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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

How a new mindset (and Data Models and Decisions) helped change this realtor’s world

Sarita Dua runs a residential real estate practice in Portland, Oregon and is an industry speaker and coach and is a member of the MIT EMBA class of 2020.

How a new mindset (and DMD) helped change this realtor’s world

When I came to the MIT Executive MBA program, I wasn’t planning to change jobs or industries. As a real estate broker and business owner, it was more about impro ...

09
August
2019

The power of analytics in mental health from operational efficiency to suicide risk

Dr. G. Oana Costea is Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at Brown University and Unit Chief and Psychiatrist at Lifespan/Bradley Hospital in Providence, RI. She also is a member of the MIT EMBA class of 2018.

There is a significant role for analytics in driving the drastic changes needed in healthcare to address the significant waste and astronomical costs prev ...

09
August
2019

How the MIT EMBA inspired this alumna to think bigger using analytics

Julie Lockner is the cofounder and executive board member of 17 Minds, which focuses on wearable technology, and COO of IBM Data and AI Portfolio Operations and Offering Management, where she helps the company apply AI to solve global problems. She also is a member of the MIT EMBA class of 2017.  

Julie came to the MIT Executive MBA program to solve a very personal problem. Her son w ...

09
August
2019

Leaders across the sports spectrum connect at the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference

In just its 13th year, the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference (SSAC) has grown to be the leading industry confab, attracting the most influential names in sports. In March, more than 3,500 participants attended the event, representing 44 states, 33 countries, 130 professional sports teams, and 200 universities. To accommodate its meteoric growth, the conference was moved from the MIT campu ...

09
August
2019

The Business Analytics Certificate for MIT Executive MBA Students

Geoff Miskinis is Associate Director, Student Experience & Advising for the MIT Executive MBA program

MIT Sloan launched the Business Analytics Certificate in 2018 to enable students to take a deeper dive into analytics and data science. Building upon the overall strengths of MIT Sloan and the successful launch of the Master of Business Analytics, the certificate provides an opportun ...

08
August
2019

Five Steps to Driving Successful Innovation at Any Age and Stage

York Lo is Head of Institutional and Retirement Product Development at John Hancock and a member of the EMBA Class of 2018.

Each year, many students come to MIT Sloan to learn about innovation. After all, the School’s mission is “to develop principled, innovative leaders.” Over 700 companies partner with the Institute on technology development, and companies started by the school ...

12
June
2019