage projects in a common project management discipline. This involves teaching a common vocabulary and helping participants learn and put into practice a structured, methodical approach to managing their projects. It also involves providing participants with an assortment of tools that can be applied at each stage of the project management process. Using a combination of lectures, case studies, homework and exercises, the goal is to provide participants with enough familiarity with these approaches and tools that they put this instruction into practice immediately after the training.
    • PMP Exam Preparation
      This intensive 30-hour training covers all of the Project Management Knowledge Areas and prepares those with some experience in project management to take the PMP Exam.
    • Agile Project Management (1-2 Days)
      Participants learn to embrace risk and increase the probability of a project’s success with this one-day Agile Project Management training. Participants learn the benefits of this new approach that focuses on value management, continuous customer interaction and feedback, rapid structured decision making, visual performance reporting and the power of teams.
    • Lean Project Management (1-2 Days)
      Lean Project Management is a rapidly growing area of interest as many organizations focus on improving the efficiency of their operations. Analyzing and eliminating non-value added process activities (e.g. process waste) from the project life cycle accelerates time to completion while generating cost savings that flow directly to the bottom line.
    • Six Sigma (1-5 Days)
      The measurement-based Six Sigma methodology focuses on process improvement and variation reduction by applying a set of statistical, analytical and problem solving tools and techniques. The training focuses on creating a high-performance organization through a mindset and culture shift that eliminates marginal methods and replaces them with a set of simple, yet sophisticated, statistical, analytical and problem solving techniques that continually produce exceptional results.
    • Lean Six Sigma (1-3 days)
      Lean Six Sigma focuses on the waste that comes from unnecessary steps in the production process that do not add value to the finished product. It emphasizes reducing the amount of time between activities, events, and cycles. Lean also identifies areas where process waste and bottlenecks can be eliminated. Participants will learn the discipline of analyzing and eliminating the waste that results from variation within the process. Each participant will be asked to apply the learning to their current work responsibilities during the instruction.

    GIS Technology

    • Fundamentals in GIS (1 Day)
      • Explore geospatial data and understand geospatial metadata
      • Perform attribute and spatial queries on geospatial data
      • Make different thematic maps from geospatial data
      • Make maps from tabular data
      • Conduct spatial analysis for vector data including buffer, overlay, and density estimation
      • Publish maps online
      This introductory level GIS class does not require participants to have previous GIS experience. It covers step-by-step GIS practice in the real world including working with coordinate systems, public domain data, getting data into GIS, creating GIS database, performing spatial analysis with vector and raster data, georeferencing data, making maps and layouts, and other fundamental GIS topics. The class uses ESRI’S ArcGIS for Desktop and provides hands-on exercises.
    • Intermediate/Advanced GIS training (1 Day)
      • Map algebra
      • Interpolation tools
      • Surface analysis
      • Spatial analysis on ArcGIS Online.
      • Building models
      Participants with basic GIS skills will expand their knowledge and geospatial techniques to be better qualified for performing GIS research and practice. The course has the following components: Advanced features in GIS operation such as model builder, spatial analyst, geostatistical analyst, network analyst, or Web GIS (ArcGIS Online). Along with the above, geospatial techniques will intensively be provided to the participants. This course can be customized to fit the user and data analysis needs, as applicable.

Data Science

  • Big Data Analytics (1-2 Days)
    The course covers both business and technical aspects of Big Data Analytics. Participants will be able to:
    • Articulate the trends in the IT industry related to Big Data Analytics
    • Cite specific examples of how Big Data Analytics is changing business approaches
    • Speak to the capabilities of a leading enterprise Big Data Analytics tool Splunk.
    • Have the technical knowledge to begin harnessing machine-generated data.
  • Introduction to Data Science in R
    Data science and predictive analytics have become key components of the modern decision-making process. The introduction to Data Science in R is aimed at IT professionals interested in expanding their skillset to include the fundamental concepts of data science and how to apply these skills to their business. The course is taught by the experienced faculty of DePaul University's Predictive Analytics degree program. Essential techniques will be introduced including regression, naïve Bayes, k-nearest neighbor, decision trees, random forests and clustering. The theoretical underpinnings of each technique will be presented and students will then be guided through hands-on exercises on real-word datasets. Exercises will be presented in R, a premier programming language for statistical computing and graphics.
    Participants will learn to:
    • Manipulate data in R and utilize common R packages.
    • Clean, select and transform data.
    • Create predictive models using statistical, data mining and machine learning techniques.
    • Evaluate and interpret models to support the decision-making process.

Strategic Planning

  • Strategic Thinking /Strategic Planning (2 Days)
    This training combines lecture with a business simulation to immerse participants in the hands-on, real world experience of running a company. Participants learn the importance of analyzing internal operating data and external data regarding the actions of competitors and the surrounding business environment. Every decision teams make affect internal departments and the company’s bottom line. Participants will learn how to assess and adjust the Key Performance Indicators they establish for the company. The course demonstrates the importance of cross-functional collaboration in order for teams to achieve their goals.

Procurement Principles and Practices

  • Purchasing and Supply Chain Management Certificate Program (5-7 Days)
    The primary focus is on the advanced the role purchasing plays beyond achieving sustainable and recurring cost savings. Tools and approaches are provided that help position an organization to add value to customers, establish market differentiation, develop lasting supplier relationships and become flexible and agile. Based upon the Institute for Supply Management's Professional Series, the Purchasing and Supply Management Certificate Program uses lectures, team interaction, activities and classroom discussion. All participants who complete the training receive a DePaul University Certificate.
  • Logistics and Supply Chain Management Certificate (5-7 Days)
    The Logistics and Supply Chain Management Certificate Program trains experienced supply chain managers to achieve efficient internal operations and better relationships between suppliers and customers. This intensive program provides a comprehensive approach that prepares your colleagues for the Certified Supply Chain Professional (CSCP) exam. This is supplemented with in-depth discussion of current industry topics such as:
    • Global sourcing
    • E-procurement
    • Outsourcing
    • Sourcing logistics
  • Advanced Negotiation Effectiveness (1 Day)
    The training provides participants with the tools to quickly analyze different negotiation styles. It covers the essential steps to effective conflict resolution when there is not agreement. Focus is placed on advanced negotiation approaches designed to help increase the odds of obtaining and sustaining optimal results. Finally, a simulated negotiation with the participants is used to demonstrate the effects of these approaches as they are applied to some of their own difficult negotiation examples. The simulation plays an important role in assuring that the techniques are internalized.
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Human Resources Training

  • Organizational Development/Design for HR Managers (1-2 Days)
    This program is designed to provide Human Resource Business Partners with the fundamentals of organization design. The training teaches not just another set of “tools” or “best practices” but a way of effectively thinking about organization design as an internal business partner. We employ training methods which require active engagement in material using decision-oriented vignettes and problems rather than a purely descriptive approach.
  • Effective Internal Consulting (1 Day)
    Designed for HR and organization development professionals this course exposes participants to the fundamentals of internal consulting. The training is designed to be practical and immediately applicable. As any seasoned professional will attest, learning about effective people-consulting is a life-long process; building a foundation of “knowing” about effective internal consulting will allow internal consultants to translate their “doing” to the next level immediately.
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  • New Media Marketing
    This course teaches the latest strategies, tools and techniques in direct, interactive, digital and database marketing. This includes the planning, execution and the right Key Performance Indicators (KPI) to demonstrate success. Taught by industry experts with a strong reliance on case studies and real-world examples, this program offers the most current approach for developing marketing strategies, exploring new ways to track performance expenditures, and configuring the media mix.

Training for IT Professionals

  • Project Management for IT Professionals (1 to 3 Days)
    This course covers the concepts and techniques of project management for a broad range of systems. All instruction is drawn from the 10 Knowledge Areas and 5 Process Groups defined by Project Management Institute’s global standards in the PMBOK Guide (Project Management Body of Knowledge). Topics include resource management, project manager responsibilities, cost and time management, team building, and risk management. Participants will be able to:
    • Apply project management concepts and techniques to their IT projects.
    • Identify issues that could lead to IT project success or failure.
    • Explain project management in terms of the software development process.
    • Apply project management concepts through working in a group as team leader or active team member on an IT project.


  • Sustainable Development Issues of Urban Development (1 Day)
    This session will explore the “structure of governance” in metropolitan regions with commentary on how power is shared (and in some case not shared) by agencies and political actors. The training will explore some of the approaches used in metropolitan Chicago that affect the performance of the Chicago Area Waterway System (CAWS). It will present some notable trends in waterway traffic around the region, the investments in the Chicago Riverwalk, and some of the “lessons learned” from the Army Corps of Engineers research, including those pertaining to invasive species. The training will also comment on some of the innovative strategies being used to promote more effective regional leadership on environmental protection and the modernization of the infrastructure.


  • Ethics Training for Lawyers (1 Day)
    Developments in both technology and humanity lead to constant, pervasive changes to applicable legal ethics rules. For example, the ability to “mine” a digital document for metadata (e.g., to recover confidential comments that a person thinks s/he has deleted from the file) raises questions as to the ethical permissibility of doing so. Similarly, advances in the ability to hack data security systems effect duty, pursuant to Illinois RPC Rule 1.6(e), to “make reasonable efforts to prevent the inadvertent or unauthorized disclosure of, or unauthorized access to, information relating to the representation of a client.” This course addresses these and other issues in light of the latest ethics opinions and cases.
Delivery Options
For the added benefit and flexibility of your participants, you may choose to conduct DePaul programs onsite at your company or from any of DePaul University's three campus locations: Chicago Loop, Lincoln Park, and O'Hare.
We offer instructor-led training, train-the-trainer education, and online programming for a distance learning audience. DePaul will work with you to create a program format and schedule that is most effective for you and your organization.