Learn strategies to effectively lead by example

Online Executive Education: Navigating COVID-19

This free program is part of the “Rethink, Reinvent and Recover: Preparing for the Challenges of an Uncertain Future” series. These three-hour courses are designed by CSU's College of Business to support our community in this time of uncertainty by helping professionals navigate a business landscape fundamentally changed by COVID-19.

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Course Overview

Leaders who coach others with the example they set prepare and empower their team members for the next challenge, and this rings especially true during times of crisis or major change. Learn best practices to employ during emergency situations, including strong, honest, ethical and confident leadership techniques and communications. 


  1. Learn the four-step influencing process, which is especially helpful for managing amid complexity and extreme pressue
  2. Develop strategies to maintain the self-esteem of your constituents so they can rise to the occasion
  3. Understand nonverbal corroboration of your communications to reinforce the message and avoid miscommunication
  4. Know when to initiate and take action

Giving Back

As a service to our community during this challenging time, the College is offering these courses for free. For participants who are able, the College is requesting donations to Rams Against Hunger, which supports Biz Rams and other CSU students experiencing food insecurity. A donation of $32.50 provides nutritious meals from a CSU dining center to a student for one week; $130 feeds a student for a month. To learn more about the fund and to donate, please visit the Rams Against Hunger page.

Course Details

  • Date: Friday, June 5
  • Time: 9 AM – 12 PM MST
  • Format: Courses are delivered via Mosaic, the College’s enhanced video collaboration platform that enables online learners to attend and participate in live lectures, for the first 75 registrants. Participants who register after the 75 Mosaic seats are full will watch the lectures via a non-interactive livestream link.
  • Cost: Free, but a donation to Rams Against Hunger is appreciated
  • Not-for-credit executive education

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Debra Benton

Debra Benton
CEO, Benton Management Resources
Executive coach and author

Debra Benton is an internationally recognized expert on how effective executives think, manage and lead. Top CEO Coaches ranked her in the top 10 coaches in the world and as the highest-ranking female. She has over 30 years of experience developing and advancing the careers of many executives and delivering seminars in 18-plus different countries, including three around-the-world tours. 

Her client list reflects many of America’s premier companies: PepsiCo, GE, Citicorp, Microsoft, Lockheed Martin, Time-Warner, DuPont, American Express, Mobile Oil, Pfizer, Kraft, AT&T, Merrill Lynch, NASA and other leading global brands.

Debra’s clients consistently report sustained positive change for both themselves and their organization from her practical, relevant and highly actionable guidance delivered in an insightful, candid and caring manner.

She is an award-winning, New York Times-best-selling author of 11 books on professional development and leadership. Her most recent book, The Leadership Mind Switch, builds on her earlier works: The CEO Difference, The Virtual Executive, How To Think Like a CEO, Secrets of a CEO, How to Act Like a CEO, Executive Charisma, CEO Material and Lions Don’t Need to Roar.

Additionally, Debra has written on leadership for the Harvard Business Review, Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg Businessweek, and Fast Company.

Rethink, Reinvent and Recover

This short-course series is designed to equip professionals to confidently, creatively and compassionately lead their teams through the extraordinary impacts associated with COVID-19. The series addresses five major areas of concern professionals are facing now: taking care of themselves and their own fears, positively leading their workforce, acknowledging and dealing with grief and stress, changing their business model for increased sustainability and handling their financial health.

"Everyone is welcome to join in this thought-provoking series,” said Sue Schell, director of senior leadership and organizational development programs in the College of Business. “You’ll challenge your fears, habits and mindsets and emerge with ideas for recovery."
All courses are being offered free of charge as a service to our community, but the College requests that participants who are able make a donation to Rams Against Hunger, which supports Biz Rams and other CSU students experiencing food insecurity. To learn more about the fund and to donate, please visit the Rams Against Hunger page.


Held Online via Mosaic

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