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The Differences Between Principles of Lean and Lean Six Sigma Belt Certificate Programs

Lean Six Sigma offers professionals a variety of educational pathways to learn the skills and knowledge that best suit their needs. Determining the best path to pursue is the first step for those who aspire to sharpen their leadership skills with a Lean Six Sigma training credential. With online Lean Six Sigma programs, some choose […]

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How Specialized Spanish Language Skills Advance Legal Careers

According to Forbes, 13% of the U.S. population speaks Spanish at home. However, according to the American Bar Association, only 5% of lawyers in the United States speak Spanish. That leaves a large number of Spanish speakers without access to legal representation in their preferred language. If you are a legal professional, you can increase […]

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Shattering the Glass Ceiling: Influential Women in Healthcare, Tech, Media and Science

Women have made impressive progress in recent years to overcome the gender disparities that have long been a feature of the American workplace, particularly in leadership positions. A focus on leadership education and training, as well as building stronger professional networks among women, has helped professional women more than ever elevate their careers. There’s still […]

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Seven Skills for Aspiring Women in Leadership

As the nation’s workforce continues to diversify, so do the executive suites in organizations across all industries. While it’s been a slow process, women now have more opportunities than ever to hold positions in the upper reaches of the organizational chart. Getting there requires a unique blend of important skills. Women in leadership particularly benefit […]

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A Few Ways to Fall in Love with Learning All Over Again

Valentine’s Day is a day to celebrate and cherish the relationships in our lives that bring us joy. At SMU CAPE, we celebrate our love of learning as well as our wonderful instructors and students who inspire us every day. If your relationship with learning is feeling lackluster, we can help you fall in love […]

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Project Management Skills Create Career Opportunities

With the increase in layoffs and the looming threat of a recession, you may be looking for ways to increase your job opportunities and earning potential. If your work involves managing projects, earning a project management certification may be an excellent way to accomplish both of these goals. According to the Project Management Insitute, certified […]

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Your Own Worst Enemy: Overcoming Imposter Syndrome

Have you ever sat in a meeting and wondered, why did they hire me? Have you felt inadequate on the first day at your job? This feeling may be more common than you think, especially among accomplished women in your life. This feeling is called imposter syndrome. The term defines where, no matter how much […]

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Unique SMU Programs Help Veterans Transition to the Classroom and Workplace

DALLAS (SMU) – While serving as an amphibious assault vehicle operator in far-flung locations ranging from Jordan to Haiti to Somalia, Victor Acosta ensured that his fellow Marines made safe transitions from ship to shore. Inspired to enlist in the Marines by his older sister, a veteran of both the U.S. Army and Air Force, […]

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Invest in Your Future with SMU CAPE Instructor James Wigen

Instructor Spotlight: James Wigen  Investing is one of the best ways to grow your wealth, protect your earnings from inflation and save for retirement. Unfortunately, investing can be confusing and you may not know where to start or what investments to pursue to reach your financial goals. According to Nerd Wallet, only 43% of Americans […]

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What is Value Stream Mapping?

Value stream mapping involves creating a visual representation of every step in a process as well as the tasks involved in each step. The goal is to identify and eliminate any non-value-adding activity that doesn’t improve the product or better serve the needs of customers. Value stream mapping is considered one of the most important […]

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Engage the Changing Workforce with Opportunities to Learn and Grow

Author Gretchen Rubin considers September “the other January.” The end of summer and the new school year offer opportunities to start fresh, even if you haven’t been a traditional student for many years. Encourage your employees to take advantage of a seasonal clean slate and to expand their knowledge and skills. While some researchers estimate […]

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Six Sigma Methodology Explained: What Is Six Sigma?

Six Sigma is a way of thinking and working that’s predicated on quality control. By measuring specific aspects of a process – and solving the problems therein – Six Sigma practitioners can significantly increase the consistency and efficiency of their work. The methodology was created nearly 40 years ago at Motorola – which was, at […]