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How Action Learning and System Dynamics Sets MIT Apart

Leadership Profile: Johanna Hising DiFabio, Assistant Dean, MIT’s Executive Degree Programs

Having spent her career in the area of adult learning and leadership development, Johanna Hising DiFabio says, “The MIT Executive MBA program is one of the best environments in the world for this. She credits the Institute’s commitment to action learning, which is reflected throughout th ...

17
September
2018

A Week of “Leading with Impact” – Living Up to the Motto of MIT Sloan

Bridget Akinc ’13 is CEO of Building Impact, a nonprofit organization in Boston. 

“To develop principled, innovative leaders who improve the world and to generate ideas that advance management practice.”

– MIT Sloan Mission

With the MIT Sloan mission in mind, the “Leading with Impact” course was establ ...

06
September
2018

How Do You Make Decisions Under Uncertainty? The Key Is Asking The Right Questions And Modeling.

Dr. William Furness is regional president of Sound Physicians in Boston, MA and a member of MIT EMBA class of 2018.

Most MBA programs teach the business fundamentals needed for success. This is certainly accurate in MIT’s Executive MBA Program, where students are immersed in more economic, finance, and analytical frameworks than one brain can handle. However, what truly sets th ...

17
May
2018

Using System Dynamics to Disrupt Nonprofits and Help Children in Poverty

Chris Penny is President and Founder of Broken Crayons and an entrepreneur. He also is a member of the MIT EMBA class of 2017.

MIT Sloan’s mission is to develop innovative and principled leaders who will improve the world. This resonated with me, as I’ve always had a desire to help impoverished children, especially in the developing world. However, it wasn’t until I ...

18
April
2018

Leading in a Dynamic Global Economy

By Johanna Hising DiFabio, Director

Consider being part of a community of 124 exceptional leaders from around the world, who work in just about every major industry.

The MIT EMBA Class of 2018 represents this diversity. With an average age of 40, students bring around 17 years of experience from a wide range of backgrounds to our program. This is one of the most experienced cohort ...

17
April
2018

Executive Leadership Profile – Meet Rita Amirana

After working 15 years in the clinical operations field of drug development, Rita Amirana wanted an MBA to gain the business knowledge and perspectives needed to move into a broader leadership role in her industry. She came to the MIT Executive MBA Program for its general management curriculum and real-time learning. Her efforts paid off and half-way through the program she became the program ...

13
April
2018

Women’s Leadership Profile – Meet Aparna Ramesh

As Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, Aparna Ramesh is responsible for leading various financial management activities for the Federal Reserve System(FRS), spanning diverse lines of business. Prior to her role as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, she served as Assistant Vice President, Director of Corporate Strategy and Planning, and Di ...

13
April
2018

Women’s Leadership Profile – Meet Jennifer Bolt

Jennifer Bolt is president of Electrochem, which is part of Integer Holdings Corp., where she is responsible for driving profitable growth for the Electrochem product category, which provides battery solutions for the energy, military and environmental markets. Previously, she served as vice president of supply chain and operational excellence at Greatbatch, leading the supply chain, manufact ...

13
April
2018

Discovering The Benefits of Diverse Teams

Ian Colle is a General Manager, AWS Batch and HPC at Amazon and a member of the U.S. Navy Reserve. He also is a member of the MIT EMBA Class of 2017 and the MIT Sloan Student Senate.

I came to MIT Sloan for its data-driven, analytic approach to management. However, the softer skills I’m learning are also adding tremendous value. A particularly compelling lesson was ab ...

27
February
2018

Why It May Be Time To Rethink Your Pricing Model

Meghan Fiore Truchan is Head of Procurement and Portfolio Connect at Bain Capital in Boston, a board member at the Institute for Supply Management of Greater Boston, and a member of the MIT EMBA class of 2017.

When it comes to pricing, a lot of people base it off of cost, competition, or customer valuation. If you’ve been doing this, it’s time for a new model.

Th ...

27
February
2018

Meet Georgia Perakis, MIT EMBA Faculty Director

Before joining the MIT Sloan faculty in 1998, Prof. Georgia Perakis was a PhD student and a post-doc at MIT. "Once I came to MIT, I never left!" says Georgia, who is passionate about working with students and has graduated 20 PhD and 41 Master's students. A professor in the MIT Executive MBA program since its second year of operation and now the faculty director, Georgia says, & ...

27
February
2018

Embracing A New Culture At MIT Sloan

Jeffrey Yang is CFO at Shanying Paper Industry Co., North America and a member of the MIT EMBA Class of 2017.

Having earned my prior educational degrees in China, I knew things would be very different at a U.S. school much less at MIT Sloan. After all, it's a completely different language and culture. Not surprisingly, I hit a few bumps in the road when I first began th ...

27
February
2018

Challenge Yourself. Challenge Convention.

Johanna Hising Difabio is the Director of the MIT Executive MBA & Sloan Fellows.

This September we welcome 126 new members of the Class of 2019 to the MIT Executive MBA community. This is a significant moment, as they begin a journey of mid-career transformation and leadership development. They join a network of extraordinary, high-performing individuals who come together from di ...

28
August
2017

Using An Entrepreneurial Mindset To Help Military Veterans Pursue College Degrees

William Kindred is an HR manager at MIT Lincoln Laboratory in Lexington, MA and Nelson Olivier is associate director of Innovative Medicines at Astra Zeneca in Waltham, MA. Both are military veterans and members of the MIT EMBA class of 2017.

When enlisted veterans leave the military, a major problem is the lack of quality assistance programs to help them attain a higher education. A ...

28
August
2017

Using A Cultural Lens To Make Improvements

Zain Ahmed is senior director of Level 3 Communications in Washington, D.C. and a member of the MIT EMBA class of 2017.

It’s common for businesses to talk about their culture, but it’s often difficult to define what that is. After all, culture is essentially a set of unspoken rules that govern behavior. However, they must be recognized in order for strategy to succeed. Th ...

15
August
2017