EML Student Profiles
Elena (Alyona) Polomoshnova
Company: Deloitte Consulting LLP
Job Title: Senior Manager / Specialist Leader, Organization Transformation and Talent
What impact did the EML program have on your career? I participated in the EML program mid-career, after over 15 years of advising public sector organizations in the United States and around the world. The program helped me bring all my experiences together and chart the course going forward. It helped me realize my strengths and my passion, taught me to strengthen and rely on my network to achieve professional goals, and much more.
Describe the best part of your EML experience. While it is difficult to call out one of the classes, I’d say the most impactful was our leadership class taught by Professor Robert Bies. That class pushed me to think about issues in the workplace that we normally don’t get a luxury of having time to analyze, but that make huge difference in dynamics within an organization.
How would you describe the diversity of your cohort? What was your experience like? Being part of our incredible cohort helped me to learn to trust and rely on others, ask for help when needed, and attribute credit where warranted. This new ability to leverage and contribute to my network became a major boost in my professional progression and helped me become more impactful with my clients, my community, and even my family.
How did the one-to-one coaching impact you? One-on-one coaching was a critical element of the program. It provided just the right amount of support and subtle guidance through an intense journey of self-(re)discovery throughout the program.
Describe the moment you knew you made the right decision in coming to Georgetown. I knew I made the right decision when the faculty members took time to discuss my professional background, challenges, and aspirations before advising me to apply to any specific program. They were thoughtful and cared about what fit my needs most at that time and helped me make my experience at Georgetown truly transformational.
Norman Joseph (Joe) Elias
Company: Elias Management Consulting
Job Title: Founder & CEO
What impact did the EML program have on your career? It gave me the tools to understand my leadership strengths and areas for improvement.
Describe the best part of your EML experience. It is difficult for me to describe one course, because the sum of the entire program is greater than the individual parts. That said, my trip to Cape Town has been a life-changer.
How would you describe the diversity of your cohort? What was your experience like? I loved EML11. They always will be my immediate Georgetown family for the rest of my life; and truly a family because though our differences we grew stronger as as a team. We all came from different walks of life but each had a story to tell, and I did my best to listen.
Describe your favorite residency. What did it entail? How did it impact you? My Global Residency and Capstone were about an assessment of transformational leadership at the Solms Delta wine estate in the western cape. It has had a major impact on me for three reasons. It taught me that leadership is about us all and the leader; change begins and ends with the self; and I found my love for Africa, it’s peoples, and cultures to be very inspiring.
How did the one-to-one coaching impact you? The one-on-one coaching was amazing. Pam Mayo was my coach. I found her to be very attentive and encouraging. She was an excellent listener and positive influencer to me, very astute on understanding emotional intelligence to the max. She convinced me of skills that I never even fathomed that I have.
Describe the moment you knew you made the right decision in coming to Georgetown. Some moments last a moment and some moments last an eternity. For me, Georgetown is the latter moment because the heavens felt my joy then and continue to feel it. It is a moment that started when I was a child in Beirut, and I wanted so much to go to a Jesuit school like my cousins but my parents could not afford it. Even more, when I moved to Washington, I knew that Georgetown was my school but it took 25 years to enroll. And the rest is history, but my Georgetown decision I realized is now a way of life of faith and justice that I live the Georgetown way, based on Jesuit principled leadership. Hoya Saxa!
Mary M. Gillam, Ph.D.
Industry: Management Consulting
Company: Executive Leadership Enterprise and Management Services, LLC
Job Title: President
What impact did the EML program have on your career? The EML program revitalized my career. Although I was an experienced and seasoned leader and the host of the local television show Leadership Table Talk prior to beginning the program, I wanted to gain a broader perspective on the latest narrative in executive leadership development. Since I coach and train clients in leadership, management, and organizational development, I could not afford to limit my knowledge to things that I learned decades prior. Continuous learning is essential for my business and personal growth. In addition, as an Amazon #1 bestselling author, the EML program laid the foundation for my latest book, How to Lead Without Alienating Bullying, or Destroying Your Team. It also inspired me to complete my leadership development training board game entitled, The Leadership Build Zone, which was selected as one of six top entrants in a nationwide innovation competition.
Describe the best part of your EML experience. The best part was gaining new knowledge from the professors and my fellow cohort members. Everyone brought a different perspective to the EML experience based on their leadership and management expertise. By sharing this with one another, we all had the opportunity to learn and grow.
How would you describe the diversity of your cohort? What was your experience like? My cohort experience was awesome. The group was very diverse. Although there was an age difference (I was the second oldest in the class), I learned a lot from them and vice versa. I firmly believe that you can never stop learning. Since graduation, I have kept in touch with several of my cohort members. For example, I routinely send out blogs on various leadership topics, and I receive great insight from my fellow cohort members.
Describe your Master’s/Capstone Project. What did it entail? How did it impact you? Prior to starting my leadership and management consulting business, I spent 30+ years in telecommunications and information systems security. As a retired Air Force colonel, former chief information officer, and director of technology, innovation, and engineering, I still remain active in this area. As a result, I chose to do my Capstone Project on Exploring the Information Security Challenges Facing Federal Chief Information Security Officers Using the Competing Security Cultures Framework. Because of the EML coursework on organizational culture, I wanted to understand how competing values and behaviors can induce risk in achieving an organization’s information security goals and objectives. In addition to my wonderful mentor, Robin Dillion-Merrill, I capitalized on Lance Hayden’s book, People-centric Security: Transforming Your Enterprise Security Culture and research conducted by the Government Accountability Office. Since completing the project, I have had numerous requests for a copy of the final report.
Describe the moment you knew you made the right decision in coming to Georgetown. When I came to Georgetown, I already was a former senior executive in the government, and a retired Air Force colonel. Additionally, I had several advanced degrees. Yet, I knew that I wanted the Georgetown experience and reputation as part of my business and personal credentials. As I stood on the stage at graduation, I realized that I could humbly and proudly say that I am a Hoya for life.
Industry: Management Consulting
Company: NextView Management Consulting, LLC
Job Title: Founder & CEO
Describe the best part of your EML experience. Each EML class and instruction exceeded my expectations; however, the Innovation and Change class with Professor Williams is one that I have used most since graduation and in my consultation practice. I recently applied the practical application of this material and methodology to a nonprofit client that produced resounding results. Collectively finding desirable solutions to solving complex problems for clients is now a useful mindset and skill for my toolbox.
Industry: Financial Services
Company: U.S. Bank
Job Title: Senior Information Security Manager
What impact did the EML program have on your career? EML and more importantly, the networks and friendship built within the program, have played a significant role in the success of my career. While in the program, I was asked to work on a special project (30 days) for one of my classmates; that experience turned into five and a half years. From there, the tools and skills I learned, developed, and honed while in EML continue today to help launch me into new and exciting experiences and career challenges.
Describe the best part of your EML experience. Honestly, for me the best part of this program went far beyond the content. The content is critical of course, but the diversity, safety, and collaboration in which the EML program is based was by far the best part. Learning from more than books and speakers, but from real-life experiences and classmates, is what truly sets this program apart from any other.
How would you describe the diversity of your cohort? What was your experience like? The diversity was amazing and intimidating at times. I had spent the previous six years working on Democratic campaigns trying make a positive difference on the world. As I walked into the first class, I sat down next to a man and quickly noticed his leather-bound notepad embossed with the White House insignia (there was not a democrat in the White House at the time). My program was a group of 35, if I remember correctly and we had people from all walks of life. I believe there were four of us under 30 and three or four who just couldn’t handle the idea of retirement. Public sector, private sector, government, military, artists, education, operations and logistics, media and press and the list of backgrounds goes on and on. Beyond our diversity, we all held one truth, one thing we could all agree upon, we ALL wanted to learn and lead with honor and make the world a better place, and by being placed in an environment of safety and cooperative learning we were afforded the space to do so.
Describe the moment you knew you made the right decision in coming to Georgetown. I’m not sure there is only one moment. Just getting into the program, as girl from small-town Iowa who had spent what felt like so many years on the campaign trail, just getting in was one of the most exciting days of my life. The program itself was challenging and as equally rewarding, so graduating magna cum laude, was another moment where I knew I was in the right place. Since then, every day I am given the opportunity to help guide or lead someone, I think back to my learnings and EML and exactly how those experiences have brought me to where I am today.
Company: Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality
Job Title: Director, Office of External Affairs
What impact did the EML program have on your career? The Georgetown EML program had a tremendous impact on my life both personally and professionally. I started the program in 2015 but had to take a medical leave of absence and re-enter the program in 2016. I completed the program in 2017. I was blessed to be part of two cohorts, EML 11 and EML 12.
It’s difficult to put in words what this experience meant to me. I made lifetime friends and the value of this network across the globe is priceless to me professionally and personally.
In my current role, I meet companies entering our state seeking a prime location for a new business. Being able to discuss business, economic growth, and strategic planning in my role as business liaison between our agency and the company aids our state and increases not only my worth, but also the desirability of our agency and the State of Oklahoma. I am now equipped and able to converse not only environmental issues and permit assistance, but also discuss competitive advantage in moving to Oklahoma in discussions with executive management.
From the bottom of my heart I would like to thank Georgetown, all the professors in the EML program, and especially God for allowing me this opportunity in my life. God bless the university as it continues to educate men and women across the globe.
Company: Naval Sea Systems Command
Job Title: Director, Submarine Cost Engineering
What impact did the EML program have on your career? I lead a team of 15 to 18 cost engineers with varying degrees of experience. In our line of work, we need to work with both military and civilian personnel, government employees and contractors from a wide range of backgrounds including mathematics, statistics, budgeting, auditing, accounting, engineering, and logistics. Leading efforts encompassing such a diverse set of people, cultures, and experiences is both challenging and rewarding. I already had a technical degree, so adding leadership to my skill set enables me to unleash the potential of my team to their own advantage. I have noticed a re-energized spirit in the team that I know is a by-product of my learning experience in the EML program.
Describe the best part of your EML experience. The best part was realizing that I was not only learning a great deal from the instructors, but also from my classmates. They are an amazing group of individuals, driven by different goals, but drawn together for the common cause of enhancing their leadership skills. I am still in contact with most of them even years after we graduated.
Describe your favorite residency. What did it entail? How did it impact you? The Global Residency gave our cohort an opportunity to apply our leadership training in a place that was, quite frankly, a little out of our comfort zone. We were in a different country, with a different culture, applying skills to help make a difference in their lives. I think we did that. I still communicate with my team’s client in South Africa. It was an experience that will affect me for the rest of my life.
How did the one-to-one coaching impact you? The one-to-one coaching was an opportunity to get deeper into discovering the real me outside the group environment. Some things are truly personal. The one-to-one training helped me see areas where I could improve in a non-threatening, more personal setting.
How would you describe the diversity of your cohort? What was your experience like? Having the same group of classmates for every course is a real strength of the program. The cohort studied together, got to know each other, and grew together in so many ways. We had people from all over the country from government, nonprofit organizations, industry, and the military. And our backgrounds included just about every race, religion, and age demographic you can think of. When I think back about our class, I realize how lucky I am to have had the EML experience.
Industry: Government (Military)
Branch: U.S. Marine Corps
Job Title: Chief Pilot, Commandant’s Flight Detachment
What impact did the EML program have on your career? EML taught me the science behind the Marine Corps’ leadership principles enabling me to far more effectively lead Marines, change organizations, and recruit and maintain talented members of my unit.
Describe the best part of your EML experience. The best part of the EML experience – everything. I was eager to get back in the classroom, to grow my academic understanding of leadership, learn from my peers and professors, and refine my written and oral communication skills. Georgetown’s EML program exceeded my expectations on every level.
How would you describe the diversity of your cohort? What was your experience like? My EML cohort was incredibly diverse. Professionals from all walks of life came together to form an exceptionally diverse and dynamic group, which made for an incredible learning experience. As a career Marine officer, my exposure to civilian, private-sector leaders was limited. My EML cohort gave me the opportunity to learn from so many unique and talented leaders from every career field imaginable. Since graduating, many in my cohort have remained close and even facilitated the growth and movement of several to new and challenging positions of leadership in various companies.
Describe your favorite residency. What did it entail? How did it impact you? In South Africa, my team worked with a local school district and provided leadership/mentorship training to school principals and administrators with a specific focus on ethical leadership. It was an incredible experience to learn about, integrate with, and provide training for a dynamic and diverse group of professionals from a walk of life so drastically different than my own. The challenge of understanding their cultural and economic differences and apply that knowledge to delivering them effective training was amazing, yet rewarding.
Adrian J. Nicholas
Industry: Government Services
Company: Redhorse Corporation
Job Title: Program Manager
What impact did the EML program have on your career? Upon completion of the EML program, I received a promotion at my civilian job and was given assignments of greater responsibility in the Marine Corps Reserves that were above my rank. The trend has continued progressively since my 2015 graduation!
Describe the best part of your EML experience. The best part of my EML experience (there were several) was the group project I participated in for the Raymond Academy in Cape Town, South Africa. Working on this project allowed me to observe entrepreneurial efforts under different socioeconomic and cultural factors, which was an eye-opening experience for me.
Describe your Master’s/Capstone project that you worked on. What did it entail? How did it impact you? My master’s project highlighted the lack of diversity at the General ranks of the U.S. Marine Corps. At the time of my paper, the Marine Corps had 64 generals since 1775 but only 16 were African American. My project involved interviewing high ranking African American officers and discussing this topic with them. Their perspectives were very insightful, and I have applied some to my own career trajectory in the Marine Corps.
How would you describe the diversity of your cohort? What was your experience with them like? My cohort was great! We were a very diverse tight-knit group that helped each other out tremendously. My cohort did not play a role in my career after graduation but we still keep in touch with each other.
Company: Fairfax Radiology Centers
Job Title: Chief Human Resources Officer
Describe your overall EML experience. I was a member of the 2005 inaugural cohort of the EML program. As a human resources executive, I was drawn to the opportunity to advance my leadership skills as well as support organizations in attracting and developing leaders.
I was delighted by how comprehensively we explored leadership from many angles – communication style, ethics, financial acumen, cultural competence, decision-making, strategy, interpersonal effectiveness, and many others. I have so many tools in my tool kit and 13 years later still peruse and use the resources.
The faculty were all excellent and clearly committed to driving us to excellent work as well as preparing us for life. They are caring people committed to their craft of teaching.
The credential has opened many doors for me in finding job and consulting opportunities. Even better is how I earn opportunities and respect from articulating what I’ve learned about people and leaders.
Jack W. Claypoole
Industry: Higher Education
Company: University of South Carolina
Job Title: Executive Director for Strategic Initiatives
What impact did the EML program have on your career? I selected the program after moving to the D.C. area in 2006 to accept a position with the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy. New to the area and new to the federal government, I found the curriculum to be both challenging and immediately useful in my new career path. The bulk of my career has centered around change and change management, and my EML experience helped me not only succeed in D.C., but it also paved the way for my return to my home state and to my undergraduate alma mater. Lessons learned in EML have served me well in the decade since leaving Georgetown, and I continue to urge colleagues to pursue leadership learning.
Describe the best part of your EML experience. Without a doubt, my classmates were the best part of EML. Rich in diversity and experience, our cohort bonded through our journey and many remain connected today. Each of us have faced joy and sorrow in our walk since leaving Georgetown, but there is never a day that EML colleagues are not by my side to celebrate or lift me up as we continue this leadership journey. While we may be spread across the globe, there is no doubt that the heart of my EML experience are the once-strangers, now family of our cohort.
Describe your Master’s Project / Capstone. What did it entail? How did it impact you? I spent much of my Capstone Project working on the concept of managing through transition, coursework that became immensely helpful as I navigated the transition of my own office from one presidential administration to the next. From people to policy, the capstone project gave me the road map to ensure that the vital programming my office supported would continue uninterrupted.
How did the one-to-one coaching impact you? The one-on-one coaching in EML was fantastic. In higher education, it’s easy to get lost in the bureaucracy and miss out on the richness of experience and understanding that professors and instructors bring into the classroom. With a small class size and one-on-one coaching, EML offered the opportunity to “double-down” on my learning with genuine personal coaching. Having learned leaders lean into me for more than just an easy answer and actually challenge me on an individual level was a treasured part of my EML experience.
How would you describe the diversity of your cohort? What was your experience like? I thought Professor Bob Bies and the EML leadership did an absolutely fantastic job at building a learning cohort that also could serve as a learning lab. The intentionality with which our cohort was built led to some of the most incredible learning experiences I’ve ever had. The purposefulness of Bob’s design allowed for growth in me – and I think in many of my colleagues – that would not have happened in classroom lectures alone. To this day, I count many of my EML classmates as far more than just friends, but rather as family.
Describe the moment you knew you made the right decision in coming to Georgetown. I remember sitting in my learning group one evening as one of our group members shared the impending announcement of her appointment to a high-level position within the District. What began with the fellowship of Cuban pork and sangria on her deck, ended with our EML learning group united in prayer for our colleague and her new challenge. That was just one of dozens of similar moments that made, and continue to make, my EML choice the absolute right decision.
Joseph L. Garcia
Industry: Higher Education
Company: SUNY Empire State College
Job Title: Executive Vice President for Administration
What impact did the EML program have on your career? I was in an interview to be the first FEMA CFO for Hurricane Katrina long-term recovery in New Orleans while an EML student. By chance, one of the course instructors had just distributed a lengthy preliminary report on FEMA’s initial response. The assignment was to apportion responsibility for the perceived failed efforts in the Gulf Coast. My interviewers had not even seen the report! The ability to speak intelligently about the landscape I would be sent to led to my selection in this senior executive service position. Ultimately, possessing the EML from Georgetown University on my resume continued to open doors. I believe the leadership emphasis associated with the program effectively balanced my functional background.
How did the one-to-one coaching impact you? The coaching was very helpful. I kept and refer to the personal vision statement, goals, and action plan that was developed.
How would you describe the diversity of your cohort? What was your experience like? I had an interesting experience during the EML program. Halfway through the program, I was selected by FEMA as the “Katrina CFO” to serve in New Orleans. In fairness to the administrator, I pulled out of the program to fully concentrate on the costliest and one of the worst disasters in American history. A year later I rejoined the program exactly where I left off so I ended up as part of two cohorts. When I left the board of a national nonprofit, I nominated a classmate to succeed me on the board. That is the bond that exists from going through the program.
Describe the moment you knew you made the right decision in coming to Georgetown. Graduation day was special. Because I spent the last half of the program flying back and forth from New Orleans to D.C. to finish the program, it was an extraordinary burden due to work, additional expense, and time away from family. When I walked across the stage at graduation, I knew that it was worth it.
Industry: Higher Education
Company: California Institute of Technology (Caltech)
Job Title: Director of Strategic Initiatives
Describe your EML experience. My EML experience was life-changing. I was able to witness, first-hand, two hallmarks of what it means to attend Georgetown and the McDonough School of Business – the students and the faculty. The cohort structure of the EML program was an added bonus – I have developed lifelong friendships from my cohort, all of whom I consider to be my own personal board of advisors. Ten years after graduating, I still frequently refer to my course materials and talk with my classmates. I know that I am a better leader today because of EML.
Company: Highland Bakery & Kitchen Peachtree City
Job Title: Franchisee / Owner
What impact did the EML program have on your career? It opened my eyes to all the opportunities out there. Studying, discussing, and working in groups together with my 30 classmates from all different industries was enlightening.
Describe the best part of your EML experience. Our residence in Capetown was impressive. The projects we worked on were appreciated by the community an did make an impact. Lamar Reinsch, the leader of the program back then, has been amazing and brought so much value to this program.
Describe your Global Consulting Project. What did it entail? How did it impact you? Our group conducted a workshop for professionals in Capetown about decision strategies (a class taught by John Austin). It took a lot of preparation to be able to conduct this class. Even though at that time I was a facilitator in my job, because this was a completely new topic to all of us, it was very exciting to see how much the group liked and benefited from our class.
Describe the moment you knew you made the right decision in coming to Georgetown. The day I drove over the bridge onto the Georgetown campus. That view alone made me realize what a privilege it would be to study at this wonderful university. I had already met all the classmates and professors at a get together before and new that this was the right decision. Like many of my classmates, I often described the EML experience as transformational / life changing.
Gene A. Spencer
Company: Home Ownership Preservation Foundation
Job Title: Chief Executive Officer
What impact did the EML program have on your career? EML significantly improved my leadership knowledge and capabilities even after 20 years as a corporate executive.
Describe the best part of your EML experience. Professor Lamar Reinsch was amazing. We got to visit and work with folks in South Africa which was richly rewarding.
Describe your Master’s/Capstone Project. What did it entail? How did it impact you? The capstone was very interesting. I did a study of my former corporate CEO with his cooperation.
What was your cohort experience like? I developed warm relations with the cohort. Diversity was quite good: race, gender, and life experiences. I still keep in touch with many of them.
Describe the moment you knew you made the right decision in coming to Georgetown. In the first class, when we analyzed Shackleton’s adventure as a test of leadership. First, I love adventure travel. Second, I love a good story. And, of course, I joined EML to better understand the dimensions of leadership and how it responds to the inevitable tests. More importantly, I often reflect on what I learned as I navigate my own leadership journey.
Company: Otsuka America Pharmaceutical, Inc.
Job Title: Associate Director, State Government Affairs and Advocacy
What impact did the EML program have on your career? My employer reimbursed me for my EML degree. It has afforded me a platform to discuss how external factors impact business. My masters paper “A whitepaper for business leaders, on how to improve their non-market functions with the use of strategic analysis frameworks” has been used to validate the impact of my function government affairs on our business. I also have been selected to participate in many leadership forums to represent Otsuka.
Describe the best part of your EML experience. My favorite experience was working on the Sisonke Social Circus Consultation project and the trip to Stellenbosch, South Africa. We had a great team and the project was interesting. We presented a strategic framework to help this NGO realize their goal of helping their community with social change to maintain the post-apartheid goals of Nelson Mandela.
Describe your Master’s/Capstone Project. What did it entail? How did it impact you? I chose a topic for my Capstone Project that was relevant to my work as a government affairs’ professional. Otsuka is not different from other organizations in wanting to use a traditional business model to evaluate the effectiveness of their government affairs team. My project outlined what the impact of government affairs has been on significant business innovations, i.e. impact of Toyota’s Prius on the California state highways and how it framed the use of high occupancy vehicle/express lanes to improve commutes. Some of my activities included interviewing government affairs experts in the Washington, D.C., area who work in the pharmaceutical manufacturing sector – this helped me better frame the impact of government affairs work in my industry and how it evolves with innovation.
How did the one-to-one coaching impact you? The 1:1 coaching gave me an opportunity to be selfish and work on me. It provided me with additional skills that have helped me manage my time and prioritize my work projects. The coaching included self-assessments and activities to help me identify the key areas I needed to improve to make my work more fulfilling and efficient.
What was your cohort experience like? EML 9 was a diverse group of individuals. Most ethnicities were represented, people with diverse backgrounds, and individuals identifying as LGBTQ. We were a passionate group who communicated with authenticity on a vast group of topics. I remain close to some of my classmates.
Describe the moment you knew you made the right decision in coming to Georgetown. I knew after the one-year mark that GU was the best decision for me. The principles of the university, the Jesuit experience, and the McDonough staff and professors were a pleasure to work with and to get to know. I have reached back several times to professors for advice and resources.
Job Title: Director of Business Transformation
What impact did the EML program have on your career? I was admitted to the program in my early 20s. As a rising star, the program helped to broaden my understanding of the world and people. EML provided me with a strong framework to understand key differences between leadership and management, something that is not emphasized in traditional business schools. Georgetown provided a truly unique program and approach within the curriculum, which was the first of its kind. Ever since, other schools have emulated the program realizing the importance of leadership and how leadership principles are critical to developing an organization for long-term success. As a young professional, I began the program as an analyst, and I have grown considerably in my professional career, thanks to lessons learned through the EML Program at Georgetown.
Describe the best part of your EML experience. I made some great friendships that are still with me today. I also felt that Professor Robert Bies provided the best example of leadership and many of his lectures still resonate with me today.
Industry: Public Relations
Company: Shilad Strategies, LLC
Job Title: President
What impact did the EML program have on your career? EML helped to give the confidence and resources to clarify my personal and career goals, challenge and develop my own leadership skills, and map out a path to take my business to the next level.
Describe the best part of your EML experience. The highlight of the program was having the opportunity to collaborate with our strategy professor on my personal Capstone project, where I was able to utilize and bring all of the knowledge and skills gained in the program and apply it to a project of personal importance to me.
Company: Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority
Job Title: Vice President, Supply Chain Management
How did EML change your leadership style for the better? EML offers incredible opportunity for self-reflection. Throughout the coursework and in classroom interactions, I increased my self-awareness – including how I saw myself showing up and how others were perceiving me. I was able to apply survey results, case study analysis, and direct feedback to tweak my default style to resonate with different audiences and in various circumstances – a critical skill for excelling at situational leadership.
Why EML and not an EMBA? At a certain point, success requires a shift from demonstrating technical capability to mastering soft skills, including communicating the vision and strategy of the organization, aligning the culture, and motivating a workforce to seamlessly execute organizational objectives. As a CPA, I felt a master’s in leadership would complement my professional experience nicely, while providing an opportunity to further develop the skills that would help propel me to more senior levels of management.
Brian M. Snow
Industry: Venture Capital
Company: Impala Ventures
Job Title: General Partner
What impact did the EML program have on your career? EML offered a “reset” for me professionally and allowed me to think about being first a corporate “intrepreneur” and then a founder of a company I built from 2011 to 2017. EML helped me create a management philosophy and playbook to build great teams of thought leaders.
Describe the best part of your EML experience. There are so many to offer, but I will share one that I have tapped back into time and time again. Professor Brooks Holtom was one of many notable professors. Brooks has played an instrumental part in my leadership style since EML. He has agreed on several occasions to come into my companies and moderate an annual leadership conference I held for my growing global leadership team
What was your cohort experience like? Incredible diversity of thought, backgrounds, and perspective. We had a medical doctor who also was a wounded warrior in Iraq, several lawyers, a few military officers, academics, investment bankers, for-profit business leaders/entrepreneurs, as well as several from the nonprofit realm.
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