Kellogg-Schulich EMBA Student Lands a Global Promotion
When Kumar Sokka decided to pursue the Kellogg-Schulich Executive MBA (EMBA), he wanted to gain a more analytical and strategic mindset to bring back to his workplace, Rockwell Automation. However after completion of the program, he realized he gained much more.
Sokka leveraged his degree, jumping from Global Business Manager to the Director level, where he will relocate to Hong Kong. It was the global perspective in the program which allowed him to gain the soft skills necessary to land the promotion.
“The ability to bring different perspectives and thought processes to the table is a valuable asset,” Sokka said. “Not only did the EMBA help me in my business education, I was also able to learn from my peers from around the world on how they frame and solve a problem.”
His module in Hong Kong opened his eyes to the business and cultural norms in the region. From there he grew his network, which became instrumental in gaining his employer’s confidence that he could move into the new role and assimilate into Asian culture.
Reflecting on his EMBA, Sokka feels it is not just the program’s diversity that gave him a competitive advantage in his career. As he recalls, “you become more confident in asking the right questions and dealing with complexity and ambiguity as well.”