Put Your Career First

The NACS Executive Leadership Program provides a mini-MBA for convenience industry professionals.

October 21, 2020

ALEXANDRIA, Va.—Your convenience and fuel retail career can take you places—if you take the time to hone your leadership skills. Take advantage of this year’s NACS Executive Leadership Program at Cornell University from the comfort of your home or office.

Delivered virtually live for 2020, the executive course will run October 27 to November 12 for nine days total (Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday over three weeks). Instruction from professors at the Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management will provide attendees with a deeper understanding of business operations.

This program helps convenience leaders:

  • Reflect on and refine their leadership skills
  • Prepare for the demands of key company roles
  • Access 360-degree feedback assessments and individual coaching
  • Engage in group case studies that build a network of peers to help address tomorrow’s business challenges
  • Hear from top industry leaders speaking to today’s biggest challenges in the workforce

The full curriculum can be found here.

A snapshot of the award-winning faculty for the program include:

  • Julie Jackowski has more than a quarter century of experience at Casey’s General Stores. In her current role as chief legal officer and corporate secretary, she oversees legal, risk management, enterprise risk management, child-care and administrative services. Jackowski was also named the 2019-20 NACS chairman and now leads the NACS Executive Committee, which provides strategic direction and financial oversight to the association.
  • Jim Lawless is a leading authority on AQ: learning new AdaptAbility skills to deliver bold, fast change. He also works with senior leaders to build cultures in which others can grow their AQ to deliver the plan—and for life! He has inspired and educated over half a million people on five continents through his mindset-shifting keynotes and more through his bestselling book, Taming Tigers.
  • Professor Elizabeth A. Mannix’s research and teaching is focused on effective organizational performance, and the factors that make individuals motivated, high-performing leaders and team members. Specific topics include authentic leadership, principled negotiation and influence, the role of emotional intelligence in business settings, organizational change, women in leadership, and diversity.
For more information about the NACS Executive Education programs, watch this YouTube video. Registration for the 2020 NACS Marketing Leadership Program is currently open.
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