Karin Wiström, director of the Stockholm School of Economics (SSE) MBA Executive Format, received the 2018 Bud Fackler Service Award from EMBAC in October.
The Bud Fackler Service Award recognizes contributions to EMBAC and to EMBA Programs worldwide, including efforts to help other programs, to share best practices and to raise the quality of EMBA Programs. The council named the award after Bud Fackler, the late director of the EMBA Program at the University of Chicago and one of the council’s founders.
Wiström learned about the Executive MBA Council from a colleague, and attended her first EMBA Council Conference in 2005, which took place in Barcelona, Spain. Her first conference would be one of many, and impressed by the council and its members, she decided to become more involved in 2011.
She joined the conference committee for the 2012 EMBA Council Conference in Paris, France, and in 2012 was elected to the EMBA Council Board of Trustees and subsequently served as chair.
She has contributed her talents to supporting the council’s research initiatives, including the Membership Program Survey, the Student Exit Survey, and the Student Entry Survey, and helping grow EMBAC’s membership in Europe.
“It has always been a pleasure to contribute to the EMBA Council,” says Wiström. “Personally, I don’t know of any other organization that provides such a collegial environment for learning from each other. And I really hope that we will all continue to promote and protect this genuine collegiality that exists within our organizations. Educate, network, inform, that is our mission, and I think we as an organization really deliver on this.”
Wiström received her master of science from SSE, focusing on international business and marketing. She began her career in industry, spending 10 years with Mars Incorporated, the global manufacturer of confectionary, pet food, and other food products.
Throughout her career, she has directed and implemented innovation and change in medium-to large-sized organizations, mostly with projects spanning multiple countries. She has extensive experience in the planning and execution of large, cross-functional projects involving process streamlining, re-engineering, and sales and marketing.
She was recruited to SSE to work in executive education, an experience that led her to the Executive MBA.
“Karin has made her mark in so many ways on EMBAC and its members, says Michael Desiderio, EMBAC executive director. “She has devoted many hours to advance the knowledge about our industry and to share her expertise with others. Her volunteer efforts have helped us expand our research and expand our reach.”
The council plays a key role for its members and for the EMBA industry, she says, offering a place for those who work in the EMBA space to come together and explore new ideas, learn more about trends, and support each other’s professional development. She has enjoyed participating as a member and serving on the board.
“My years with EMBAC have been very rewarding, and I would like to express my gratitude to all the wonderful people that I have had the opportunity serve with during my time on the board and in other capacities,” says Wiström. “Thank you for generously dedicating your time and energy to serve on the board and in other ways work for our membership. I am so grateful and proud to receive this prestigious award.”