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Popular ‘Mini-MBA’ program to highlight annual conference

Back by popular demand, the Northeast Chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel is once again hosting a “mini-MBA” program for its Annual Conference. The enormous success of last year’s mini-MBA, coupled with numerous requests to hold a similar program again this year, made the decision easy.

Skadden Arps will be sponsoring this event, which is scheduled for Nov. 16. The co-sponsor, Boston University School of Management, Executive Leadership Center, has developed a stellar program for us.

Entitled “What You Didn’t Learn in Law School: Business Strategy, Financial Red Flags, Organizational Behavior,” this year’s program will require that attendees read a case study prior to attending. All the presentations will deal with the particular problems and situations faced by the company in the case study.

Topics to be addressed are:

  • Financial statements: What they tell us;
  • Strategic formulations and implementation;
  • Managing work relationships;
  • Financial statement analysis: Recognizing the red flags spotting the legal issues.

    Skadden Arps is enthusiastic about sponsoring this innovative program, and will be leading the legal issues discussion. Boston University developed the mini-MBA for ACC-Northeast last year as a pilot for their week-long “Pocket MBA” program, which has been very successful.

    Both organizations and ACC-Northeast recognize that lawyers need to develop more business skills as they advance in their careers, and feel this program is a solid step along the way. The overwhelmingly enthusiastic response indicates that we’re on the right track.

    The program is open to ACC-Northeast members only. Unlike last year, we will not have room for non-members. Please plan to join so you can attend!

    William O’Brien, corporate counsel at Hewlett-Packard, is president of the Northeast Chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel.

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