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Discovering The Benefits of Diverse Teams

Ian Colle is a General Manager, AWS Batch and HPC at Amazon and a member of the U.S. Navy Reserve. He also is a member of the MIT EMBA Class of 2017 and the MIT Sloan Student Senate.

I came to MIT Sloan for its data-driven, analytic approach to management. However, the softer skills I’m learning are also adding tremendous value. A particularly compelling lesson was ab ...

27
February
2018

Why It May Be Time To Rethink Your Pricing Model

Meghan Fiore Truchan is Head of Procurement and Portfolio Connect at Bain Capital in Boston, a board member at the Institute for Supply Management of Greater Boston, and a member of the MIT EMBA class of 2017.

When it comes to pricing, a lot of people base it off of cost, competition, or customer valuation. If you’ve been doing this, it’s time for a new model.

Th ...

27
February
2018

Meet Georgia Perakis, MIT EMBA Faculty Director

Before joining the MIT Sloan faculty in 1998, Prof. Georgia Perakis was a PhD student and a post-doc at MIT. "Once I came to MIT, I never left!" says Georgia, who is passionate about working with students and has graduated 20 PhD and 41 Master's students. A professor in the MIT Executive MBA program since its second year of operation and now the faculty director, Georgia says, & ...

27
February
2018

Embracing A New Culture At MIT Sloan

Jeffrey Yang is CFO at Shanying Paper Industry Co., North America and a member of the MIT EMBA Class of 2017.

Having earned my prior educational degrees in China, I knew things would be very different at a U.S. school much less at MIT Sloan. After all, it's a completely different language and culture. Not surprisingly, I hit a few bumps in the road when I first began th ...

27
February
2018

Challenge Yourself. Challenge Convention.

Johanna Hising Difabio is the Director of the MIT Executive MBA & Sloan Fellows.

This September we welcome 126 new members of the Class of 2019 to the MIT Executive MBA community. This is a significant moment, as they begin a journey of mid-career transformation and leadership development. They join a network of extraordinary, high-performing individuals who come together from di ...

28
August
2017

Using An Entrepreneurial Mindset To Help Military Veterans Pursue College Degrees

William Kindred is an HR manager at MIT Lincoln Laboratory in Lexington, MA and Nelson Olivier is associate director of Innovative Medicines at Astra Zeneca in Waltham, MA. Both are military veterans and members of the MIT EMBA class of 2017.

When enlisted veterans leave the military, a major problem is the lack of quality assistance programs to help them attain a higher education. A ...

28
August
2017

Using A Cultural Lens To Make Improvements

Zain Ahmed is senior director of Level 3 Communications in Washington, D.C. and a member of the MIT EMBA class of 2017.

It’s common for businesses to talk about their culture, but it’s often difficult to define what that is. After all, culture is essentially a set of unspoken rules that govern behavior. However, they must be recognized in order for strategy to succeed. Th ...

15
August
2017

How Problem Definition Is Helping A Startup Find Success In The “Smart City” Space

Tim Piccirilli is vice president of community and business development at Soofa in Cambridge, MA and a member of the MIT EMBA class of 2015. Soofa is a startup working in the pedestrian-focused city information systems space.

Problem definition is a big challenge for all organizations. If you can’t identify your problem, how will you solve it? This comes up a lot with cities s ...

27
June
2017

Learning From System Dynamics Instead Of Trial And Error

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

As a serial entrepreneur, I’ve learned a lot through trial and error. After launching a consulting business in the late 90s, I started a fiber optics field testing company. This was new territory at the time, and I was a pioneer. Within a few months, I was a ...

05
June
2017

How To Become A Better Potential Entrepreneur

Georg Caspary has been with the World Bank/International Finance Corporation since 2006, and is a member of the World Bank’s Emerging Leaders program. He also is a member of the MIT EMBA class of 2017.

A common question for EMBA students at MIT is why we need an MBA at this stage in our careers. After all, most of us have decades of experience. The answer is that we are here to ...

21
April
2017

The Hidden Power Of Imposter Syndrome

Noopur Shukla is a U.S. team business leader for WPP as well as a startup consultant, angel investor, and board member. She also is a member of the MIT EMBA class of 2017.

A member of the World Bank, a former blockbuster recording artist, and an internationally renowned economics professor are going point for point on the economic implications of changes in the music industry. This i ...

19
March
2017

Solving The Synergy Puzzle Of M&A Deals

Juan Higueros is a director of M&A deal advisory at KPMG in San Francisco, CA, and a member of the MIT EMBA class of 2017.

Going through the process of a merger or acquisition is a lot like trying to solve a puzzle. A lot of different pieces need to come together for a successful deal. Much of this comes down to synergies. The biggest reason for failure is an inability to underst ...

04
March
2017

Moving Away From A Firefighting Model

Adriana Bokel Herde is vice president of people services at Biogen in Boston, MA and a member of the MIT EMBA class of 2017.

During our first intensive week in MIT’s EMBA program, Prof. Nelsen Repenning talked to us about two concepts that I immediately could relate to: 1) The “tipping point;” and 2) “Nobody ever gets credit for fixing problems that never exis ...

22
February
2017

Learning the Benefits of Keeping it Simple

Stephanie O’Dear is head of marketing at EMPOWER Retirement in Kansas City, MO and a member of the MIT EMBA class of 2017.

I remember it like it was yesterday. It was 3:00am and my life was anything but simple. My 2-year old and I both had the stomach flu, I was nursing a 6-week-old baby and had mastistis — when the phone rang. It was my husband on a business trip in Pari ...

07
February
2017

Don’t Underestimate The Power Of The Cultural Lens

Spyros Dimou is associate client partner, Middle East at Korn Ferry Hay Group and a member of the MIT EMBA class of 2017.

Managing client relationships is important for a lot of people. For management consultants, it’s absolutely critical. Relationships are at the core of what we do every day. When a relationship breaks down – or never gets off the ground – it&rsquo ...

07
December
2016