The Globe and Mail EMBA Summit Reveals the Big Picture
On September 24th, the Kellogg-Schulich Executive MBA program participated as lead sponsor in the second EMBA Summit, hosted by the Report on Business Magazine at the Globe and Mail head office in downtown Toronto. The Summit was an opportunity for prospective students to meet EMBA graduates, listen to candid discussions and get advice from the various admissions teams.
Associate Professor of Organization Studies, Dr. Kevin Tasa delivered introductory remarks, where he shared the research he has done to determine the ideal mindset EMBA students need to successfully work through the program.
“Succeeding at an EMBA is all about mindset,” said Dr. Tasa. “We found that if you have a fixed mindset, we can actually prime you to have a more flexible and effective way of thinking.”
Following this presentation, keynote speaker, Michael Desiderio, Executive Director for the Executive MBA Council (EMBAC), shared insights on the impact of an EMBA on career advancement, salary, and promotions and the potential advantages of doing an EMBA over other educational choices, along with information on the latest trends in the industry and how EMBA programs worldwide are evolving to meet current demands.
He concluded his presentation with the following: “This is probably the biggest decision you’ll make – outside of buying a home or committing to a life partner. If you’re willing to invest in currency, real estate, home, stock market, then why won’t you consider the most important investment you can make in yourself?”
A panel of recent EMBA grads took over the stage afterwards to share their real-world advice and insights after completing the program. They shared why they decided to do an EMBA, how to convince their company to be on-board, what their typical week was like, what the most surprising part of their experience was, and what advice they would give to those considering an EMBA.
“Step back and look at the bigger picture,” said Cecile Chung (EMBA ’18). “What are your key priorities in terms of your personal development? You will make lateral moves. You will make choices. You will find areas that you like and dislike. You may change your objectives at the end, but it’s about keeping an open mind and personal growth.”