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Lakeland launches new professional growth program – Develop U


Lakeland launches new professional growth program – Develop U

Lakeland University has responded to regional employer demand with a customized approach to professional growth programs called Develop U.

Develop U offers a variety of workshops and training programs that are affordable, engaging and flexible, and provide employees with high-quality professional development opportunities.

"While there are numerous professional development offerings in the marketplace, members of our Board of Advocates discussed with us the gaps they are seeing in those offerings, which led to the creation of our programs," said Scott Niederjohn, dean of Lakeland's Schilcutt School of Business & Entrepreneurship.

"If employers have specific topics they would like covered, we can customize workshops to fit those needs with our in-house experts. And by creating a local option, we've eliminated the need for travel and hotel expenses that often make professional development cost prohibitive."

Courses will be offered as partial or full-day offerings to accommodate the schedules of working professionals who are seeking sources of business and leadership development.

Current programs offered by Develop U include:

Professional Development Workshop Series

Employee retention is a primary focus for employers of all sizes. This nine-part series focuses on helping employees by building their enthusiasm and engagement in their work.

Beginning in September and running monthly through May, this series includes nine day-long, relevant topics to elevate participants' understanding of a wide variety of business subject matters, including leadership, accounting, innovation and culture, project management and marketing. Courses are taught by experts in those fields.

Participants can sign up for single courses, numerous courses or the entire series. Discounts are available for corporate teams. All workshops include continental breakfast and lunch.

Financial and Estate Planning Workshops

This three-class course allows participants to take charge of their finances and be equipped with the facts needed to prepare for a financially secure retirement. Participants will learn how to maximize their income and get more from their investments and get essential estate planning topics such as wills, trusts and powers of attorney. These courses are designed for those approaching retirement and those who have recently transitioned into retirement.

The workshops are presented by Cliff Henrickson and Jess Henrickson, Baird; and Stephanie Mares, Mares Law Offices. They are offered at Lakeland's Milwaukee Center in September and at Lakeland's main campus in Sheboygan County in October.

Details and sign up information for both series are available at

All funds generated by Develop U will directly support Lakeland University's Cooperative Education & Career Readiness program.

For questions about Lakeland University's Develop U workshops, visit or contact Kym Leibham at 920-565-1023 ext. 2155 or email her at