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Institute for Leadership and Entrepreneurship

Executive Leadership & Entrepreneurship Certificate

For 12 weeks, students will have direct access to knowledge, guidance, and mentorship from the area’s most accomplished business leaders and gain the skills needed to launch a new venture.

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Narbeli Galindo, MBA

Program Director

Executive Leadership & Entrepreneurship Certificate

Unparalleled Access to Real-World Business Expertise

Students in this program will have direct access to the hard-earned knowledge and experience of some of the most accomplished global business leaders, entrepreneurs, investors, bankers, human resources professionals, accountants, and patent and copyright attorneys. From these instructors and advisors, students will learn how to match start-up ideas to the right opportunity or investment and learn how to assess key resources globally and locally and deliver a successful business pitch.


Guest lecturers and discussion leaders, including successful founders and CEOs, will guide students through the process of protecting their interests, assigning a fair valuation to an opportunity, performing the financing process with investors, branding and marketing their venture, and closing the deal while maintaining a long-term relationship with the investor.

Starts January 11, 2022

Tuesdays & Thursdays 6–9 p.m.

On campus in Overland Park and via videoconferencing for students out of state or overseas

Baker University
7301 College Blvd.
Overland Park, KS 66210

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Local and Global Resources

Students will meet with leaders from key organizations and government and local programs, who will guide them toward government funding and export programs. Some of these organizations include the U.S. Commercial Service, World Trade Center Kansas City, Department of Economic Development, Kansas Department of Commerce, Small Business Association, SCORE Kansas City, KCSourceLink, KC BizCare, and KCRise Fund.

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Who Should Enroll?

  • Entrepreneurs seeking resources, workforce, and funding for their start-up companies
  • Entrepreneurs who have already started a venture and are looking for the next level of success or want to expand in the United States or globally or both
  • Novice investors who want to implement their ideas or innovations in the marketplace
  • Global business professionals and entrepreneurs, who want to expand into the United States
  • Entrepreneurs who want to learn about local and state incentives, financial tools, and implementation strategies to succeed in the United States

About the Program

What You Will Learn

Students will develop the skills to put their idea or current venture into action by developing a business plan, which includes a financial plan and budget, organizational structure, and marketing and branding techniques for implementation and beyond. In addition to developing these essential documents, they will learn how to do the following:

  • Secure key resources for growth and overall local and global expansion
  • Find mentorship support
  • Assess and identify the right marketplace
  • Evaluate investment opportunities and find potential sources of funding
  • Learn from successful entrepreneurs and industry experts
  • Navigate the process of pitching and closing investment deals
  • Assign fair valuation and develop pro forma statements to determine cash flows
  • Protect interests in the start-up investment process
  • Identify opportunities for local and global partnerships
  • Analyze government incentives and funding programs
  • Determine whether to move forward or hold back
  • Navigate the post-investment landscape
  • Present to angel investors and bankers in a Shark Tank model to compete for grants

Program Design

  • This 12-module program that lasts three months will be led and taught by Narbeli Galindo, Mealman Chair of Business Leadership and Innovation. Guest lecturers with expertise in specific areas will take the lead on special topics.
  • The course content will be presented in a variety of formats: case analysis, completion of financial template samples, instructor-moderated discussions, multiple-choice quizzes, classroom group activities, and outside reading and research.
  • Assigned work will be completed both in and out of the classroom.
  • Students should plan to spend six to eight hours per week on each module.
  • Students will present a final business plan that integrates what they learned and how to implement their venture in real world.
  • Collaboration and networking opportunities with fellow students are built into the program, both during and after the program.
  • Instructors are committed to serving as mentors for a year after the program is completed.
  • Tuition: $2,500

Class Topics

Introduction to Entrepreneurship

Entrepreneurship Resources and Tools for Implementation

Assessing Start-Up Viability and Funding Options

Pitching Your Business Opportunity

Protecting Your Interests

Financial Planning, Valuation, and Dilution

Company Branding, Data Analytics, and Business Development

Becoming a Strong Start-Up Leader: Leadership and Innovation

Company Structure and Due Diligence

Post-Investment Best Practices

Shark Tank Presentation to Lending Institutions, Angel Investors, and Start-Up Organizations



Narbeli Galindo

William Everett and Mary Ellen Mealman Endowed Chair of Business Leadership and Innovation at Baker University and Associate Professor of Business and Economics

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Herb Sih

Founder and Managing Partner
Think Big Partners

Sara Engber

Senior Vice President,  Fiber Foodservice, Central and Western Europe

Dr. Frumi Barr

Founder and Chief Strategist
Scale Up Advisors

Bernie Fried

Managing Director
Keylix Capital Group, LLC

Kevin Conley

Assistant Professor of Business and Economics (Law and Accounting)
Baker University

Guest Lecturers

Terry Obershaw, COO of SkuTouch Solutions

David Hill, President of Mid America Bank

Jeff Hill, Vice President of Mid America Bank

Lori Gilgus Fehr, Former Account Executive of Steel City Media

Jenny Miller, Director of KCSourceLink

Tom Gray, Cocreator and CEO of  Make48

Nia Richardson, Assistant to Director for Small Business + Entrepreneurship at KC BizCare

Darcy Howe, Managing Director of KCRise Fund

Karen Squires Foelsch, Chair of SCORE Kansas City

Michael McEnany, Vice President of Commerce Bank

Lori Trojan, Executive Director of Baldwin City Chamber of Commerce

Melissa Miller, Director of World Trade Center Kansas City (part of the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce)

Danny Meyer, Financial Advisor at Edward Jones

Gino Serra, Partner at Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner

Sara Bass, Vice President of Human Resources at BPI Gordon

Program Director

Narbeli Galindo, MBA

William Everett and Mary Ellen Mealman Endowed Chair of Business Leadership and Innovation at Baker University

Associate Professor of Business and Economics at Baker University

  • GlobalEITrade LLC President and CEO: Providing local and global expansion, investment, and trade resources for growth for starting up small to large corporations
  • Economic Development Corporation of Kansas City, Director of International Affairs and Trade: appointed by the previous mayor of Kansas City Missouri Sly James
  • Narbeli’s Imports LLC, Managing Director: owner of the importing business that offers unique products from more than 20 countries
  • Former professor of business and finance at the University of Missouri at Kansas City
  • Past President of the International Trade Council of Greater Kansas City
  • Past leadership positions at Cerner Corporation, Sprint, AT&T, and Warner-Lambert/Pfizer