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Mandell Crawley (Gabelli EMBA '2009), executive vice president and chief human resources officer at Morgan Stanley, recently received an Honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters from Fordham University, its highest honor, at the May 2022 commencement.

The Center for the Business of Life Sciences at Indiana University Kelley School of Business received a $1 million gift from alumnus Jeff Albers and his wife, Alison.

The Albers Family Life Sciences Endowment will support programs within the center, with preference given to programs tied to biotechnology and pharma, medical devices, and health care ecosystems.

Founded in 2008, the center provides valued resources to life sciences and health care companies, particularly those in Indiana, which ranks second among all U.S. states in life sciences exports. It offers a certificate program for students passionate about a career in life sciences or those who wish to better understand how business and science interact. Students – undergraduates and MBAs – learn through experience, as they provide business planning and consulting services to emergent tech-transfer companies and those involved with the Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute.

Following the retirements of longtime EMBA directors Jeanne Simmons, Ph.D. and John Cotton, Ph.D., Marquette University welcomes new leadership for its Executive MBA Program.

Kevin Walsh, Ph.D., joined Marquette University as the new director of Executive and Professional Programming, which includes a position as program director for Marquette’s EMBA Program. Walsh’s decades-long experience in corporate leadership, commitment to excellence in undergraduate and professional education, and highly successful teaching as a faculty member in the Department of Management coalesce to bring strong and clear vision to Marquette’s EMBA Program.

Walsh plans to build on Marquette’s applied learning practices that are grounded in the Jesuit tradition of academic excellence and designed as a transformational educational experience for today’s students.

Melissa Shew, Ph.D., the new EMBA Program faculty director, will partner with Walsh. A philosophy professor and 2020 EMBA Teacher of the Year, Shew teaches business ethics and corporate social responsibility in the EMBA Program. She works as a senior faculty fellow in Marquette’s Center for Teaching and Learning, focusing on high-impact teaching practices for professional and undergraduate students, as well as a faculty fellow in Marquette’s Institute for Women’s Leadership.

Both envision opportunities for Marquette’s EMBA Program especially as the college moves to a new donor-funded building on Marquette’s campus in downtown Milwaukee.

“I am excited to partner with Melissa as we combine our experiences and backgrounds to build upon the Marquette EMBA Program’s reputation of providing cutting-edge content with the thoughtful integration of technology in our new facility,” says Walsh.

In fall 2021, the Graduate School of Management at Nagoya University of Commerce and Business, NUCB Business School, received European Quality Improvement System (EQUIS) accreditation from the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD), one of the largest international quality evaluation organizations for management education.

With its accreditation by EQUIS, NUCB Business School now becomes the first Triple Crown business school in Japan, also the first to be dual-accredited by the AACSB (2006) and AMBA (2009).

Among the one percent of business schools worldwide with this distinction, the school continues to improve the quality of its programs in line with recommendations from the world's foremost experts on management education.

Since achieving this new level of distinction, NUCB Business School has unveiled a hybrid auditorium system this spring, bringing both onsite and remote case method course participants together into lecture and class discussion. The school also hosted the Association of Asia-Pacific Business Schools (AAPBS) at the start of June and continues to seek opportunities to innovate in the face of unprecedented challenges to higher education.

A nonprofit executive and Executive MBA student, Jonathan Chaparro (’22) wants to make high-quality education and career success more attainable for first-generation college students and students from humble beginnings.

Chaparro grew up in a low-income community in Chicago, and he became one of the first members in his family to attend college. After graduating in 2008, Chaparro taught in Chicago’s Austin neighborhood as part of Teach for America.

Chaparro was amazed at how his students’ lives mirrored his own upbringing. It prompted him to reflect on an important question: How can society set up disadvantaged students for better success?

Now, Chaparro, an Executive MBA student at the Kellogg School of Management, serves as executive director at Braven, a nonprofit organization that works in five states to drive upward economic mobility for first-generation college students. In short, it seeks to help first-gen students graduate from college and find a successful career path.

“These students have technically done everything they’re supposed to do,” says Chaparro. “They’ve gone to college and received a degree, but they still have a tough time entering the workforce in a strong manner — to no fault of their own.”

Braven runs a semester-long leadership career accelerator that equips students with the skills, mindsets, experiences, and networks that are critical in finding a strong first job. Braven offers mock interviews and teaches students to tell their personal stories, craft an elevator pitch, and write cover letters. Students also learn how to give and receive difficult feedback.

“These are all things that you talk about at dinner if you’re growing up in middle-class or high-income households,” says Chaparro. “But if you’re growing up in a low-income community, they’re not familiar to you.”

Braven supports students six months after graduation, ensuring they’re on a strong career path. “Braven exists to help ensure that as many students as possible are putting their education to work and landing jobs that will put them on a path toward achieving the American promise.”

His EMBA experience will allow him to make the impact he hopes to make at Braven, says Chaparro.

“I still deeply believe in the power of education to fuel upward mobility,” he says. “Part of the reason why I’m in the Executive MBA Program is because I want to leverage my education to continue to grow professionally.”

The Thunderbird School of Global Management at Arizona State University focuses on global business, leadership, and management education. Guided by a global mindset and fueled by a deep commitment to advancing inclusive and sustainable prosperity worldwide, its executive degree programs blend global business, public policy, and international affairs. Designed specifically for busy, mid-career professionals who want to take their careers to the next level, Thunderbird’s programs include the following offerings.

With the flexibility of Thunderbird’s Executive Master of Global Management (EMGM) Program, full-time working professionals can complete this international business graduate degree in only one year. They attend in-person classes once a month at Thunderbird’s new state-of-the-art global headquarters in downtown Phoenix, Arizona.

Thunderbird’s one-year Executive Master of Arts in Global Affairs and Management (EMAGAM) helps students build expertise in leadership of systems and new enterprises, management of complexity, disruptive innovation, digital transformation, and collaborative problem-solving. Thunderbird tailored the program, based in Washington, D.C., with specializations in global business or global public policy, for mid-career professionals in all sectors.

The Thunderbird Executive Master of Global Management with a specialization in Space Leadership, Business, and Policy (EMGM-SL) prepares professionals who want to pursue executive careers in commercial spaceflight, defense and civil aerospace, AI and big data, and next-generation manufacturing. Designed and taught by industry-leading experts, the program takes a year to complete.

On March 10, 2022, Tsinghua PBCSF's Belt and Road Initiative EMBA Program (BRI EMBA) began the first online module of its all-new Belt and Road Prospecting course series, yet another innovation of the BRI EMBA Program since the COVID-19 outbreak in 2020.

Jointly developed by Tsinghua PBCSF Center for Finance EMBA and the Global Family Business Research Center of Tsinghua University National Institute of Finance, the Belt and Road Prospecting course series invited macroeconomic decision-makers, embassy and government officials, business leaders, and prominent scholars from countries along the Belt and Road to share with students the social environment, macroeconomic and financial status quo, and sustainable development of countries along the Belt and Road. The series also helped students systematically understand the global market and the progress of the Belt and Road Initiative, thoroughly understand the community with a shared future, and jointly explore new opportunities under the Belt and Road Initiative. Tsinghua conducted the Saudi Arabia, Singapore, and UAE modules on March 22, March 24, and March 25, respectively.

In addition, from April 15 to 18, Tsinghua PBCSF's Finance EMBA Program conducted the Carbon Neutrality X Finance module, the first module of a degree program in China that systematically focuses on carbon neutrality and finance.

Zhang Jianhua, director of the Financial Development and Regulation Technology Research Center of Tsinghua University Fintech Research Institute, led the module, which included four parts: An international perspective of carbon neutrality and China's path, transition risk and climate investment, construction and development of carbon emission trading market, and corporate carbon strategy and carbon asset management.

The module helped students understand the process of carbon neutrality policy and technology practice at home and abroad; identify the risks, and entrepreneurial and investment opportunities generated by the carbon neutrality transition; become familiar with carbon emission trading mechanism and regulatory principles; delve into the thinking and framework of enterprise carbon asset management, and cultivate an international vision and the low-carbon development concept.

Chicago Booth recently opened its new campus in the heart of London, located at One Bartholomew Close, near St. Paul’s in central London.

The new campus replaces Chicago Booth’s previous London location at 25 Basinghall Street and serves as the school’s base of operations in the Europe, Middle East, and Africa region. The offerings on the new campus include Booth’s Executive MBA Europe Program, non-degree executive education classes, conferences, and seminars. Chicago Booth’s London Conference Center occupies 43,000 square feet near some of the city’s leading centers of banking, finance, and tech.

“We are delighted that our new address puts us at the heart of London’s vibrant business community,” says Randall S. Kroszner, deputy dean for Executive Programs and Norman R. Bobins Professor of Economics. “I can’t imagine a better home for Chicago Booth in Europe.”

The University of North Carolina Kenan-Flagler Business School will offer its Executive MBA Program in Charlotte this fall.

“We are excited to have this special opportunity to bring our Executive MBA Program to working professionals in the Charlotte area to serve the business community there,” says Dean Doug Shackelford. “We look forward to being more deeply engaged in Charlotte to benefit students as we develop their next generation of leaders.”

During the 24-month program, working professionals will attend in-person classes on Monday nights and on some Fridays when classes will include working lunch sessions with Charlotte business leaders. The blended program includes classes that are equally divided between in-person and self-directed online coursework.

In September the new class of Charlotte students will gather in Chapel Hill for orientation along with the new entering Evening Executive MBA students. This shared orientation immediately expands the students’ networks in the Charlotte and Triangle areas. Classes begin in Charlotte in October.

“For many years, the Charlotte business community has been deeply supportive of us offering our program there,” says Shackelford. “We will make the most of being in Charlotte: We don’t just view it as a new location to deliver an MBA program but as way to meet the needs of, engage with, and strengthen our connections with the Charlotte business community. We’re also excited to connect more deeply with our 4,437 alumni in the Charlotte region.”

While designing the UNC Kenan-Flagler Charlotte Executive MBA Program, school leaders used the opportunity to re-think the school’s other programs for working professionals.

They adjusted the schedules for the Charlotte, Evening, and Weekend Executive MBA Programs, keeping the number of credit hours (62) the same for all three programs, with 37 from required classes and 25 from electives. They adopted a consistent calendar across all working professional programs, as well. The new schedules allow for deep relationships in program cohorts, as well as broadening connections across all programs.

The Wharton MBA Program for Executives Office of Career Advancement at the University of Pennsylvania recently introduced a new initiative, the Alumni Career Fellows (ACF) Program.

The ACF creates more opportunities for current EMBA students to have meaningful one-on-one discussions with alumni about market trends, career best practices, and professional development.

The fellows volunteer a set number of hours per academic term to serve as advisors for Wharton EMBA (WEMBA) students who are interested in the specific industries that fellows represent. They offer targeted insight and recommendations while also fielding the more technical questions about a particular function or industry. 

Wharton Alumni Fellows represent health care, finance, technology and product industries, venture capital, strategy and operations, and more. Career Advancement team members thoroughly vet fellows, who also complete training in career advising.

Current WEMBA students can access the ACF website to review the fellows’ bios and identify which alum offers the best fit for them. The students can choose to meet with a different Alumni Career Fellow each term, maximizing their opportunity to receive valuable advice from the dedicated alumni volunteers. 

Current EMBA students always have access the global Wharton alumni network through a myriad of other channels, programs, and offerings. With the launch of the ACF Program, Wharton is providing even more opportunities for current EMBA students to build meaningful relationships with alumni and enhance the strength of the Wharton alumni network, now 100,000-plus strong.

U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Michael Chan knew lifetime service members often struggled with transitioning to civilian life – some 80 percent of them leave their first post-military job within two years.

So, after joining the Executive MBA – Strategic Leadership Program at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville’s Haslam College of Business in 2021, Chan and classmate Andrew Roberts, a recently retired U.S. Marines major, decided to join forces on a joint Organizational Action Project (OAP).

Their goal? Bridge the gap between what traditional veteran service organizations (VSOs) provide and what potential employers need, helping former service members land and keep well-paying corporate jobs. The OAP served as the starting point for Veterans to Volunteers, a nonprofit in the formative stages that would tackle the problem of veteran attrition in civilian jobs.

Roadblocks include lack of hard skills or skills that don’t translate well into the corporate world. Even when companies want to hire veterans, challenges exist with the chasm between military and civilian cultures. Veterans’ indelible sense of identification with their military service can make it hard to find purpose and meaning in civilian jobs. Most employers don’t know how best to help them.

To bridge the disconnect, the duo worked both sides of the employer-employee equation to distinguish Veterans to Volunteers as a unique service, one that would help companies minimize turnover and hire the skills they value most.

Roberts took on the veteran-side planning, mapping the network of existing VSOs in Tennessee, ensuring Veterans to Volunteers wouldn’t duplicate services. Based on his research, he found three key ways to assist veterans – provide transition coaches for personalized support, connect veterans to the VSOs most closely matching their needs; and pair veterans’ specific talents with known needs in the business community, possibly in partnership with the Tennessee Department of Labor.

On the employer side, Chan collected data on businesses’ needs and identified potential capacity to meet demand. He also began developing a program to help businesses become “veteran proficient” – not just “veteran friendly” – along with recommendations for training, mentorship, and coordination to better match veteran talent with corporate needs.

Chan and Roberts now work as strategy and business consultants, but they received so much positive feedback on Veterans to Volunteers that they’re taking the next steps toward launching as a nonprofit.

In a major boost toward their goal, current EMBA-SL student Jay Land, who also is a retired army veteran, is using their project as the foundation for his OAP. He plans to build relationships with companies, VSOs, and the Tennessee Department of Labor as he develops pilot programs for Veterans to Volunteers, while Roberts and Chan continue work on budgeting and marketing. They plan to test the first pilot programs with a small number of veterans later this year and are excited that the project could eventually be a full-time responsibility.

“Especially because Andy and I are fresh off our transition to civilian life, this is our passion, this is our core,” Chan says. “This is our ‘why.’ “

After the pandemic interrupted global travel, the students in William & Mary’s Executive MBA Class of 2022 were excited to experience their two required global immersions during the 18-month program that started in January 2021. 

“It was great to return to a sense of ‘normal’ by taking the students on our international immersions this year,” says William & Mary Professor Brent Allred.

In October 2021, the students traveled as a class to Athens, Greece. In May 2022, their immersion took place in Cape Town, South Africa.  Professor Rajiv Kohli led the immersion to Greece where students studied digital transformation.

“With the help of our partners at Athens University of Economics and Business, the meetings and site visits greatly exceeded our expectations,” says Kohli.  “From meeting the Minister of Digital Governance to learning how OTE transformed its telecommunications business after the financial crisis to observing the digitization of the Athens Stock Exchange, we witnessed the ingenuity and resilience of the Greek people.”

Access to executive leaders and ministers brought the course work, lectures, and case studies on digital transformation to life.

“One of the reasons I selected William & Mary for my EMBA was the opportunity to experience two global immersions where classroom lectures partner with hands-on experiences,” says EMBA student Allison Berry. “The immersions were an outstanding learning experience.”

While the pandemic limited global travel for the past couple years, it also put global trade and supply chain challenges in the spotlight.

“The immersion to South Africa gave our students the opportunity to see the concepts explored throughout the program in a very interesting setting,” says Allred. “South Africa presents an interesting contrast of straddling both the developing and developed worlds. This immersion experience was a wonderful way to conclude the EMBA Program.”

Students appreciated the added element of studying global business in a post-COVID world.

“Experiencing another global market at this particular time was a great opportunity,” says EMBA student Tony Divaris.  “The global immersions put you on your path to making a difference for the betterment of those around you.”

INSEAD is tapping virtual reality (VR) to enhance the learning experience for students in the school's Global Executive Master of Business Administration (GEMBA) Program.

INSEAD launched its VR Immersive Learning Initiative pre-pandemic in 2019 to boost engagement, retention of knowledge, and personalization of learning. Today, more than 4,500 MBA and executive education participants have experienced VR as part of INSEAD program throughout the world, both remotely and in classrooms at its campuses in France, Singapore, and Abu Dhabi.

“After worldwide lockdown forced us to pivot from physical to all-online training, we immediately saw the potential for virtual reality to compensate for the weaknesses of purely distance learning, such as Zoom fatigue,” says Ithai Stern, INSEAD professor of strategy and academic director of the VR Immersive Learning Initiative.

With responsive to real-time head movements, VR offers students the chance to think through a situation in a safe and controlled environment, make decisions without feeling judged by other participants, and sense pressures by others who may be participating.

“Through an immersive 3D simulation involving scripts and actors, participants can be plunged into a lifelike conference room setting with a debate in full swing, or a tense close-quarters negotiation with fraught power dynamics on display,” says Stern. “Just as they would in life, they must use their wits and powers of perception to come to grips with the situation and determine next steps.”

VR experiences help students learn about themselves. Students also take part in in-depth collective discussions to maximize those individual insights.

“We don't envision that virtual reality will replace existing executive educational tools and approaches, rather it will add a new dimension to the classroom – both virtually and physically – without taking anything away,” says Stern.

To meet the varying needs of ambitious professionals, Emory University’s Goizueta Business School is introducing a new online format of its Executive MBA Program.

Goizueta now offers its EMBA in on-campus, hybrid, and online formats. The first cohort for the new online program starts in fall 2022.

Online EMBA students will take classes exclusively through Goizueta’s Global Classrooms, which provide real-time experiences, as well as greater flexibility and collaboration through breakout-room options, whiteboard technology, and sharing of common assets to store files and presentations.

Spanning 18 months, the online EMBA program will require 27 core credits, six immersion credits, and 24 elective credits to graduate. Online EMBA students may choose to complete global immersion and executive-skills immersion experiences in person or remotely.

This innovative, adaptable format is a welcome trend among ambitious, midcareer professionals who are fueling unprecedented global demand for graduate management education, particularly as the pandemic accelerates the need for leaders to prepare for the rapidly evolving future of work.

The fully online option follows a rigorous research process led by Jaclyn Conner, associate dean of Executive MBA.

“We started our EMBA hybrid format in 2020 with tremendous success, thanks to our extraordinary faculty, dedicated program staff, and world-class remote learning tools like our Global Classrooms,” says Conner.

“We dive in today confident in our capabilities to deliver a high-touch, unmatched online Executive MBA experience for our professional students,” she says. “Goizueta is poised to take digital learning to the next level by providing business professionals with a truly immersive, dynamic experience from anywhere in the world.”

Regardless of delivery format, Goizueta’s EMBA students take the same courses taught by the same faculty and receive the same intensive leadership development and Career Management Center support.

“Time is the greatest challenge for our Executive MBA students,” says Ed Leonard, senior associate dean of graduate education. “We are focused on making our programs accessible and convenient for busy working professionals — without sacrificing the quality, community, and reputation of the Goizueta MBA. We are incredibly enthusiastic about providing a 100 percent online EMBA experience that can reach working professionals worldwide.”

  • Eugene Anderson will become the new Henry E. Haller Jr. Dean of the University of Pittsburgh Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business and College of Business Administration, effective Aug. 1.
  • Charlotte Karam recently became the director of the Executive MBA Program at the University of Ottawa Telfer School of Management.
  • Vanina Farber, professor of innovation and entrepreneurship, became dean of the IMD Executive MBA Program in late 2021.

  • The Sellinger School of Business and Management at Loyola University Maryland named Mary Ann Scully as its next dean.

  • Vice Dean at the University of Miami Herbert Business School, Henrick Cronqvist will join the Argyros School of Business and Economics at Chapman University as its new dean on July 31.

  • Idalene “Idie” Kesner will step down as dean of the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University and return to the faculty July 31.

  • Morris Mthombeni is the new dean of the Gordon Institute of Business Science at the University of Pretoria. He has served as interim dean since July 2020.

  • In August, Karen Spens will start a four-year term as president of the BI Norwegian Business School, the first woman to serve in that role.

  • Soumitra Dutta, formerly a professor of management at the Cornell SC Johnson College of Business at Cornell University, is the new dean of the Saïd Business School at the University of Oxford.

  • Ohad Kadan, formerly vice dean of education and globalization at Washington University Olin Business School, is the new dean of the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University.