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Learning how to be a better entrepreneur — and making a difference during a pandemic

Dr. Ahmed Mady is a physician-scientist, a serial entrepreneur, founder of Masks2Heroes, UVLyzer, and a member of the MIT EMBA class of 2021. He is currently the Managing Director and President of Shaturna Factory for Knitting & Textiles in Alexandria, Egypt.

After founding my first startup in the U.S. during my medical school fellowship – and facing several challenges to make it w ...

23
March
2021

Learning how to increase collaboration and spark innovation

Rahul Maharsia is Global Director of R&D at Porex in Atlanta, GA, and a member of the MIT EMBA class of 2018.

A common organizational structure at companies is hierarchical silos. Everyone works in their groups and rarely is there crossover. Executives are expected to lead from the front and hide their vulnerabilities to build confidence among their team. While they may be open to le ...

10
March
2021

How alumni continue MIT Sloan’s mission of improving the world

Chris Penny is President and Founder of Broken Crayon and Cofounder and CEO of Kinetic GPO. He also is a member of the MIT EMBA class of 2017.

A big part of why I came to MIT’s EMBA Program is MIT Sloan’s mission: to develop innovative and principled leaders who will improve the world. During the program, I applied what I learned to found the nonprofit Broken Crayon in Ghana, which i ...

11
February
2021

A spark of innovation in a bureaucracy

Lucy Wong is the Executive Director at the New York City Department of Design and Construction, and a member of the MIT EMBA class of 2017. She is the lead for the COVID-19 testing sites portfolio.

What’s the most bureaucratic, change-resistant organization you can think of? The government.

That’s my world. I work for the New York City Department of Design and Construction. Be ...

27
January
2021

In times of uncertainty, frameworks are your lifeline

Samia Bahsoun is cofounder and CEO of Capwave Technologies in Asbury Park, NJ, and a member of the MIT EMBA class of 2017.

“Challenge Convention – Challenge yourself” is not just an MIT EMBA slogan. It is a phrase that tells you exactly what to expect during your journey in this program. It is a reference to the frameworks you will learn that extend beyond the 20-months of the prog ...

06
January
2021

Avoiding pitfalls when scaling a startup

Dr. Robert Faiella is Chief Dental Officer of Overjet and Past President of the American Dental Association. He also is a member of the MIT EMBA class of 2017.

The intersection of unrelated disciplines offers an opportunity to apply the frameworks of one field to develop innovative solutions in another. The primary driver for me to attend MIT Sloan was to do just that — apply those ...

16
December
2020

How MIT transforms students into better leaders

Dennis Burianek, PhD is Head of Business Transformation at MIT Lincoln Laboratory in Lexington, MA, and a member of the MIT EMBA class of 2018.

When you come to the MIT EMBA program, you hear that it is transformational. This sounds great because, after all, we are all here to transform our leadership skills and make a bigger impact in our jobs, at home, and in society. We want to learn ...

14
December
2020

Affecting change in a complex system

David Taylor is Vice President of Engineering at Joy Labs in Irvine, CA. He is a member of the MIT EMBA class of 2019.

I came to MIT’s EMBA program for a challenge. I wanted to build something, but I wasn’t ready to make the leap from my job at Apple to entrepreneurship. I hoped that MIT would open up opportunities and be a catalyst to change my career direction. Little did I know th ...

14
December
2020

The power of the MIT network

Riley Rees is Founder and CEO of Sofia Health in San Francisco, CA, and a member of the MIT EMBA class of 2019 and U.S. Air Force Veteran.

It goes without saying that when you go to MIT you will broaden your network. But what you can’t understand until you are in the program is how close you will be at graduation. Your classmates will become not only good friends, but in some cases an ...

14
December
2020

How to use dynamic work design to increase efficiency in people you don’t supervise

Jonathan Elsner is Vice President Clinical Affairs US at Colospan LTD in Cambridge, MA and a member of the MIT EMBA class of 2017.

Managing people whom you don’t supervise can be a significant challenge. You rely on them to achieve your goals, yet you aren’t the boss. Many times, you don’t even work in the same location. How do you motivate them to work? If you work with teams, p ...

10
December
2020

Bringing a systems approach to leadership

Adam Berman is President and CEO of Legacy Lifecare in Peabody, MA and President of Chelsea Jewish Lifecare in Chelsea, MA. He also is a member of the MIT EMBA class of 2019.

“The stuff I teach only works in organizations that have people in them.” This memorable quote by MIT Sloan Prof. Nelson Repenning sums up a major takeaway of the EMBA program. All problems, no matter how comple ...

18
November
2020

Applying New Lenses to Crisis Management  

Jordan Baucum is a corporate reputation and crisis communications consultant based in San Francisco, CA and a Fellow at Duke University’s Ormond Center. He is a member of the MIT EMBA class of 2017.

Every crisis has its own unique character, rooted in specific organizational, regulatory, legal, and business realities. Yet all crises have similar patterns and common effects: surpris ...

04
November
2020

Three frameworks to help build a product-driven startup

Dipali Trivedi is a serial entrepreneur, currently working as CTO and Cofounder of Everyday Life in Boston, MA, and a member of the MIT EMBA class of 2019.

Many students, like me, come to MIT’s EMBA program to explore entrepreneurship. When I started the program, I was running my own consulting firm, CloudFountain Inc. I came to MIT to learn how to transition from services-based entrep ...

21
October
2020

The power of introspection for career advancement

Dr. Fernando Dangond is Therapeutic Area Head, Global Clinical Development, Neurology and Executive Medical Director at EMD Serono in Billerica, MA. He also is a member of the MIT EMBA class of 2012.

 “Know thyself.” — Socrates

In a world that allures us with the promises of instant gratification and the pursuit of comfort and riches — and bombards us with ...

08
October
2020

Accelerating innovation

Kathryn Corzo is Head of Development for Oncology Cell Therapies at Takeda in Cambridge, MA. She is a member of the MIT EMBA class of 2019.

Innovation is disruptive. Carving a path that no one has taken before. There is no precedent to rely on or roadmap to follow. Whether in a large organization or a start-up, innovation requires embracing ambiguity and defining a strategy under uncerta ...

23
September
2020