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Ross' Chief Executive Education Officer Appointed as UNICON's Vice Chair

8/1/2011 --

Melanie Barnett brings expert perspective to international consortium of executive education providers.

ANN ARBOR, Mich.—Melanie Barnett, MBA '91, chief executive education officer at Ross, recently was appointed as vice chair of the International University Consortium for Executive Education (UNICON).

Founded in 1972, UNICON is the leading organization advancing academically-based executive education around the world. Its members include more than 90 providers of executive education representing the Americas, Europe, Asia, and Africa.

Barnett joined Ross Executive Education in 1999. In that time the school has defined action-based learning as a critical component in the design of each executive program. Both open-enrollment and custom programs connect the learning process to real business scenarios as participants identify their own company-specific challenges and work with Ross faculty to apply new tools and frameworks to resolve them.

"That's the value in academically-based executive education," says Barnett. "Business leaders who partner with Ross gain immediate access to proven research and best practices to not only develop themselves, but to solve their most challenging organizational issues. In every program, our goal is to provide cutting-edge knowledge to support real executives and real organizations."

The Ross School's custom clients include General Electric Co., the Tata Group, Abbott Labs, and M&T Bank, among others. Ross faculty have partnered on more than 2,000 projects worldwide to help clients implement succession plans and leadership programs, coordinate business planning with risk assessment, implement global growth strategies, and more.

"Our clients look to Ross as a partner to build more than just competency in their employees," Barnett says. "They increasingly use our programs as an integrated component of their talent management efforts and their strategy deployment. We offer the platform for them to initiate buy-in, commitment, and action around their organization's strategic priorities."

For the past four years, Barnett has served on UNICON's board as chair and co-chair of its communications committee, working to extend awareness of the value of academically-based executive education. As vice chair for UNICON she also will chair its finance committee and continue to co-chair its communications committee.

UNICON members include Harvard Business School, Stanford University, MIT Sloan School of Management, and INSEAD. The organization sponsors and conducts research and provides industry/operational knowledge and networking opportunities for members through conferences, workshops, research, benchmarking, newsletters, job postings, discussion boards and forums, and other activities.

Ross Executive Education will host the UNICON annual summer workshop at the University of Michigan's Ann Arbor campus in July 2012.

For more information, contact:
Bernie DeGroat, (734) 647-1847,