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.
After 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.