Why did you decide to do an Executive MBA?
Seven years into my career, I found myself in a leadership position for the first time, with responsibility for Profit & Loss for my business unit and a team of just over one hundred individuals, while leading a major change initiative within our organization. Although my engineering degrees had served me well in driving results and building credibility as an individual contributor, I felt the need to invest in formal business and leadership education to help surmount the new challenges I was faced with as a leader.
Why did you choose Ivey?
The EMBA program at Ivey fit my needs perfectly. I had my mind set on surrounding myself with high-caliber individuals from a wide variety of industries to challenge my paradigms, and provide new perspectives. The case method offered the perfect platform to examine and decipher hundreds of real-life business problems in their company, with the leadership of faculty staff. Finally, the schedule made the co-existence of personal life, work, and school possible.
What benefits have you seen so far in your career?
In my mind, the main benefit of this program has been to increase my level of confidence in myself and in my skills as a leader. The EMBA at Ivey forced me to think globally, act strategically, and contribute to society, expanding my horizons tenfold. I was offered a promotion within months of graduating from the program, and yes, I certainly believe my newly acquired EMBA knowledge, skills and abilities played a major role in accelerating this opportunity. Additionally, I can count on a strong, diverse network of alumni which I can consult with and leverage for new business opportunities. The EMBA at Ivey was a strenuous adventure no doubt, but a memorable one, worth every effort.