Colleges and universities across the nation offer continuing education courses to business executives who are looking to stay current on trends in business leadership. The University of Notre Dame offers an executive leadership program, and Kevin Seawright recently attended this program. Kevin Seawright is the Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for the Newark Community Economic Development Corporation. In this position, he has helped increase revenues, improved staff retention and recruiting, negotiated collective bargaining and compensation agreements, and he has helped to improve the overall performance of the organization. He has over 13 years of executive level experience with public and non-profit organizations and has been responsible for overseeing a billion dollars in public and private bond funds and construction capital for educational facilities.
In a podcast interview with Eric Dye, Kevin described Notre Dame’s Executive Leadership Program and how it benefited him. He was able to meet and collaborate with many business executives from various backgrounds and career experiences, and he learned how to bridge the gap between running a public sector organization and a non-profit organization. He felt it was important for him to go back to school because he was transitioning to the non-profit sector and he wanted to learn from other professionals and professors who were involved in non-profits and learn about what they do that helps them succeed. He was drawn to Notre Dame’s program because of their top notched reputation and the experience the professors have.
There were several things that Kevin took away from this program that he has been able to apply at work. First he learned how to bring different interest groups together to solve problems and work with board members to implement solutions to these common problems. He also learned about transformational leadership where solving problems sometimes requires a leader to think outside the box and not necessarily stick with standard procedures. He learned about his own weaknesses and strengths which has help him to become a better leader in his organization. Kevin believes Notre Dame’s Executive Leadership Program is a great program because it offers a universal message to all business executives who are looking to become better leaders in their organizations.