College of Business Executive Education

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Executive Education

The Lam Family College of Business Executive Education program aims to train and develop the next generation of leaders.

Our programs are designed to prepare and empower you for an ever-evolving global economy. Our short courses will expand your leadership skills and polish your talents to become valuable assets in your career. Participate and learn from our world-renown faculty and speakers in the heart of San Francisco, where the global market grows every day.

Past Program Highlights

Sixth Annual Women's Emerging Leadership Forum

Friday, October 11, 2019
9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

This annual event is a lively and engaging forum designed to help women achieve their full potential in the workplace by bringing together a diverse group of successful and aspiring leaders to exchange fresh ideas and hard-earned insights, to learn and avoid common pitfalls on the path to career advancement, and to identify ways to enhance your leadership skills while making meaningful connections and expanding your professional network.

Entrepreneurship Symposium 2019

Friday, April 26, 2019
8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Hosted by San Francisco State University Lam Family College of Business, the second annual Entrepreneurship Symposium is part of a larger initiative to establish an innovation institute at San Francisco State University.

This program is designed for budding entrepreneurs and early-stage startup founders seeking to develop stronger entrepreneurial skills and to build their network. Participants who are able to bring intellectual rigor, curiosity, and the drive to go out and apply what they learn in this program will see a successful transformation of themselves by the end of this event.

Innovation Pitch Competition

The Innovation Pitch Competition is designed for San Francisco State University students with a new business idea or startup. Students who submit an application to the pitch competition must be resourceful, resilient and mature, as well as be open to feedback and adapting to change. Our Innovation Pitch Competition is a forum to share and discover new business ideas and startups.

Cash prizes totaling $8,500 will be awarded to the three winners of the Pitch Competition.

How To Do Business in the Pacific Rim

Friday, October 12, 2018
9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Special Pricing for San Francisco State Alumni, Faculty and Lecturers

International trade professionals are invited to take advantage of this great opportunity to learn how to do business in the Asian Pacific Rim. Gain insight on utilizing e-commerce, social media and other marketing tools to attract consumers overseas and network with business professionals in your industry.

This event is co-hosted by the Lam Family College of Business and California Asian Pacific Chamber of Commerce. For questions about the event, please contact Thuy Nguyen,, 916-446-7883.

Custom Programs

Our custom programs are designed for your company and your company’s specific challenges. We work closely with organizations of all sizes to develop customized programs that are tailored to their particular learning and development needs. For every partner organization we serve, our goal is to ensure the knowledge learned from our programs is applied back in their organization, creating lasting value and measurable impact. For more information, see Custom Programs.