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Rachel Fabugais

EMBA 2013, Ivey Business School

Profile

HR Director, Americas & Asia
Psion Inc. (now part of Motorola Solutions Inc.)

Why did you decide to do an Executive MBA?

I had contemplated doing my MBA for a number of years but there was never a right time. However, I reached a point in my career where I felt I was not contributing as much as I knew I could. I had progressed well in my current company but I felt that my career had plateaued. As I started to explore different programs, I realized an Executive MBA program was better suited for me based on my role and level of experience as well as being able to continue to work while attending school. I have always worked hard and exceeded expectations but I wanted to develop a deeper understanding of business issues from different perspectives, and I knew an Executive MBA program would provide me insight into those areas.

Why did you choose Ivey?

I had looked at a number of top-tier Executive MBA schools domestically and internationally, with a variety of different learning styles. I chose Ivey primarily for the case study method and its approach on developing cross-enterprise leaders. Additionally, the monthly class schedule worked well for me given a busy family and work life. The courses were designed around relevant business issues that are applicable to everyday challenges that I faced at work. Ivey`s EMBA program exposed me to different business practices and gave me a broader view of business challenges. Also, the faculty and administration were extremely supportive of our learning and development which is so needed in an intense and challenging program.

What benefits have you seen so far in your career?

Doing an Executive MBA program does not only benefit you professionally but personally. It holistically changes your views on your role and your business, but also how you see yourself as an individual which ultimately determines who you are as a leader. Since starting Ivey's EMBA program, I have grown confident as a business leader and this has tremendously influenced relationships I have with my business partners as an HR Director. What used to be an HR issue is now a business issue for me, and I am able to provide insight into different business and leadership approaches to operational issues. I have a deeper and broader understanding of multi-functional disciplines and this has elevated my role to a level playing field with other senior leaders.