Executive MBA Program is the latest in a series of strategic
moves to advance the Kellogg School's mission of delivering
a truly global management education to our executive market
Launched in January, the
inaugural class consists of 42 executives from across Latin
America, South Florida and beyond. Students commute from nearby Miami to
as far away as Chile and Peru. The second class, which begins
its studies this January, looks as robust as the first thanks
to the tireless recruiting efforts of our admissions team,
alumni volunteers and the Miami-area business community.
The idea to bring the
Kellogg School's executive MBA experience to the Latin American
market actually began a decade ago. We had considered the
objective since 1996 when we launched our first joint executive
MBA program abroad. At that point, then-Dean Donald
P. Jacobs envisioned a true global community of students
— a "classroom without borders" — and
with careful expansion to positions in Europe, the Middle
East, Asia and North America we edged closer to the goal.
By 2001, students from each of these EMBA programs began to
take classes both at their home campus and in Evanston, but
even with that level of success, we knew we were not done.
We wanted to create a rigorous academic experience to serve
the needs of Latin American professionals, and then we wanted
to integrate all our global offerings to ensure a high-quality
"Kellogg" education for all participants.
Clearly, our first challenge
was to find a way to serve the Latin American region and not
one particular country. After exhaustive meetings with alumni,
corporate partners and friends of the school, it became apparent
that the initial consideration involved selecting the optimal
location. We wanted a way to create value for these professionals
that crossed borders. Doing so entailed finding "neutral"
ground. The feedback we received from all constituencies told
us that to serve the region we needed to locate in Miami.
Happily, that advice has proven spot-on.
Our initial plan was to
partner with a Miami-based hotel and simulate, as closely
as possible, the James L. Allen Center experience on our Evanston
campus. Our two-year goal was to identify and secure a facility
that we could then customize. We're delighted to say that
we beat our goal by nearly two years by opening our facility
in Coral Gables just four weeks after the program's launch.
What's more, these facilities give us the opportunity to scale
up operations as our program grows.
The inaugural class has
exceeded our expectations on all accounts. They demonstrate
that elusive combination of academic excellence and exuberance
for the school and the program that helped make expanding
our executive portfolio surprisingly easy. We were amazed
when during the first Live-In Week students already were interested
in knowing how we were going to help them leverage the many
global opportunities that are part of the Kellogg Executive
MBA Program experience. They wanted to know when the class
would travel to Asia for part of their program experience,
and they were curious to learn when students from our joint
ventures in Germany, Israel, Hong Kong and Toronto were coming
to Miami to study. (The
answer to both questions is "spring 2007.")
In fact, all students
in the Kellogg EMBA program will have the opportunity to experience
a self-directed exchange program at any Kellogg School location
around the globe. In doing so, they continue to build their
global mindset and leverage the powerful international network
created by this remarkable Kellogg portfolio — a portfolio
that, with Miami, just continues getting better.