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Custom Corporate Programs

We work with company leaders to deliver high quality, customized programs tailored to meet your unique business objectives with relevant content that can be used immediately.

Your program’s customization draws upon the expertise of our faculty, the skills of our custom education team, and the input of your key leaders to develop and deliver content that is relevant and has immediate application on-the-job. 

Customization Phases

These phases ensure impactful learning, produce desired results and support ongoing success.

Customization Continuum

Limited Customization:

An Executive Education open enrollment program is infused with your company’s examples and processes to enhance abilities and improve performance.

Significant Customization:

Company leaders and key stakeholders are deeply involved in creating and delivering an exclusive program to achieve specific business objectives.

Considerations for your custom program

We encourage the following components be considered for your custom program:

  • Senior management sponsorship and involvement
  • Messages from leadership that demonstrate how the program is linked to the company’s business priorities
  • Clear communication of expectations for participants prior to, during and after the educational experience
  • Ongoing reinforcement after the program plus opportunities to utilize new skills, behaviors and knowledge in everyday responsibilities
  • Executive coaching to support and sustain behavioral change

Contact Us

Jim Gooley

Director of Custom Programs & New Initiatives

(651) 962-4154
jcgooley@stthomas.edu

Jim Gooley is the Director of Custom Programs and New Initiatives within Executive Education at the University of St. Thomas Opus College of Business. This role leads the strategic planning and business development for the Executive Education non-degree business and engages with current clients, potential clients, and faculty to develop custom training solutions. Jim has over 30 years of management experience in sales, commercial real estate, finance, and marketing, including his previous position as an Executive Development Officer with the University’s Institutional Advancement Group. In addition, he held a senior-level position with Emerson Climate Controls/Control Products, with additional experience with Hines Interests, US Bank and 3M. Gooley received his BBA from St. John’s University and MBA from The University of St. Thomas, Opus College of Business. 

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Jim Gooley

Director of Custom Programs & New Initiatives

(651) 962-4154
jcgooley@stthomas.edu

Jim Gooley is the Director of Custom Programs and New Initiatives within Executive Education at the University of St. Thomas Opus College of Business. This role leads the strategic planning and business development for the Executive Education non-degree business and engages with current clients, potential clients, and faculty to develop custom training solutions. Jim has over 30 years of management experience in sales, commercial real estate, finance, and marketing, including his previous position as an Executive Development Officer with the University’s Institutional Advancement Group. In addition, he held a senior-level position with Emerson Climate Controls/Control Products, with additional experience with Hines Interests, US Bank and 3M. Gooley received his BBA from St. John’s University and MBA from The University of St. Thomas, Opus College of Business. 

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Christi Burdick-Travis

Christi Burdick-Travis

Director of Business Development

(651) 962-4614
christi.burdicktravis@stthomas.edu

Christi is the director of business development for Executive Education at the University of St. Thomas. Christi joined St. Thomas in 2015, and is responsible for our strategic planning efforts for Business Development, as well as recruiting for our Physician Leadership College, and oversight to our custom programs. 

Prior to joining St. Thomas, Christi worked for over ten years at Target in various leadership roles in negotiations, strategy, as well as merchandising. Christi also held management roles working in marketing, communications and account management at the Gap, Apple and Draft Worldwide. Christi brings to her position over twenty years of experience aligning internal teams with external partners to create win-win opportunities. 

Christi is on the board of a local non-profit, First Step Initiative (FSI). FSI provides grants to the women of the Democratic Republic of Congo to support collective businesses. 

Christi received her BA in business from Indiana University and her MBA from the University of California, Berkeley. While completing her degree at Berkeley, Christi worked as Graduate Student Instructor of economics.

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Christi Burdick-Travis

Christi Burdick-Travis

Director of Business Development

(651) 962-4614
christi.burdicktravis@stthomas.edu

Christi is the director of business development for Executive Education at the University of St. Thomas. Christi joined St. Thomas in 2015, and is responsible for our strategic planning efforts for Business Development, as well as recruiting for our Physician Leadership College, and oversight to our custom programs. 

Prior to joining St. Thomas, Christi worked for over ten years at Target in various leadership roles in negotiations, strategy, as well as merchandising. Christi also held management roles working in marketing, communications and account management at the Gap, Apple and Draft Worldwide. Christi brings to her position over twenty years of experience aligning internal teams with external partners to create win-win opportunities. 

Christi is on the board of a local non-profit, First Step Initiative (FSI). FSI provides grants to the women of the Democratic Republic of Congo to support collective businesses. 

Christi received her BA in business from Indiana University and her MBA from the University of California, Berkeley. While completing her degree at Berkeley, Christi worked as Graduate Student Instructor of economics.

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