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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 ...

03
December
2015

The Sixth Cohort: Ready to Lead with Impact

Johanna Hising DiFabio is the program director of the MIT Executive MBA program, in Cambridge MA.

I am pleased to introduce to you our sixth Executive MBA cohort, the Class of 2017. We welcome this exceptional group of 120 global business leaders who are innovation-driven; they are known for creating value by finding both conventional and unconventional solutions to their organizatio ...

05
November
2015

Alumnae Achievements Celebrated

When our Executive MBA students graduate, they join one of the most influential groups of leaders in the world – MIT Sloan alumni. Women are an important part of that group. In recent months, many of our EMBA alumnae have had significant professional successes. We celebrate their accomplishments, as they work to make a positive impact on the world and inspire future students.

Th ...

05
November
2015

Leading Effective Innovation

Jaime Villafuerte is director of lean six sigma at Jabil in St. Petersburg, FL and a member of the MIT EMBA class of 2014. He also is the author of Lean Six Sigma Deployment Memory Jogger (2012) and coauthor of Creating a Kaizen Culture: Align the Organization, Achieve Breakthrough Results, and Sustain the Gains (2013).

In the 1980s, there was a significant shift in the automotive ind ...

23
October
2015

Battling Data Goblins: Applying Operations Management to Improve Healthcare

Alain Cohen is financing manager for Export Development Canada in Ottawa and a member of the MIT EMBA Class of 2015.

I work in the financial sector. I am not a physician nor have I ever worked in the healthcare field. However, I’ve always been up for a good challenge. So when my wife, a practicing physician, told me that the hospital she had just joined ranked 72nd for patient w ...

07
October
2015

Analytics in New-Edge Businesses

Sanjeev Jain is an entrepreneur in Boston, MA and a member of the MIT EMBA Class of 2012.

Internet, technology, mobile and media startups continue to be bright spots in the U.S. economy. Many of these innovative ventures have grown into huge billion-dollar companies in less than five years. While many factors contribute to their success, they all use a new form of marketing known as ...

07
October
2015

MIT Sloan Women’s Week

We are pleased to announce a collaborative Admissions event for the recruitment of high-potential women to the MIT Sloan School of Management.

Women’s Week Beyond Gender: Stories from MIT Sloan Women who have defied expectations and forged their own paths.

Monday, August 3rd: Google Hangout Monday, August 3rd: Alumnae Panel – Chicago Monday, August 3rd: Alumnae ...

23
July
2015

Leading With Impact

Johanna Hising DiFabio is the program director of the MIT Executive MBA Program, in Cambridge, MA.

Since the MIT Executive MBA program began, Leading Complex Organizations (LCO) has been a capstone course celebrating students’ accomplishments and integrating what they’ve learned over the past 20 months. Its goal is to prepare them to transform not only their own businesse ...

15
July
2015

The Importance of Organizational Processes to Change Management

Dr. Abeel Mangi is associate professor of surgery (cardiac) at Yale University and Yale New Haven Hospital in New Haven, CT and a member of the MIT EMBA class of 2016.

How do you change things in an extremely entrenched environment? This is a tough challenge for many executives. It’s also a common challenge in the world of medicine. However, by applying concepts from Organizati ...

15
July
2015

Recalibrating Value-Capture in U.S. Healthcare

Dr. Marco Costa is VP and Chief Innovation Officer at University Hospitals of Cleveland, in Cleveland, OH. He is also a member of the MIT EMBA class of 2015.

Almost everyone agrees that the U.S. healthcare system needs innovation, but it’s unlikely that we all agree on the same principles.

A quick look at some of the fundamental drivers of innovation reveals that the U ...

16
June
2015

Using a Portfolio Approach to Strategic Planning

Dan Cosgrove is vice president of business development at DuPont Pioneer in Des Moines, IA and a member of the MIT EMBA class of 2015.

Many large corporations are organized into business units around specific product lines and market segments. Each unit has its own priorities and is responsible for its own profit and loss. While this allows each unit to develop a unique strategy, it ...

30
May
2015

Why Your Communication Style Matters and How to Take Control of It

Angel Crockett is president, founder and CEO of Inflow (Information and Logistics L.L.C.) in San Antonio, TX and a member of the MIT EMBA class of 2015.

Communication is at the heart of every aspect of business. Whether you’re preparing for sales presentations, talking in front of large audiences, or holding HR town halls with employees, you need to prepare thoughtful communica ...

29
April
2015

Action Learning: A Commitment to Impact

Johanna Hising DiFabio is the program director of the MIT Executive MBA program, in Cambridge, MA.

I’m often asked what makes MIT’s Executive MBA Program so unique. While many reasons come to mind, I think the biggest differentiator is our commitment to Action Learning (applying what you learn to the real world). Having spent the last 15 years in the adult learning space, ...

08
April
2015

The Power of Empowerment: How Culture Can Be a Strategic Advantage

Dr. John Wigneswaran is a member of the MIT EMBA class of 2015 and vice president of Clinical Affairs a DaVita Healthcare Partners. He also is a member of the board of directors at Nephroceuticals, which he founded, and Roo Healthcare Solutions.

I’ve bought shoes from Zappos, but I hadn’t realized how the cultural background of the company really dictates its entire ...

08
April
2015

Using Politics and Culture to Lead Without Authority

Aparna Ramesh is vice president of the Financial Support Office at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston and a member of the MIT EMBA class of 2015.

How do you make change happen if you don’t have enterprise-wide authority? If you’re not the CEO or at a similar level, how do you lead change?

This is a challenging problem for many executives. It’s even more c ...

15
March
2015