Cowan & Associates
Darden School of Business: December 2005 to Present
C&A provides Foundation and academic program support services to the Darden Graduate School of Business Administration at the University of Virginia. This effort includes business development and customer relationship management (CRM) support for Darden’s Executive Education Program for its DoD and Federal Government clients in the Northern Virginia and Washington, DC area, and Department of Navy (DoN) clients throughout the world. C&A helped broker and develop several courses for Darden with its DoN customers, including: a custom Financial Management Executive Education course at the Naval Post-graduate School (NPS) in Monterey, CA; a two-week Navy Corporate Business Course (NCBC) on behalf of the Navy Executive Learning Office (ELO) in Washington, DC; and a four-week Business Resource Management (BRM) for the Navy Acquisition Contracting Officer (NACO) Program on behalf of the Assistant Secretary of Navy, Research Development & Acquisition (Acquisition and Logistics Management) Office (ASN RD&A (A&LM), which has recently evolved to a series of two-week courses titled "Understanding Industry", which C&A has helped to develop and teach. Additionally, C&A has written several case studies for utilization in the NCBC, BRM and Understanding Industry courses and conducts 360-degree feedback coaching. C&A also performed three extensive market research/assessment projects for Darden’s MBA for Executives, Executive Education and Full-time MBA Programs.
Navy Executive Development Program (NEDP): October 2008 to October 2009
C&A provided case writing services to the Navy Executive Learning Office in support of Navy Postgraduate School education programs. The project included extensive research, document review, and interviews related to the U.S. Coast Guard’s efforts to drive innovation and innovative practices throughout the organization. The effort culminated in a three-part case study documenting the issues facing each level of leadership in driving change through innovation.
School of Business | The George Washington University: June 2010 to Present
C&A, in partnership with L2 ThinkTank of New York, provided academic market research services to the George Washington University School of Business (GWSB). This effort included extensive analysis to determine the competitive landscape for Executive MBA programs and evaluated the feasibility of incorporating digital marketing content into executive programs at GWSB. The project provided Dean and his staff with vital information necessary to make strategic decisions regarding positioning and content of future executive education programs. Furthermore, C&A teamed with L2 Think Tank to plan and execute a Social Graph Clinic on Digital Marketing for GWSB on 20 January 2011. This was an interactive one-day, intensive workshop that examined social media’s platforms and best practices. The curriculum was designed for executives and managers from government and public sector organizations who will benefit from greater proficiency in, and understanding of, social media. Academics and practitioners led the group through a series of sessions with a balance of theory and industry case studies.
Aquinas Institute of Rochester: November 2007 to Present
C&A provided strategic planning support to the Aquinas Institute High School Foundation Board, and conducted a best practices study to identify work, membership, roles, resources, structures and governance rules for Boards similar to Aquinas. Additionally, C&A conducted benchmarking best-in-class practices including alumni and parent engagement as they relate to Fundraising, growing its endowment & planned giving programs, and marketing strategies. Brian Cowan, President of Cowan & Associates currently serves on the Aquinas Institute High School Alumni Board of Directors.
Defense Acquisition University: August – September 2010
C&A developed and delivered a 3-hour training presentation on the Legal Issues Arising in Information Technology (IT) Acquisitions to more than 100 Navy civilian attorneys that will be attending a Program Attorney's Course co-sponsored by the Defense Acquisition University (DAU) at Ft. Belvoir, Virginia. C&A covered in detail the statutes pertaining to Major Automated Information Systems MAIS) (10 U.S.C Chapter 144A) and the statutes governing IT acquisitions implemented in Enclosure 5 to DoDI 5000.02, December 8, 2008.
Navy Supply Corps School: March 2011 to Present
C&A will provide leadership training to the Navy Supply Corps School (NSCS), Newport, RI for their Advanced Management Program (AMP). C&A has teamed with the University of Virginia Darden School of Business Executive Education Program to teach 5-6 courses per year at the NSCS Tench Francis School of Business. AMP is designed to help individual managers improve on competencies that are of strategic importance to their organizations, by identifying key development areas and then build learning solutions focused on desired outcomes. AMP incorporates workshops, where managers from both civilian and military backgrounds work together in the areas of knowledge, skills and behaviors, and target specific areas of competence with an emphasis on leading edge theory and practice.
C&A provided strategic planning support to the University of Colorado at Boulder Alumni Association (CUBAA), Board of Directors. Specifically, C&A performed a pro bono research study which identified nationwide University Alumni Association best practices, including metrics, organizational structure, membership, budget & finance, roles & responsibilities for Associations similar to CUBAA. Additionally, C&A conducted benchmarking best-in-class practices including alumni engagement (e.g., Reunions) as they relate to fundraising & development. Brian Cowan,President & CEO of Cowan & Associates currently serves on the CUBAA Board of Directors.
U.S. Naval War College: September 2012 to Present
C&A will provide support to the US Naval War College (NWC) in their role as primary review authority for the development and creation of a Navy Tactics, Techniques & Procedures (NTTP) document for the Naval Warfare Development Center (NWDC), Logistics Maritime Operations Center (LMOC) in Norfolk, VA. C&A will re-craft the existing Operational Logistics Planning and Concept of Support Manual into a NTTP document for use as a guide by logisticians operating as part of a MOC.