How to beat the competition? Hickel scholar explains at public talk, University course

eric_romeroAn internationally ranked consultant, lecturer and self-described “innovation badass,” Eric J. Romero, Ph.D., is the next in a series of APU visiting scholars offering insight into the changing demands of business leadership.

Romero holds the University’s Walter J. Hickel Endowed Professorship in Strategic Leadership and Entrepreneurship. His course, “Competitive Advantage Through Leadership and Culture,” begins Aug. 28 with an online portion that precedes an on-campus intensive Oct. 11-13.

The two-credit course is suitable for undergraduate and graduate students and is offered through APU’s Master of Business Administration program. Members of the public are welcome to enroll as non-degree seeking students. Current students can register through the Student Portal on MyAPU, and non-students can get started with university enrollment on our application page, or by contacting the Admissions Department

“Eric is a great example of the high-caliber teacher, thinker and business manager we’re looking for when we consider applicants for the Hickel professorship,” said Economics Professor Dale Lehman, director of the University’s Master of Business Administration program.

“I’d encourage anyone interested in divergent thinking – in the business world and beyond – to take advantage of this chance to learn from Dr. Romero,” Lehman said.

Romero’s will present a free public lecture, “Lead Like a Rebel and Innovate,” at 6 p.m., Oct. 10, on the APU campus.

He is a widely published writer and author of “Compete Outside the Box: The Unconventional Way to Beat the Competition,” published in 2012.

Established in 2011, the Walter J. Hickel Endowed Professorship is named for the former two-term Alaska governor and U.S. Interior Secretary under President Nixon. Hickel, a self-made millionaire who died in 2010 at 90, is remembered for his dedication to Alaska and commitment to natural resources development.


Alaska Pacific University is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. We offer two-year, four-year, master’s and doctorate degrees programs, each emphasizing student leadership, creativity and self-direction.