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Leading disaster preparedness around the world

Elizabeth Petheo (EMBA’14) brings over 15 years of experience in a range of disaster resiliency programming from work in Latin America, the Caribbean, Africa, Asia, and Europe. She has worked on issues such as disaster response, urban disaster risk reduction and risk management, and rural food security operations. Currently, she is based in Bangkok, Thailand as the Asia-Pacific Regional Repre ...

30
June
2020

How inclusiveness and diversity make the MIT EMBA program unique

Stephen Gregory Barr is Vice President of Development at Production Resource Group in New York City and a member of the MIT EMBA class of 2020. He also was a 2020 MIT Martin Luther King Jr. Leadership Award Recipient.

I knew the MIT EMBA program was the right fit for me when I was invited to attend an open house workshop in Cambridge for prospective students. At that event, I felt like ...

15
June
2020

Discovering a passion for entrepreneurship (and taking the leap to launch a business)

Dr.  Marc Myer is CEO and Cofounder of Hyperion Health Inc. in Minneapolis, MN and a member of the MIT EMBA class of 2019.

Students come to this program with decades of work experience. A lot of us come with a career goal in mind, like taking on greater leadership roles. However, an unexpected benefit of this program is that it exposes students to new and unanticipated opportunities.

29
April
2020

How the MIT EMBA is helping this alumna grow her nonprofit to make Boston a better place to live

Lauren Hoops-Schmieg is Executive Director of Hill House, Inc. and a member of the MIT EMBA class of 2018.

When I began my MIT EMBA journey, I knew that I would gain a diverse network of talented professionals and learn some very valuable information from the courses. However, I was a little concerned about how (and if) my degree would truly impact my nonprofit, the Hill House community ...

29
April
2020

Learning a better way to make decisions

Jen “JB” Braly is Head of the Strategic Program Management Office at Takeda in Lexington, MA and a veteran U.S. Air Force officer. She also is a member of the MIT EMBA Class of 2019, where she was named a Graduate Woman of Excellence.

Most managers are trained to approach decisions as yes or no questions. We compare the choices based on known details, pros and cons, and say yes or no ...

29
April
2020

How Laurel Taylor, ’15, is “crushing” student debt as founder of FutureFuel.io

Coming to MIT was a lifelong dream for Laurel Taylor, ’15. “I wanted to become an entrepreneur and create change in the world,” she says. Pointing out that less than 2% of VC goes to women founders, Laurel explains that coming to MIT was a “deliberate strategy” to put herself in a position to succeed. “I knew that MIT would give me the credentials, credibility, and network I needed ...

06
April
2020

Executing strategy: The class you wish your boss could take

Tyler Hawes is President of Roland Foods in New York City and a member of the MIT EMBA class of 2019.

When it comes to strategic priorities, it’s common for organizations to write up some aspirational goals and call it a day. Rather than setting priorities, assigning accountability, and creating realistic timelines, these pie-in-the-sky priorities don’t leave the c-suite or board roo ...

03
April
2020

Five Rules for Leading in a Digital World

Editor’s note: This article is part of a new MIT SMR series about how leadership is evolving in a digital world.

For years now, everyone has been talking about VUCA, the U.S. military’s acronym for the volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous world we live in. However, we now have VUCA on steroids as we try to keep up with the increasing speed of change in a business en ...

23
January
2020

How I learned that “Leave no one behind” is more than an unofficial motto in the MIT EMBA program

Dr. Mehra Golshan is a Distinguished Chair in Surgical Oncology at the Dana Farber/Brigham and Women’s Cancer Center at Harvard Medical School and a member of the MIT EMBA class of 2019.

When I started the MIT EMBA Program, I heard this saying a lot: “Leave no one behind.”

To me, it meant that students and staff support each other and do everything possible to help everyone ...

15
January
2020

A passion for data: How this alumna uses analytics to enhance consumer experience

Amy Blasco is senior vice president of experience analytics at RAAP in New York City and a member of the MIT EMBA class of 2018.

Starting out in forensic psychology, Amy Blasco, ’18, is passionate about data. Early in her career, she used data to understand criminal behavior and influence policy. She later pivoted to advertising, using data to understand consumer behavior. Today, she l ...

14
January
2020

How Do You Make Decisions Under Uncertainty?

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

The key is asking the right questions and modelling. 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 ...

25
October
2019

How the MIT EMBA program challenges students to become better leaders

Sandhya Bhaskar is founder of Catena Innovations in Dallas, TX and a member of the MIT EMBA class of 2018.

MIT’s EMBA Program is often described by students as a “transformational journey,” but what does that really mean? Are you a different person when you graduate? In a way, you do change and it’s not just in terms of your knowledge. This program gives you the ability to analyz ...

25
September
2019

Starting a new job? How frameworks from MIT helped tackle challenges from day one

Adriel Nunes is Corporate Controller at AIG in New York, NY and a member of the MIT EMBA class of 2019.

As an MIT EMBA student, I never doubted the usefulness of what I was learning in class. I left each session ready to apply what I learned at work. However, after graduation, life granted me a challenge greater than any I faced during the program, and what I learned would really become ...

04
September
2019

How business analytics sets the MIT EMBA apart

Every industry is waking up to the power of analytics. Companies need people who can use business data to make predictions and subsequently decisions that will bring value to their organizations. The use of analytics has become a reinforcing loop: Once you start using data and see its benefits, you use it more and more. MIT understands the importance of using data, which is why business analyti ...

10
August
2019

How “journalytics” is helping this alum’s digital news company make a bigger impact

Felipe Seligman is Cofounder and CRO of JOTA in Brazil and a member of the MIT EMBA class of 2018.

As a reporter at a leading Brazilian newspaper, I saw first-hand the uncertainty of the regulatory and legal systems. Without transparency or predictability, people working in these institutions face significant challenges. At the same time, I saw disruption in the newspaper industry, as th ...

09
August
2019