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About the Center for Sales Leadership
About the Center for Sales Leadership
About the Center for Sales Leadership

The Center for Sales Leadership (CSL) offers cutting-edge research and innovative educational opportunities for students, business and community groups interested in the sales industry.

Founded in 2005, CSL aims to support students' individual ambitions and provide unique resources to enable their success. CSL offers engaging classes, self-development programs and an extensive community of alumni, partners and peers that prepare students to thrive in a rapidly changing world.


Dave Hoffmeister (MBA ’03)

Clancy E. Ryan (BUS ’96, MBA ’02)
Vice President, The Washington Post

Daniel P. Strunk
(312) 362-7250

D. Joel Whalen
Associate Professor
(312) 342-1043

FAQs about the Center for Sales Leadership

The Sales Leadership Program is a special set of courses creating a minor or a concentration for those students interested in pursuing careers in sales or category management. To learn more about our academic programs, click here.

The Sales Leadership concentration and minor are open to all students at DePaul. If you are a Marketing major or a Driehaus College of Business major, you may take these courses as electives and receive a Concentration in Sales Leadership (Marketing majors) or Minor in Sales Leadership (all other Driehaus College of Business majors), which will appear on your transcript.

Majors and Minors are intended and declared in Campus Connect. Go to Student Links > Records and Registration > Change College/Major/Minor.

The Center for Sales Leadership partners with Fortune 500 companies to better shape our curriculum and to stay relevant in the forever changing job market. In turn, these companies want to hire you. The best way to start is to get an internship with one of our partners. For more information, please contact Deirdre LaVerdiere at to make an appointment.

If you have additional questions, please contact Deirdre LaVerdiere at or call (312) 362-6122 to obtain additional information.


Executive Director
(312) 362-8655​​​​​

Charlie Drehmer​
(312) 362-7259

Deirdre LaVerdiere
Associate Director
(312) 362-6122

Contact Us:

Center for Sales Leadership
1 E. Jackson Blvd., Suite 7500
Chicago, IL 60604