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One-Year And Accelerated Part-Time MBA Programs Host Guest Speaker Event

09-08-2011
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Elisabetta Ghisini, Communications Consultant, Speaks to One-Year and Accelerated Part-Time MBA Students

Professor Claudia Roehl, Academic Director of the One-Year and Accelerated Part-Time MBA Programs, recently welcomed Elisabetta Ghisini —principal of Verba consultancy, adjunct professor in the School of Management and faculty member of Stanford’s Graduate School of Business — as the guest speaker at a dinner event for two cohorts of these special MBA programs. Guests included Interim Dean Mike Webber, and new MBA and Graduate Program Director Associate Dean John Veitch.

Ms. Ghisini is a long-term industry marketing professional and independent communication consultant who specializes in cross-cultural, executive communication issues. Her work has encompassed developing core messages, and coaching executives for high-stake presentations, keynote addresses, and media interviews.

Professor Claudia Roehl answers questions about the One-Year and Accelerated Part-Time MBA programs, their histories, successes, and futures.
1. These programs have had multiple names, including the MBA Intensive. Could you explain exactly what are the MBA One Year and Accelerated MBA programs?...
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Her conversation with the MBA students focused on how to stand out in a crowd, including networking, elevator pitch ( especially for one’s own brand), common faux pas for new managers and presentations skills .

A native of Milan, Italy, Ms. Ghisini — who is fluent in four languages — is currently working with a Silicon-Valley-based European venture incubator.

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Professor Claudia Roehl answers questions about the One-Year and Accelerated Part-Time MBA programs, their histories, successes, and futures.


THE ONE-YEAR AND ACCELERATED PART-TIME MBA PROGRAMS:

An Interview With Professor Claudia Roehl, Academic Director.

1. These programs have had multiple names, including the MBA Intensive. Could you explain exactly what are the One-Year and Accelerated Part-Time MBA programs?

Yes, we’re working to solve that! Essentially, this “fast track” program enables MBA candidates that have two or more years of relevant work experience AND hold undergraduate degrees in Business, Economics or Industrial Engineering to leverage their previous studies and work experience to complete their cross-curricular, innovative Core in a significantly shorter period than our traditional MBA candidates. After their all-day academic Kick-off and Orientation, which includes a history of this successful program and an ethical framework workshop, they embark on their Core. Their Core “modules” are all designed with specific end-goals in mind that are embedded in their names. These include: Controller, Innovator, Leader, Investor, Analyzer, Communicator, Customer, Competitor, and new for this year, Silicon Valley Explorer. Woven through all of their Core modules are ethical cases focused on specific areas of business using their module framework, to explore response options. Upon completion of this special Core, these fast-tracked MBA candidates complete with electives of their choosing.

2. The One-Year MBA has a course design that is unique to the program. Could you speak about that, ie: how it came about, what it represents, and what it means to these students?

This program came about because we wanted to offer a specially designed fast-track option to ambitious, talented, passionate students who’d arrive already grounded in business essentials – both academically and practically – and who were willing to dedicate themselves to move through their studies in a more intensive, compact way.

3. Does this course design foster a special team spirit?

Absolutely! The MBA candidates have a unique profile entering the program. They tend to naturally and rapidly become close colleagues within their cohorts during their “fast track” experience. Additionally, we find that these cohorts tend to have higher participation rates in our MBA clubs, networking events, and charitable causes.

4. What is the actual term of the program? Why May to May?

Let’s “begin at the end” – graduation for our traditional MBA’s usually occurs in May. Therefore, we start the One-Year “fast-trackers” right after graduation week, before Memorial Day, enabling them to dive into and complete the bulk of their intensive, cross-curricular Core during the quieter time of the summer. They then move directly into electives in Fall and Spring, calculated to allow them to graduate the following May within one year.
The Accelerated Part-Time MBA fast-trackers move at a similarly rapid pace, launching at the same time, and graduating within 21 months, or less, depending on their elective choices.

5. What are the special requirements to be accepted into the program?

Kelly Sugrue and Mike Teodosio are the experts in this area and have done a wonderful job recruiting the “right” candidates for this program. As I mentioned earlier, the minimum requirements are a strong GPA, with an undergraduate degree in Business, Economics, or Industrial Engineering AND at least two years of relevant work experience. Over the four years of this program, we have found that their average work experience is actually closer to 4-5 years, which again adds immensely to all of their classroom contributions.

6. When and how are these students integrated into the general MBA population?

These students start being involved in many of our campus clubs/chapters/events/activities during their Core summer modules, moving into early fall. Once they’ve completed their fast-track Core, they choose and integrate all their electives with the larger MBA population.

7. In its short history, are there any student or alumni special success stories that you’d like to share?

This is our fourth year offering these very special programs, and working with these very special students. Within that context, every fast-track Alum, in my opinion, is a success story. Having taught and worked with all of these students in our Controller module, and kept in touch with them, I know they’ve launched several successful entrepreneurial start-ups which actually commenced during their “fast track” program; they’ve become global-experts in the green technology movement; they’ve “re-invented themselves” at significantly higher levels of innovation and leadership within targeted corporate industries; they’ve successfully pursued their passion for moving into not-for-profit leadership………and the list continues on!

8. Do you feel that the graduates of this program have something special to offer to future employees? Would you speak about that?

Yes, I do. These fast-track students are deliberately trained to draw innovative connections across disciplines, and see problems – and their solutions! – in their entirety. Their Core modules are all designed to target and to actively connect the different constituencies any executive actually deals with in order to bring about success. This, I think, gives our fast-trackers a competitive “leg up” for any potential employer when compared with more traditional MBA’s.

9. Is there anything that I haven’t asked you that you think would be valuable to mention?

Again, our fast-trackers are deliberately trained to draw creative connections and think “across boundaries,” to target and “own” a problem, and to offer highly innovative and successful solutions using their special skill-sets. I think this sets them apart in positive, and marketable, ways.

10. Associate Dean John Veitch has spoken of these programs as a model for how he sees the MBA program as a whole evolving. Can you speak about what aspects of these programs represent the future to our MBA?

We are in the business of educating leaders for 21st Century challenges, and beyond. This program represents one successful response toward meeting that goal. It is not for the faint-hearted. Our dedicated faculty, staff, and administration work hard to ensure rigorous academic and professional quality, in a cross-curricular, and “high touch” program. Early on, and during my tenure in this new role, we hold numerous open-communication meetings with coordinated deliverables throughout the year to ensure admissions support, recruit the best, constantly review and upgrade our goal-oriented curriculum enhancements throughout the Core, employ the best teaching methods to foster an environment of creative thinkers, and enable our fast-track MBA students to thrive. Although it’s a lot of work, this program and its students invigorate us to do our best. That’s our model, I whole-heartily agree with it!

Written by Gene Thomas