May 19, 2020

Executive MBA Programs Basics

Columbia University
Duke University
Executive MBA programs
new york university
Bizclik Editor
4 min
Executive MBA Programs Basics

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By Eric Owens</p>
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If you&rsquo;ve been thinking about going back to school to get an Executive MBA (<span data-scayt_word="EMBA" data-scaytid="2">EMBA</span>), here are a few points to keep in mind.</p>
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<strong>1. SCHEDULING:</strong>In general, Executive MBA programs tend to have a few essential features. Committing to a garden-variety <span data-scayt_word="EMBA" data-scaytid="3">EMBA</span> program means spending every other Friday or so at school for approximately 20 months. Make sure your boss supports your degree quest (or, at least, agree to your absence every other Friday).</p>
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<strong>2. ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS: </strong>It&rsquo;s fair to say that <span data-scayt_word="EMBA" data-scaytid="4">EMBA</span> programs have less rigorous admissions requirements as several don&rsquo;t require a <span data-scayt_word="GMAT" data-scaytid="13">GMAT</span> score.</p>
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<strong>3. <span data-scayt_word="COURSELOAD" data-scaytid="14">COURSELOAD</span>:&nbsp;</strong><span data-scayt_word="EMBA" data-scaytid="5">EMBA</span> programs tend to have lighter curricula and fewer course requirements, but you&rsquo;ll still be juggling homework with presentations and projects.&nbsp;</p>
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<strong>4. JOB POTENTIAL:&nbsp;</strong><span data-scayt_word="EMBA" data-scaytid="6">EMBA</span> students have access to fewer internships and general career opportunities, but the networking prospects will be great because of other executives in the program.</p>
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<strong>5. PROGRAMS:&nbsp;</strong><span data-scayt_word="EMBA" data-scaytid="7">EMBA</span> programs range from finance to entrepreneurship, and everything in between. At some schools, <span data-scayt_word="EMBA" data-scaytid="8">EMBA</span> students rarely see rock-star professors; at other schools, those professors teach many classes. Read up on any school you are considering and ask the admissions staff pointed questions. Poke around at the school, too and sit in on a class if possible. The discourse could be beneath you or totally out of your league.</p>
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<strong>6. STUDENTS:&nbsp;</strong>As you look at various schools, pay attention to the students. Is their level of experience commensurate with yours? Are you comfortable with how young or old they all are? Can you see yourself completing a group project with them? Having a beer with them? These are all important questions.</p>
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<strong>7. LIFE:&nbsp;</strong>Another critical factor is whether you can balance the various components of your life and manage to complete the program. The typical student in these programs have a fairly important full-time job and in their mid <span data-scayt_word="30s" data-scaytid="15">30s</span> or early <span data-scayt_word="40s" data-scaytid="16">40s</span>. Time management will be imperative to find the right stability.</p>
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Here are our favorite programs from across the nation.</p>
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NORTHEAST</p>
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<strong>University of Pennsylvania&nbsp;</strong>offers the gold standard for <span data-scayt_word="EMBA" data-scaytid="9">EMBA</span> programs. Perks at Wharton include campuses in San Francisco as well as Philadelphia and unparalleled networking opportunities. However, if you want an Ivy-caliber MBA while living and working the financial capital of the world, <strong>Columbia University</strong> is the school for you. <strong>New York University</strong> isn&rsquo;t in the Ivy League, but it&rsquo;s every bit the business school that Columbia is and its West Village location is substantially better. <strong>Cornell University</strong> offers a great classroom experience. <strong>Carnegie Mellon University</strong> is one of the best family-friendly business schools.</p>
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SOUTHEAST</p>
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Global business is what everybody talks about at <strong>Duke University</strong>, and students are conspicuously happy with their classroom experience and just how family friendly the program is. The <strong>University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill</strong> offers three executive MBA options as well as an online option. Chapel Hill is also a nice town. In addition to a basic arrangement of alternating weekends, <strong>Emory University</strong> offers a distinctive modular format that spreads coursework over 10 concentrated <span data-scayt_word="weeklong" data-scaytid="17">weeklong</span> units. Students at <strong>The College of William &amp; Mary</strong> are seriously satisfied with their professors and facilities; it&rsquo;s also a family friendly campus.</p>
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MIDWEST</p>
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The <strong>University of Chicago</strong> boasts a world-class business school with a reputation for delving deep into theories and concepts. The <span data-scayt_word="EMBA" data-scaytid="10">EMBA</span> program offers coursework in London and Singapore as well as downtown Chicago. <strong>Northwestern University (Kellogg)</strong> is internationally known, and the school has multiple global partnerships as well as a campus in Miami. Professors at the <strong>University of Notre Dame</strong> are stellar, and the program is known to be family friendly. You can choose from programs in Chicago, Cincinnati, and South Bend.</p>
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WEST AND SOUTHWEST</p>
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The <span data-scayt_word="EMBA" data-scaytid="11">EMBA</span> program at the <strong>University of California Berkeley</strong> is affiliated with Columbia University (though Columbia also has a separate <span data-scayt_word="EMBA" data-scaytid="12">EMBA</span> program). MBA students at Cal boast about their classroom experience. Students also tell us that b-school professors at the <strong>University of Texas at Austin</strong> may simply be better than you&rsquo;ll find anywhere else. Also, Texas Venture Labs is a fabulous incubator of real, live, moneymaking businesses. Speaking of which, entrepreneurial-minded <strong>Acton School of Business</strong> was only founded in 2002, but students tell us their classroom experience ranks right along with NYU and Wharton.</p>
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For more information, visit <span data-scayt_word="//www.PrincetonReview.com&quot; data-scaytid="1">www.PrincetonReview.com</span&gt; or read our book, <em>The Best 294 Business Schools</em>.</p>
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Jun 13, 2021

Marketing matters: from IBM to Kyndryl

CMO
Kyndryl
IBM
Leadership
Kate Birch
5 min
Former CMO for IBM Americas Maria Bartolome Winans was recently named CMO for Kyndryl. Maria talks about her new role and her leadership style

Former Chief Marketing Officer for IBM Americas, and an IBM veteran of more than 25 years, Maria Bartolome Winans was recently named CMO for Kyndryl.

Prior to joining Kyndryl as Chief Marketing Officer, Maria had a 25-year career at IBM, most recently as the tech giant’s CMO where she oversaw all marketing professionals and activities across North America, Canada and Latin America. She has held senior global marketing positions in a variety of disciplines and business units across IBM, most notably strategic initiatives in Smarter Cities and Watson Customer Engagement, as well as leading teams in services, business analytics, and mobile and industry solutions. She is known for her work with teams to leverage data, analytics and cloud technologies to build deeper engagements with customers and partners.

With a passion for marketing, business and people, and a recognized expert in data-driven marketing and brand engagement, Maria talks to Business Chief about her new role, her leadership style and what success means to her.

You've recently moved from IBM to Kyndryl, joining as CMO. Tell us about this exciting new role?

I’m Chief Marketing Officer for Kyndryl, the independent company that will be created following the separation from IBM of its Managed Infrastructure Services business, expected to occur by the end of 2021. My role is to plan, develop, and execute Kyndryl's marketing and advertising initiatives. This includes building a company culture and brand identity on which we base our marketing and advertising strategy.

We have an amazing opportunity ahead at Kyndryl to create a company brand that will stand apart in the market by leading with our people first. Once we are an independent company, each Kyndryl employee will advance the vital systems that power human progress. Our people are devoted, restless, empathetic, and anticipatory – key qualities needed as we build on existing customer relationships and cultivate new ones. Our people are at the heart of this business and I am deeply hopeful and excited for our future.

What experiences have helped prepare you for this new opportunity?

I’ve had a very rich and diverse career history at IBM that has lasted 25+ years. I started out in sales but landed explored opportunities at IBM in different roles, business units, geographies, and functions. Marketing and business are my passions and I landed on Marketing because it allowed me to utilize both my left and right brain, bringing together art and science. In college, I was no tonly a business major, but an art major. I love marketing because I can leverage my extensive knowledge of business, while also being able to think openly and creatively.

The opportunities I was given during my time at IBM and my natural curiosity have led me to the path I’m on now and there’s no better next career step than a once-in-a-lifetime-opportunity to help launch a company. The core of my role at Kyndryl is to create a culture centered on our people and growing up in my career at IBM has allowed me to see first-hand how to prioritize people and ensure they are at the heart of progress in everything Kyndryl will do.

How would you describe your leadership style?

I believe that people aren't your greatest assets, they are your only assets. My platform and background for leadership has always been grounded in authenticity to who I am and centered on diversity and inclusion. I immigrated to the US from Chile when I was 10 years old and so I know the power and beauty that comes from leaning into what makes you different from other people, and that's what I want every person in my marketing organization to feel – the value in bringing their most authentic self to work every day. The way our employees feel when they show up for themselves authentically is how they will also show up for our customers, and strong relationships drive growth.

I think this is especially true in light of a world forever changed by the pandemic. Living through such an unprecedented time has reinforced that we are all humans. We can't lead or care for one another without empathy and I think leaders everywhere have been reminded of this.

What’s the best leadership advice you’ve received?

When I was growing up as an immigrant in North Carolina, I often wanted to be just like everyone else. But my mother always told me: Be unique, be memorable – you have an authentic view and experience of the world that no one else will ever have, so don't try to be anyone else but you.

What does success look like to you?

I think the concept of success is multi-faceted. From a career perspective, being in a job where you're respected and appreciated, and where you can see how your contributions are providing value by motivating your teams to be better – that's success! From a personal perspective, there is no greater accomplishment than investing in the next generation. I love mentoring younger professionals – they are the future. I want my legacy as a leader to include providing value in work culture, but also in leaving a personal impact on the lives of professionals who will carry the workforce forward. Finding a position in life with a job and company that offers me a chance at all of that is what success looks like to me.

What advice would you give to your younger self just starting out in the industry?

I've always been a naturally curious person and it's easy for me to over-commit to projects that pique my interest. I've learned over years of practice how to manage that, so to my younger self I’d say… prioritize the things that are most important, and then become amazing at those things.

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