Why did you pursue an executive degree at Georgetown?
I decided to pursue the Georgetown-ESADE Global Executive MBA (GEMBA) for many reasons. The main reason was to better myself as a person and develop skills to achieve greater things in my chosen profession. Most large financial institutions require years of banking experience to reach senior levels. I had attained an executive role within the bank as the market strategist over commercial, retail, mortgage, builder finance, and other lines of business, but to attain a higher role, I felt I needed to enhance my skill set with qualitative and quantitative attributes.
What was the most rewarding aspect of the GEMBA program?
By far, I most value the experiences along the journey. Four continents and eight countries in 15 months were exhausting, yet exciting. The friendships and relationships with faculty, staff, and most importantly, fellow GEMBA colleagues have led me down a path I never thought I would have chosen. I came in as a banker; I left as a global leader. In some ways, the most rewarding aspect of the program has yet to occur. I am working alongside two fellow GEMBA graduates to provide sustainable aquaculture and medicine to Sierra Leone. This opportunity never would have been offered to me had I not applied to and graduated from Georgetown McDonough. However, a funny thing happened though during my 15 months in the program. I realized that life was not banking, and banking was not life. The reasons I applied to GU were no longer the reasons why I longed to graduate from GU.
What was your most memorable experience?
First and foremost, all the modules were spectacular. From an academic perspective, Buenos Aires was the most memorable. From a cultural experience, India was by far the best module. From a personal experience and social perspective, Barcelona could not be topped.
How has your Georgetown McDonough education affected your career?
The GEMBA program taught me that there is so much to life. There is a whole world out there waiting to be discovered. And more important, at the end of the day, doing the right thing counts for more than anything else. Georgetown instilled into me the desire to help those who are asking for help and to those who may be less fortunate. I also learned that rewarding yourself emotionally is more satisfying than rewarding yourself monetarily. Georgetown prepared me to adapt to many environments and to take the basic view that, at the end of the day, we are all human beings sharing some time on this planet.
What would you tell a prospective student thinking about enrolling in the GEMBA program?
If you are looking for an executive degree program that offers diversity, new experiences — whether they be fun (like Barcelona), exciting (like Buenos Aires/Sao Paolo), or at times trying (like Moscow) — there really is no other alternative but to pursue the GEMBA program offered by Georgetown University and Spain’s ESADE Business School. The GEMBA program allows participants to develop skill sets in the ever-present arena of global enterprise while developing lasting friendships and introducing new opportunities to those participants.