ACS just sent me to an incredible, one-week program at the University of Washington. The Minority Business Executive Program is designed to teach business owners and managers to lead their organizations through current and future business challenges. Microsoft sponsored my tuition and ACS sponsored my travel expenses and time away from the office. The UW Office of Student Disabilities Services made sure I had a CART writer at my side providing communication access throughout the entire program. You can see her next to me in the picture below.
We learned to utilize financial tools to make more effective decisions, develop and understand long-term strategic plans for growth and sustainability, market our products and services more effectively, manage our processes and projects more efficiently and develop our leadership skills. And we had a little fun along the way.
The MBE Program put 32 of us through a combination of lectures, discussions, guest speakers, panels, interactive simulations, team exercises, and self-assessments. We gained knowledge, tools, and a valuable network to help us achieve business goals. It was an intense week from 4:00 PM Sunday evening until 6:00 PM Friday evening. We had evening group assignments, lunches and learns, and working breakfasts. The bonds of friendship formed immediately and we learned so much from each other.
Commencement finally rolled around Friday evening. Here I am proudly receiving my Certificate of Completion from Faculty Member Bill Bradford.
ACS truly is “the Alternative” . The ACS management team recognizes each individual in the service delivery process, letting each do their job to the best of their ability. An individual’s professional growth and development is taken very seriously here at ACS. From the bottom of my heart, I thank Phil Hyssong and Mike Cano for making it possible for me to be a part of this fabulous professional development experience. I look forward to using what I learned to grow the company and to better serve our clients.