Silicon Valley Executive Business Program

Press Release


Innovative Program Provides Executives with the Skills to Effectively Lead, Manage and Grow a Business

December 16, 2003 (San Francisco)—Ninth House, Inc., the leader in online leadership development, today announced that the Silicon Valley Executive Business Program at San José State University’s Professional Development has selected Ninth House’s online courses and simulations to give its students the skills they need to provide effective leadership to their organizations.

The Silicon Valley Executive Business Program was created for busy professionals who want to enhance or update their business skills in order to advance their careers as they move into business management positions; engineers, technologists and scientists who have advanced in corporations without prior business school experience and want help to manage and grow their business; and entrepreneurs and small business owners who want a first-hand look at how CEOs and CXO-level staff navigate the intricacies of an ever-changing and dynamic global business environment. In addition to learning from C-level executives at successful Silicon Valley companies in the classroom, students take six self-paced courses on the Ninth House® Network on topics such as leadership, change management, and innovative thinking. Enrolled students can use Ninth House Instant Advice® modules for just-in-time answers to management questions and other Ninth House Network courses any time during the program and for up to 12 months after enrollment.

The Program is already getting rave reviews from students. "In this fast-paced business environment, getting practical education delivered with real projects for immediate use is an opportunity I couldn't pass up,” said Mukesh Kumar, chief technology officer, Alonis Networks Inc. “A truly added benefit was the Ninth House courses that allow me to learn some of the key fundamental leadership elements online at my pace."

“Many of our students are technical experts who have not had the opportunity to learn the leadership skills essential to every senior manager,” said Robert Greenleaf, custom programs and services manager at San José State University Professional Development. “We needed to supplement their education without increasing classroom time or impacting their busy work schedules. I have evaluated many online training vendors, and in my mind, with its rich curriculum and entertaining, informative courses, Ninth House is the best you can find.”

“The Silicon Valley Executive Business Program has created a dynamic, practical curriculum to help busy managers and professionals take their careers to the next level,” said Jeff Snipes, Ninth House CEO and founder. “The program’s inclusion of Ninth House courses gives students the leadership and interpersonal skills they need to translate their new business knowledge into success.”

About the Silicon Valley Executive Business Program
The Silicon Valley Executive Business Program is a unique program exploring business from the perspective of the CEO and the CEO's staff. The key highlights are the in classroom courses taught by high-level working professionals and the online Ninth House® courses incorporating Tom Peters, Ken Blanchard and others. The Spring Session begins February 6, 2004. Visit http://SiliconValleyPACE.com for more info, or call Mitchell Levy at 408-257-3000 for content-related questions. Visit http://profdev.sjsu.edu for more information on San José State University Professional Development or call Bob Greenleaf at 408-519-1291 for program and registration related questions.

About Ninth House
Ninth House helps organizations drive behavioral change across the enterprise by providing the most effective and engaging online leader development training available today, and was recently recognized by Forbes Magazine as the #1”best of the web” in the category of executive education. Ninth House courses, eSeries® simulations and Instant Advice® modules combine engaging and interactive delivery with the teachings of the world's foremost business thinkers like Ken Blanchard, Tom Peters and Peter Senge. With usage rates that are 50% higher and course completion rates that are 300% higher than typical online learning rates, as well as a blended design that accelerates traditional classroom training, Ninth House has become the premier leadership development choice of leading organizations like British Telecommunications, Wachovia Corporation, Empire BlueCross BlueShield, JP Morgan Chase, the U.S. Navy, the U.S. Department of Justice, and Sara Lee.

Ninth House is headquartered in San Francisco, CA. For more information, please visit the Ninth House website at: www.ninthhouse.com, or call: 415-277-8200.


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Bob Greenleaf
For Program and Registration Related Questions

Mitchell Levy
For Content Related Questions

Marina Rosales
Activa Public Relations
for Ninth House



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