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Protected: 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

Protected: 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

Protected: 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

Protected: 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

Protected: Leasders 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

Protected: 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 ...

09
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

How the MIT Executive MBA is Helping Sharon Chan Improve the World Through Journalism

Sharon Chan, Class of 2017 Vice President of Innovation, Product & Development, The Seattle Times

After 15 years as a reporter and editor at The Seattle Times, Sharon Chan transitioned to director of journalism initiatives. In that role, she led development work that generated $2 million in community funding and launched three journalism labs to drive social impact: Education Lab, T ...

12
April
2019

Unexpected Leadership Lessons from the MIT EMBA Program

Adam Szaronos is the Head of Dry Eye Devices at Alcon, located in Fort Worth, TX and a graduate of the MIT EMBA class of 2018.

I came to this program to strengthen my quantitative and analytical decision-making skills as a business leader. These were the “hard sciences” I felt I needed to improve for general management, and the types of subjects usually associated with MIT. The MIT ...

26
March
2019

What Problem Are You Trying to Solve?

Dennis Burianek is Head of Business Transformation at MIT Lincoln Laboratory and a graduate of the MIT EMBA class of 2018.

When I decided to apply to the MIT Executive MBA, I had reached a point in my career where I felt like I had reached a plateau in my current situation and I had a desire to continue growing.  I had held leadership roles for nearly a decade and learned, experiential ...

26
March
2019

Why Organizations Need a Holistic Approach to Innovation

Oljeta Qirko is the Head of Electric Motor Position Sensing Business at Sensata Technologies in Attleboro, MA and a member of the MIT EMBA class of 2018.

Why organizations need a holistic approach to innovation

In the fast-paced world of technology, everything you do is at risk of becoming obsolete. This is particularly true in my area, the automotive electronics industry, which i ...

03
January
2019

Why Building (and Maintaining) Culture Requires a Scientific Approach

Kosta Ligris is CEO and Managing Partner of Ligris. In Boston, MA and a member of the MIT EMBA class of 2018.

While there is no question that building culture in an organization is an art, it also requires more science than most people think. This is because culture is the behavior, actions and influences that affect and impact how individuals operate within an organization. All these in ...

27
November
2018

How Unfixing Your Mindset Can Lead to New Career Paths

Siddharth Nagarkatti is Senior Vice President of Client Quantitative Analytics at Bank of America in Boston and a member of the MIT EMBA Class of 2017.

 

No one starts business school thinking they’re going to end up unemployed… with no idea what they’re going to do next. But on Patriots Day in 2016, I was unemployed. As the breadwinner for my wife and two kids, I had n ...

22
October
2018

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