EMBA Student Profiles
Learn more about EMBA alumni and their experiences at Georgetown.
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Michael F. Baylis II (EMBA'17)
Company: CI2 Aviatoin, Inc.
Job Title: CEO
What impact did the EMBA program have on your career? The Georgetown network that I gained has given me a new family who are eager to be a resource for me professionally. The alumni base has already been an amazing resource for me professionally as several alumni have engaged me for potential business opportunities.
When did you know that you made the right decision in coming to Georgetown? For me, I knew I had made the right decision about Georgetown when professors that I spoke with fully understood the government contracting industry. My firm provides services to both the U.S. federal government and the Bermudian government. My professors understood the geopolitical issues that face private companies that provide services to governments. This was the fit that I needed.
Herb Carmen (EMBA'13)
Industry: Management Consulting
Company: MorganFranklin Consulting
Job Title: Director, Public Sector
Describe the best part of your EMBA experience. I was serving on active duty in the U.S. Navy while I was attending business school. In 2011, halfway through my second semester, I received one-year orders to deploy overseas. I had to put my education on hold, and while I was away the GI Bill rules changed and affected the tuition support I would have received upon my return. I didn't know if I was going to be able to complete my degree. The outpouring of support and encouragement I received from everyone at McDonough was incredible. The staff helped prepare plan for me to return and join the next cohort. Dean Almeida and Professor Kamrad stayed in touch with me via email. My classmates sent care packages to my unit. Dean Almeida worked with alumni to arrange support for those of us affected by the GI Bill change. I was able pick up almost where I left off, and my new classmates accepted me as if we had been together since Day 1.
What was your experience like with your cohort?I had the opportunity to get to be a part of two EMBA cohorts as a result of my deployment. Because we worked on teams from the very beginning of the program, we had the opportunity to get to know each other well. We learned our strengths and knew when we needed to back each other up to get our projects done on time. We relied on each other to successfully complete the program, and we learned as much about ourselves as we did about each other. Friday nights during class weekends and each of the residencies gave us a chance to bond outside the classroom as well. My classmates are like an extended family. Five years later, we still meet up, share our experiences on Facebook, and support each other in our careers.
Mdolole Steven Moyo (EMBA'18)
Industry: Healthcare Consulting
Job Title: Director of Operations
Describe the best part of your EMBA experience. Aside from the expected development of lifelong friendships, and the renowned quality education, two experiences stand out. The first is our global residency in the final semester, in which we traveled to Dubai to analyze the hotel industry. The energy, collaboration, and effectiveness of our team turned into one of the most rewarding trips of my life. A second experience was the marketing course, which went into far greater detail and intricacies than I would ever have expected.
Greg Burlin (EMBA'17)
Industry: Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) Services
Company: Teleperformance USA
Job Title: Vice President, Business Development, Government Services
What impact did the EMBA program have on your career? The EMBA program accelerated my career in ways I wasn't sure were possible given where I was in my career. I was able to leverage not only my experience but the hard skills learned in the program to make an immediate career move post-graduation. My negotiating skills were enhanced, my communication with senior leaders was clear, my analytical ability was strengthened, and my confidence was high. All of these were all contributing factors and something I honed over the 20 months in the EMBA program. It led to a great post-graduation career move leading a new industry vertical for a $5 billion global organization based in France.
What was your experience like with your cohort and how would you describe the diversity? The cohort was very diverse however it was my expectation going to a school as respected as Georgetown. My expectation was that I would come in contact with the best of all age groups, cultures, religions, and backgrounds. What I didn't expect was to bond so deeply with people so different than me. I made two lifelong friends as a part of my time in the cohort who have very different backgrounds than I do. Almost daily we bounce career, family, and personal issues off each other. Meeting them has made me a better business person and man.
Josh Ellars (EMBA'15)
Industry: Technology Consulting
Job Title: Founder
How did Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business prepare you for your entrepreneurial venture? The experience at Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business was game-changing. Our business planning residency introduced us to the lean startup methodology, which I have used to refine Patri’s offerings and will continue to use to bring new products to market. Our global business experiences provided opportunities to help a leading agricultural company in Istanbul redesign their corporate social responsibility and global marketing plans and later collaborate with companies in Brazil, Vietnam, Singapore, Qatar, and Thailand to generate a model to inform market-entry decisions. These global experiences, coupled with instruction and mentorship from Georgetown McDonough’s renowned faculty and staff, provided the ideal environment for me to experiment with this entrepreneurial venture.
What do you miss the most from your Georgetown experience? Without question, I miss associating daily with my Georgetown classmates, professors, and staff. They are some of the most capable and influential people I know, and I consider it a privilege any time I have a chance to reconnect. There is an incredible energy on campus that is difficult to replicate elsewhere, and I make it a point to visit every time I’m back in the area. Hoya Saxa!
Dan Meyers (EMBA'16)
Industry: Communications & Corporate Advocacy
Company: APCO Worldwide
Job Title: Senior Director (SVP), Head of Advocacy
What was your experience like with your cohort? Perhaps the biggest surprise of my Georgetown experience was my cohort and the collective bond we formed. EMBA 21 was one of Georgetown’s most diverse, with 42% women. The conversations were diverse in thought and experience. It wasn’t something you realize until you leave the room, but the discussions, dynamics, and conversation were enriched by the diversity of people — a sort of subtle disruption. As a group, we evolved, learned, and grew together. We knew how each other thought and the personal strengths, weaknesses, and opportunities of one another. This closeness allowed us to push each other to grow and learn in ways that were largely unexpected.
What impact did the EMBA program have on your career? I entered the EMBA program after nearly a decade of work experience that was reaching something of a growth ceiling. The work was fun but the runway for internal and external growth had narrowed. Georgetown’s EMBA program pushed me to think different, bigger, and more global. I find myself looking at everything, both personally and professionally, through a different lens. Just a year and a half after the program, I was offered the opportunity in a much larger, global firm to build an offering in corporate advocacy and grassroots. Georgetown’s EMBA program prepared me to leverage my new skills and relationships on a much larger scale, allowing me to service a growing base of clients around the globe.
When did you know that you made the right decision in coming to Georgetown? This may sound trivial but, while not a sports fan in the least, I’ll never forget the feeling of belonging and community when I walked into my first Georgetown basketball game with a group of EMBA classmates. The energy, excitement, and sense of community were infectious. We all arrived from different backgrounds and for different reasons, but we were on this journey and experience together. The sense of camaraderie and support was a sign that I made the right decision.
Andrea Porter (EMBA'17)
Company: Center on Education and the Workforce at Georgetown University
Job Title: Director of Staff and Operations
What was your experience like with your cohort? I am grateful that the admissions team ensured that our cohort was diverse not only racially and geographically but also by gender and age. I enjoyed working with classmates from different industries and many different countries. I am still in touch with most of my classmates. Georgetown provides a wonderful support system during the program and its alumni network and activities after graduation make it very easy for staying in touch.
What impact did the EMBA program have on your career? A challenge for a young female leader like myself is that as I move up the career ladder, I find few peers who share similar levels of responsibility and experience. The EMBA offered valuable relationships with older and younger leaders with whom I discuss ideas for resolving challenges and share professional opportunities.
Ron Desantis (EMBA'01)
Job Title: Venture Manager
What impact did the EMBA program have on your career? The EMBA program had a significant positive impact on my career. The program’s unique mix of critical thinking development and analytical skill-building, all in a global business environment, expanded my strategic view which helped me make measurable career contributions both during and after the program. I went from observing global business decisions to driving them.
When did you know that you made the right decision in coming to Georgetown? One day in class when we were deep into discussing global monetary policy and its impact on country-specific markets, current IMF employees, who were also students in my class, enriched the discussion from their unique perspective. Since they were immersed in the subject in their jobs, they could offer contextual insights that you just couldn’t get anywhere else. That moment confirmed that I had made the right decision to come to Georgetown for the EMBA program.
Micah Marie Chi (EMBA'17)
Industry: Financial Services
Company: Charles Schwab & Co.
Job Title: Senior Marketing Manager
When did you know that you made the right decision in coming to Georgetown? I spent most of my life in the Northern Virginia area, and going to school at Georgetown has been a goal of mine ever since I can remember. When I was ready to go back to school and pursue an MBA, Georgetown was at the top of my list. My decision was solidified during an open house when they described the Jesuit mission of engaging in the world and being in service of others. I not only wanted to get my EMBA, but I wanted to attend a school that is deeply rooted in its core values.
What was your experience like with your cohort? I enjoyed my EMBA 22 cohort, we were like a family! I learned just as much from my classmates as I did from the professors. I’m still in touch with many of my classmates and have made lifelong friends from the program.
Paul Akinmade (EMBA'14)
Industry: Financial Services
Company: CMG Financial
Job Title: Senior Vice President of Marketing
What impact did the EMBA program have on your career? The EMBA program had a significant impact on my career. Having the degree allowed for certain doors to be opened within my organization where I was given the opportunity to manage much higher levels of responsibility. I was able to exceed expectations of those around me partly due to my new approach to assessing problems through structured methodologies that presented clear and definitive paths for not only needed changes but also execution. My ability to consistently do this during that moment in time created opportunities outside my organization. Those opportunities are still present as I am now a senior executive at one of the top 10 private lenders in the nation.
Matthew Ritchie (EMBA'18)
Industry: Private Equity
Company: Acorn Growth Companies
Job Title: Managing Director
What impact did the EMBA program have on your career? I started the EMBA program in an operations role with a background in finance and corporate development. I completed the EMBA program in a new role that blends operations, finance, and M&A. My takeaway: The EMBA program provided the vehicle for me to integrate the skills and knowledge developed during various past career phases into a single professional foundation.
Lala Balaoghlanova (EMBA'17)
Industry: Financial Services
Job Title: Premiere Relationship Manager
When did you know that you made the right decision in coming to Georgetown? I knew that Georgetown was the right place when I was excited to go to campus on a weekend after a sleepless night, preparing for presentations with my team or reading a 10th case in a row. I fondly remember every single experience I’ve had at Georgetown.
Describe the best part of your EMBA experience. At the very start of the program I have been focused on acquiring as many technical skills as possible — accounting, corporate finance, statistics, etc. During our Global Residency in South Korea, one of presenting speakers at Samsung mentioned that the most valuable lessons will be learned during behavioral science classes. It turned out to be true; classes like Ethical Leadership and Organizational Behavior have taught me invaluable leadership and communication skills.
Shaveta Joshi (EMBA'17)
Industry: Defense & Space
Company: Serco Group
Job Title: Vice President, Strategy and M&A
What was your experience with your cohort like? Being surrounded by different cultures and a large range of professional backgrounds was a priceless experience for me to learn from. I have learned to listen to their views and respect their inputs.
What impact did the EMBA program have on your career? My MBA was pivotal in helping me achieve my career goals. It helped me facilitate a career change into a different profession completely with my current employer.
Helena Hwang (EMBA'12)
Industry: International Development
Company: The World Bank
Job Title: Livelihoods Consultant
What impact did the EMBA program have on your career? Attaining the EMBA degree has had a very positive effect on my career. The program gave me a wide range of tools and experiences that I apply directly in my work. For example, I traveled regularly for several years to the Philippines to work on the Improving Livelihoods for Vulnerable Urban Communities project — a pilot project to test whether the World Bank's community-driven development model could be applied to help poor urban communities improve their livelihood opportunities. Recently, I developed a financial literacy and business skills training program for rural Zambian women, for the Zambia Girls’ Education and Women’s Empowerment and Livelihoods project. For both of these projects, I frequently referenced frameworks I learned during the EMBA program. The wonderful education I received at Georgetown — the lectures, international residencies, and most of all, discussions with professors and classmates — gave me the breadth and depth in these areas to apply them to help poor workers in developing countries.
Kevin Cochie (EMBA'17)
Company: Erickson Incorporated
Job Title: Vice President & General Manager
What impact did the EMBA program have on your career? The Georgetown EMBA had a tremendous impact on my career. I left the military well-positioned for success in the civilian sector, but I lacked the business acumen needed to elevate me into the C-Suite pool. I’m grateful for my experience at Georgetown because it gave me the ability to understand and speak the language of senior leaders in terms of business opportunities and profit and loss. Many of my friends aspire to be general officers in the military but I aspire to be the CEO that leads a company to success. Georgetown positioned me to continue on a path to achieve this.
Rico J. Macaraeg (EMBA'17)
Company: Hudson's Bay Company | Lord & Taylor
Job Title: Divisional Vice President, Brand Direction
When did you know that you made the right decision in coming to Georgetown? After meeting my esteemed cohort, I remember going home telling myself, “McDonough means business in bringing the best to their programs."
What was your experience like with your cohort?The cohort was extremely diverse and well rounded, with a rich mix of professionals from various background and industries. My cohort allowed for varied and deep conversation surrounding not only the curriculum but also work and experience. Definitely a key benefit of the EMBA program is this network, and yes – we still maintain regular communication with one another.
Zehra Zaidi (EMBA'14)
Job Title: Head of Marketing, Americas
What impact did the EMBA program have on your career? It really changed my career trajectory. I had been in marketing for over 10 years with some wins under my belt but felt like I needed to re-energize my career, and frankly, my brain. I had just had three kids in five years, and taking all that time off did a number on my momentum. The Georgetown brand and the EMBA program opened doors for me that may not have been available to me before. It’s one of the best things I have done for myself.
What was your experience like with your cohort? Our cohort was one of the best things about this experience. Over 20 months, you build a bond through the work and experiences that you just can’t replicate anywhere else. It’s a diverse group, so there are many perspectives and each person has their strengths. You learn to work together in ways that really test you and challenge your thinking. And of course, I made friends and professional connections that will last me a lifetime. I keep in touch with many of them.
Nathan Ruiz (EMBA'16)
Job Title: Director, Client Services
When did you know you made the right decision in coming to Georgetown? I was blown away by the quality and diversity of my cohort from the start! Right away in the residency and during the first few weeks of classes I remember being incredibly excited for all of the learning and growing we would do together. Those first weeks and months were when I knew I was in the right place.
What was your experience like with your cohort?I was one of a handful of career military or veterans in the cohort. The opportunity to get to know the members of my cohort who came from different backgrounds was life-changing for me. We have a deeply diverse group, and I keep in touch with many of my fellow cohort members and continue to learn so much from them. We are a talented group who balanced personal growth and ambition with a strong sense of teamwork that we allow to guide us.
Sekhar Puli (EMBA'04)
Company: REAN Cloud
Job Title: Founder, Managing Partner
When did you know that you made the right decision in coming to Georgetown? Right after the program I switched jobs and moved into management consultancy. The program gave me the confidence to allow me to take that leap of faith. However later on, after I started my own business, was when I truly felt the value of my education at Georgetown.
What was your experience like with your cohort?One of the main values out of the programs was my peers. You learn and lean on them so much. When I started the company I had to take advice from some of my cohort members who were experts in certain areas like marketing or operations. In fact one of them is part of my management team now.
Ranjeet Shetty (EMBA'16)
Job Title: Senior Technical Program Manager
What impact did the EMBA program have on your career? One year into my MBA course, my management saw the added value in my contributions and charged me with the transformation of business processes to increase efficiency and improve quality.
When did you know that you made the right decision in coming to Georgetown? For me it wasn’t one Eureka moment but a series of moments, each one led to a better understanding of the business environment. But if I had to single out one of my earliest moments, it was the Microeconomics class with Professor Macher. It completely changed the way I listen to and read the news.
Gaurav Ranjit (EMBA'18)
Job Title: Manager
Describe your Capstone Residency project. I had the privilege to conclude my EMBA experience with the Global Capstone Residency on the topic of obtaining land rights and stakeholder engagement for a wind energy project in Kenya. Under the guidance of Professors Ryan and Busch, I was part of a diverse team with strong competency, qualification, background, and experience that made this project a great success. We got to travel to Kenya to get an understanding of land rights and community engagement. In this journey, we got to meet, interview, and build relations with various individuals ranging from global executives at the World Bank, government officials, land and community activists, business entrepreneurs, and locals. This project has been a transformational experience for me, and I have not only been able to align it to my EMBA objective, but also positively influence my personal life as well.”
Erin Elizabeth Ryan (EMBA'16)
Job Title: Senior Corporate Finance Manager
Describe your cohort experience. My EMBA cohort has been the greatest asset I've gained from my MBA and is still a very important part of my personal and professional life. I am awestruck every day at the achievements of my EMBA family and am lucky enough to work with three of my classmates (and counting!) at Amtrak. Not only are my classmates an amazing group of executives, they're also incredible people, and I always look forward to catching up at our monthly networking session (happy hour).
Lenka Hennessy (EMBA'16)
Job Title: Director of Product Development and Customer Experience
When did you know that you made the right decision in coming to Georgetown? The first semester I heavily relied on my previous work experience and knowledge to prove to everyone and to myself that I belonged in this program. It was at the end of the first year when I fully realized that getting an EMBA at Georgetown was not preparing me to do an actual skill in my industry but it was teaching me how to see a big problem clearly and make decisions on what should be done. Now as a director and aspiring VP, that’s what sets me apart from my peers and colleagues..
How did the EMBA program exceed your expectations?I was very impressed that from day one as EMBA students we had multiple opportunities to network with global business leaders in a variety of ways and industries. This included group projects, various alumni channels, access to industry career advisors and expert panels, all the way to speaker series on topics relevant to our studies. Being part of this program enabled me to create sustainable relationships that are not only key to my personal development but a key to my future career success.