University of Colorado Colorado Springs: College of Business

Centers & Research

Our Team

Shawna Rogers, Director

Shawna Markiewicz

Shawna Rogers serves as Director of the Office of Professional & Executive Development (OPED) within the College of Business at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs for non-credit continuing education and professional development programs. She is also the Staff Advisor for the College of Business Center for Entrepreneurship . Ms. Rogers served as the Assistant to the Director of the Colorado Springs SBDC from August 2009 through December 2011 and Interim Director in 2012. She supervised the day to day operations of the center including support services, event planning and the coordination of training workshops for small business entrepreneurs. Shawna obtained her Bachelor of Business Administration in Management from New Mexico Highlands University in 2006. She is currently pursuing her MBA in Innovation Management and Marketing at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs.


Tom Duening, PhD, Faculty Advisor 

Tom Duening, PhDDr. Tom Duening is the director of the Center for Entrepreneurship. Dr. Duening has written 13 books on business and entrepreneurship, authored more than 60 conference papers and journal articles, and has started seven businesses. His most recent book, "The Entrepreneurial Method" was published by Kendall-Hunt in 2012. In addition, Dr. Duening published a textbook on Technology Entrepreneurship with Elsevier in 2010. His most recent entrepreneurial ventures include an outsourcing firm based in Bangalore, India; a business consulting firm, and an e-learning venture focused on entrepreneurship. While he was in Arizona, Dr. Duening founded the Arizona Technology Investor Forum (ATIF), an angel investor group that became a leading provider of capital to Arizona entrepreneurs. In Colorado, Dr. Duening works with local entrepreneurs in a wide range of industries and stages of growth. For more about Dr. Duening, including his full curriculum vitae, click here



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OPED faculty members are drawn from the UCCS College of Business, and from highly-regarded trainers from around the nation. 

Regardless of which program you choose, you can be sure that only highly-qualified faculty will be providing the hands-on training your team deserves.

OPED 2012

Participant Testimonial:

"All speakers were experts in their field and very engaging teachers."

- Previous OPED Participant


Contact the Office of 
Professional & Executive 
Development (OPED):

Shawna Rogers, Director
(719) 255-5215

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