Professional & Corporate

Welcome to the Professional & Corporate Programs at Rice. We create and deliver professional education that tackles today’s fast-paced, technology-driven world, one that also demands strategic, globally-minded leadership.

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About Professional & Corporate Programs

Programs for corporations, organizations & individuals.

Rice University’s Professional & Corporate Programs offers in-person, online, on-demand and blended format offerings that are relevant regardless of your professional experience. No matter what stage you are in your career, develop practical skills employers value that are immediately applicable to your day-to-day work and distinguish you among candidates for a potential employer. Learn from our subject-matter-experts through certificate programs, accelerated boot camps, short courses and exam preparation offerings to bolster your professional portfolio.

At the Glasscock School, you will find relevant, time-efficient and accessible offerings that are developed with today’s dynamic market in mind. Needs change over time, which is why we work with experienced business leaders and experts to determine not only the right mix of new and continuing programs to provide our region’s workforce, but also which programs are no longer essential for today’s economy. You can be assured that by choosing Rice University, you are accessing the highest quality, market-validated and curated professional education possible.

Leadership Commitment
Ability to Demonstrate Impact
Business Acumen
Talent Management


Good leaders focus on improving their skills—great leaders support, nurture, and inspire the people around them. We focus on helping you hone your talent while developing your potential as a manager, mentor, and transformational leader.

Business Acumen

In today’s globally connected, data-driven world, it’s critical to have a mix of both general and specific industry knowledge along with the ability to lead a diverse team in an ever-changing business landscape. Our programs deliver a comprehensive education benefiting individuals and organizations alike.

Industry-Specific Training

Houston is a city of global opportunity and diverse industries with a tremendous demand for highly qualified talent. Be a part of the Bayou City’s bright future with expert-led training—with topics ranging from financial services certifications to data analytics or human resources management, we have courses that will prepare you to level up in your career.


The Susanne M. Glasscock School of Continuing Studies magnifies the power of Rice University’s research, innovation, and teaching by making key aspects of a world-class education accessible and applicable to the 21st century knowledge economy. We bring the best practical experience and expertise that Houston’s business community has to offer to the classroom, through a range of courses and certificates designed to empower your career, no matter what stage you are in.

Corporate Programs

Changes in technology, the global economy and evolving job skill demands make career-long education a necessity. The Glasscock School provides guidance and education to individuals and corporate leaders (you) to develop a curated professional education path, delivering applicable and vital skills and outcomes essential for career success. In today’s rapidly moving market, job descriptions are dynamic, with skills, duties, and responsibilities that are constantly shifting. Our Corporate Programs offerings are built based on our own enterprise professional development success model, centered around creating optimal competency pathways that benefit both the organization and the individual.

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Our Team

Kristen Schlatre
Kristen Schlatre, CFRE

Assistant Dean, Professional & Corporate Programs

George Zombakis
George Zombakis, SHRM-CP

Assistant Director, Professional & Corporate Programs

Lori Cykala
Lori Cykala

Assistant Director of Professional and Corporate Programs

Mikaele Cantu
Mikaele Cantu

Program Coordinator for Professional and Corporate Programs

Donnica F. Mitchell
Donnica F. Mitchell

Program Coordinator for Professional and Corporate Programs

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