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
  2. Project Management / Six Sigma
  3. Data Science / Big Data
  4. Mastering Innovation
  5. Business Communications
  6. Strategic Planning
  7. Procurement and Supply Chain Management
  8. New Media Marketing
  9. MBA Primer
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.

For More Information, Contact:

Mike Puican
  • Email: mpuican1@depaul.edu
  • Phone: (312) 362-7233
  • FAX: (312) 362-8764

Leadership and Management

  • Resilient Leadership
    This course, designed for experienced managers, highlights the fundamentals of great leadership even under difficult circumstances. There is a strong focus on providing insights and practical techniques based on real-world case studies. The program provides participants with hands-on applications to maximize innovation and creativity without the benefits of economic incentives. It also examines navigating critical people-related problems in order to create and implement positive changes practices within an organization.
  • Basic Management Skills
    This two to three-day program includes four modules that build on each other. All focus on making supervisors more effective. Training is interactive, balancing lectures with individual and group exercises that allow participants to practice their new skills using real-life situations. The four modules include:
    1. Role of the Supervisor in the Changing Workforce
    2. Developing Effective Communication Skills for Supervisors
    3. Managing Interpersonal Conflict
    4. Building and Managing Relationships
  • Self-Awareness and Managerial Effectiveness
    This course focuses on identifying various managerial styles and understanding the benefits and downsides of each. The training features a half-day of videotaped exercises by each participant. These videotapes are evaluated using validated standards that identify each individual's managerial style. Strategies are provided to manage more effectively, given each person's style. In addition, the course explores the blind spots managers have in making decisions and communicating with others based on these styles.
  • 360° Feedback & Action Planning
    Participants will receive feedback from multiple stakeholders including direct reports, direct supervisors, peers and others using DePaul University's multisource 360° leadership assessment. In addition to providing feedback, the course will focus on the behaviors that have been shown to be associated with improvements in individual and team performance. The training will also present methods for improving and demonstrating each behavior.
  • Selecting High Performing Employees
    This course covers the most effective hiring 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.
  • Influencing without Authority
    This program instructs participants on the techniques to lead individuals and groups without 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 simulation exercises to practice use of the instruction.
  • How to Deal with Organizational Change
    This session 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.
  • Building High-Performing Teams
    This course is highly interactive class focused 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 theories and real-world examples that can be applied to their own business responsibilities.
  • Conflict Resolution Training
    This training provides in-depth knowledge of how to assess conflict in various situations, how to defuse emotion, and how to manage a situation to find productive, relationship-building outcomes. Participants will focus on situations they regularly face. They will learn to identify each Conflict Handling Mode, will develop the skills needed to implement each one, and will understand the ramifications of overusing or underusing each one.
  • Systems Thinking
    Systems Thinking training 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 recurring problems that become trapped by communication stalemates.
  • Effective Leadership in Virtual Environments
    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.
  • Teambuilding: from Dysfunctional Work Group to Functional Team
    This course assesses each individual’s leadership style and determines how that style can be improved to facilitate team building. Specific team building strategies will be explored that not only build cohesion but enhance the connection between individual roles and organizational vision. This course is highly experiential in order to reinforce each participant’s understanding of team building as well as their ability to make concrete organizational applications.
  • Recruiting and Retaining a Diverse Workplace
    A diverse workplace that includes race and ethnicity, gender and sexuality, socio-economic status, geographic origins, and generational variety leads to more innovation and greater productivity. This course provides a practical approach to building a diverse workforce. In addition to covering how to attract a diverse pool of applicants, this course also illuminates the conditions under which diverse employees stay and thrive within your organization.

Project Management / Six Sigma

Successful managers provide guidance to an organization that can result in greater efficiency and cost savings. DePaul's Project Management and Six Sigma Programs teach the knowledge and skills needed to execute successful projects and provide a competitive advantage for your organization.
  • Basic Project Management
    This course will lead your colleagues through the entire life cycle of a project. The first part of the course focuses on the initiation and planning phases. The second part focuses on the executing, monitoring and controlling and closing phases.
  • 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
    Participants learn to embrace risk and increase the probability of project success with this one to two-day Agile Project Management training. Students will 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
    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 Green Belt
    This 48-hour course is a disciplined, data-driven approach to eliminating defects in any process. The Six Sigma Green Belt Certificate Program focuses on creating a high performance organization through a mindset and culture shift that eliminates marginal methods and replaces them with a set of tools that continually produce exceptional results. Participants are required to successfully complete a continuous improvement project in order to receive a certificate.

Data Science / Big 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.
    You will learn how 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.

Mastering Innovation

  • Creative Problem Solving
    This course provides individuals with models to generate new and articulate ideas, build on them, and select the ones that are most appropriate for putting into action. Instruction includes the stages that help insure a quality outcome. Particular focus will be placed on the use of various tools for generating and evaluating creative, practical solutions.
  • Leading Change: Innovative Approaches for Increasing Effectiveness in Your Organization
    This session helps participants develop the ability to approach change in innovative ways, regardless of the type of change needed. Your group will learn what is necessary to manage change from start to finish, beginning with diagnosing the needs for change and ending with evaluating change efforts.
  • Managing Innovation
    This session introduces foundational skills for creating and supporting high-performing teams dedicated to fulfilling the vision of the organization. Your colleagues will learn how to create and manage a creative environment in your organization.

Business Communications

  • Intercultural Communication Competence
    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.

Strategic Planning

The Certificate in Strategic Management provides your group with applied strategic planning solutions. Topics covered include the essential principles, practices and tools required to facilitate the planning, execution and evaluation of strategy. All training is tailored to your organization's business. Participants will develop strategic plans in their areas of responsibility.

Procurement and Supply Chain Management

  • Logistics and Supply Chain Management Certificate
    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
  • Purchasing and Supply Management Certificate
    Supply management has advanced beyond achieving reliable sourcing and cost savings. It now positions organizations to provide more value to customers, establish market differentiation, and remain flexible and agile. This course enhances the knowledge of experienced purchasing managers and helps prepare your staff members for the Institute of Supply Management certification exam.

New Media Marketing

New Media Marketing Strategy
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.

MBA Primer

The MBA Primer Certificate Program is a 15-session course that will introduce you to the MBA degree. It broadens the understanding of company practices by providing specialized knowledge and the practical skills necessary to focus on key management concepts.
Topics include:
  • Assessment of managerial skills
  • Business strategy
  • High-performance quality-management systems
  • Supply chain management
  • Innovation
  • Project Management
  • Human resources and coaching
  • Effective business communication
  • Negotiations
  • Economics
  • Finance
  • Accounting
  • Marketing
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 four campus locations: including Chicago Loop, Lincoln Park, Naperville, 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.