FAQ for Sponsors
Sponsors — Frequently Asked Questions
How can I part with a key employee to participate in the program?
It’s important to realize that you are not. Instead of removing your executives from the global business world, you are immersing them in it through a modular program that allows them to keep working full time. You are sending your best managers here to learn advanced skills and tools, to network with international business leaders, and to develop the talent they have demonstrated in day-to-day business.
May I promote the applications of more than one employee for entrance into the program?
Certainly, and many companies do. Please understand, however, that organizations nominate many more qualified men and women than the program can accommodate. The selection committee makes each decision based on the strength of the individual applicant and on the experience he or she has to offer the group. The quality and diversity of the class is one of its essential learning components.
How can our company get the most out of this investment?
It is possible for each of the participants to come to the program with a specific agenda and leave with specific deliverables. Every participant enters the program with his or her company as a frame of reference, so the lessons learned can be applied directly to company challenges iteratively throughout the 20 months. Through the MIT EMBA student you sponsor, you have access to all the resources offered by the program and the broader MIT community. Many sponsors contend that being plugged into the MIT global network is itself worth the price of the program. One new relationship with a faculty member, fellow student, MIT researcher, or organization could translate into a significant company opportunity.
In what specific ways can my company benefit from sponsoring a student?
Over the course of the program, MIT EMBA students have multiple opportunities to conduct project work, apply case examples, and examine other companies’ operations (in and out of your industry). These represent potential revenue enhancement, cost reduction, or process improvement opportunities that the student you sponsor can bring back to your company.
How does the program dovetail with the goals of my organization?
For generations, MIT Sloan’s mid-career executive programs have been a tradition of company leadership in organizations of all sizes and functions. Larger companies may promote several candidates who are reaching pivotal points in their careers. Other organizations — large and small — will handpick certain promising managers and use the program on an intermittent basis. We would be pleased to work with you to determine how we can make the MIT Executive MBA Program an effective tool in your overall executive development plan.
Questions about sponsorship?
Contact: Beth Chartier
Corporate Sponsor Relations
MIT Executive MBA Program
“The students are from all over the world and represent very different industries. But they are all exceptional leaders in their field, and we share a powerful camaraderie. Together, we examine core issues from multiple perspectives and share and test the “tribal practices” of our industries. I can’t emphasize enough how massively important this is to me and my company.”
Amjad Hussain ’12