It was a an overcast, rainy Saturday in Kansas City, yet it did not dampen the spirits of Olin’s Executive MBA students in Kansas City who gathered to participate in the 11th annual Dragon Boat Races hosted by the Society for Friendship with China on June 13.
Drawing on lessons learned in the Team Development course with Professors Bill Bottom and Hillary Elfenbein, the “Strokes of Genius”team raced in two races on Brush Creek, the body of water that flows alongside KC’s famed Country Club Plaza. It was a day shared with family and friends, and one filled with laughs as our group of novice rowers came together.
EMBA student Brad Li, a native of Shanghai, participated in the event’s opening ceremony and before the team rowed he shared secret tips learned from Chinese Deputy Consul General Liu who visited his KC office on Friday.
Participating in this Chinese tradition is especially meaningful for Olin Business School. Our EMBA program in partnership with Fudan University in Shanghai was the first joint EMBA program recognized in mainland China in 2002.
For the program’s international residency, our students travel to Beijing and Shanghai to experience business in both the political and economic capitals of China. While in Shanghai, they will also engage with our Shanghai cohort to truly experience doing business on a global platform.
The 6th Kansas City cohort includes entrepreneurs, corporate executives, industry leaders, attorneys, and non-profit executives.
The cohort will continue their studies through January before rejoining their colleagues in St. Louis for the second half of the Executive MBA curriculum, which includes the international residency in Bejing and Shanghai.