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Regional Development and Leadership

The Greater Sacramento Valley Region is facing a quiet crisis that will soon be upon us ... and an opportunity that is already here. In just a few short years, the opportunities to step up and take leadership positions will be enormous. The time to prepare for that is now.

The 2008 Sacramento Regional Workforce Forecast highlights what business leaders and entrepreneurs in our region know all too well: the next generation of leaders and innovators is needed to replace the soon-to-retire Baby Boomers.

"Employers in the Sacramento Region's key industries cite a critical need for managers across all disciplines. This shortage is becoming even more evident as retirees are increasingly moving out of positions at all management levels. At the same time, the pipeline of workers to fill these positions has not fully developed or does not currently exist in many industries... [M]ost of the demand for master's degrees is forecasted in replacement needs..."

Partnering to Build the Region's Leadership

Drexel University Sacramento is where the region's future leaders come to prepare for their futures in start-up and existing businesses, non-profits, and government agencies:

  • All of our doctoral and master's degree programs provide top-ranked, cutting-edge substantive knowledge. Beyond that, each is designed to teach the practical skills that future leaders will need: critical thinking, communication and presentation skills (both written and oral), strategic planning, risk and decision analysis, group dynamics, and working in diverse teams, often across time zones.
  • We have invested $1 million in state-of-the-art technology so that our students - and businesses and organizations using our Center during the day - can engage the world's resources - including their absent colleagues - via the Web or our high-definition videoconferencing network. Drexel is an Internet 2 university and our Center is completely wireless. Classes and meetings can be recorded for on-demand playback as webcasts, podcasts and as downloadable rich media. Remote students can participate and collaborate in classes through the use of web-based live classroom tools or via standards-based video conferencing.
  • We have allocated $10 million for Sacramento Leadership Fellowships, which are awarded on the basis of demonstrated academic merit, and provide additional tuition support for employees of our government agencies and non-profits through the Papadakis Public Service Fellowships.
  • We pay the dues for any student who wants to be active in Sacramento's Metro Edge or Roseville's Ignite, two of the best young professional organizations in the region.
  • We are partnering with and supporting many of the leadership programs in the region because we support the very important work these organizations are doing in providing hands-on, peer-based learning and community involvement opportunities. They include: Each of these organizations has at least one $10,000 Professional Leadership Scholarship [PDF] to Drexel that it can award each year to an up-and-coming leader.

Drexel is investing enthusiastically in this region's future, and yours. If you are interested in what we have to offer, attend an Information Session, visit our Center, or contact us.