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Strategic Problem Solving

Problem solving is a sought after skill, yet the concept can be quite nebulous. What does it mean to be a good problem solver? How does one hone this skill? This program will give you a tangible process to improve your problem-solving skills.

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Become a better problem solver

Growing a business can present it's share of challenges and problems. Some can be handled can be easily while others can be more complex and cause us stress. Problem solving and critical thinking are consistently at the top of the list of desired skills that employers believe are lacking for employees. Advance your problem solving skills to rise to the top as you take the next step in your career.   

This training lays out a three-step problem‐solving methodology that you can apply to a diverse array of problems. You will have the opportunity to learn new models, practice them, and access tools that you can take with you to apply to your personal and professional life.. 

You will be asked to bring a current problem you are facing to work on with your workshop colleagues, so you can get a head start on your problem solving path! 

This program will cover: 

  • Situational goal analysis 
  • Scenario mapping 
  • Solution implementation 
  • Future problem avoidance 

Who should attend

Anyone interested in improving their strategic problem solving skills


  • Head shot of Ann Rupnow

    Ann Rupnow directs and teaches in the entrepreneur program at the University of Wisconsin‐Eau Claire. She is passionate about the
    need for innovation and problem solving – within startups and existing organizations. She was a founding organizer of 1 Million Cups Eau Claire, Startup 48, and co‐led the founding of WiSys VentureHome‐Eau Claire. Ann has worked in several industries including supercomputing, electronics manufacturing, managed health care, and higher education. She has developed and led technical training and leadership development programs, led change management and organizational development efforts, and co‐led a campus planning effort around equity, diversity and inclusivity. Ann received her MBA from UW‐Eau Claire in 2009. She is an Advisor of Great North Labs Venture Fund (St. Cloud, MN), is on the Advisory Board of the Women’s Business Center (Eau Claire, WI), and is past president of the Board of Directors of Clear Vision Eau Claire. 

CEU Information

Participants will earn 0.3 Continuing Education Units ( 3 Contact Hours) upon completion of this program.

Disability Accommodations

UW-Eau Claire Continuing Education encourages individuals with disabilities or other special needs to participate in our programs whenever possible. If you require a reasonable accommodation, please notify us at least two weeks in advance of the program so that appropriate arrangements can be made. Contact Continuing Education at 715-836-3636 / toll-free 866-893-2423, or use the Wisconsin Relay System (711). All requests are kept confidential.

An EEO/Affirmative Action employer, University of Wisconsin provides equal opportunities in employment and programming, including Title IX and ADA requirements.

Cancellation Policy

We understand life happens. Should you need to cancel your registration, you may substitute someone to take your place, at any time, at no cost to you. If we cancel a program, we’ll give you your money back.

If your program is 14 or more days away:
You may transfer once to any currently available program – no charge!
If you have to cancel, you will receive a refund, minus a 20% administrative fee.

If your program is less than 14 days away:
You may transfer once to any currently available program, plus a 20% transfer fee.
If you cancel, you will not receive a refund.

If you are registered and do not attend the program, you are responsible for the full fee.

Substitution, refund or transfer requests must be submitted via email or phone call to UW-Eau Claire Continuing Education.

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