Hawks Player Enrolls in Executive Education

Zaza Pachulia

Atlanta Hawks center Zaza Pachulia (middle) recently completed the Managerial Leadership Program at Goizueta Business School.

It’s hard for Hawks center Zaza Pachulia to go unnoticed in class.

Though he’s been admittedly quiet for some of the coursework he’s completed, the 6-foot-11 Pachulia tends to stand out in a crowd.

NBA players and owners are in the midst of labor strife, so it’s unclear when Pachulia and his teammates will be back on the court in America. He does plan to play in Europe until and agreement is reached but, for now, he’s taking some time to brush up business.

He recently completed the Managerial Leadership Program at Emory’s Goizueta Business School. The owner of Buckhead Bottle Bar plans to put some of his learning to use right away.

“This is my fourth summer going to school,” Pachulia told Randy Waters of 11Alive.

Lisa Kaminski, Associate Dean of Executive Education at Goizueta, says students in the week-long program completed assessments to identify strengths and challenges then took day-long courses on leadership and other areas of effective management.

“It’s a fundamental of leadership to have the humility and, at the same time, the drive to go into an area where you don’t know what you’re doing,” said Rick Gilkey, a professor in the practice of organization and management that taught Pachulia during the program.

“He’s one of the most attentive listeners in the class.”

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