Credentials: Specializations and Industry Certifications*

Project Management Professional (PMP)® by Project Management Institute (PMI) badge
Certified InformationSystems Security Professional (CISSP) by (ISC)² badge
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MCSE: Data Management and Analytics by Microsoft. Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert badge
MCSA: SQL Server. Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate badge
Boardroom Certified Qualified Technology Expert (QTE) by Digital Directors Network badge

Specializations

Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE) Credential: Data Management and Analytics, Microsoft, Sep 2016.

This certification validates the earner’s skill in running a highly efficient and modern data center, identity management, systems management, virtualization, storage, and networking

  1. Querying Microsoft SQL Server.
  2. Administering Microsoft SQL Server Databases.
  3. Implementing a Data Warehouse with Microsoft SQL Server.
  4. Developing Microsoft SQL Server Databases.
  5. Designing Database Solutions for Microsoft SQL Server.

Digital Marketing SpecializationUniversity of Illinois (UIUC), Nov 2018.

  1. Digital Marketing Analytics.
  2. Digital Media and Marketing.
  3. Marketing in Our New Digital World.
  4. Capstone.
    • Illinois Component: The Specialization concludes with a Capstone project that allows students to apply the skills learned throughout the courses.
      • Understand challenges in branding, brand positioning, and strategies to address brand communication in a digital world.
      • Delve in detail into the factors that shape consumer behavior and customer responses.
      • Understand market-oriented creativity and innovativeness within the firm and learn the success drivers of viable consumer-centric marketing strategies.
      • Perform data analysis and visualization techniques to extract useful information for strategic decision-making.

Financial Management Specialization, University of Illinois (UIUC), Mar 2019.

  1. Accounting Measurement, Reporting, and Control (Financial Accounting).
  2. Investment Finance I and II.
  3. Corporate Finance I and II.

Strategic Leadership and Management Specialization, University of Illinois (UIUC), Jul 2019.

  1. Leadership and Teams
  2. Managing Organizations.
  3. Strategic Management.
    • Illinois Component: Introduces concepts useful in understanding marketing systems and buyer behavior in addition to developing skills in making marketing decisions; the orientation is primarily managerial and uses examples from both business and non-business contexts.
    • Coursera Component(s): Business Strategy, and Corporate Strategy.

Global Immersion Specialization Capstone: Germany, University of Illinois (UIUC), Aug 2019.

This course is an Action Learning trip in Germany during the summer break in 2019. The focus of the global immersion trip is on understanding business and economics in our host country. The itinerary combines academic activities with social and cultural experiences. This trip is more than a trip abroad. It is a robust, immersive business experience where MBA teams conduct projects for foreign businesses. The experience enables students to transform the theoretical and abstract into experimental learning while giving them a new skill set and a new perspective on the world.

Reflection: Global Immersion in Germany 2019.

Global Immersion Specialization Capstone: Brazil, University of Illinois (UIUC), Dec 2019.

This course is an Action Learning trip in Brazil during the winter break in 2019. The focus of the global immersion trip is on understanding business and economics in our host country. The itinerary combines academic activities with social and cultural experiences. This trip is more than a trip abroad. It is a robust, immersive business experience where MBA teams conduct projects for foreign businesses. The experience enables students to transform the theoretical and abstract into experimental learning while giving them a new skill set and a new perspective on the world.

Reflection: Global Immersion in Brazil 2019.

Value Chain Management SpecializationUniversity of Illinois (UIUC), Mar 2020.

  1. Marketing Management.
  2. Process Management.
  3. Managerial Accounting.

Business Analytics SpecializationUniversity of Illinois (UIUC), Aug 2020.

  1. Introduction to Business Analytics with R.
    • Illinois Component: This course welcomes you to the world of business analytics by first exploring examples of how data analytics has improved business outcomes for large and small organizations. The course then continues by introducing you to a powerful data analytic language, R, and RStudio, the integrated development environment (IDE) to code with R. You will be also introduced to notebooks, and dashboards, with which you can learn to communicate code and analytic results with other people. You will also learn some data manipulation skills to prepare your data so that they can be analyzed with visualizations and machine learning algorithms.
    • Coursera Component(s): Introduction to Business Analytics with R.
  2. Introduction to Business Analytics: Communicating with Data.
  3. Data Toolkit: Business Data Modeling and Predictive Analytics. 
    • Illinois Component: The emphasis of this course is placed on developing a business analytic mindset. You will then be exposed to various tools to perform tasks including extracting, transforming and loading (ETL) data to conduct exploratory data analytics (EDA). These tools are Power BI, R, and Alteryx. In addition, you will learn different machine learning algorithms but also develop the ability to evaluate and select the right algorithms for the right circumstances and use Notebooks to communicate results with others. 
    • Coursera Component(s): Data Modeling and Regression Analysis in Business and Predictive Analytics and Data Mining.
  4. Applying Analytics Across Business Functions.
    • Illinois Component: This course explores business analytic applications in finance and marketing. Students will understand analytic issues and topics in marketing and finance, learn various techniques to assess customer satisfaction, conduct audit and control testing tasks using Alteryx and R, and examine robot process automation.
    • Coursera Component(s) Applying Data Analytics in Marketing and Applying Data Analytics in Finance.

Managerial Economics and Business Analysis Specialization, University of Illinois (UIUC), Dec 2020.

  1. Statistics Management Decision Making.
  2. Microeconomics for Business.
  3. Macroeconomics.

Cybersecurity Specialization(ISC)² via Coursera, Jan 2023.

  1. Security Principles.
  2. Incident Response, BC, and DR Concepts.
  3. Access Control Concepts. 
  4. Network Security.
  5. Security Operations.

Skills: Cybersecurity, Network Security, Security Principles, Risk, Information Assurance, Security, Governance, Computer Security Incident Management, Business Continuity, Disaster Recovery, Logical Controls, Administrative Controls.

(ISC)² Systems Security Certified Practitioner (SSCP) Specialization(ISC)² via Coursera, Dec 2023.

  1. Introducing Security: Aligning Asset and Risk Management.
  2. Risk Management: Use of Access Controls to Protect Assets.
  3. Cryptography.
  4. Securing Software, Data and End Points.
  5. Networks and Communications Security.
  6. Cloud and Wireless Security.
  7. Incident Detection and Response.
  8. Maturing Risk Management.

Skills: Access Control, Asset, Cloud Computing Security, Incident Detection and Response, Risk Management, Security Software, Wireless Security.

Generative AI for Decision Makers, AWS, Jan 2024.

Introduces generative AI to both business and technical decision-makers by providing an overview of generative AI and the approach to plan a generative AI project and to build a generative AI-ready organization. These courses are designed to equip decision-makers with the knowledge and tools to make informed decisions regarding generative AI integration into their businesses.

  1. Introduction to Generative AI – Art of the Possible.
  2. Planning a Generative AI Project.
  3. Building a Generative AI-Ready Organization.
  4. Bonus:
    • Generative AI for Executives.
    • Digital Transformation for Executives.
    • Machine Learning for Leaders.

Skills: Understanding Generative AI principles, Evaluating risks and benefits, Planning generative AI projects, Identifying business value, Building generative AI-ready organizations, Framing discussions and addressing challenges, Implementing governance and organizational structure for success.


Industry Certifications

Boardroom Certified Qualified Technology Expert (QTE) by Digital Directors Network badge
GIAC Security Leadership (GSLC) badge
Certified in Cybersecurity (CC) by (ISC)² badge
Agile Project Management with Scrum, Kanban, Lean and XP badge
MCSE: Data Platform by Microsoft. Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert badge
ITIL 4 ® LEADER Digital and IT Strategy by Axelos badge

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