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Center for Leadership and Innovation announced

Posted on April 30, 2012

Grand Valley State University’s Seidman College of Business has launched a new initiative directed to public and private companies, including family-owned businesses.

The Center for Leadership and Innovation is designed for mid-to upper-level and high-potential managers and executives. The center will utilize resources both outside and within the university and will collaborate and engage the local business community.

“The objective will be to provide programs and education opportunities to help managers develop in-field decision making capability and practical tools to handle the ever-increasing challenges of today’s business environment,” said Paul Heroman, startup manager for the program.

Heroman said often there is no support system in place for middle managers in this new economy. “Some mid-level managers have been put in place without the skills to be successful. These are our future leaders and we are excited to provide them with the tools and support needed to succeed,” he said.

Heroman has held leadership roles in both for-profit and non-profit organizations, including his own consulting practice. He has been involved with several start-up entities and participated in the Michigan Economic Development Corporation’s “Shifting Gears Program.” 

For more information contact Paul Heroman at (616) 331-7206 or


* Heroman said some middle managers are put in place with no support system (audio).

* Heroman said there is a need in West Michigan for middle and upper level managers to get leadership support (audio).

* Heroman said the center will service a key niche, the leaders of tomorrow (audio).


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