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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

How System Dynamics is Removing Barriers to Education For Refugee Kids

Sergio Medina is a member of the EMBA class of 2020. He is the founder and CEO of the social enterprise RISE. This article was originally posted on Medium.com.

09
September
2020

Creating a new playbook for my career (and leading during a pandemic)

Sebastien Girard is Senior Vice President of Workforce Engagement at Atrium Health in Charlotte, NC, and a member of the MIT EMBA class of 2016.

The decision to join the MIT EMBA was first made from necessity. Back then, as an operations executive working for a “for profit” public staffing global leader, it was required for me to keep advancing in my career.

However, I discove ...

09
September
2020

The Pie Less Travelled

Sergio Medina, EMBA ’20, is the founder and CEO of the social enterprise RISE. For two decades, he has built and led child protection programs and efforts for several UN agencies and international NGOs. The core of his work has been advocating for and implementing protective services for unaccompanied refugee and immigrant children, in the U.S. and in refugee camps across East Africa. He ...

04
September
2020

The unexpected benefits of MIT’s EMBA program

Christine Hofbeck is an actuary, keynote speaker, and author of Winning Conditions: How to Achieve the Professional Success You Deserve by Managing the Details That Matter. She is a member of the MIT EMBA class of 2016.

Nine months after I completed the MIT EMBA program, I was fired. I walked into my manager’s office expecting a different sort of meeting. “We’re going to let you go ...

31
August
2020

Surviving and thriving in unprecedented times

Christa Babcock is Director of Strategic Initiatives at The Switch in New York City, and a member of the MIT EMBA class of 2018.

Times like the current pandemic can change entire industries and shift business landscapes. They can make or break organizations.

Survival is a priority, but there is a strategy to thriving and surviving. This is not the time for block and tackle. Leader ...

26
August
2020

Leading in a dynamic and virtual world

Rick Kanner is Senior Director of Oncology Market Access at Eli Lilly in Indianapolis, IN. He is a member of the MIT EMBA class of 2019.

Leading in a dynamic and virtual world

The world we live in has changed, and it will continue to change as we navigate through the COVID-19 pandemic. The formidable challenges we face require leaders to develop new capabilities and fresh external ...

18
August
2020

Learning a Holistic Approach for Effective Strategy

Ana Escandon is Executive Director of Strategy and Business Development at Citrofrut in Monterrey, Mexico and a member of the MIT EMBA class of 2019.

Strategy is important for all companies, yet a common pitfall is not looking at the organization holistically. Often, strategy is biased, taking a narrow view of the company. As a result, the strategy might solve a few problems but may not ...

12
August
2020

How leadership can make or break companies during a crisis

Sergio Humeda Gomez is CEO and founder of Salterra, a firm focused on providing real estate finance and business management consulting services as well as industrial operation solutions for the material handling industry. He is a member of the MIT EMBA Class of 2016.

Crises can make or break companies. While some go extinct, others help reshape the political, technological, and social st ...

22
July
2020

Work smarter by deploying dynamic work design principle

Ritesh Ramesh is Chief Technology Officer at Hayes, makers of MDaudit, a healthcare compliance and revenue integrity platform in Boston, MA, and a member of the MIT EMBA class of 2017.

The phrase “work smarter, not harder” is often repeated throughout the halls and corner offices of companies. However, it is rarely part of a company’s DNA. The ones that do implement this principle ...

14
July
2020

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