BOOST consists of three parts:
Part 1: The university-wide Strategic Management in Your Career and Life workshop (UWC 5013) which will be offered in Winter 2023;
Part 2: The non-credit certificate Implementing Your Strategy part that includes an individual mentoring project;
Part 3: The Proof of Concept summer experience concluded during the final session in January 2024.
Parts 1 and 2 will be delivered in a weekly format of 6 sessions on Friday mornings in Winter and Spring semesters, respectively. Part 3 is a hands-on experiential learning activity to be completed during the summer/fall 2023. The Program takes 12 months to complete.
Here's a more detailed description of the program:
PART 1: STRATEGIC MANAGEMENT IN YOUR CAREER AND LIFE
THE BIG PICTURE AND STRATEGIZING SESSIONS
Classes will be held Fridays 8.50 a.m.-12.30 p.m. (Jan 13- Mar 3)
Schedule will feature interactive sessions presenting students with psychological and sociological accounts of success and high-impact effectiveness. Additionally, participants will learn about strategic management and work on their strategies for achieving their goals. The course ends with each participant preparing a concrete pitch for their individual impact strategy.
All participants will receive the grade for UWC 5013. Those interested will apply for to continue with the non-degree part of BOOST under the supervision of distinguished Executive MBA and alumni mentors.
PART 2: IMPLEMENTING YOUR STRATEGY
THE IMPLEMENTATION AND STRATEGY ROLLOUT SESSIONS
Classes will be held Fridays 8.50 a.m.-12.30 p.m. (Apr 6- May 4)
BOOST participants meet with their mentors and learn about effective implementation of strategies in a variety of settings including marketing, entrepreneurship, and ethical decision making. The sessions end with participants meeting to present the final version of their Impact Strategies and presenting the finalized plans for their Proof of Concept projects. They discuss potential implementation challenges that await them during their summer experience and plan for establishing and maintaining a support network throughout the project.
PART 3: PROOF OF CONCEPT
THE SUMMER PROJECT
On- or off-campus, depending on the project
BOOST participants are required to engage in a summer project implementing the "Proof of Concept" of their individual and group Impact Strategy. The PoC will differ depending on the goals participants set for themselves.
- Internship or volunteer work with clear career and impact objectives;
- On- or off-campus work on a business plan for an entrepreneurial start-up;
- A specific change project implemented in participant's family business;
- A social change project or campaign;
- A research project overseen by CEU faculty.
The goal of the PoC Project is to demonstrate the promise and viability of the participant's Impact Strategy. With that in mind, the coordinating faculty will be extremely flexible in setting the PoC project. To facilitate this flexibility, no credits will be provided for the PoC project, though, when appropriate, a student (or a group) may seek additional independent study credits based on CEU regulations.
Whenever possible, we will encourage that the project be conducted in the BOOST Group. If that is not possible or appropriate given the nature of a particular project, the BOOST Group will be responsible for having regular group meetings and updates, if needed using VoIP tools. Each group will also be in touch with their mentors and the coordinating faculty. If appropriate, additional subject-specific faculty advisors will also be included.
THE REFLECTION SESSION
Single Friday morning session, January 2024 (TBC)
This session will include a hard-nosed "review" during which BOOST participants are questioned about their Proof of Concept. They also meet the new incoming BOOST participants and share their experiences with them. Graduating students can join this session via videoconferencing.