The Woodlands Economic Development Partners With Rice Business Executive Education

By: Ashley Byers
| Published 08/11/2022


The Woodlands, TX -- The Woodlands Area Economic Development Partnership (EDP) is proud to partner with Rice Business Executive Education for the third consecutive year to bring unique leadership programs to The Woodlands. The Management Incubator, an interactive two-day program will return October 26-27, 2022, hosted at The Howard Hughes Corporation® The Woodlands Towers.

Junior managers, first-time supervisors, and those who are preparing for their first management responsibility are encouraged to attend. The course will provide the framework for professionals seeking to make the transformation from individual contributors to managers.

Professor Brent Smith, a leading behavioral scientist and Senior Associate Dean for Executive Education at the Jones Graduate School of Business at Rice University will utilize case studies, group exercises and extensive discussion to guide participants through the state-of-the-science in management. Professor Smith has conducted executive programs globally, specializing in helping organizations align strategy, critical organizational capabilities, and culture.

Gil Staley, CEO of The Woodlands Area Economic Development Partnership said “We are immensely proud that Rice University is bringing back its Executive Education program to our community. The pace of business changes rapidly, so do the skills our workforce needs to stay ahead. Rice’s Management Incubator Program will provide a competitive advantage for anyone preparing for their first management responsibility.”

Tuition is $1,800 and includes class materials, daily breakfast, lunch, and refreshments. Upon completion, students will receive a certificate of completion from Rice Business Executive Education. For more information on how to enroll, contact the EDP office at 281-363-8130 or Zoran Perunovic, Ph.D., Director, Rice Business Executive Education at 713-348-3720 or

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The Woodlands Area Economic Development Partnership (EDP) is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the economic development of The Woodlands Area through the support of existing businesses and the recruitment of new businesses that can bring job opportunities and capital investment to the area.

The EDP is a public/private partnership with 101 funding partners active in the organization. For further information on the EDP, log on to: or call 281 363-8130.

Rice Business Executive Education empowers business leaders to take charge of their professional development and their organization’s performance. Through open enrollment programs for individuals and custom programs for organizations, participants develop market-relevant skills to address today’s business challenges and anticipate tomorrow’s.

From leadership and strategy to innovation and finance, the portfolio of programs led by Rice Business faculty enables program participants to return to their organizations with the professional development and actionable steps to make an impact in their businesses.

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