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Global Modular Course in Abu Dhabi Focuses on Finance in the Middle East and North Africa
March 5, 2013

Professor Nihat Bulent Gultekin teaches finance at Wharton and is the academic director of the Wharton MENA Center@CERT in Abu Dhabi. Having recently returned from teaching a Global Modular Course for Wharton EMBA students in Abu Dhabi, we asked him to talk about delivering a high-impact educational experience in a three-day format, thousands of miles from campus.

The goal of the Global Modular Course in Abu Dhabi, “Finance in the Middle East & North Africa,” was to bring students, academics and industry experts together to study financial markets, practice and institutions in this region. The course focused on areas such as current challenges, the political economy, financial markets, sovereign wealth funds, Islamic finance and alternative investments.

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Prof. Peter Cappelli Shares Tips for Asking for EMBA Sponsorship
February 7, 2013

Asking your employer for sponsorship to an executive MBA program isn’t always easy to do.  Many companies don’t have a formal tuition reimbursement program in place, or the policy is limited. During a recent online chat, Wharton Prof. Peter Cappelli, director of Wharton’s Center for Human Resources, shared a few tips for applicants about how to discuss this important topic with employers.

Here’s an overview of what he said:

Who do you ask?

How do you begin the process? First, think about who you will talk to. A common problem is that the person you plan to talk to isn’t high enough up in organization to make the decision about sponsorship. If that is the case, then ask if you think they are on your side. If they’re not an advocate for you, then try to talk to the person who can make the decision. However, if they are an advocate for you, then it might be better for them to make the case on your behalf.

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Negotiating Sponsorship with Professor Peter Cappelli
January 6, 2013

After teaching his popular elective course, Negotiation and Conflict Resolution, on Saturday Cappellimorning, Prof. Peter Cappelli took the time to share his expertise with those navigating the process of securing sponsorship from their employer.

View “Negotiating Sponsorship” Recording 

Prof. Cappelli opened the webinar with tips on how to effectively build your case.  He was joined by four second-year executive MBA students who explained how they successfully gained the support of their companies to enroll in Wharton’s EMBA program. 

MBA Program for Executives Admissions Committee members, Catherine Molony and Bernadette Birt, also participated in the hour-long webinar.  Cathy and Bernie shared their insights into the variety of sponsorship scenarios that applicants have worked out to meet application requirements.

Check out our Admissions Chats page to view other video and audio recordings on topics such as Women and the MBA, Admissions Tips, Career Management and several industry-related sessions.

 

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EMBA Student Finds Wharton’s Entrepreneurial Environment a Good Fit for Interests in Startups and Movie Making
September 27, 2012

When Raju Penmatcha entered Wharton’s EMBA program, he was intending to apply his new business education to growing his software business, SmartWorks. With an engineering background, he wanted to fill in knowledge gaps in areas like marketing and maybe even meet potential business partners.

While he’s currently fulfilling those goals in the EMBA program, he’s also finding the courses applicable to his other profession: movie making. His most recent project is the Bollywood film   Raju on set “Love, Lies & Seeta” for which he was executive producer, but he’s been working in the film industry for several years and has written, directed and produced the short films “Mohan and Maya” and “Occasional Smoker.”

Raju explains, “The challenges involved in small business and movie making are very similar so the business skills I’m developing in school are helpful for both areas. They are like a roller coaster ride because you start with an idea and don’t know if it will work or not. Things don’t always go as you planned, surprises come up once you start implementing your ideas, and you need to make new decisions almost every day. Having a good team makes a huge difference.”

He says the entrepreneurial environment at Wharton has been a great match for his interests in startups and movie making. “I haven’t taken advantage of all the programs here yet because I’ve been focused on my core courses, but there are a lot of resources, programs and electives here for entrepreneurs.”

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Wharton EMBA Alumnus Alex Gorsky Named CEO of Johnson & Johnson
July 15, 2012

Congratulations to alumnus Alex Gorsky for being named CEO of Johnson & Johnson. Alex, who graduated from Wharton’s East Coast EMBA program in 1996, has worked for J&J for almost 15 years, starting his career as a sales representative and advancing through several sales, marketing and management positions until his recent appointment.  He assumed the role of CEO in April 2012.

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Wharton EMBA Students Use Independent Study to Help Veterans Transition to Civilian Life
June 13, 2012

When Lisa Nagorny separated from the U.S. Navy in 2008, she was juggling a move from Afghanistan to Washington, D.C., a job search, her wedding, and the purchase of a home. While all of those were DanandLisa_Wharton big transitions, the job search was particularly challenging.

She explains that as a ROTC student in college, she didn’t need to do an internship or job search or write a resume because she already had a set career path in the military. “But after I separated from the Navy, I soon realized that finding a job and transitioning to the workplace was going to mean a big commitment. I needed to find veterans who could mentor me through the process of translating my military experience into a more understandable resume and help me explore career options,” says Lisa, who is now an associate at Booz Allen Hamilton.

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Congratulations to Wharton’s 2012 EMBA Graduates!
May 16, 2012

It’s an exciting and important achievement to graduate from Wharton’s MBA Program for Executives in San Francisco and Philadelphia and join Wharton’s 88,000-member alumni network.

During their two years at Wharton, students juggle demanding jobs and a rigorous curriculum as well as SF Graduation 2012family and community responsibilities. They commute from near and far – sometimes even internationally. And many of their families grow. In this year’s graduating West Coast class, we’ve celebrated four weddings and the birth of 14 babies. In our East Coast class, we’ve had 10 weddings and celebrated the birth of 18 babies.

The 83 students in the Wharton | San Francisco graduating class work in a diversity of industries, such as semiconductors, technology, consulting, energy, aerospace and entertainment. The majority commuted from Silicon Valley, San Francisco and the Bay Area, but others came from Arizona, Nevada, Oregon, Texas, Utah and Washington.  After graduation, one student is planning to join the FBI, four are moving to China, and one is potentially moving to Africa.

The West Coast program’s graduation ceremonytook place May 6 at Herbst Memorial Theater in San Francisco and featured commencement speaker Carol Bartz, former CEO of Autodesk and Yahoo! Graduating student Dr. Howard Willson gave the student speech.

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Prof. Eliashberg to Present on Predicting Box Office Success at Wharton EMBA Event
April 24, 2012

How can movie executives predict whether a film will be a hit or a flop? What is involved in marketing movies effectively? How can studios improve the way they green-light scripts? If you’ve ever wanted to learn more about the business of movies, Wharton’s MBA for Executives Program is hosting a unique event on this topic on May 30 in Hollywood, Calif. featuring Prof. Jehoshua Eliashberg.

Eliashberg will share his groundbreaking work in bringing “science” to the movie industry, discussing everything from script approvals to marketing to predicting box office performance. In addition to reflecting on his experience with movie exhibitors and distributors, he’ll also present his recently developed scripts-based film valuation, which he and his colleagues created for movie producers.

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Global Modular Courses Popular Among Wharton MBA Exec Students
April 3, 2012

Since the first global modular course was piloted in January of 2010, Wharton’s week-long mini-courses offered during winter and spring break have been extremely popular among Executive MBA students.

“We’re continuing to enrich our portfolio of these courses which provide a unique way for students to learn about business challenges and opportunities in parts of the world experiencing rapid change,” says Vice Dean of Wharton’s MBA Program for Executives Anjani Jain. “The global modular courses are an ideal fit for executive MBA students’ busy schedules and desire for greater exposure to international business issues.”

Last year, more than 40% of enrollments came from EMBA students who had the option of participating in eight courses around the world such as “Building Future Markets” in Cape Town, “Finance in Europe” in London, “Global Supply Chain Management in China” in Shanghai, Shenzhen and Hong Kong, “Innovation in India’s Healthcare Sector” in Hyderabad, and “Energy & Infrastructure in Brazil” in Rio de Janeiro.

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Prof. Cappelli Discusses Career Trends and Value of MBA
March 13, 2012

When Prof. Peter Cappelli says that times have changed in terms of careers, he isn’t exaggerating. At a recent online live webcast from Wharton | San Francisco, Prof. Cappelli spoke to prospective applicants about why it’s more important than ever to take charge of your own career.

While it was once common to expect employment at the same company for your entire career, that is clearly not the case anymore. The same can be said of succession plans and workforce planning. Companies are more likely to replace talent from the outside and spend fewer resources grooming employees for long-term employment.

As for employees, they are changing jobs on a much more frequent basis. But at the same time, people are staying in the same function longer. This raises the issue of how do you get out of your silo? And if you stay at your company, how do you continue to add value when the company can’t be sure it will need your particular skillset down the road?

An MBA degree, he said, is a good avenue to consider. “It’s up to the employee to get the skills needed and keep those skills up to date. Employees have to manage their own careers and that is a difficult thing to do. It’s something that requires initiative, but often the opportunities are in front of you and you just have to figure out how to negotiate for them.”

This may mean spending time thinking about how to ask for sponsorship since companies in today’s economy may not have tuition reimbursement programs in place. “But if you can figure out what skills will be hot then you can make the case for going back to school. And if you can get those skills into your tool belt then you’ll be in a great position to take better control of your career,” he said.

Watch the replay of the webcast, which includes a tour of Wharton’s new facility in San Francisco and a Q&A session with alumni from both the East and West Coast EMBA programs.

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Work-Life Balance, Sponsorship and Value: Online Women’s Chat Covers Wide Range of Topics
March 7, 2012

For those who might have missed it, we covered a lot of ground during our online women’s chat on Jan. 4th. Participants discussed everything from work-life-school balance to the value of an MBA for women to asking for sponsorship.

Adjunct Professor of Management Monica McGrath kicked off the talk with some encouraging numbers. Pointing out that 40% of the global workforce is comprised of women; she also noted that women are earning professional degrees in record numbers and starting businesses at faster rates than men.

The downside, she said, is that women don’t tend to have as robust networks as men. However, a significant benefit of Wharton’s MBA Program for Executives is that it is a great opportunity to really broaden your network, she said.

As for the decision to spend two years while working to earn an MBA, McGrath acknowledged that it can seem like a long commitment. “But when you look back over the course of your entire career, it will have been a meaningful degree for over 40 years so it’s really a short period of time to invest.”

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Wharton’s Global Modular Course in Rwanda Focuses on Conflict Resolution and Leadership
February 7, 2012

Wharton’s EMBA program is known for having a global focus with its International Seminar; however the addition of global modular courses has taken this to a whole new level. Launched in 2010, the week-long  mini-courses offer students opportunities to learn about topics such as financial institutions in Abu Rwanda GMC Dhabi, supply chain management in Shanghai, innovation in India, and leadership and conflict resolution in Rwanda.

Having recently returned from the course in Rwanda, we asked EMBA students Marla Bleavins and Bill Williams to tell us about their experience. Here’s what Marla, a second-year student at Wharton | San Francisco who is a special projects manager for Los Angeles World Airports, had to say:

“Most Americans know about Rwanda because of the tragedy of genocide that happened there in 1994, but we aren’t as familiar with the progress the country has made since then. It’s the fastest growing economy in Africa and one of the safest and least corrupt countries on that continent so I was intrigued to learn more about it through this course, which was taught by Prof. Katherine Klein and called, ‘Leadership, Conflict, and Change.’

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Wharton | San Francisco COO Shares Highlights of Move to New Facility
January 20, 2012

Having recently overseen the move of Wharton’s West Coast facility into the Hills Brother Building on San Francisco’s Embarcadero, we asked COO of Wharton | San Francisco Bernadette Birt to tell us about the move and the new campus.

Q. Students experienced the new facility for the first time in early January. How have they reacted?

There have been a lot of ‘Wows!’ which are exactly what we want to hear.  They are thrilled with the quality of the classroom experience, the number of group study rooms, and having places to connect with each other during the day. For example, we have an incredible dining space with stunning views of the San Francisco Bay where our students love to gather with their laptops and iPads to collaborate and relax as the sun sets.

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Jan. 23 Live Webcast Features Prof. Peter Cappelli on the Future of Jobs
January 12, 2012

Get insights on the future of jobs from a top Wharton professor, learn more about our EMBA program from Philadelphia and San Francisco alumni, and see what our new campus looks like in San Francisco, then make sure to join us for a virtual reception on Mon., January 23 from 9:00pm-10:00pm EST / 6:00pm-7:00pm PST.

Hosted by Vice Dean Anjani Jain, the event will feature a presentation by renowned labor expert Prof. Peter Cappelli on how the global economy is impacting careers and what this means for the future of employee development. Prof. Cappelli, who teaches negotiations, also will share tips that may help you secure support for your MBA studies and career development.

Afterward, a panel of alumni from our Philadelphia and San Francisco EMBA programs will discuss how the Wharton MBA and network have shaped their careers.  You’ll have an opportunity to ask questions of both Prof. Cappelli and the panelists via your computer or mobile device.

In addition, West Coast COO Bernadette Birt will take participants on a virtual tour of our beautiful new San Francisco campus.  A 21st century learning environment, you’ll see how our technologically advanced facility was designed to provide the most cutting-edge and connected classrooms possible.

To register for this live webcast on Jan. 23, click here.

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Women and the MBA: The Value Proposition
January 4, 2012

Phone chat tonight for women considering the MBA degree.  Wed., 1/4/12 6pm EST / 3pm PST

To hear the discussion:   1-270-400-2000* Access code 433559#

To pose questions before or during the chat:  email them to dsharp@wharton.upenn.edu or send them via Twitter using #WhartonEMBAchat

As a woman making your way forward in your career, you face a unique set of issues that require consideration.  Get clarification from an expert whose research has focused on these issues and reassurance from two Wharton alumnae who will share how the MBA degree has impacted them professionally and personally.

Panelists:
Prof. Monica McGrath - Wharton Adjunct Professor of Management
Cori Johnson, WG'09 - Sr. Global Platform Manager at Covidien
Rachel Cervantes, WG'11 - Director, Business Development at Merck
Cathy Molony - Director of Admissions, Wharton MBA Program for Executives
Kathy Lilygren - Director of Admissions, Wharton | San Francisco

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Wharton Accounting Professor Reflects on Teaching EMBA Students
December 7, 2011

Wharton Accounting Professor Christopher Ittner isn’t trying to teach all of his students to be accountants. In fact, the focus of his Managerial Accounting class – a core course in Wharton’s EMBA program - - is on the decisions that managers make using financial data as opposed to the data itself.   We asked Prof. Ittner, whose research areas include performance measurement and cost management systems, to tell us more about the class and what it’s like to teach exec MBA students.  Here’s what he said:

“I’ve been teaching this course in Wharton’s East Coast EMBA program for 15 years and at Wharton | San Francisco for 10 years. And I’ve taught this same course to the full-time Wharton MBA students for the last 20 years.  Needless to say, I understand the material really well!

“It’s very different from a financial accounting course since we talk more about internal decision making and whether the numbers coming out of the accounting system are relevant or not to your decisions.  EMBA students tend to like it a lot because this is what many of them are doing in their jobs every day.

“I really enjoy teaching execMBA students.  Although it’s the exact same course as I teach to the full-time MBA students, the EMBAs bring a different perspective since they can go back to their jobs and apply what they learned right away.  And the EMBAs often bring issues from their work to class, which we discuss as a group.

“In addition to students bringing their real-world examples into class, I often bring examples from my consulting work as well as my research findings into the classroom.

“While you might think that we talk a lot about the economy, it’s not that big of a theme in the class.  Other than it being a riskier environment for decision making because we live in a more turbulent world, the fundamentals of decision making have remained the same regardless of whether people did it well or not leading up to the crisis.

“What has changed in my class is that the industries used as examples have expanded.  Now, we talk a lot about healthcare as well as other areas like the service sector, the motion picture industry and even nonprofits.   The course applies to more than just big manufacturing companies because everyone needs to use financial data to make managerial decisions.

“Another thing I enjoy about teaching EMBA students is the opportunities we have for interaction with the students.  Not only do our classes run for three hours at a time, but we eat lunch and dinner with them.  In San Francisco, our offices are right next to the EMBA area.  We get to know the students a lot more which frequently leads to ongoing relationships years after they have graduated.

“As for flying out to Wharton | San Francisco to teach this course, this is not something that is required of faculty, but rather something we want to do. The majority of us have been choosing to fly out there to teach since the West Coast program was launched 10 years ago.  We do it because we really like teaching these students.

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Wharton EMBA Students Learn about History and Leadership at Gettysburg
November 30, 2011

B&WWhen Brian Davis, a first-year EMBA student, signed up for a six-hour tour of the Gettysburg battlefield, it wasn’t because he’s a history buff. Rather, the director of communications for Allegiant Travel Company in Las Vegas, NV saw it as an opportunity to learn more about leadership and spend the day with classmates.  

“I’m still in awe at the opportunity to be here at Wharton and it’s such a short window that I want to say yes to any opportunity to learn that fits into my schedule,” says Davis, who recently spent a class weekend in Philadelphia with his fellow first-year classmates from Wharton | San Francisco. The Gettysburg tour was an optional Leadership Development Workshop offered to students from both coasts.

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Wharton Alumna Anne Libby Reflects on Value of the MBA Program for Women
September 21, 2011

When Anne Libby entered Wharton’s East Coast executive MBA program in 1993, she knew she’d be in the minority as a female student. But what she wasn’t expecting was the supportive environment she found there. We asked Libby, who is now the owner of Anne Libby Management Consulting in New York City, to share her thoughts about her experiences at Wharton, her ongoing engagement with the School, and the value of the program for women. Here’s what she had to say:

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Differentiation was Key for Wharton MBA Exec Student in Los Angeles
September 6, 2011

Working in Los Angeles as the debt and treasury manager for LA World Airports, Marla Bleavins looked at several nearby business schools with EMBA programs when she decided it was time to pursue her MBA degree. However, in addition to wanting a high level of academic rigor, she also wanted to  differentiate   herself from others in the LA area so she set her sights on Wharton.

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Wharton’s EMBA Program Teams up with San Francisco Giants for Women’s Networking Reception
August 24, 2011

Wharton’s executive MBA program hosts a lot of events, but one of our recent panel discussions was particularly unique.  After all, it’s not every day that the School sponsors a women’s networking event  at a San Francisco Giants baseball game much less at a game against the Philadelphia Phillies.  

“The San Francisco Giants are a hot ticket in town,” explains Katherine Lilygren, who manages marketing and admissions at Wharton | San Francisco.  “This event was a great opportunity for us to raise awareness about Wharton’s EMBA program in San Francisco, particularly among professional women.  Diversity is very important in our classes so these types of events provide a wonderful venue for us to spread the word about our program to different audiences.”

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