Posts from the Executive and Evening MBA Community

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Discovering an Elite Peer Network and Team Dynamic

If you told me prior to enrollment at the Goizueta Business School, that I’d graduate with approximately 50 new, quality friendships, I would not have taken you seriously.  My motivations for enrolling in Goizueta’s Weekend MBA for Executives program were to: Expand my breadth of business knowledge outside of my core job experience (in sales and marketing). Reprogram the wiring in my brain to be more data driven. I certainly achieved these objectives in my studies, but my biggest takeaway was the collective learning from my classmates.  The cohort (the students in my class) surpassed my expectations. This diverse...

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Can you succeed in an MBA program with an arts and humanities background?

One sunny afternoon in July, I took a GMAT study guide off the shelf in my local bookstore and skimmed a few pages. I immediately closed it, put it back on the shelf, and said, “Nope!” If you’ve ever considered an MBA, but shied away (like me) at the idea of all the regressions and analyses, hear me out. Since the MBA is a degree that is very quantitative in nature, what does that mean for those of us with an arts and humanities – a.k.a., qualitative – background? Can you do it? Should you? Here are my thoughts...

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J.C. Penney CEO, Alumnus Speaks to Students

During our MBA for Executives program, we have the opportunity to listen and interact with  Emory alumni that serve in key leadership positions. On March 3 we had the honor to hear and speak with Marvin Ellison, J.C. Penney CEO since August 2015, and an Executive MBA alumnus. Mr. Ellison shared with us how he started at Home Depot and moved up the ranks until joining J.C. Penney. He was grateful to share some of the key aspects and actions he is taking to transform and get the company back on track after several challenging years. What struck me...

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Making the Imperfect Perfect

When is the perfect time to just go for it and get an MBA? This is the ultimate question. Well, after having jumped in a couple of years ago and now being at a place where I can see the finish line, I can confidently say that I have THE answer for you.  Ready? The perfect time is (drumroll please)… never. Yes, you read that right. There is never a perfect time for an MBA. There are many rewarding experiences that life presents to us and the ones that are the most rewarding never seem to come at the...

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EvMBA Thoughts on the Gettysburg Leadership Experience

I received an email a few months ago about participating in the  Leadership Experience. Although I was skeptical about the applicability of military leadership concepts from a Civil War battle in 1863 to business leadership in the 21stcentury, my interest was piqued. Personally, I wanted to know more about one of the most pivotal battles in U.S. history and professionally I was interested to find out if decisions made by Civil War leaders could be vital to improving my own decision-making ability and leadership skills. I paid the nominal $300 fee covering lodging, materials, and meals, as well as...