Business Leadership Center

Downtown Dallas Wide

BLC Seminars

The Business Leadership Center (BLC) offers an average of four seminars per week targeting essential leadership areas that enhance the curriculum at the SMU Cox School of Business. Leading industry professionals from companies such as Accenture, The Container Store, Dell Services, Walt Disney Company, Texas Instruments, The Richards Group, 7–Eleven, Xerox, and Slalom Consulting develop and facilitate the seminars. These exceptional leadership development skills prove invaluable to future success and differentiate students in the competitive marketplace. Most full time MBA students participate actively in BLC seminars, demonstrating the value that students experience. 

What does this mean to potential employers of Cox MBA’s?

Students have access to a BLC Transcript which lists the seminars and programs they have attended. This transcript reinforces the added value of a Cox Master of Business Administration.

Sample Seminar Topics:

Communication Skills:

Students can broaden their skills with topics that include Communication as a Strategic Business Tool, International Business Negotiation and LinkedIn: Building a Powerful Profile to Achieve Career Goals.  


Customer Innovation:

This seminar series focuses on ways to reach and keep customers. Topics offered include Principles for Delivering Customer Loyalty, The Disney Approach, and Building A Successful Sales Organization.


Interpersonal Relations:

Students learn the importance of Influence Strategies, Building Relationships in Consulting, Relationship Management, plus other related topics. These skills are vital in career development.


Managerial Leadership:

For MBA students who desire to attain management positions, this seminar series focuses on Conducting Business in the Age of Globalization, Power Negotiating in Merger and Acquisition Transactions, and much more.


Personal Development:

Students learn from seminars such as Build a Strong Network Now for When You Will Need It, Creativity Techniques,  and Idea Mapping as part of an overall emphasis on personal effectiveness.


Productive Leadership:

This seminar series encompasses strategies on Motivating and Retaining Top Talent, Coaching Skills, Putting Ethics Into Practice and how to put these leadership skills into practice.


Team Dynamics:

Seminars include Group Leadership, Courageous Team Conversations, and How to Build a Winning Sales and Marketing Team among other titles. Team building is the key to achieving results.


Seminar Video Previews


Deals 101 with Edward J. Dawson

SMU Cox BLC Communications Skills with Merrie Spaeth

SMU Cox BLC Customer Innovation with Steve Zipkoff

SMU Cox BLC Team Dynamics with Kim Zollar