Real Organizations, Real Challenges

The Bloch Strategic Leadership Program was created based on the premise that executive leaders learn most effectively by engaging hands-on in real challenges alongside their peers.

The Bloch Applied Learning Model

The Bloch Strategic Leadership Program is designed to create opportunities for the application of concepts, tools, and frameworks that are organized around themes designed to analyze and address complex business challenges.

Program Schedule at a Glance

Schedule at a Glance

Curriculum Overview

Learn more about the program curriculum with the detailed, month-by-month, overview.

Featured Program Instructors

Mike Allison, M.P.A.
Select topics: Emotional Intelligence, Communication, Influence and Persuasion

M.P.A., Brigham Young University
B.A. International Relations, Brigham Young University

Mike is an adjunct professor in the Bloch EMBA program and recently served as the vice president of learning and development for AMC Theatres. Prior to joining AMC, he spent nearly 20 years at Cerner Corporation and three years with the City of Kansas City, MO.

One more thing:
Mike’s favorite leadership book: Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action, by Simon Sinek.


Ann M. Hackett, Ph.D.

Select topics: Team Building and Engagement, Difficult Conversations, Change Leadership

Ph.D., Industrial/Organizational Psychology, Kansas State University
M.A., Industrial/Organizational Psychology, Kansas State University
B.A., Psychology, Central Michigan University

Ann has more than 20 years of corporate leadership in organizational development and talent management, including work with Accenture, H&R Block, DineEquity and HumanRoot.

One more thing:
Qualities Ann loves to see in leaders: optimism, tenacity, empathy.


Nicole Price, MA

Select topics: Executive Presence, Managing Diverse Teams, Unconscious Bias

M.A., Adult Education, Park University
B.S., Chemical Engineering, North Carolina A&T University

Nicole Price understands that if leadership is anything, it is personal and that everyone can be a great leader. So, she gets personal. Nicole’s transparency allows others to learn from her mistakes and helps them avoid the same pitfalls. She gets real. She will tell you, yes, having significant differences within a team can be harder, but that hard work can really pay off — both professionally and personally.

One more thing:
She’ll tell you, in a heartbeat, how she’s gotten a few things wrong over the years, but a little grace and some solid coaching saved her. Through leadership development, coaching, consulting and other resources, Nicole encourages and enables others to live their lives in excellence.


Dan Stifter, MBA

Select topics: Innovation, Building a Business Case, Business Strategy

M.B.A., Marquette University
B.A., Political Science/Economics, Lawrence University

Dan Stifter focuses on helping companies improve their financial results through optimizing their business model, with a particular focus on how to properly manage innovation initiatives. He led Hallmark Cards’ largest business unit, EveryDay Cards, as well as several others, including Season Cards, Gift Wrap, Party, Boxed Cards, Stationery, and commercialized all products in the innovation pipeline during his 15 years before retiring. Prior to Hallmark, he worked for Coca-Cola in its global juice business and spent three years as Brand Director for Coca-Cola in Europe and Africa.

One more thing:
Dan is a board member for Outreach International and has been to all 7 continents!


Brian Anderson, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Global Entrepreneurship & Ph.D. Program Director
Ph.D., Kelley School of Business, Indiana University
M.S., University of Denver
B.S., University of Colorado – Denver

Brian’s expertise spans the entrepreneurship field, focusing on entrepreneurial orientation and research design and analysis. Before entering academia, he was an entrepreneur, tech geek, pilot, government bureaucrat and a political hack, although not in that order. In addition to his civilian career, Maj. Anderson is a Logistics Readiness Officer with the 190th Wing, Kansas Air National Guard, and was previously a Supply Corps Officer with the U.S. Navy Reserve.

One more thing:
Best course he took as a student: “Diplomatic History of the U.S., 1945-1989 as an undergrad. I’m a history nerd!”


Scott Helm, Ph.D.

Director, Executive MBA
Associate Director, Midwest Center for Nonprofit Research
Ph.D. Public Administration and Economics, University of Missouri – Kansas City
M.P.A. Nonprofit Management, University of Missouri – Kansas City
B.A. Economics, Washington College

Scott has spent the last several years working with nonprofit organizations, assisting them with program evaluation, market research, commercialization, business planning, strategic planning and board training. His primary research focus is social entrepreneurship and his work in this area has led to publication and several presentations at international and national academic conferences.


Phillip Gonsher

Assistant Director – Mentor Program Coordinator, Curriculum Coordinator, Regnier Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation
M.A. Marketing, Webster University
M.L.A., Baker University
B.A. Management, Ottawa University

Phillip is a full time instructor at UMKC Bloch School, teaching courses in the Entrepreneurship and Marketing Departments with a focus on Entrepreneurial Marketing, Creativity and Innovation and survey entrepreneur courses. He completed a 24-year career with Sprint in leadership marketing positions. Phillip started his career as an entrepreneur in Phoenix, Arizona in the retail soft goods clothing industry.

Bloch Design Works: A Project-Based Approach to Learning

Learning and incorporating design thinking is crucial to the success of the executive’s career. Throughout the process, participants will leverage a design thinking perspective to create relevant and timely business solutions for the customer.

Coaching for Results

The Bloch Strategic Leadership Program not only provides learning in the classroom, it also includes personalized professional development planning. Participants will work one-on-one with an executive coach to assess leadership competencies and style and develop strategies for continued personal and career development.

Who’s it for?

The Bloch Strategic Leadership Program is designed for experienced professionals who can commit three-to-four days a month to enhance their business strategy and leadership skills in the company of a cross-industry cohort. Those who would benefit from the program include:

  • Managers and directors who are subject matter experts in their respective areas would benefit from gaining an understanding of the forces impacting their business and industry
  • Those with limited experience researching and building business cases or who would benefit from learning advanced problem-solving skills
  • Managers new to leading teams to become more innovative and adaptive
  • Those seeking an advanced business leadership education without the commitment of a long-term business education or for those not seeking an advanced degree in business

What’s in it for me?

In addition to receiving a certification upon completion, there are a variety of benefits for both individuals and organizations.

For Individuals:

  • Develop a cross-industry peer network
  • Hone essential leadership tools and skills
  • Explore strategic innovation and problem-solving frameworks
  • Apply learning through hands-on project work
  • The opportunity to work one-on-one with an executive coach

For Organizations:

  • Develop your leadership talent
  • Provide challenges for project-based work and receive actionable business solutions

Program Details

What does it cost?

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Time, Location, Parking
Classes will meet at the University of Missouri-Kansas City from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Bloch Executive Hall. Our address is 5108 Cherry Street, Kansas City, MO 64110. Parking is included in course fees and a parking pass for the first day of program will be mailed to you along with parking instructions.

Pre-Course Communication
Following registration, you will receive confirmation of enrollment and an email with details including any pre-program assignments.

Light breakfast, lunch, and refreshments will be provided during each day of class.

Photo & Video Policy
By attending the event, you are giving the Bloch School of Management permission to use any photos, videos, or images captured on site for future promotional purposes.

Cancellation & Transfer Policy
Program participants (or their organizational representative) should call or email Bloch Executive Education in order to change or cancel registrations.

  • Cancellations made prior to 30-days from the first day of the program are eligible for credit towards participating in the next year’s program or full refund.
  • Cancellations made between 30-days and 14-days from the first day of the program are eligible for credit towards participating in the next year’s program, or a 50% refund.
  • Cancellations made fewer than 14-days from the program start date are non-transferable and non-refundable.
  • Seminar registrations may be transferred from one individual to another any time up to 14-days before the first day of the program.
  • “No-shows” are non-refundable and non-transferrable.

Available Discounted Programs

Team Pricing
If your organization is interested in registering more than one individual, you qualify for discounted program registration.

UMKC Alumni Pricing
If you are an alumnus of UMKC, you qualify for discounted program registration.

KCRAR Member Pricing
If you are an active member of the Kansas City Regional Association of REALTORS, you qualify for discounted program registration.

Contact us at or 816-235-2892 to register for the Bloch Strategic Leadership Program and take advantage of these discounted rates.

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