University of North Carolina Wilmington
University of North Carolina Wilmington

Swain Center for Executive Education


UNCW Swain Center is recognized by SHRM to offer SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP Professional Development Credits (PDC).

Molly Nece and Judy Girard

Custom Programs

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Finance & Accounting

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Operations & Technology

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Adam Jones presenting at Outlook 2016

Economic Services

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Exam & Certification Preparation

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Laura Lunsford teaching a mentoring seminar

Management & Leadership

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Sales & Marketing

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Economic Outlook Conference 2017

Economic Outlook Conference

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Leadership Essentials for Nurses

This interactive leadership development experience will engage participants in videos, online discussions, and self-assessments. Highlights include participating in a course-long case study on fictional Swain Hospital located in a rural part of Southeastern NC. Learn from nursing professionals as well as business leaders who can provide insight to the innerworkings of the industry. Correspond and interact with nursing peers during the online 5-week course.

October 21 - November 22, 2019

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Managing Intercultural Conflict

Executive Certificate: Managing Intercultural Conflict

UNCW's Swain Center for Executive Education and the Institute for Defense and Business (IDB) have tailored an intensive-format Executive Certificate in Managing Intercultural Conflict (MIC) for defense, government and business professionals who wish to forge their intercultural conflict skills to a higher level.

September 22 - 27, 2019

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The Swain Center welcomes Director Richard Walsh

Richard Walsh has over 20 years of industry experience providing advanced expertise in leadership solutions, organizational transformation and executive coaching. Rich served as a senior executive of strategy, human resources, leadership and organizational development at AT&T, GE and Bull of France. He then served as associate dean of a top-ranked, U.S. business school, where he led a consortium for executive education. Rich also served for fourteen years as a senior faculty member at the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL). Rich has experience as an executive coach and coaching practice leader. He regularly applies his experience in the public and private sectors including: healthcare, pharmaceutical, financial services, education, energy, consumer goods, retail, hospitality, manufacturing, high-technology, telecommunications, government, defense, not-for-profit and consulting services. He works with a diverse portfolio of global clients including large, mid-size and high-growth organizations. He also holds a number of professional certifications and works on several international boards. Rich has published numerous articles and papers, including one of CCL’s Top 10 most read papers, Leading with Impact.