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Capturing Value To Spark Innovation

By: Felix Moesner, Swiss Consul and CEO of swissnex Boston, in Cambridge MA. He also is a member of the MIT EMBA class of 2017.

I am the CEO of swissnex Boston, the world’s first science consulate, which is part of both the Foreign Ministry and the Education, Research & Innovation Ministry of the Swiss Government. Our mission at swissnex is to connect the dots in educa ...


The Challenge and Opportunity of Team Work

By Elizabeth (Liz) Goodman, Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School and Associate Chief for Community Based Research at Mass General Hospital for Children. She also is a member of the MIT EMBA Class of 2017.

Working in groups is incredibly rewarding and also quite challenging. You engage with smart, interesting people with a diversity of perspectives, and you have to navigat ...


Learning How to Unlock Innovation and Creativity

By Dr. Carlos Estrada, associate professor of surgery at Boston Children’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School in Boston, MA. He also is a member of the MIT EMBA class of 2017 and a budding entrepreneur.

I came to MIT’s EMBA program with my sights set on becoming CEO of a hospital. However, after taking a one-week course called Innovation-Driven Entrepreneurial Advantage ...


Embedding Data and Analytics as part of your company’s DNA

Ritesh Ramesh is chief technologist for the global data and analytics practice at PricewaterhouseCoopers in Boston, MA and a member of the MIT Executive MBA Class of 2017.

As the chief technologist for PwC’s Global Data and Analytics, I advise many external clients and internal stakeholders on building their core capabilities around data and analytics (D&A) to enable their ...


Our Mission: “To Develop Principled, Innovative Leaders Who Improve the World”

By Johanna Hising DiFabio, Director of the MIT Executive MBA Program

A legacy of inventive, ground-breaking ideas. A forward thinking approach. An appetite for innovation. Certainly this can describe any aspect of MIT, but let me tell you about how this spirit of innovation demonstrates itself in our MIT Executive MBA community.

At MIT, innovation is defined as “the dr ...


Learning How to Disrupt an Industry at MIT

By Chris Penny, senior vice president of business development and marketing at national IPA/TCPN and cofounder and vice president of The KiNETIC Group in Dallas, TX. He is a member of the MIT EMBA Class of 2017.

At MIT, entrepreneurship is in the water. When you’re on campus, you’ll meet all kinds of people in the entrepreneurial ecosystem. You may even become an entrepre ...


The Benefits of Being a Mature Entrepreneur

By Noel Zamot, founder of Corvus Analytics and a member of the MIT EMBA class of 2016.

When you think of entrepreneurs — especially around MIT, and especially in the tech sector — you´d be forgiven for thinking in stereotypes.  We imagine a 20-something engineering grad full of ideas, energy (and Red Bull), living and working in common spaces, laptop in hand, de ...


One Size Does Not Fit All with Innovation Models

By Cheryl Campbell, a cancer pharmacologist, lawyer, entrepreneur and a member of the MIT EMBA class of 2015.

One of the most significant hurdles scientists in the life sciences face in developing the next drug or device is raising capital. With several years of research and development required before the creation of a minimum viable product and another several years to market, scie ...


A Journey through the Gateway of Entrepreneurship

Santosh Vetticaden, PhD, MD, MBA is Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer at Insys Therapeutics, Inc. in Chandler, AZ and a graduate of the MIT EMBA Class of 2015.

Like many of my classmates, I came to MIT Sloan’s EMBA program with an interest in exploring entrepreneurship. After all, MIT is known for its entrepreneurial ecosystem. It’s often said that entrepren ...


What Makes an Effective Leader?

 Daisy Tom is chief financial officer of Lady M Confections in New York City, NY and a member of the MIT EMBA Class of 2016.

What is good leadership? It sounds like a simple question and is certainly the topic of frequent discussion and many management books. However, at the end of the day, all of those theories won’t be helpful if you can’t inspire and motivate peop ...


Extending Professional Networks and Expanding Intellectual Horizons

The MIT Executive MBA Program continues to evolve to meet students’ interests and needs. An exciting change is the recent expansion and enhancement of electives. We’ve grown from one elective for students in our inaugural class to a required minimum of three electives with the option of taking up to six.

During our recent January electives week, students could choose from ...


How to Run a Data Project

Pieter van Noordennen is the director of digital development for Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group in New York City and a member of the MIT EMBA Class of 2016.

According to The Second Machine Age by MIT Prof. Erik Brynjolffson and Andy McAffee, we’re creating data so fast these days that we’re running out of the metric system. In 2012, there were 2.7 zettabytes of ...


Using an Analytics Edge in Medicine

Dr. Stuart Hart is chief medical officer of innovation and medical education at the University of South Florida Health Center for Advanced Medical Learning and Simulation and associate professor at the University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine. He also is cofounder of Best Doctor Project, which is focused on matching patients to the best physician for their particular medical ne ...


What does Microeconomics have to do with Nonprofits?

Sunny Suppa is a principal at Suppa Consulting & Associates in Alameda, CA. She is also a member of the board of directors at Good Samaritan Family Resource Center in San Francisco, CA and the former senior manager of workforce development operations at Goodwill Industries of San Francisco, San Mateo, and Marin Counties. Sunny is a member of the MIT EMBA Class of 2016.

In the non ...


Global Impact through Local Action: Climate Advocacy at MIT Sloan

Noel Zamot is the founder of Corvus Analytics, an early stage firm providing cybersecurity assessments and risk management to the aviation industry.  He has held executive roles in the aerospace and defense industry, is a former senior officer in the US Air Force, and is currently enrolled in MIT’s Executive MBA program at the Sloan School of Management, Class of 2016.  Prior ...