Marta Lesiewska Executive MBA 2020-21
Programme:
Executive MBA
Nationality:
Polish
Education:

Masters Sociology and Masters in Journalism and Mass Communications, Warsaw University

Job prior to Imperial College Business School:

Founder, Inspired Corporate Responsibility

My career journey

Through all of my career, I've never stopped. One opportunity always leads to another and I appreciate the freedom I have to take them. My most significant achievement is a mixture of great projects, experiences and learnings along the way. I admire people I have met and how they have influenced who I am today. Education has always been vital for me, a turning point, and a key to open a new chapter. I decided that now the time had come for a new set of inspirations to guide me through the next years – fresh oxygen to power my career and support my transformation from communication and CSR to strategic advisory in sustainability and ESG.

Choosing the Imperial Executive MBA

As a very systematic person, I created an excel file to help me find a perfect MBA for me. I researched schools according to MBA rankings in Forbes and the Financial Times. I analysed them for programme type, school reputation, fees, scholarship opportunities, student profiles, programme attractiveness, leadership development support, networking opportunities, duration, localisation, value for money and application process. After reviewing my data, I concluded that the Executive MBA at Imperial College Business School is the best choice.

However, I wouldn't have been myself without checking the "feeling" personally. I flew to London for an information session to meet faculty members, join the tester lecture and network with current and prospective students. And I found myself in the right place. I was impressed by the opportunities and quality of the School. Imperial focuses on sustainable, innovative business, research excellence and a genuinely global perspective. It's not a traditional business school, and the flow of inspiration from science is an excellent opportunity to go outside your comfort zone. The School's focus on technology and entrepreneurial spirit help to develop my professional competencies and accelerate my career. Besides, London is "my place" in the world: a vibrant, innovative, global city that I could travel to easily.

Funding my MBA

I am self-funded, so I am financing the Executive MBA from my savings – treating it as an investment for life. I've also received a scholarship award from Imperial College Business School that helped finance the first year.

A rewarding experience

Programmes like the Executive MBA at Imperial College Business School create a lot of opportunities, but it is a personal choice how to use them. For me, academic content is as important as networking opportunities. So far, the most rewarding part of the programme was discovering that I am able to go in-depth and understand areas outside my expertise such as accounting and corporate finance. Moreover, this knowledge set a great basis for my company expansion. These core modules were out of my comfort zone and now they are pillars of my work. Also, the Executive Leadership Journey with individual and group coaching sessions bring a lot of additional value.

The impact on my professional life

In impacting my role, the Executive MBA programme is efficient in terms of academic content and coursework, but also class and after-hours discussions with peers. You can learn a lot from other experienced professionals when they share their experiences and challenges. It influences your work immediately – step-by-step and case-by-case you change the way you approach people and problems.

My cohort and working in groups

My Executive MBA cohort is full of great people, friends ready to support – and it goes beyond studies. We are a diverse group in terms of professional backgrounds and cultures. It creates a unique environment for discussions. I like taking part in group projects, the more diverse group in terms of character the more interesting the experience. The way group work is organised at the Business School creates opportunities not only to solve coursework problems, but also to work on team building and conflict solving skills.

Opportunities at the College

I joined the MBA Connect programme, which links MBA students with other Imperial College London students. As a result, I became a team member of Green Beads, a group of scientists who develop sustainable and biodegradable materials to replace the plastics used in cosmetic and personal care products and their packaging. We are approaching the fundraising phase soon.

Maintaining the work life balance

This programme requires a lot of effort. Combining this with professional and family life is never going to be easy. It's not only online prep for the on-campus sessions, but also group and individual assignments and travel arrangements. Keeping the work-study-life-health balance requires a lot of discipline and even the ability to let others help you.

My son was four when I started my Executive MBA. This programme is a challenge for all of the family – in some sense, you take this programme together. Their support is vital, and organisation and rules of family life need to be worked out by everyone. But it is manageable and brings a lot of satisfaction.

Advice to prospective students

I see the Executive MBA as a once in a lifetime experience. The one that slowly changes who you are, how do you perceive reality and approach challenges. It's the beginning of a new adventure. Choosing to study this programme is an important decision. It's worth taking time to visit the Business School, talk with faculty members, students, attend a sample lecture.

Find out if our Executive MBA is right for you

Programme:
Executive MBA
Nationality:
Polish
Education:

Masters Sociology and Masters in Journalism and Mass Communications, Warsaw University

Job prior to Imperial College Business School:

Founder, Inspired Corporate Responsibility