EMBA Class 2016

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Earlier this spring, we welcomed the latest Executive MBA cohort to the Business School as they start their two year journey. The EMBA is a programme designed for senior executives, challenging them to continue to develop their skills and knowledge to produce success in a fast-paced, ever-changing business environment.

This 23 month, part-time EMBA is a personalised, high-touch programme. It will give you a thorough knowledge of essential business disciplines, opportunities to specialise in your areas of expertise and experiences to develop your global perspective on business.

This year’s cohort is made up of 39 students, each of whom have an average of 13 year’s work experience, demonstrable leadership experience and potential, and an average age of 37.

The class includes an operational risk manager for one of the largest investment banks in the world, a general manager of a railway company, a head of marketing and communications for a specialist lighting provider for the film and TV industry, a vice president at one of the UK’s largest telecoms companies and a senior vice president at Australia’s largest investment bank. It’s the diversity of the cohort that gives the EMBAs an opportunity to create a personal and professional network that stretches and challenges them.

The part-time nature of the programme allows students to move seamlessly from classroom to workplace and apply their learning as they go. Intrapreneurship and creative innovation within the workplace is encouraged and supported by the programme.

While three quarters of the EMBA executives are based in South East England, some are travelling for the programme from cities such as Paris and even New York.

The long weekend format and Imperial’s excellent transport connections, with the City of London only a short tube ride away and high speed trains making Heathrow minutes from the campus, mean that it’s easy to fit around a busy schedule.

The programme’s flexibility is highly compatible with busy careers; by blending face to face teaching and online collaboration the experience mirrors that of modern business.

At Imperial College Business School we seek to challenge the current under-representation of women pursuing post-graduate business education and the lack of women who hold senior director roles within corporations. So it is especially pleasing to see that the EMBA class is 38% female.

This year, we were delighted to award the first Inspiring Women scholarships. Worth £20,000, the scholarships were awarded to new EMBA students Julie Driscoll, who is a Portfolio Director at the i2i Events Group and Jennifer Chung, a Senior Manager, Programme and Project Management at Accenture.

The scholarships have been created by Imperial College Business School in partnership with the 30% Club, whose goal is to see women comprising 30% of FTSE-100 Board members.

Julie Driscoll has over 12 years’ experience leading UK and international teams. After spending 13 years working as an actress, she then moved into media and event management. Currently she is the Portfolio Director at i2i Events Group and manages a £12 million Profit & Loss. In 2012 she was voted best Events Director, from a majority male shortlist, by the Exhibition News Awards. Julie has promoted flexible working options to female staff including support for staff returning from maternity leave.  She is also part of the i2i Women’s Network and hopes to launch a “Girls as Leaders” organisation after completing her Executive MBA at Imperial.

Commenting on her scholarship win, Julie said: “I’m extremely proud to have won this award. I’ve always been passionate about women being able to achieve their dreams in business and this award aligns with my desire for workplaces to be more inclusive, dynamic and creative. If more women are to succeed in business, then girls need to be presented with strong role models from an early age. I chose to do my video interview for my Executive MBA application outside my 13-year-old daughter’s school. I am hoping that my win will inspire her and her peers to aspire to leadership positions in their future careers.”

Fellow scholarship winner Jennifer Chung’s expertise is in technology consultancy, business development and project management. She has held senior management positions at Cisco and Accenture, working in different locations including the USA, Hong Kong and UK. Jennifer has worked as a mentor on the Women in Leadership Programme at Cisco and she champions greater diversity, particularly in empowering young women to aim for senior leadership positions in the innovation and technology sector.

Diane Morgan, Associate Dean of Programmes, Imperial College Business School said: “As well as helping these two exceptional women to pursue their business education goals, I hope these scholarships will encourage more women to pursue an Executive MBA qualification and realise their potential in high level roles within industry.”

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