This year marks our 75th Anniversary. To celebrate, we’re publishing 75 stories about members of our community. Malcolm (Mal) Jeffris joined the Wisconsin School of Business Center for Professional & Executive Development in 2010 and is currently a senior director of corporate learning.
Mal is a graduate of Northwestern University. His career began in Chicago as an entrepreneur in the publishing industry, and in 1988 he discovered his passion for training and executive development while teaching and selling public speaking and public engagement skills. In 1993, he moved to Madison, Wisconsin, where he worked again in newspaper publishing and at
“I work with companies to help them create or express a higher level of performance. After working in this field for 30 years, it is a real delight to work with the caliber of instructors and talent we have here in CPED and throughout the University. I am really amazed at the ways we partner with clients to help transform their business and people’s lives inside those businesses. Having set up programs throughout the Midwest and as far away as Shanghai, Belgium, Nigeria, and Mexico City, I know we are having a huge impact here in the state and across the globe.”
When he’s not at work, Mal loves spending time and traveling with his partner Denise and hanging out with their children and grandchildren. He enjoys snowboarding, kayaking, playing squash, and time on their pontoon boat.
Mal’s relationship with his clients and their organizations is what he loves most about his job. “Seeing how our work impacts organizations
Additionally, Mal appreciates the relationship and impact the Center for Professional & Executive Development has with the University of Wisconsin, the Wisconsin School of Business, and beyond.
“Madison, Wisconsin, the University of Wisconsin, as well as The Wisconsin School of Business and the Center for Professional & Executive Development are all unique places. Even though we have a world
“CPED is a legacy of the Management Institute, one of the oldest executive education and professional development resources in modern American business. When I look back at the faculty, instructors, and programs who came before us here, they really set the highest benchmarks for thought leadership, quality and impact.”
In addition to working with clients to create programs, Mal has taught classes himself in project management, leadership skills development, meeting effectiveness, communication, and executive presentation skills.
“What I like about each of these topics, but particularly project
Mal’s favorite program he has taken at CPED was Business Acumen and Strategy, as the lessons he learned about communication and strategy were skills he uses often in his work. He has taken most of CPED’s custom programs as well. A lifelong learner, Mal would like to take some of CPED’s Lean Six Sigma programs next.
You can learn more about Business Acumen and Strategy, Lean Six Sigma, and the Master’s Certificate in Project Management by visiting our website. Check out more stories from our community in the 75th Anniversary section of our blog.