launch for Kellogg-Miami Executive MBA Program
Executive MBA initiative serves Latin America, delivers
on school's 'moral imperative' to extend global leadership
could the top-ranked Executive MBA Program in the world
get better? By adding palm trees, tropical flowers and 80-degree
days to the same rigorous curriculum that has for years
distinguished the Kellogg School EMBA offerings.
the official launch of the Kellogg-Miami
EMBA Program in January, 42 executive students, many
from countries such as Chile, Columbia, Honduras and El
Salvador, joined the Kellogg family as the school continues
its strategic global expansion.
course, Kellogg selected Coral Gables, Fla., a Miami suburb,
as the location of its latest extension for reasons independent
of weather: The area is regarded as the unofficial capital
of Latin America, a geographical segment under-served in
the executive education marketplace. While the program is
open to qualified candidates from any location, the school
expects 50 percent of applicants to come from Central and
Feb. 13 ceremony at the Hyatt Regency Coral Gables formally
marked the Miami launch and was attended by regional political
figures and dozens of Kellogg faculty, staff, alumni and
new EMBA students. During the event, Kellogg School Dean
Dipak C. Jain articulated his views about the program's
importance within the portfolio of existing Kellogg EMBA
offerings in the Middle East, Europe, North America and
we see a dream coming true," said the dean, who received
a key to the city of Coral Gables from its mayor, Don
Slesnick. "With this piece, we continue our mission
to bring the Kellogg School's leadership to executives worldwide
through our global centers of knowledge that unite all Kellogg
students and alumni."
global centers provide a unified academic platform, said
Jain. "Students who are enrolled in our curriculum
in Germany, for example, will have the chance to continue
their education at our partner school in Hong Kong, if their
professional obligations require them to relocate."
Jain also spoke about the value that the Kellogg-Miami EMBA
Program brings to participants from Central and South America.
His recent travels have brought him face to face with management
challenges confronting leaders in nations such as El Salvador
and Nicaragua, whose histories include widespread civil
have a moral imperative to bring our leadership to the people
of Latin America, many of whom have suffered under adverse
economic and political conditions," said Jain. "This
objective is consistent with the Kellogg School mission
to create socially responsible global leaders who contribute
to the community in important ways, both in their professional
and personal lives."
from the inaugural Kellogg-Miami EMBA Program work collaboratively
on an assignment in February as J.
Keith Murnighan, the Harold H. Hines Jr. Distinguished
Professor of Risk Management, offers his insights.
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to facilities in the James L. Allen Center, the new classroom
and study-group spaces in Coral Gables are equipped with
all the audio-visual, computer and wireless technology that
students in Evanston enjoy. The program also provides the
same top-quality courses and faculty as those in any other
Kellogg EMBA offering.
immediately noticeable in the new program is the presence
of the Kellogg culture. Rooted in teamwork and inclusiveness,
this culture has been a Kellogg hallmark since the 1970s,
and it is obvious that members of the Miami class already
share a powerful bond.
fact, after an intensive January "Live-In Week,"
this connection was so strong that one student, Johanna
Cubillos Garzon, vice president of Citigroup Global
Markets, invited classmates to her February wedding in Columbia.
Several peers accepted the offer.
been an awesome experience and we know that we're going
to be sharing two years together here," said Garzon.
"I feel enchanted that classmates were with me at my
wedding, because these are friendships that we're going
to have forever."
warm social interactions spring from an academic core that
has brought together students from diverse industries, including
financial services, manufacturing, technology, consulting,
law and nonprofit arenas. For students such as Gregg
Francis, CFO of Mango's Tropical Café, a $20 million
Miami-based corporation, the Kellogg curriculum is paying
is giving me the tools, resources, human capital and love
to expand my intellectual landscape," said Francis,
adding that the curriculum is "extremely challenging
but always rewarding."
are similarly impressed by what they have seen in the general
management curriculum and how it helps leverage their wide-ranging
instance, as a University of Illinois undergraduate, Michael
Wilkinson says he majored in ornamental horticulture
and planned to design golf courses, then went on to play
golf professionally for five years before making the transition
to the business world.
had a lot of experiences and am looking to Kellogg to help
tie all that knowledge together in a way that elevates my
career by formalizing and legitimizing what I've learned
in real-world practice," said Wilkinson, national account
manager for CIT.
several years, Kellogg explored how best to deliver executive
education to Latin America. Talk initially centered on establishing
a school in Brazil, Chile or Argentina, but after much consultation
Kellogg decided that Miami was the ideal location for its
new EMBA program.
challenges, including the arrival of Hurricane Wilma last
October, forced construction delays and postponement of
the launch until January, when students began studying in
facilities in the Hyatt Regency, a luxury accommodation
directly adjacent to the Kellogg classroom and group study
January, members of Kellogg Information Systems were among
those handling a host of technological details in the new
facility. In February, Kellogg staff put the finishing touches
on the classroom after managing a flurry of issues related
to construction and occupancy, including securing municipal
permits and inspection approvals.
initiative's complexity demanded attention to the smallest
details: "We were ready to deliver our first course
when Professor Al
Isenman asked, 'Do we have chalk?' Well, we were paying
attention to all these big-picture issues and meanwhile
we needed to run out and get some chalk," said Bernie
Birt, associate director of student affairs for the Kellogg
addition to Birt, several Kellogg staff members played key
roles in bringing the Miami program to life, including Eric
Fridman, assistant dean and director of marketing for
EMBA, and Julie Cisek Jones, assistant dean and director
of Executive MBA Programs. In Miami, Alejandra Medina
offered important logistical support and continues to be
the local program manager. Many other Kellogg staff members
also contributed to the effort, and Dean Jain recognized
them during the program launch.
is the first top-tier MBA school to establish a presence
that meets the needs of professionals from Latin America
and the southeast United States by coming to them.
the Kellogg-Miami program, we are responding to market needs
that demand new ways of delivering our academic mission,"
said Dean Jain. "We can no longer wait for students
to come to us; we must be prepared to bring our offerings
directly to them."
convenience matters to students such as Peruvian-born Osmar
Coronel, now living in Guatemala and commuting three
hours to Miami for the Kellogg program. The chief technical
officer for cellular operator Comcel said having Florida
as their final destination, rather than transferring planes
and continuing on to Chicago, means students face fewer
logistical hurdles and can focus on their studies.
high quality of the teaching, the emphasis on teamwork and
[the chance to] network were the reasons I chose Kellogg,"
especially appreciates the international flavor of the EMBA
class, noting that his firm conducts business in 16 countries
and has staff located from Singapore to Finland to Nigeria.
This international market has inspired the Kellogg School
to create knowledge centers on several continents; Miami
is important to bringing the school's thought leadership
to Latin America.
Kellogg intends to deliver more than a heralded EMBA program
to Miami, said Dean Jain. It also is creating a long-term
relationship with the region's business and government,
creating opportunities for the school, its students and
alumni and residents of the Miami area. The school has already
made a regional impact.
Lettie Bien, president and CEO of the Coral Gables
Chamber of Commerce: "Working with Kellogg has been
a joy. This is a group that has really, truly integrated
itself into this community and will continue to do so. We
are flattered and honored."
Slesnick also expressed his enthusiasm. "We are tremendously
excited about this partnership," he said. "Evanston
is to Chicago what Coral Gables is to Miami. Kellogg picked
the right place to establish this world-famous executive
education program. Our goal is to provide the kind of atmosphere
in downtown Coral Gables that ensures people keep coming
back, for both the education and the environment."