Deans and directors, marketing and admissions managers for Executive MBA programs are gathering at Olin Business School this week for the 2014 Midwest Regional Meeting of the Executive MBA Council. The two day gathering is taking place at the Charles F. Knight Executive Education and Conference Center on the Washington University in St. Louis campus.
“Our industry is looking to change itself,” said Michael Desiderio, Executive Director of the EMBA Council at the opening session of the St. Louis meeting. “We need to continue to understand what businesses are doing to retain and attract talent and continue to
see how we can connect. We need to rethink our curriculum and continue to
expand our scope with our research.”
Record attendance is expected with representatives from some of the top business schools in the country, including the University of Chicago, Northwestern University, University of Notre Dame, The Ohio State University and other outstanding Midwestern schools.
In addition to presentations on market research, there will be several panel discussions covering topics such as curriculum, global residencies, and recruiting strategies. Olin Business School faculty will also present research on current management topics.
Ginger Imster, Executive Director of Arch Grants, will discuss the “EMBA value proposition and how entrepreneurship plays a role.”
Conference attendees will take in a Cardinals game at Busch Stadium during their visit and tour Olin Business School’s recently completed 175,000 square foot expansion project that includes Knight Hall and Bauer Hall, adjacent to the Knight Center.
Olin Business School’s Executive MBA program was launched 30 years ago in St. Louis. It was one of the first officially recognized western schools to offer a program in China with its partner Fudan University in Shanghai in 2002. A new partnership with the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay was announced last week and will launch the first U.S.-Indian dual degree Executive MBA in Mumbai in 2015. Olin’s EMBA program is also offered in Kansas City and Denver.