On a blustery January morning, the newest online RIT Executive MBA Class 24 gathered to kick off their education journey. Welcome to the online EMBA residency – a three-day knowledge-filled, skills-gathering affair designed to propel students into the program with intention and enthusiasm.
My name is Alex Cashman-Rolls. I currently serve as one of the directors of an emerging international nonprofit, RAKlife, which is based in California. Prior to this, I spent 11 years serving in various operations leadership positions in the mortgage banking industry. I have become convinced that of all the purposes a business can have, the very best purpose is to drive the prosperity of a community.
My name is Jennifer Telitz and I’m in the broadcast media industry. I’ve been a leader in my industry heading up business development and managing campaign execution for 20 years. The last 16 years have been in the San Diego market.
Going back to school to get my MBA has been on my to-do list for a long time. 2017 is the year I’m crossing it off my list, and I’m now officially part of RIT’s EMBA online class 23!
Before RIT Executive MBA students depart on their international trip, they learn about the country in an International Business course through lectures, case studies, and group discussions. After arriving in country, the students continue learning from the leaders of companies representing a variety of industries. These visits often include operational tours, company presentations, and even live case studies to explore the challenges and opportunities facing firms in these countries.
I recently stumbled across a New York Times article I had saved from January of 2015 entitled: Why Some Teams Are Smarter Than Others. I had originally clipped it because of the importance of teamwork in our Executive MBA (EMBA) program—seventy-five percent of our courses include a team deliverable—and feedback from students suggests that working with others can be the most rewarding or the most maddening part of the EMBA experience.