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Rethinking the Corporate Partnership - a Focus on Corporate Needs vs. Traditional Institutional Silos

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2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


New Orleans, Louisiana

Publication Date

June 26, 2016

Start Date

June 26, 2016

End Date

June 29, 2016





Conference Session

INDUSTRY DAY: Industry-Focused Collaboration Techniques

Tagged Division

College Industry Partnerships

Tagged Topics

Diversity and Corporate Member Council

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Rachel LeBlanc Worcester Polytechnic Institute

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Rachel LeBlanc is the Executive Director of Corporate and Professional Education at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. She manages the portfolio of non-traditional academic programs for the University including online programs, corporate education, and professional education. Rachel has over ten years of experience working with faculty and industry experts to create education solutions to meet business needs. She manages a variety of functional areas including business development, marketing, product development, and operations. Throughout her career, Rachel and her team have provided education solutions for several industries including defense, life science, high-tech, energy, healthcare, manufacturing, and construction. Rachel currently serves on the Board of Directors of INCOSE as the Director of Marketing and Communications. In addition, she is on the Board of Directors for AUVSI New England. Rachel has a B.S. and M.S. in the life sciences, as well as an M.B.A.

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Have you ever struggled to build and/or retain a corporate partnership? Are there relationships you are trying to grow but find yourself unable to fully meet their needs? Learn about an organizational structure that allows the needs of a company to be a primary focus of the University. This session will walk through a corporate relationship and how the organizational structure allowed the quick development of the relationship. The structure and aligned goals allowed internal University staff to focus on the corporation's needs rather than on traditional institutional silos.

LeBlanc, R. (2016, June), Rethinking the Corporate Partnership - a Focus on Corporate Needs vs. Traditional Institutional Silos Paper presented at 2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, New Orleans, Louisiana. 10.18260/p.26099

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