Analytics and Leadership

Schulich Executive Learning Centre

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Schulich Executive Learning Centre


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Who should attend

This program has been designed for executives and professionals with diverse needs from any sector or functional area, including managers who:

  • Want to learn data analytics tools and techniques and leverage insights from big data to allow their organization to make better business decisions
  • Are tasked with implementing, enhancing or expanding the role of analytics in their organization
  • Currently work on analytics projects or are involved with a data team, and want to increase their fluency in the domain and their command of its tools and techniques
  • Require a data analytics certificate to enhance their skill set

About the course

Leading with Analytics

It is not always clear where and how analytics can help your company succeed. Even worse, it can sometimes seem like everyone is speaking a different language! This session will help you harmonize your organization and lead it to greater success by pairing your expertise about the business with an understanding of where and how data science can help. You’ll also learn how to collaborate effectively with experienced data scientists and to mentor novice analytics professionals to engage in the business.

  • Describe applications of exploratory, explanatory, predictive, forecasting and prescriptive analysis
  • Identify the best corporate analytical strategy to drive success
  • Frame business problems for data and analytics answers
  • Identify and manage different communication and work styles and overcome communication barriers among data team members

Data Governance of Big Data

Data privacy is a vital management planning concern. Ensuring proper business ethics and governance of data is essential across industries. During this module, participants will review and discuss real life business and public sector examples to strategically manage legal or ethical problems, ranging from perception to compliance to data sovereignty.

  • Security, privacy, sovereignty, and ethical considerations of big data collection, warehousing, and analytics use
  • Options for privacy protection and data governance including policy creation and enforcement, rights and responsibilities of all parties
  • Governance strategies, implications, associated obligations, and models

Overview of Big Data Tools

How are today’s most forward-thinking organizations using big data analytics and data science to make more informed business decisions? This opening session will explain all of the terminology and allow participants to see innovative examples of Big Data applications from different sectors – and begin evaluating how their organization can grow through more effective use of data analytics.

  • How Big Data relates to cloud, mobility, security, social media and online business activities
  • How Big Data analytics drives competitive advantage in your industry
  • Big Data tools and others, and their usefulness

Leadership Skills

You can measure your leadership by the confidence that your team members, your partners, your customers and the public have in you. Achieving your strategic plan requires people to be inspired by your vision and commit to it. But to be successful in this regard you need to be yourself. Your ability to connect with others, to communicate, to influence and inspire defines your leadership strengths. In this session, participants will learn to:

  • Differentiate management and leadership
  • Develop self-awareness
  • Craft communications that inspire and incite action
  • Engage stakeholders effectively
  • Create a culture of collaboration

Negotiating and Influencing Skills

Negotiating with and influencing people effectively are important skills gained through experience and effective training. During this module, participants will learn the art and science of negotiating, as well as new skills, strategies, and behaviours needed to influence others and achieve better ‘win- win’ outcomes.

  • How to gain agreement on difficult and contentious issues
  • How to achieve team commitment to deliverables
  • When to apply the three primary ways to influence others (power/rights/interests)
  • An “interest-based” approach to negotiating and influencing with others
  • An influencing “toolkit” for all situations
  • How to negotiate past barriers to help both parties get “unstuck”

Whether your organization is looking to implement a data analytics program from scratch, take your use of data to the next level, or simply learn how to do it more effectively, this course will increase your fluency in the domain, and round out your knowledge of the skills necessary to successfully analyze, interpret, communicate and present data with confidence.

The data analytics certificate program is structured in standalone modules which can be taken individually by managers from any sector or functional department.

The first two modules allow participants to quickly get to the heart of business applications for data analytics, and to learn the communication and presentation skills required to ensure its successful integration into the organization’s managerial processes. The final module offers a deep dive into the foundations of predictive and data analytics. Participants must take all three modules to receive their Masters Certificate.

Key Program Take Aways

This data analytics certificate program has been designed to give participants knowledge of:

  • Different analytical approaches to enhance strategic business decision-making for increased performance or profitability.
  • The role of data in customer acquisition and retention to create competitive advantage and improve marketing and sales strategies.
  • The softer skills critical to successfully leading analytics projects in organizations, including communication, presentation, negotiation and exerting influence.
  • The ability to summarize, interpret and derive insights from data, and incorporate uncertainty in decision making.


Diana Kawarsky

Biography Diana Kawarsky specializes in business communications for Schulich’s Executive Education Centre, York University. In addition, she is a facilitator, adult educator, coach and management consultant with Fortune 500 companies throughout North America. Her experience spans nearly 20 years....

Murat Kristal

Murat Kristal, PhD, is an associate professor of operations management at Schulich School of Business at York University. He teaches in the areas of business operations strategy, channel management and customer modeling. Dr. Kristal received his PhD from the Kenan-Flagler Business School at Unive...

Megan Mitchell

Biography Program Director, Centre of Excellence in Innovation Management, author and founding partner of Mitchell Consulting. Megan is one of Canada’s top innovation practitioners with over 20 years experience in innovation, marketing, sales, HR and leadership. Her passion is leadership effectiv...

David Elsner

Biography David is the President of DHE Consulting where he leverages over 20 years of experience working with leading organizations across industries, helping guide them to make use of their data assets and providing solution implementation. An experienced lecturer and trainer, David provides an...

Ikjyot Singh Kohli

Ikjyot completed his undergraduate education in physics and mathematics at the University of Toronto. Following this, he obtained both his master’s and PhD degrees in mathematical physics from York University specializing in General Relativity and Dynamical systems. Ikjyot developed a passion for...

George Georgopolous

Dr. George J. Georgopoulos is from London Ontario. He received his undergraduate degree in Economics from the University of Western Ontario, M.A. and PhD in Economics from the University of Toronto, where he is now an Associate Professor of Economics at York University. He is also the Graduate Pr...

Keith Loo

Keith is a scale-up adviser and venture builder who advises high-potential, high-scale businesses on their technology, revenue and go-to-market strategies. He is heavily involved in the Canadian tech start-up community, and mentors, consults, and advises out of several incubators and accelerators...

Eugene Roman

Principle at Design AI Ltd. Advising companies on digital sustainability and unlocking moneyballs. Eugene previously held the position of Executive Vice‐President, Digital Excellence and Technology Advisor, for Canadian Tire Corporation (CTC). Eugene started his career in telecommunications and h...

Hemant Sangwan

Hemant Sangwan (PhD-Business, University of Toronto) is a professor of marketing at Seneca College and also affiliated with Master in Business Analytics (MBAN) program and the Schulich Executive Education Centre (SEEC) at Schulich School of Business at York University. His teaching assignments in...

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