Center for Professional Development

Dr. Steven Stralser was teaching in a top-ranked MBA program when he noticed an interesting phenomenon-every semester, in addition to the traditional MBA student, there would also be a few "non traditional" students, e.g., an executive from a nonprofit organization, a physician or attorney.

What became clear to Dr. Stralser was that these professionals-though highly trained -were challenged by the "business" aspects of their practice or organization. Their professional training did not prepare them for the business realities that affected their success in providing professional services. While some of these well-trained professionals might enroll in an MBA program or take a course, many more would benefit from a program that delivered the same content, in a highly condensed and focused "boot camp" format.

In 2000, The Center for Professional Development was incorporated as a 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization to provide business tools for professionals in a manner consistent with their time-pressured schedules and needs.


The Center for Professional Development is dedicated to preparing professionals to face organizational challenges with sound management training and the most current business practices and tools. In fulfilling our mission, we use leading edge teaching and learning modalities and develop products and services to meet the professional development needs of our constituency. These mission-specific activities include seminars, conferences and distance learning technology.

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The Center for Professional Development, Inc. was established to advance the development of professionals who are challenged by changes occurring both within and outside of their organizational boundaries. Through continuing, and life-long education such professionals will be better prepared to perform in an ever-changing environment. The increased efficiency and effectiveness they bring to their organizations has the potential to provide significant impact on the lives of millions of Americans with better health, improved self sufficiency and renewed hope for the realization of human potential.

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The Center's main program, MBA in a Day, provides time-efficient, focused and in-depth coverage of essential business concepts and strategies that MBA level students study in graduate business school programs. MBA in a Day is designed to serve time-pressured, well-educated professionals through an intense immersion in current business concepts and principles, applied to their professional organizational setting.

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As the environment in which professionals provide their services becomes more complex, more competitive and less forgiving, it becomes more important for these professionals to keep abreast of leading edge, strategy-enhancing knowledge for sustainability and viability.

The Center for Professional Development, Inc. will be a resource for education, training and services to give professionals the skills and knowledge necessary to provide the highest quality of service and benefit for their clients, customers and constituencies.

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Since 1999, MBA in a Day seminars have been provided for nonprofit leaders, physicians, attorneys, real estate professionals and other professional service providers in Washington, D.C., Arizona, California, Illinois, Tennessee, Florida, Maryland, Michigan, Louisiana, and Georgia. Sponsoring organizations include Non Profit Management Solutions, The Volunteer Center of Orange County, The Arizona Medical Association, American Medical Directors Association, the Chicago Medical Society, The Society of Gynecologic Oncologists, the Florida Society of Gynecologic Oncologists, The Mensa Society, Wyeth-Ayerst, Maricopa County Bar Association, the Institute of Real Estate Management and Capacity Building Solutions.

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Steven Stralser, Ph.D. holds a BS in Marketing from the University of Arizona, an MBA from Arizona State University and a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan. He is currently a Clinical Professor teaching Entrepreneurship at Thunderbird School of Global Management, the #1-ranked MBA program focused on globalization of business, commerce, management and cross-border opportunities. Previously, he was a member of the faculty at The University of Arizona teaching Marketing and Entrepreneurship. In 1998, Dr. Stralser was named Faculty of the Year for teaching excellence at U of A's nationally-ranked Entrepreneurship Program and in 1999 received the Bobcat Senior Honorary Faculty Award. Dr. Stralser has more than 20 years experience as an entrepreneur and has held high-level marketing and consulting positions in business, industry and non-profit organizations.

He served as a member of the chairman's Quality Committee of Banner Health System, the largest healthcare provider in Arizona and is on the National Marketing Committee for the Jewish National Fund. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Men's Arts Council of the Phoenix Art Museum and is a Charter Member and member of the Board of TiE Arizona, a chapter of The Indus Entrepreneurs, an international leadership organization fostering entrepreneurship on a global level.

During fall, 1999 Dr. Stralser was a Fulbright Senior Scholar, teaching marketing management in the MBA program at the Budapest University of Economic Sciences and Entrepreneurship at the University of Miskolc.

Monographs produced by Dr. Stralser include:

  1. "The Patient as Customer: Patient Satisfaction for Physicians in a Consumer-Driven Healthcare Environment", under a grant from Wyeth-Ayerst. July 2002.
  2. "How Physician's Can Use the Internet and The WWW to improve patient communication, satisfaction and the quality of healthcare delivery", grant from Wyeth-Ayerst. November 2002.
  3. "Consumerism and Patient Education for Physicians", grant from Wyeth-Ayerst. January 2003.

Dr. Stralser's book, MBA in a DAY: What you would learn at top-tier business schools (if you only had the time!) was published in 2005 by John Wiley & Sons.

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Executives and staff of non profit organizations who want to complement their professional training with concepts and principles found in today's graduate schools of business and management or executive education programs.


Physicians, both primary care and specialists, individual practitioners, group practitioners and physicians practicing in institutional settings.

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