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October 25 - November 10, 2021 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm Registration Closed

The Management Development Program is virtual in 2021

The NAFSA Management Development Program (MDP) is the most trusted and comprehensive management training program for international education (IE) professionals. Join us for the new e-Management Development Program (eMDP).

  • Become an Effective Manager in International Education
  • Develop the Expert Skills You Need
  • Interactive, Self-paced Format With Trainers and Peers
Is the Management Development Program right for you?
  • Have you been elevated to a managerial role?
  • Are you often the one making critical decisions for your team or office?
  • Do you wonder why some of your management strategies are successful, while others are not?
  • Would you like to meet and work with fellow IE managers who share your management challenges?

If you have at least one year of management experience, or if you have been leading staff for years but want to expand your full potential as a manager, consider the NAFSA Management Development Program. Through this interactive professional development experience, the trainers of the Management Development Program will help you find and apply the management principles that work best for you.

eMDP registration includes:
  • Seven modules of blended learning, combining interactive self-paced coursework with live virtual sessions for every module led by experience eMDP trainers;
  • One NAFSA eLearning Express course from the series Responsive Management for Uncertain Times, a value of at least $100; and
  • SLII® Concepts, and introduction to the most widely used leadership training program in the world (SLII® by the Ken Blanchard® Companies), including an online leadership skills self-assessment, workbook, self-paced coursework, and facilitated sessions with experience managers from the field of IE, a value of at least $200
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Dulce Amor L. Dorado

University of California San Diego
Management Development Program Trainer
Dulce Amor L. Dorado is the director of the International Students and Programs Office at the University of California San Diego. Her 20+ year career in international education has included a variety of responsibilities such as leading a comprehensive international student service office at a large...

Sara Easler, PhD

Sara Easler
University of Tennessee Knoxville
Management Development Program Trainer
Sara Easler, PhD, is the director of international programs and study abroad for the Haslam College of Business at the University of Tennessee Knoxville, responsible for the development of international strategy, relationships, and international education opportunities. She has worked in the field...

Carola Smith

Carola Smith
Santa Barbara City College
Management Development Program Trainer
Carola Smith serves as dean of educational programs at Santa Barbara City College. She currently also serves as chair of the institution's Professional Development Advisory Committee and as co-chair of the International Education Advisory Committee. In her current role, she provides oversight for...

Ravi Srinivas

University of St. Thomas - Houston
Management Development Program Trainer
Ravi Srinivas currently directs the graduate program in liberal arts at the University of St. Thomas- Houston. He previously served as the associate vice president for academic affairs and in other administrative and academic for the past twenty-five years. As the SIO for six years, he represented...

Parinaz Zartoshty

San Jose State University
Management Development Program Trainer
Parinaz Zartoshty is the Director of International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) at San Jose State University (SJSU). Besides providing regulatory guidance, she is responsible for the strategic direction and operations of the ISSS department. Parinaz received her Bachelor’s degree from Cornell...


“… (eMDP) gave me practical strategies that I can implement immediately and provided a holistic context of leadership/managing.”

- Participant, eMDP 2021