Global Executive MBA and Executive Master’s in Leadership Students Graduate

April 24, 2010

On Saturday, April 24, Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business graduated 47 students from the Georgetown Campus Global Executive MBA and 15 students in the Executive Master’s in Leadership programs.

The class of 2010 speaker was John Rother, executive vice president of policy and strategy for AARP, where he is responsible for its federal and state public policies, as well as formulating AARP’s overall strategic direction. He shared with the graduates and their families his seven rules for leadership success.

Among the qualities of effective leaders is the ability to empower those around them. He said, “A successful leader empowers those he or she works with by delegating responsibility and staying out of the way when things are going well, but also being willing to dive in and problem solve when things don’t [go well].”

Rother also advised the graduates to have the courage to take criticism for the long-term good of their organizations and to be willing to compromise as long as their actions move their organizations forward.

The other rules focused on vision, ethical behavior, team building, accountability, and responsiveness. In closing, Rother told the graduates, “Now the challenge is before you to do well for yourself, your organizations, and your country.”

At the conclusion of his remarks, George Daly, dean of Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business, presented Rother with the Dean’s Medal in appreciation of his example of leadership and service.

During the ceremony, a student from each program also addressed the graduates and their guests. Alexander A. Miyagi of the Global Executive MBA Program credited his success and that of his classmates to the family members and friends, saying “As we move forward in our professional careers, we moved forward not alone, but with you in our hearts and our minds, and in everything we do.”

Robert Wray, a graduate of the Executive Master’s in Leadership Program, told his classmates that in contrast to their other graduations, this one should be a catalyst of change in their lives toward outward thoughts. “This graduation should be about others. Leadership is about others, it is ultimately about creating conditions that make humans want to change; it’s about enabling people,” he said.

At the reception afterward, members of the Global Executive MBA class honored three of their professors: Associate Professor Paul Almeida, Heisley Family Chair of Global Manufacturing Kasra Ferdows, and Associate Professor Elaine Romanelli. The class also presented a $5,000 gift to the school to Dean Daly.