Tag: Executive Education



The inaugural Executive MBA Mumbai Class 1 started in April 2015 as a joint partnership between Indian Institute of Technology Bombay and Washington University. There are 27 students (23 men and four women) in our class. I can be directly attributed to the 3% international student figure as the only foreigner in class. In case you were wondering how I got to India, my wife accepted an expat assignment from her firm in Denver, Colorado, and shared the news for the first time when she picked me up at the Mumbai airport terminal at the end of her business trip.

Our class is dynamic and very interactive. My classmates share their experiences and ideas from a wide range of industries such as IT services, agriculture, manufacturing, and aerospace to name a few.

In October, we will spend two weeks studying in the U.S. So please don’t hesitate to say hello when we are in St. Louis, or stop any of us to ask questions about our perspectives on emerging markets, culture, and life. Many members of our class travel quite extensively. However, for some, this will be their first visit to the United States, and for others, this will be their first travels outside of India. 

To share some Indian insights, I have borrowed David Letterman’s Top 10 approach and compiled some unique experiences that can be found “Only in India…”

Number 10: Traffic is very congested in India and the use of the car horn is applied liberally.  Actually, I believe honking is a form of echo location. Whether you are five feet or fifty feet away, honking is mandatory.

Number 9: Does “yes” mean “no”?  No one ever says “no”.  How can I tell if “yes” means “yes”?

Number 8: Seeing the locals’ reaction when saying “Mujhe ullu mat banao” when the situation calls for it. Translated, it means “Don’t take me for a fool”. It’s a Mumbaikar term meant for local use. So when a foreigner says it, it adds a new dimension to the meaning.

Number 7: Scratching my head when my neighbor complained that the shoe rack outside of my flat caused the hallway to be dirty…I’m pretty sure my shoes are not the root cause…

Number 6: A small city means less than 1,000,000 people.

Number 5: A wedding attended by 400 people is considered “very small”.

Number 4: I thought my family’s “island time” in Hawaii was relaxed…India is even more relaxed – always add at least two hours (or two days) to a start/delivery time…

Number 3: There are bad monkeys here. Lock your possessions (especially food), or they will disappear.

Number 2: You think you are “ballin” (living a good life) until you realize you didn’t have an elephant at your wedding.

Number 1: Everybody is a cricket coach! The U.S. cannot compare to the passion of the fans here. In fact, when India played Pakistan in the World Cup last year, the entire country shut down.

CATEGORY: Global, Student Life



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Want to see live TED talks…in Knight Hall? Get the immersive TED talks experience by joining TEDxGatewayArch and the Olin Business School Community at the TED:2016 DREAM event on Thurs., Feb. 18. TED talks are only delivered live to a select few locations worldwide, and this is the only place in St. Louis where you can watch the international TED Talks live from Vancouver.

Come at any time after 2 p.m. for what TEDxGatewayArch promises will be “nerd heaven.” The speaker lineup is amazing—I’m particularly excited to see chess legend Judit Polgár, storyteller Chris Milk, and John Legend. Later in the evening, students can mingle with exhibitors, peruse TEDx swag, win prizes, and chow down on St. Louis favorites like Pi Pizza, SugarFire, Thai Bistro, and Sameem’s, among others.

The Olin community can also participate TEDxGateway’s local version of the TED talks. Two panels—featuring a USA World Cup champion, former U.S. Olympic Soccer coach, and the the lead stadium designer from global architecture firm HOK (among others)—will discuss the future (and feasibility) of professional soccer in St. Louis.

It costs $8,500 to attend the actual TED conference, and you have the chance to take in the live experience for only $10-15. This is an awesome opportunity. I hope to see you all next Thursday!

For full schedule and tickets

Join the conversation: #tedxarch

CATEGORY: News, Student Life



The Executive MBA class 46 Leadership Residency literally kicked off on Super Bowl Sunday this year. The class, which includes cohorts from St. Louis and Kansas City, gathered for the first session of the week-long residency in the Knight Center. The popular “I-70 Connect” reception allows the Kansas City and St. Louis cohorts to get reacquainted and prepare for their next 10 months together. The first day’s capstone was a venture to the hip Malt House Cellar to watch the Denver Broncos hoist the Lombardi Trophy after a 24-10 Super Bowl victory.

IMG_3386After a little celebrating, it was back to class and courses on formal and informal leadership.

Special guest speaker Sharon Price John, CEO of Build-A-Bear Workshop, Inc. told the class, “The definition of responsible is the ability to respond.” It was a meaningful beginning to an intensive week of learning and exploring the meaning of leadership.

Leadership Residency marks the halfway point of the WashU Executive MBA curriculum and is a hallmark of the program. During the ten months prior to Leadership Residency, executive students studied the core business competencies and now understand how they work together to solve problems. Following the residency, the cohort will concentrate on three essential themes that develop 360-degree thinking and the courage to dismantle organizational silos: growth, globalization, and innovation and entrepreneurship.

WashU’s Executive MBA is about Business Without Blind Spots.




2016 Leadership Perspective series --“MD to VP” session

“Healing is an art. Medicine is a profession. Healthcare is a business.” Nothing could be more true than that statement from Edie Varley that helped kick off the first session of the 2016 Leadership Perspective series that focused on doctors who transition into healthcare management positions. The “MD to VP” session was held Jan. 5 with more than 60 in attendance. Edie Varley is an Executive MBA alumna and director of discernment for Olin’s Executive MBA program.

Whether impacted by technology, views on patient care, or the political landscape, healthcare is changing before our eyes. As a result, gaining an understanding of the business impact of the changes in healthcare is becoming more vital. While leadership in healthcare has always been a focus, now more than ever, MDs are looking to balance clinical backgrounds with an understanding of business to ultimately impact the industry.

These three leaders are doing just that. Dr. Ken Yamaguchi, Dr. Mary Jo Gorman and Dr. Chuck Lucore are all trained physicians and while healing and caring for others is still central to their core, they all now serve in business roles: Ken as executive vice president and chief medical officer at Centene, Mary Jo as managing capital partner of Prosper, and Chuck as president & chief executive officer of St. John’s Hospital in Springfield, IL.

All three earned an MBA via WashU’s Executive MBA program.

An orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Yamaguchi still sees patients in addition to his duties at Centene. “Being a physician is what I am passionate about and my role as EVP and CMO at Centene is what I am most excited about,” he shared, finding a beautiful balance between healing and and his thirst to keep learning.

“For me, business provided the next puzzle to solve,” shared Dr. Mary Jo Gorman who is a serial entrepreneur.

“As an interventional cardiologist, I saw immediate results when seeing patients and as CEO the results take longer to see, although are equally rewarding as each day I know I am helping hundreds or thousands of people and not just the patients I used to see,” shared Dr. Chuck Lucore.

What does the future of healthcare hold? All three agreed they needed a crystal ball. And, all three agreed healthcare needs more doctors with MBAs.

CATEGORY: Career



Students from three of Olin’s Executive MBA programs will earn their degrees Friday, Dec. 11 in an awards and diploma ceremony scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. in Graham Chapel.

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Michael Neidorff

Zhiwen YIN, Associate Dean of the Fudan School of Management and Dean Gupta will officiate at the ceremony.

The keynote speaker is Michael Neidorff, Chairman, President and CEO of Centene Corporation.

A total of 74 executives will be awarded diplomas. Class 13 from the Shanghai program managed in partnership with Fudan University has 30 graduates and Class 44 from the Kansas City- and St. Louis-based programs has 44 students.

Last month, Dean Gupta was invited to celebrate the Fudan School of Management’s 30th anniversary since reestablishment. He announced in Shanghai, that a faculty office at Olin will be named in honor of Fudan to mark this milestone and the successful collaboration between Washington University and Fudan University.

DINGblogPictured at right is the ceremonial ding presented to Olin by the second class to complete the EMBA program in Shanghai.

The ding is installed on the south side of the Knight Center, home to the Executive Education programs.