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The Tuck-WBENC Executive Program: Building a High-Performing Business
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2015 Tuck-WBENC Executive Program
October 4-9, 2015

Please contact Lindsay Burger at or 202-872-5515 x:8102,

The 2014 Tuck-WBENC Executive Program, brought to you by IBM was  held October 5-10, 2014 at the IBM Dolce Palisades facility in Palisades, NY.
The application deadline was August 4, 2014.

Program Description for Building a High-Performing Business
The Tuck-WBENC Executive Education Program is an intensive, five-day executive development program for WBENC-Certified Women's Business Enterprises (WBEs). It is an intensive learning experience that focuses primarily on increasing the competitive advantage and robustness of the participant's own business. Up to 50 WBE attendees will form a learning community that will continue to provide a source of support, expertise, opportunities, and strategic alliances long after graduation.

This general management program is designed to help WBEs that are beyond the startup phase to assess, improve and grow their businesses. To survive and prosper in today's fast-moving, highly volatile business climate, WBEs must ensure they have all the essential components of a highly integrated business, such as:
  • Clear and focused strategy
  • Superior value
  • Optimal core business processes
  • Motivated and empowered staff
  • Carefully managed relationships for long-term success
Tuck is the nation's oldest graduate school of business and renowned for the quality of its teaching and the degree to which it fosters collaborative learning, inclusion, and community. It is designed to make a big difference in how owners think about and operate their businesses when they return from the program. The primary case study is the participant's own business. Collaborative learning groups apply the tools they have learned to assess and improve their businesses, using the same diagnostic and strategy-implementation approaches that external consultants would use.

"Not all Executive Training Programs are created equal. The Tuck WBENC program was so much more. In one short week the approach to my business was transformed. The financial analysis processes and tools gave me QUANTIFIABLE DATA for better financial decision making. The Strategy Sessions helped me develop a clearer direction and STRATEGIC VISION. The relationships established with the other WBEs themselves, have now become my NATIONAL NETWORK and PARTNERS. We have just finished our graduation ceremony but I know- without a doubt- it is only the beginning." - Susan Watts, Managing Director, SpaceCraft International

"What an amazing experience! It is powerful to spend a week to step back from the daily chaos, gain perspective and learn strategically how to grow my organization. Not only were the Dartmouth professors stellar, the community of women business owners inspiring, but the detailed planning, facility, food and staff was great! Not only have I grown professionally and personally from this program, I know my employees and clients will benefit as well!" - April Bell, Owner, April Bell, LLC

Recap: Class of 2013
The first week of October 2013 brought together a dynamic group of women business owners with the world-class faculty of Dartmouth's Tuck School of Business and IBM, one of America's Top Corporations for WBEs. In its eleventh year, the one-week program continues to demonstrate tremendous impact on WBEs and their strategic growth.

Held at the IBM Palisades, Dolce property in Palisades, NY, IBM hosted the program and brought key staff from procurement, supplier diversity and marketing to network with the group throughout the week. WBENC extends a special thank you to IBM for their continued support of their program and providing stellar corporate representation: Ginni Rometty, Patrice Knight, Jamie Hewitt, Michael Robinson, Sherry Holloway, Denise Evans and Kathy Pavlik.

2014 Program

Who Should Attend
Applicants must be WBENC-Certified owners with three to five years of experience running a business and have $300,000+ in annual sales.

Program Fee
The cost of the program is $3,750 for WBENC-Certified WBEs.

How to Apply
Download the 2014 application. Submit the completed application by August 4, 2014 to

Sponsorship Opportunities
Contact Lindsay Burger at 202-872-5515, ext. 8102 or for information about Tuck-WBENC sponsorship opportunities.

2014 Sponsors
Presenting Sponsor/Facilities Underwriter:
Thank you to our Presenting Sponsor: IBM Corporation
"IBM has been the proud presenting sponsor of the Tuck-WBENC Executive Program since its inception in 2003. This program, hosted by IBM at our Armonk Executive Conference Center, clearly demonstrates our commitment to WBENC and to the WBE community. The IBM Armonk Executive Conference Center provides a learning environment that is conducive to this intensive learning experience for women business owners." 
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Collaborative Learning
The professors clarify the most complicated business models into understandable forms. The classroom has a wonderful energy that is vibrant and interactive. Walking away from the Tuck-WBENC Executive Program with so much knowledge inspires you to grow!
Mary Jo Gaumer, President and CEO, Cablelinks
World-Class Faculty and One-On-One Consultation
I am so glad I finally made the time to attend the Tuck-WBENC Executive Program. The seasoned faculty from the Tuck Business School did a superb job of imparting knowledge and challenging us to think about our businesses in ways we have never done before.
Cynthia F. Towers, Esq., President and CEO, Juristaff, Inc.
Superior Execution
This program will definitely help my business not only to run more efficiently but take my business to the next level. The Tuck curriculum has given me the outlines for success and demonstrated how to put them into practice.
Olsa Martini, President and CEO, OLSA Resources
Better Decision Making
By day three, I had a huge "Ah-Ha" moment when I realized there might be a better and more efficient way to structure my business. I got goose-bumps in class, and I will be taking the idea back to my advisers and my team to work the logistics. I am thrilled I attended!
Sharon McRill, President, The Betty Brigade