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Kathleen Perchaluk

Degree

EMBA 2015, Ivey Business School

Profile

Why did you decide to do an Executive MBA?

I wanted to do an Executive MBA to help support my professional experience while providing a practical foundation of management training to help me transition into the corporate world. I also wanted to ensure that I had the tools required to break through any career barriers that I might face along the way.

Why did you choose Ivey?

I researched a number of schools and Ivey was my first choice. Ivey’s program is structured in a way that has allowed me to become a better transformational leader. Ivey’s dedication to cross-enterprise leadership and the case-based format provided me with an ideal learning environment. I also wanted an Executive MBA that would complement my international experience. Ivey’s global focus and field study trip to India, in particular, allowed me to obtain a better understanding of how to plan and execute a successful international business expansion plan.

How did you achieve balance along with your work/home life?

Ivey’s Executive MBA Program helps to take your time management skills to a whole new level. I was fortunate to have had the opportunity to be a senior advisor to the Honourable Jim Flaherty, Canada’s former Minister of Finance, which meant my schedule was unpredictable and I was often on the road travelling to international meetings. I had to be flexible and creative in order to find time to complete the readings and assignments required for the program. You would be surprised how much work you can get done on an airplane! A key to being successful in the program is to not forget about other important aspects of your life. I was also training for the NYC Marathon while in the Executive MBA program and taking time each day to go for a run helped to keep my mind clear and focused.

Please tell us about your network and the connections you made throughout the program (i.e. classmates, alumni network etc.).

Relationships are central to what one can achieve. Ivey’s commitment to team learning and relationship building is reinforced by this principle. Not only does Ivey’s team learning structure provide insight into the experiences and challenges of my professors and peers, but it also helps to develop lasting friendships and a strong professional network. Your classmates become your second family and are always there to lend a helping hand or supportive ear when needed.