Innovation & Leadership Lessons from Cleveland Whiskey | Cleveland State University Professional Development Center in Cleveland


Innovation & Leadership Lessons from Cleveland Whiskey

Course Description

Inspired by growing global demand for delicious bourbon, but confounded by the fact that it "takes so long to make," distiller Tom Lix has customized a new whiskey-aging process that speeds up that pesky many-years-in-a-barrel timeline that's held back both bourbons and monkeys for so long. In fact, Lix has the aging process down to a matter of days -- and he's implementing it at his Ohio-based Cleveland Whiskey distillery.

Innovative thinking is not reliant on past experience or known facts. Innovative thinking is a crucial addition to traditional business thinking. It allows you to bring new ideas and energy to your role as leader and to solve your challenges. It also paves the way to bring more innovation into your organization. In this active-learning workshop, we will visit Cleveland Whiskey and learn about the innovative thinking that led Tom Lix developing his unique whiskey. We will embark on a tour and have a taste!


Must be over 21 to participate.

Course Objectives

Upon successful completion of the course, participants will be able to:

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Course Content

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February 13, 2018
5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.


CSU's Monte Ahuja College of Business, 1860 E. 18th St., Cleveland, OH 44115 (map)

CEUs: 0.3

Fee: $125

To receive the EARLY BIRD RATE, you must register at least 6 weeks prior to the start date of the course. Corporate, CSU Student, Alumni and Organization membership discounts available!

Course Benefits

Competency-Based Professional Development: Our programs increase learner retention through application, which results in a more productive workforce.  Students demonstrate their competence by successfully completing a course assessment.

All Inclusive: Each course delivered at CSU includes materials, pre-test and post-test, coffee, snacks, lunch and convenient, on-site parking.

Educated and Experienced Instructors: Our instructors bring years of real-world, classroom and CPA, CFA, SHRM, PhD and MBA experience. Many hold leadership positions in northeast Ohio organizations and have taught at the graduate and undergraduate levels.

Cost-Effective: The course is designed to minimize travel expenses and time away from work.

Convenient: Flexible schedules are not only an attractive option, but a necessary for busy professionals.

Networking Opportunities: Learn from instructors and colleagues who have a variety of industry experiences to share.

Audit option: Students have the option to audit a course they have already attended at no charge within one academic year. Interested students must notify the ProDev office requesting to audit a course a minimum of 10 business days prior to the course start date to ensure there is enough seating. Audit students are responsible for their own parking and lunches. New materials will not be provided.

Corporate, Custom Availability: Can be custom-tailored to the needs of your organization to provide skills your workforce can apply immediately as a corporate training if requested.

Refund Policy

No refunds will be issued if notification is not received seven business days prior to the first day of class. Registrants who cancel will receive a refund, less a $50 processing fee, if we receive written notification a minimum of seven business days prior to the first day of class.