What an Executive MBA has done for me


Eugenie Régan
Irish. Cambridge Judge Business School, UK, Executive MBA, 2020 graduate. Vice President of Research Solutions, Springer Nature, Cambridge

How do you use what you have learned in the course?
At the time, I was working for a non-governmental organization and I used the EMBA every day. My colleagues would laugh and say, “What did she learn this weekend? With marketing, for example, I thought, it’s not going to be very useful or applicable because I work in the NGO sector. But marketing is only about end users and customers, whereas my industry is about science and research, instead of asking who the end user is and how do we orient ourselves around them? So I was able to immediately apply this expertise.

I also learned finance. I was able to read all the financial information and make informed decisions and have conversations with the finance people. I also trust him, instead of thinking, “I don’t understand that, that must be a really stupid question” or “that sounds funny but I must be wrong”. Instead, I can say it sounds funny, it’s wrong, and has a smart conversation.

Natasha Muller

Natasha Muller
British / German. Iese Business School, Executive MBA, 2021 graduate. Marketing manager, Microsoft Germany

What survival tips do you have for doing an EMBA?
For me it was a team effort with my husband, my kids, my job and Iese recognizing that there would be challenges along the way. There’s a lot going on in people’s lives for two years and you have to find a way to navigate it.

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Other survival tips would be to take the EMBA seriously, but not too seriously. Yes, it’s a great learning opportunity, but it’s not a life and death situation. If you can’t hand in this assignment, sometimes you have to say, “I’m sorry I can’t do it.”

I learned to prioritize very strictly and to start saying no to certain things. I only missed one homework and didn’t like doing it, but I was pushed to my absolute limits and knew I could have stayed awake all night doing it but it didn’t. would have had no learning benefit. I wouldn’t have had the confidence to do it at the start of the course, but one of the great lessons of EMBA is how to prioritize and say no.

Iris Depaz

Iris Depaz
Australian. IMD Business School, Switzerland, Executive MBA, 2020 graduate. Country medical manager, Sanofi Australia and New Zealand

Why did you decide to do an EMBA?
It has changed. The initial reason was that I come from a technical background – I have a PhD and worked for a long time in the pharmaceutical and vaccine industry. But to evolve in more commercial or strategic sectors of the company, an EMBA would help me to be competitive internally. I postponed it for a while but realized that people who had studied EMBA knew things that I didn’t know.

What rocked me was IMD’s offering and the ability to apply what we learned in class directly to the business. My boss and I agreed that 20% of my KPIs for the year could be for projects aligned with my EMBA. So I worked with marketing, finance and other teams for my classes. When I found out that it was a possibility, I said, okay, I’m going to do it, because I could see that there would be an immediate benefit to me and to the company.

Georgia Steele-Matthews

Georgia Steele-Matthews
British. Bayes Business School, City University of London, Executive MBA, graduate 2021. Account Partner Director, Salesforce, London

How has the course changed your career?
The EMBA has given me a fantastic stepping stone into the corporate world. The way it set me apart from other candidates was second to none.

When I applied for my previous role at Dell Technologies, taking on an EMBA meant I was taken seriously. With my experience in start-ups and scale-ups, some people may see you as a risk because you are different. Then move on to Salesforce, get that EMBA, finish it, get an accolade also helps you get more serious because people know you understand business – because you did the EMBA.

It brings gravity to you and lowers you risk as a hire because they know you’ve been through the trap and understand the basics of every aspect of a business.

Jin hyoung kang

Jin hyoung kang
South Korean. Korea University Business School, Executive MBA, graduate 2018. Medical oncologist, St Mary’s Hospital in Seoul, Republic of Korea

What was the biggest lesson you learned during the course?
I have experienced many different subjects over the two years of the EMBA.

The science of behavior, however, was the most important and most impressive. When I was in medical school, I was very interested in psychiatry and how people think about the same things differently. Behavioral sciences are very close to psychiatry and psychology in medicine, which is why I was initially interested. But behavioral science is also very important for managing coworkers because everything you do in a business depends on how you work with people.

Topics like supply chains and marketing are essential, but the most important is how to effectively manage human resources. Machines and systems are one thing, but you need humanity to make them work.


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