I used to think of networking as stressful and laborious. The vision conjured in my mind was of awkward encounters with strangers, inauthentic conversations, jockeying over others to get a handshake, and of “selling” yourself.
As working professional students, we so often get caught up in the day-to-day tactical grind of work and school. It’s easy to forget that we’re back in school again for these short few years and they absolutely fly by in the blink of an eye. As Goizueta students, we have unique opportunities to take advantage of Emory campus life with our classmates and network with professionals in diverse industries which we might not otherwise have. The working professionals MBA program office and the EvMBA social committee work hard during the year to put on fun and engaging student life...
While talking about the Leadership-Ambition gap, in her book “Lean In,” Sheryl Sandberg aptly remarks, “Professional ambition is expected of men but is optional — or worse, sometimes even a negative — for women.” I can truly vouch for this statement as I come from a very conservative culture. I realized that if I wanted to make something meaningful of my life and have an impact on society, I would have to find a more supportive community of like-minded people with similar values. I realized that to start even thinking about the bigger picture, I had to educate myself...
When I first wanted to write a blog about networking, I asked myself if I was actually qualified to do this. Then I looked back at the last five-plus years of my life: founding a successful networking association from scratch, building work and social relationships in a new country, and starting my Executive MBA. I began to think that maybe I could share with others what I have learned.
Two years ago, when I was considering where to pursue my MBA, one of my top priorities was to attend a school with a strong alumni network.
The Goizueta Evening MBA Leadership Retreat at Château Élan will always stand out when I think back on my Emory EvMBA experience.
“Growing up, what did you always need and never get?” “What did you particularly value from your childhood that you would like to give to others?” “What gets you mad in the world?” As I jotted down answers to these questions, I had to take a moment to look around the room and remind myself where I was.
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.