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I applied on February 3rd for their third round but will not submit a GMAT score until the March 12th test date. I'm really torn between Booth and Wharton as far as EMBAs go. They are both top flight schools in that space and the curricula are exactly the same as the Full time programs. U Chicago's geographical programmatic footprint is more extensive than Wharton's. Wharton has programs on the East Coast of the US in Philadelphia and on the West Coast of the US in San Francisco.

Booths take on EMBA dispersion is a bit further afield. Booth EMBAs in the US work primarily out of the Gleacher Center campus in downtown Chicago. They also do offer courses relevant to the degree in their Hyde Park main campus. U Chicago takes their EMBA offerings a step further by placing campuses in Hong Kong and London. All three campuses have the same curriculum (yet different calendars) and graduate in the Summer of 2016. These are not joint offerings with local schools; these are full U Chicago owned and operated locations staffed by employees of Booth and all courses on each campus are taught by the same Professors who teach at the Chicago campus. There is no distinction between the professors who teach in the Full time programs or EMBA program. U Chicago flies their professors from place to place to teach their courses so there is no watering down of the material.

If you are looking EMBAs Booth should be at or near the top of your list.

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Twitter: https://twitter.com/intent/user?screen_ ... othExecMBA
BoothEMBA Blog: http://blogs.chicagobooth.edu/blog/EMBA ... redirCnt=1
Booth EMBA Admissions: http://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/ex ... admissions
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Re: Booth EMBA Class of 2016(2014 Intake) Calling all applicants [#permalink] New post 13 Feb 2014, 14:00
FROM Booth EMBA Blog: Networking becomes a dirty word
… is the title of the
Financial Times article linked below - written by Neil Bearden.

Networking becomes adirty word

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Bearden states that too
many MBAs view their network as some sort of unfeeling tool for professional advancement
as opposed to a group of actual real live people with individual hearts and
minds.  I’ll let you read the article to fill in the finer nuances
but to summarize: “Be nice.”

I’d take Bearden a step
further though.  He talks about showing respect when you utilize
someone in your network for advice or a connection.  I think the trick is
being on the other side - being able to provide advice and/or connections or
SOMETHING of value to theindividuals in your network.  Even
better is to do it without being asked – a random check-in or sending an
article like this or something to let the people know you are thinking about
them and their career or what-have-you.  Then, when the time comes for you
to actually use your network for something they are much more willing and
likely to go the extra mile to help out.

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Being able to add
value to your network as opposed to just using it for your own gain is
often overlooked.-->-->

Toby-->-->

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Re: Booth EMBA Class of 2016(2014 Intake) Calling all applicants [#permalink] New post 13 Feb 2014, 14:00
FROM Booth EMBA Blog: Make it count
Make the most of every opportunity offered to you at Booth.

In addition to the core curriculum, as a Booth student, you’ll be offered a number of optional training courses where your attendance is not required. These range from everything from invited speakers to workshops to questionnaires and debrief.

A combination of fatigue, jet lag and impending assignments due make it easy to decide not to bother attending these. After all, I can attend a “presentation skills” workshop at my place of employment and just skip this one, right?

Wrong!

Wrong, because the high standard Booth applies to its academic offerings also extends to these optional courses. So you’ll be missing out, big time.

Let’s take that presentation skills course as an example. I’m sure you’ve all attended one of these at one point. This is where you get given invaluable advice like “remember to prepare properly”, “don’t forget to bring your talk USB stick with you” and “dress professionally”. For those of you who have a habit of rolling up to give that important sales pitch in your gym gear while not being able to find your slides this might have been helpful, but, er, not so much for every one else (a previous place of employment of mine – a bank with a business casual dress code - specifically prohibited the wearing of spandex in the workplace, so I guess some folks need to be told but…).

The Booth presentation skills course is nothing like this.

We were first presented with scientific evidence as to what people actually remember when they attend a talk. How many arguments or points do they recall 5 mins, 5 days and 5 weeks later? How much training can you cram into one talk and when is it just going to overflow your audience’s short term memory?

We were then taught to structure a presentation around this evidence, choosing just the right amount of information for maximum impact.

We were also given advice on posture, voice and delivery, filmed presenting and then given tips and suggestions afterwards. (It’s worth pointing out that if this article inspires you to try this at home, you need good audio equipment to pick up the lower frequencies adequately – resulting in an “Alvin and the Chipmunks” effect when you listen to yourself – needless to say Booth’s recording equipment didn’t have this problem).

The group who carried out the training spend most of their time advising media professionals and others in the public eye and so definitely knew what they were talking about.

I’ve made extensive use of the advice and tips ever since when giving presentations at work and I’ve found it really helpful.

The same was true of the evening talk given by Prof Richard Thaler, the personal impact workshop, multiple presentations from the Careers Office, the leadership failures questionnaire and debrief…

So, put a note in your diary, and sign up for all of these in advance. Make it hard for yourself to back out just because you’re tired. It’ll be worth it. The coffee and red bull stash is located directly outside the lecture theatre. Help yourself!

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No. We won't [#permalink] New post 27 Feb 2014, 10:00
FROM Booth EMBA Blog: No. We won't
I’m in London teaching our EXP19 students during their
last week in the program. The culmination will be closing ceremonies on
Saturday, though formal graduation is in Chicago a few weeks later.-->-->

Yesterday evening I was
chatting with a student and he said – “You need to make the program shorter. It
is hard.” (I think he was kidding; see below.) -->-->

Will we shorten the program or make it easier? No. We
won’t.-->-->

We can’t, and we don’t want to. Chicago Booth operates
4 MBA programs including the Executive MBA. The faculty decided long ago that
all of the programs should have the same degree requirements. Two years ago
they voted again, unanimously, to maintain that principal. Thus, our Executive
MBA students have to take the same Foundations classes, the same number of
classes in Functional areas, have the same requirements for Leadership classes,
etc. Moreover, faculty are expected to use the same texts, course content, and
exams as in our other programs. The culture of the University of Chicago is
serious and rigorous, and that extends throughout Booth. We are confident that
our Executive MBA program is the most rigorous and academically challenging in
the world.-->-->

This isn’t an easy road to take, for us or our
students. How do we implement this?-->-->

First, quality control of faculty and courses. We
don’t partner with other schools. We fly our professors to London and Hong Kong
to teach. That’s costly and impossible to scale.  We use seasoned faculty,
as our students are highly diverse in experience and geography, and have
extensive experience.-->-->

Second, we provide extensive academic support so that
students can absorb the material. At the beginning of the program they take a
course in Analytical Methods to refresh their understanding of quantitative
methods and basic statistics so that they have the right foundation. Each
course has one or two PhD students who are teaching assistants for the
professors. We fly them to London and Hong Kong, too, so that they are personally
available to students during class weeks.  Finally, Adjunct Assistant
Professor Kathleen Fitzgerald serves as Director of Academic Support. She
provides support, online review sessions, and advice to all students and
faculty from the beginning to the end of the program. She, the faculty and TAs
are available via email, phone, Skype etc. to help students with questions
between class weeks.-->-->

Third, we use continuous improvement. Faculty and TAs
are evaluated by students, and use the feedback to improve their courses. We
use a variety of other surveys and focus groups to get student and faculty
input about the program. We experiment with new methods to improve student
recruiting.-->-->

Finally, the students work very hard, and they think
very hard.-->-->

We won’t shorten the program
or make it easier. If you are considering our Executive MBA program, please
know what to expect. It is a considerable investment on your part. You will
work hard. It will be intense. But you will also be transformed.-->-->

I think the student
was kidding; he made the comment with a smirk. As he graduates I expect that he
is glad we don’t water down the program. He will be proud of his
accomplishment, and know that he received the best Executive MBA education
available.-->-->

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Godspeed on your journey [#permalink] New post 03 Mar 2014, 09:00
FROM Booth EMBA Blog: Godspeed on your journey
Suddenly, there are three weeks left to finish this
Executive MBA at Booth.

Twenty-one days. Two class weekends. One week of
concentration classes. Three more exams.

A stack of coursebooks nine inches high.

As my daughter reacted: "Whaaat..?!?"

Ah, yes, this was the program I wanted, because it would be
hard. I got what I wanted. Oh, and how.

But two years of preparation, study, assessment,
frustration, learning and adjustment are nearly over. Many business frameworks
and a few larger truths have come into focus.

Let's assume you will take up the challenge, be accepted,
and carry through with it. Let's assume that you, too, will digest this
bookshelf beside me -- 12 linear feet of material -- and learn financial
accounting, micro- and macroeconomics, operations, corporate finance and
financial strategy, competitive strategy, cross-border valuation, quantitative
marketing, pricing, negotiations, new product development, cost accounting,
marketing management, statistics, negotiations and the rest. Let's assume that,
because all of us do it.

Here are the wiser things I also took away on top of all of
that:

-- It is precisely when we are the most frustrated and
desperate that we are learning the most. It is the sense of frustration, Mike
Gibbs counseled early on, that signals we are climbing the learning curve.
Always keep pushing until you feel frustrated. Then push a bit further. Be
suspicious of confidence. That's the flat bit at the top of the curve; time to
start a new curve.

-- We all juggle work, coursework, family life. You cannot
fail at family life. It's the one thing that makes the others possible.

-- To learn something unfamiliar, stats professor Rob
McCullough reassured us, "you just need to spend some lonely time. It'll
make sense." He talked also of the "interocular test": When it
makes sense, it'll hit you right between the eyes.

-- Learn to un-lever and re-lever betas. For heaven's sake,
this isn't kindergarten. Dread no calculation.

-- In a room like the one put together (painstakingly) for
the EMBA program, each conversation is an interview, no matter how casual, one
classmate said. He was right. Each interaction is about your professional
reputation, and you're having it with the most important people you'll know
moving forward in your career.

-- Take on the extra work.

Tonight comes the key ceremony, when the Student Activity
Council for XP-83 (which I'm on), turns over the "Key of Knowledge"
to XP-84. Wine will be served. It is an amusingly large key. Suddenly, I'm
transported back a year (Terrifying! What if I had to go back?) to the night
when XP-82 handed us the key. They seemed so much smarter than we were.
Certainly more tired. I've gotten to know them more since. I look at the '84's,
and they seem so much smarter than we are. And they're not, either. And we're
certainly more tired.

But this is how it goes. We strive. We apply ourselves. Some
move on. Others join us. We learn. We help one another. And it never stops.

If this is for you ... well ... welcome, then. You're
joining an accomplished crowd. If it makes you nervous, it should. You have to
feel that to begin learning. But learn you will. Learn we did. And learn we'll
all keep on doing, now that we really know how.

Godspeed on your journey.-->-->

-- James Janega, XP-83, Booth MBA class of 2014.

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FROM Booth EMBA Blog: Your EMBA - Network or Expertise?
I keep hearing about many Executive MBA programs whose
major selling point is their network.  These programs seem to attract all
the “right” people and promote the connections that you will make when you join
the program. However, they don’t seem to say much about how much you’ll
learn.  -->-->

Now, don’t get me wrong, I think building a network is
a critically important part of any EMBA program, but it shouldn’t be the main
benefit.  It’s much more important that you actually learn something in
the program and develop some skills and expertise that make you more valuable
to your employer and your organization.  What good is a great network if
you don’t know how to leverage those connections, see opportunities, make
effective decisions and set an appropriate course for your organization?  If
the network is all you want, the local golf club or the cocktail party circuit
is a lot cheaper way to build your connections.

Bill Kooser

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William W. (Bill) Kooser is the Associate Dean for Global Outreach at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. He is responsible for developing relationships with key government, business, and media leaders to promote the school, and identify ways to further raise the school’s stature and increase activity in Asia. He is based in Hong Kong. Bill has spent over 25 years in higher education and has been a frequent writer and speaker on trends, issues and innovations in the business school industry. You can read more of Bill's insights on his blog BoothAsia Journal.
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Thank You. [#permalink] New post 01 Apr 2014, 11:00
FROM Booth EMBA Blog: Thank You.
For my recent graduation, I would first like to thank my parents and family: without their support and encouragement I would never have done it. Second, thank the program office, who always helped us with a smile in their face. Third, thank the teachers and TA's, who delivered knowledge in an amazing way. And, finally, thank my cohort and friends around the world, who supported each other at the most difficult times. So, with that, I share my MBA statistics, throughout the CHICAGO BOOTH EXP 21 month Program: 

C. Courses that I loved: 19; Course that I hated: 1.

H. Hours studied in university: 1530, at Home: 1072.

I. Insomnia and sleepless nights: 21 months jet-legged

C. Countries Visited: 14

A. American Airline Miles traveled: 213000.

G. GPA: do you really care?

O. Overweight kilos gained (and that need to be lost): 3.

B. Birthdays and HH missed: too many!! Forgive me and invite me this year: I'll come!

O. Operations (Surgeries): 3 (All is good now!)

O. Occupation Changes: 3 (Procter & Gamble, Procurian, Accenture)

T. Taxes Recovered in Heathrow Airport: £ 0 (There was always a missing stamp) 

H. Happy Friends to visit around the world: countless.

E. Entrepreneurship Competition: GNVC Finalist with HOPS @Chicago ! 

X. Xeroxed “Cheat Sheets”: 11

P. Program Value: Priceless.

THANK YOU ALL!!

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Advancing in Your Career [#permalink] New post 25 Apr 2014, 11:00
FROM Booth EMBA Blog: Advancing in Your Career
YOUR EXECUTIVE MBA CAN TAKE YOU FAR



Last month was a big deal around Booth. A whole new group of Executive MBA students graduated. This made me think about Executive MBA alumni and how far they have gone. The more I thought about it, the more I smiled. So many alumni have taken started with a goal and used the MBA to realize their aspirations. You might think that everyone has a background in finance (after all, this is Booth). What I learned that successes are as varied as alumni graduating from the Executive MBA program. Here are just a few members of the “Executive MBA Hall of Fame”.

Peter Browning (C-Suite) – entered the Executive MBA program with a vision of rising to the C-suite. While a worthy ambition, many people talk about this and yet few achieve it. He spent 24 years with the Continental Can Company, including President of two different divisions. He joined National Gypsum Company and in a
year was elected Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of National
Gypsum Company, seeing the company through and out of bankruptcy. He joined
Sonoco Products Company, (a $4 billion global packaging company) where he last
served as President and Chief Executive Officer. Today, he sits on several corporate boards
and leads a board advisory consultancy. Peter didn’t just hope he would land in
the C-Suite, he took calculated risks and leveraged his Booth MBA to get there.

Paul
Drury (Private Equity)
– wanted
to pivot his commercial banking experience into a career in private equity.
While many dream and even believe they will create a career in PE, few
accomplish this. Paul knew he would need to make a commitment and leverage his
twelve years at CIT Group managing the Midwest Region’s business development team. Paul was very smart about his
search. In many ways, Levine Leichtman Capital Partners ( LLCP), a private
equity partnership, was in his sweet spot. LLCP invests in middle-market
companies, a segment where Paul was already an expert. At Booth, it’s crucial
to know your competitive advantage and capitalize on it. 

Bryan
Johnson (Entrepreneur)
– is
a serial entrepreneur best known as the Founder of Braintree. Started by Bryan in 2007 and profitably

bootstrapped for four years, the company twice qualified as one of the fastest
growing businesses in America (Inc. 500 2011 & 2012), acquired peer-to-peer
payments provider Venmo, and is regularly covered in Wired, Inc., TechCrunch,
NY Times, and The Wall Street Journal. In 2013, the company processed more than
$12 billion in payments from all over the world. Braintree was acquired by eBay
for $800 million in 2013. Bryan
was named to Crain’s Chicago Business Tech 25 in 2011, Tech 50 in 2012 &
2013, and 40 under 40 in 2012. Mega-successful  entrepreneurs, like Bryan, grow
in the fertile entrepreneurial culture at Booth.



Maria
Kim: Social (Enterprise Executive)
–recently became CEO of the Cara Program, a Chicago-based social
purpose organization helping adults affected by homelessness and poverty to
secure and sustain quality employment. Previously, as Chief Operating Officer,
Maria had oversight of Cara's service delivery across the enterprise –
including the recruitment, training, placement, retention and advancement
services for the individuals they serve – as well as the visioning of how to
bring those services to greater scale. Booth develops many leaders, like Maria,

who leverage business knowledge and savvy to do well and to do good.

When you look at these alumni and understand
each of their stories, you can see what’s possible for you with vision,
determination, and a Chicago Booth MBA.



More next time,

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FROM Booth EMBA Blog: The Future of EMBA Programs?
In a recent
blogpost, Tim Westerbeck, founder and president of Eduvantis, outlines some of
the challenges facing EMBA programs in the coming years.  I think he is
absolutely correct.  Even though the basic design of EMBA programs hasn’t
changed much since we pioneered the concept in 1943, the next few years are
likely to see some significant changes in our business models and the structure
of our industry.

As Tim
points out, there are several key issues facing EMBA programs:-->-->

  ·       
Reduced
corporate support for education
. Fewer and fewer companies are providing
financial support for EMBA programs. Even fewer send their employees to
EMBA programs as part of a formal professional development
process. Increasingly, we see students who pay for the entire program from
their own pockets. As tuition continues to rise, schools will have to be
more creative in assisting students with financing options and in demonstrating
the ROI of the degree.-->-->

 ·       
Continued
growth in tuition cost
s. Tuition
has outpaced the general rate of inflation for many years and shows no sign of
slacking. Are we pricing ourselves out of the market? Are we likely
to face increasing competition from lower cost providers? Schools will
have to face up to the reality that the days of regular tuition increases might
be over. Given the contribution that many EMBA programs make to the school as a
whole, this could have implications on the entire enterprise.-->-->

 ·       
Expanded
student demand for services.

EMBA students increasingly expect the same type and level of service that we
have traditionally provided to our full time MBA students. Career support,
student organizations, and a wider selection of elective courses are just some
of the services EMBA students have come to expect. Each of these adds to
the cost of the program and changes the structure of the school. -->-->

 ·       
The
broadening use of technology
. From
online degree programs to tablets in the classroom, there is no doubt that
technology is about to make major changes to the delivery of our courses and to
the structure of our industry itself. There are still many questions on
what the specific impact will be, but schools that aren’t thinking about how
technology will change the industry may find themselves struggling to survive.-->-->

 ·       
Expansion
by industry leaders
.
Some of the world’s best known EMBA programs have expanded across the US and
around the world.  Wharton, Kellogg and Chicago Booth all have satellite
campuses and continue to expand their networks. How does a lesser known
school compete when one of these players comes to town?-->-->

 ·       
Increasing
competition
. Across
the globe, the number of EMBA programs continues to increase – even in spite of
the uncertainties in the industry. It will be even more important to
establish a unique positioning and develop the marketing plans to support
it. Even so, it may be increasingly difficult to attract a sufficient
number of students given the many choices that they will have.-->-->

 ·       
Alternative
education providers
. Specialized
masters programs, for-profit schools, employer sponsored training, non-degree
executive education and online educational programs can all function as
substitutes for an EMBA program. Prospective students now have many more
options to develop their professional skills. EMBA programs will have to
develop strategies to distinguish themselves for the alternatives.

Many of
these issues aren’t unique to EMBA programs, but apply to business schools in
general. However, EMBA programs are likely to be the most affected and given
the large financial contribution typically made by EMBA programs to their
schools, any significant shift in the EMBA market will cause a major disruption
to the entire enterprise.

So, what
can a school do?  First, schools should look closely at their portfolios
of programs to see where they are most vulnerable.  Between full-time,
part-time and Executive programs where are the opportunities and threats in the
market?  Are there new program opportunities that could be added or does
it make sense to scale back or eliminate some?  What would happen if there
were a major reduction in EMBA tuition revenue?

Second,
schools need to be paying close attention to advances in technology, whether
online degree programs, MOOCs or technology assisted learning in a traditional
classroom.  The technology is changing so quickly that it isn’t yet clear
where it is headed, but it is critical to stay abreast of new developments and,
where possible, experiment with alternative modes of delivery.

Finally,
schools need to critically assess the positioning of their EMBA programs.
What makes it different?  How is it perceived in the market?  What do
you offer that no one else does?  The answers to these questions will help
the school determine whether the EMBA program can compete and on what basis.

Here
at Chicago Booth, analyzing these issues is a regular part of our annual
planning process.  As a result, we are confident that the EMBA program
concept we launched 71 years ago will still be going strong 71 years from now.

Bill Kooser

Associate Dean for Global Outreach

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