This past weekend, 14 Full-Time and Evening MBA students from Goizueta Business School took part in the Ft. Benning Leadership Challenge. They traversed (imaginary) minefields, scaled a 60-foot tall rappelling tower, and learned about leadership from military leaders who had served on the frontline.
On Friday afternoon, the students were guided on a personal tour of the National Infantry Museum’s “Last 100 Yards” exhibit by museum director, Colonel (retired) Greg Camp. That evening, Colonel (retired) Ralph Puckett, a highly decorated leader from the Korean and Vietnam wars, shared his thoughts on leadership. A leader must “have a vision” and communicate that vision effectively to all levels, he shared. “Leaders do not lead by email,” he told the students. “Be there.” Lead by example and share the experience of those you lead, he added. “Never be satisfied.”
On Saturday, the students put their leadership skills to the test at Ft. Benning’s Leadership Reaction Course, a course meant to push participants to their physical and mental limits and reveal how they’d react under pressure, explained Lt. General (retired) Ken Keen, associate dean for Leadership Development at Goizueta.
Armed with a helmet, gloves and a few helpful items—rope, a pipe, a ladder—the students, in groups of two, made their way through the course’s stations which were populated with imaginary mine fields and electric fences. Their mission was not without the challenge of overcoming the ever-present danger of enemy attack and a 20-minute time constraint. After each station, the teams performed an “after action review” to assess their ability to work together to solve the problem in a short period of time.
“I was surprised by how challenging it was. We have advanced degrees and we couldn’t do it correctly,” said Joe Faxio 14EvMBA. “We’re learning that team dynamics are crucial and so is trust.”
It’s one thing, explained J.B. Kurish, director of Goizueta Advanced Leadership Academy (GALA) and associate professor in the practice of finance, to learn about leadership in a classroom, but it’s experiential leadership that drives those lessons home. To take students out of their day-to-day situations and give them leadership opportunities where ambiguity and change are the norm “jolts people to attention,” said Kurish. “In every day life we don’t slow down to think about how we could do things better.”
Brian Mitchell, associate dean of the Full-Time MBA Program, Harold Lewis, associate dean of the Evening MBA Program, and Harriet Ruskin, director of International and Joint Degree Programs, also attended the trip – a testament to the level of commitment Goizueta’s administrators have for supporting the leadership development of students.
Goizueta alumnus, Denny Watson 13MBA also traveled with the group to Fort Benning. As a student, Watson completed the multi-day Capstone Challenge, an experiential sailing challenge offered through GALA. “The value of both Capstone and Ft. Benning is that in a very practical way, you get to practice the leadership principles you’ve learned in the classroom,” Watson said. “But the takeaway from this experience is that you get to see the soldiers leading and understand how much more seriously they have to take it,” he said of the dozen or so military volunteers who facilitated the weekend’s activities. “It’s not about losing money, it’s about life and death.”
Grissel Ramirez 14EvMBA was hoping for an once-in-a-lifetime experience, and she wasn’t disappointed. Grateful for access to the military leaders and their feedback, she advocated that the Ft. Benning Leadership Challenge be added to the GALA curriculum. “The experience teaches skills that are transferable to the corporate world, she said. “That and, well, rappelling is just fun.”
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Professor Thomas Smith
Goizueta Business School’s Thomas Smith, assistant professor in the practice of finance, was recently referenced in an article by WalletHub.com which offered “2014 Predictions for Your Wallet.”
As put by WalletHub, “2013 was a year characterized by economic distractions, with things like the government shutdown, concerns about a potential U.S. default, and overall political obstinacy taking center stage. So, it’s fair to wonder: Will 2014 be any different?”
Covering everything form GDP, unemployment, the stock market, and interest rates to Congress, Obamacare, and gas prices, WalletHub referenced experts like Smith who says, “I am very bullish on the economy and have been for a few years. I’m waiting for the economy to bust out. The problem, however, is that everyone else is just itching for the next recession so they can say ‘See, I knew another recession was heading!’”
In particular he is cited for his outlook on the stock market – predicting that it will be solid, though volatile. In his words, “These markets are primed for a big correction. A lot of this is speculative demand pushing equity values up, and this could keep up for another year. But I am pretty confident that we are going to see drop in the averages. And if this happens, we could see a drop in other sectors and the start of a little recession.”
Specializing in cultural, sports, religion, educational, labor, and urban economics, Thomas Smith joined the Goizueta Business School faculty in 2008. He has held faculty positions at the University of Illinois–Chicago, National-Louis University, Loyola University, and North Central College. Smith received a PhD in labor and demography/cultural economics and policy from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 1998. Smith has presented dozens of papers at academic and professional conferences in the U.S. and abroad, while also serving as a consultant for the arts, music and entertainment industry and in curriculum development.
Mike Lewis and Manish Tripathi
The research of Goizueta Business School’s Michael Lewis, associate professor of marketing doctoral area coordinator, and Manish Tripathi, assistant professor of marketing, made the front page of The Pittsburg Post-Gazette this past Thursday December 12th.
The article, titled “The black & gold blues: Steelers fans take losses the hardest in the NFL”, discusses Lewis and Tripathi’s recent study on fan emotions which shows that Steelers fans take losses harder than any other fan base in the National Football League.
The Emory Sports Marketing Analytics blog hosted by the duo explains how they conducted their research- by analyzing messages posted via Twitter after every game of the 2012 NFL season and then using an algorithm to categorize tweets as positive or negative. As reported by The Pittsburg Post-Gazette, “In the two day window that followed Steelers losses last season, 33.1 percent of tweets from the Pittsburg area about the team were positive, the lowest percentage of any NFL team.”
Lewis and Tripathi’s work is part of The Emory Marketing Analytics Center (EmoryMAC) – formed out of the revolutionary change in the field of marketing, a change driven by two somewhat related factors. First is the change in the fundamental approaches to marketing driven by new interactive technologies. The second is the emergence of potential new data sources and analysis techniques that have the potential to allow marketers to better understand marketing phenomena and to improve marketing decision-making.
Beyond scholarly research, EmoryMAC also hosts innovative conferences and student courses all aimed at fostering “a new direction for marketing.”
Veterans Day 2013 Speaker, Dr. Daniel J. Kaufman
In observance of Veterans Day, the Emory Veterans Association hosted retired general Dr. Daniel J. Kaufman at the Goizueta Business School. On Thursday November 7, Kaufman shared lessons on service and leadership, followed by a reception featuring some of the best BBQ in town.
To an audience full of student veterans as well as their classmates and faculty, Dr. Kaufman said, “[Veterans Day] is a day for reflection and gratitude…It is also a day of personal sorrow for those who have lost loved ones…But I argue that it is also a day for all of us to be very proud, to show our collective national pride and illustrate our appreciation for those who have served and sacrificed to establish and preserve the freedoms that we cherish.”
Dr. Kaufman’s service began upon receiving his undergraduate degree from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1968. He went on to earn a Bronze Star for heroism and two Purple Hearts during his military service, including tours with cavalry and armor units in the United States and Vietnam. Dr. Kaufman holds a Masters of Public Administration from Harvard University as well as a Doctorate in Philosophy in Political Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In addition, he has served as a member of the National Security Council staff in the White House and in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. He also acted as charter president of the new Georgia Gwinnett College, located in Lawrencesville.
Dr. Kaufman, Veterans Day speaker, and Ken Keen, associate dean of Leadership Development
“In an era when so many act only in pursuit of narrow self-interest, today’s soldiers, airmen, marines, today’s veterans have chose the opposite choice. They have chosen to serve a cause that is greater than self…So to all of them, to the veterans, to the fallen, to their families, and to those currently on duty in harm’s way around the world, there is no tribute, no commemoration, no praise that can truly match the magnitude of your service and your sacrifice,” said Dr. Kaufman.
He went on to say, “We call Veterans Day a holiday, but for many veterans it is another day of memories that drive them to live their lives each day as best as they possibly can. For our troops, it is another day in harm’s way. For their families, it is another day to feel the absence of a loved one and concern for their safety. For our wounded warriors, it is another day of slow and arduous recovery. So while it is important and proper that we mark this day, it is far more important that we spend our days determined to honor the opportunities given to us by all those who enter this country’s calling.”
Along with Emory University at large, the Goizueta Business School is proud to support and promote US Military Veterans. Goizueta appreciates that individuals with military experience have gained valuable skills for transition into civilian life, including leadership, responsibility, and critical thinking. Add to that the technical, business and managerial skills that come with a Goizueta MBA, and veterans are prime for prestigious career opportunities.
Members of Goizueta Veterans Club, Emory Veterans Association, and veterans in attendance at the event
The Goizueta Veterans Club is comprised of students across all five MBA formats. Activities each year include student/alumni networking events, such as the Veterans Day Celebration and community service activities. In addition, student members share helpful career opportunities, MBA conference information, scholarship and VA funding information, and relocation assistance for incoming students. Goizueta students also may participate in the larger Emory University Veterans Association, comprised of veterans enrolled in other majors across the University.
Businessweek released their 2013 ranking of Part-Time and Executive MBA programs. Once again, Emory University’s Goizueta Business School is listed among the best in the nation. Goizueta’s Evening MBA Program has consistently ranked in the top 20. The Executive MBA Program also continues to garner high placement in the top 25.
The Evening MBA Program climbed nine places to the No. 14 position in the nation and No. 1 in Atlanta. The program received A+ for teaching quality and caliber of classmates. The survey accounts for measures of student satisfaction, academics and post-graduation success. Goizueta’s Evening MBA Program The part-time program also currently ranks No. 14 in the United States according to U.S. News and World Report (March 2013).
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The Executive MBA Program ranked No. 22 in the world and received an A for teaching. The survey considers feedback from EMBA graduates and program directors. The program, which features modular and weekend formats, currently ranks No. 15 in the nation by U.S. News (March 2013).
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Part-Time and executive MBA programs are ranked by Businessweek in odd-numbered years. Goizueta’s Full-Time MBA program currently ranks No. 22 in the country according to Businessweek (2012) while the BBA program is ranked No. 7 in the nation by the publication (2013).
About Emory University’s Goizueta Business School
Emory University’s Goizueta Business School is home to an Undergraduate degree program, a Two-Year Full-Time MBA, a One-Year MBA, an Evening MBA, an Executive MBA (Weekend and Modular formats), a Doctoral degree and a portfolio of non-degree Emory Executive Education courses.