Learn from business leaders and academic practitioners who bring significant experience and deep insight into the classroom.

Just as you lead by taking action, you learn by doing. Our APPLIED LEARNING MODEL puts you in the center of understanding and implementing concepts, tools and frameworks organized around ways to address and solve complex business challenges.

Through our “BLOCH DESIGN WORKS” course sequence, we’ll explore every aspect of the design-thinking process. You will learn to approach problem-solving from a customer-focused perspective and practice a methodology that employs creativity and ideation.


SLP Timeline 2020


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.


The Strategic Leadership Program features unique opportunities to explore business challenges and dive deep into a real-world project with a partner organization specially selected from the Kansas City community.

Business challenges provide real-world, hands-on, learning-application projects that are timely and of great benefit to project sponsors. You will have the opportunity to work alongside your peers on developing novel solutions to complex challenges throughout the program.

Leadership, Strategy, Customers, Data


For Participants

  • Develop a cross-industry peer network
  • Hone essential leadership skills
  • Discover new approaches to complex problem solving
  • Apply learning through hands-on project work
  • Work one-on-one with an executive coach

For Organizations

  • Develop your leadership pipeline
  • Provide challenges for project-based work and receive actionable business solutions
  • Gain access to a high-quality, regional leadership development program
  • Benefit from team-pricing discounts

Upon completion of the six-month program, you will receive a non-degree certificate of completion from the Bloch School of Management.

For those who continue their learning journey with Bloch and pursue an Executive MBA, your course fees from the Strategic Leadership Program will be applied to your tuition.

Program Details

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Program Format
The Strategic Leadership Program will be offered in a hybrid format, meeting monthly in both online and in-person formats. Each month’s schedule may vary slightly but participants can anticipate being online for (3) online sessions (hosted in real-time via. Zoom) as well as meeting one-day per month on campus at UMKC.

Example Schedule

Month 1 – February

Week 1
(Day 1) February 9, Wednesday 8:30-12:00 (Zoom): Leadership Self Awareness & Critical Thinking
(Day 2 ) February 11, Friday 8:30-12:00 (Zoom): Team Awareness & Client Project Introduction

Week 2
(Day 1) February 23, Wednesday 8:30-12:00 (Zoom): Business Landscape Analysis & Causal Reasoning
(Day 2) February 25, Friday 9:00-3:00 (In-person at UMKC): Design Thinking Introduction & Project Workshop

Program notes:

  • Our classrooms at UMKC are set up to allow for distancing, cleaned daily and all participants, faculty and staff will be asked to follow campus protocols including wearing a face mask and following social distance standards.
  • All in-person classes will be simultaneously broadcast via Zoom. Should any participant not be able join in-person and wish to participate remotely.
  • Should circumstances evolve which require us to move fully online, classes will continue to be held via. Zoom.

Time, Location, Parking
Online classes will be held via. Zoom and hosted from 8:30-12:00. In-person classes meet at the University of Missouri-Kansas City from 9:00-3:00 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 in-person class. Health and safety best-practices will be followed in our food and beverage service as well as in shared dining areas.

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

Are you a UMKC Alumni, Central Exchange member or a program partner in the Bloch community?
If the answer is ‘Yes’ then you may qualify for discounted registration.

Are you interested in organizing a group registration?
If you are considering signing up more than one individual we are happy to extend discounted pricing.

Contact us at or 816-235-2892 to discuss discount opportunities and to register for the Strategic Leadership Program.

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