Professional Development and Advisory Services

Regardless of the size of your business or organization or your need, we can help accelerate your growth and build a stronger organization. Our professional development capabilities include a comprehensive suite of training and professional development programs and workshops designed to equip leaders and employees with the understanding, skills, and tools necessary to compete in the marketplace. As a service-driven team of industry veterans, scholars, and discipline-specific experts, our advisory services experts can deploy quickly, work with you and meet the needs and challenges specific to your business.

Professional Development
From open-enrollment professional development programs to customized training and coaching designed to meet the specific needs of your team, we stand ready to support the growth of your people, your leaders, and your organization.

Sample Programs:

  • Leader Development
  • Sales Leadership
  • Sales Effectiveness
  • Project Management
  • Finance for non-financial managers
  • Employee Coaching
  • Behavioral Interviewing
  • Team-building

Advisory Services
We will work side-by-side with you to understand your challenges and work to build, implement, and assess solutions to these problems. Whether your challenge is developing people, building culture, or optimizing systems and processes, we’ll be with you every step of the way.

Areas of Expertise:

  • Supply chain optimization
  • Production planning
  • Media
  • Digital marketing
  • Well-being
  • Advertising
  • Information system selection and utilization
  • Analysis and optimization
  • Analytics and forecasting
  • Inventory Management
  • Risk management
  • Audit preparation
  • Accounting controls
  • Market research
Employee selection
  • Compensation and incentive design
  • Executive and leader coaching
  • Customer Service
  • Employee engagement survey design, administration, and interpretati

Meet Our Team

Dr. Andrew Herdman
Director of Professional Services and Executive Education and associate professor in the Department of Management
3203E Bate Building

Dr. Andrew Herdman is an associate professor of management and the Thomas D. Arthur Distinguished Scholar in Leadership who has more than 25 years of applied leadership, business development and human resource experience across various companies and industries. Most recently, he served as VP of the Group Human Resources for Mayne Pharma, a global pharmaceutical company where he led the global HR effort and served as a member of the executive committee. Prior to joining Mayne Pharma, he was an associate professor in the College’s Department of Management. Previously, he held numerous HR consulting roles and served as VP of human resources and strategic partnerships at Crown American Real Estate Investment Trust. Herdman has published original research in numerous leading research journals in the areas of leadership and the impact of progressive human resource practices on firm performance outcomes.

Kurt Fickling

W. Kurt Fickling, CRM, CIC, CRIS
Teaching Instructor,
Department of Finance

Expertise: risk identification, risk management, risk financing

Chip Galusha

Chip Galusha, M.B.A
Teaching Instructor,
Leadership and Professional Development Program
Expertise: leadership, followership and professional development

TD Gribble

TD Gribble, M.B.A
Teaching Instructor,
Leadership and Professional Development Program

Expertise: leadership, professional development, workplace culture

Patrick McKay

Dr. Patrick F. McKay
Department of Management
Expertise: diversity, organizational climate, and business-unit performance

Dana Newell

Dana Newell, M.S., M.B.A
Teaching Instructor of Marketing, Department of Marketing &
Supply Chain Management

Expertise: marketing communications, digital advertising, social media, and SEO strategy

Danica Spriggs, M.A
Teaching Instructor
Expertise: personnel management, operations management, leadership, and small business ownership

21st Century Leadership Series

In partnership with ECU’s Office of Continuing & Professional Education, the 21st Century Leadership program of workshops is organized as a seven-course series and designed to equip current and aspiring leaders with the understanding, skills, and tools needed to lead strategically. You will learn to build a team or organization that is goal-focused and vision-driven, while creating an environment for people to thrive, grow, and contribute.

See the 2023-24 schedule below.

Workshop 1:

Leading Self, Leading Others

Date & Time:    Friday, February 23, 2024, 9:30 a.m.  – 3:30 p.m.

Location: Isley Innovation Hub, Room 167

Cost:  $525, purchased as a single course; $475 if purchased as series

 Workshop 2:

Motivating & Engaging People

Date & Time: Friday, March 22, 2024, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Location: Isley Innovation Hub, Room 167

Cost: $525 purchased as a single course; $475 if purchased with series