There's an incredible richness of diversity in the Executive MBA Program both within our Chicago and London and Hong Kong campuses, and even more so when you combine across the three of them. The fact that they're from different industries, different countries, different job types, different levels of experience, very different career goals, it really greatly enriches the program.
Pradeep K. Chintagunta:
One of the fundamental things about being a professor is that you learn very early on that you're not in the teaching profession, but you're in the learning profession. And I think one of the great things about being exposed to the diversity of backgrounds is that in every class I teach, I learn something new about, say, a different industry, or a different function, or a different country.
The value of the global cohort is immense. At any given point in time I can pick up the phone and call Cynthia in South Africa. Or call Tim in Berlin and get an answer to a problem from a perspective that I never would've had if I hadn't been part of this school.
What's so exciting about our students in the Executive MBA Program is that they have extensive business experience from all over the world, so they are our most senior students. They're all choosing to be here even though they have really high-powered jobs.
I come from a background of accounting, finance, and corporate finance, so I believe because of that background I have a particular way of thinking.
Being exposed to a diverse network of people that come from backgrounds that are outside my own has helped me to think differently when I look at business issues.
The energy has been thrilling. You have people who are very bright and who are so experienced in different ways that when a professor would ask a question, we have so many hands shoot up because you have people who bring in a different level of expertise or insight into that particular problem or that particular area.
I'm very proud to be associated with the Executive MBA Program. I've taught in it for over a decade. A lot of faculty like myself seek out to teach in this program because they enjoy being engaged with people who've had rich experience in the real world, in business, in politics, building companies from ground up, entrepreneurs. These are exciting people to teach.
The professors on day one said that our classroom has an expert in every field, and I've found it to be the case. I've experienced it in the classroom. It's a humbling experience, but it's also an experience that one can learn a lot from.