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Cohort 11 students are gearing up to board their international field journey to Taipei and Bangkok on June 20 – June 29, 2014. The International trip is part of the International Field Experience Class (INTL 501) in which the students travel abroad to meet with a variety of international business leaders, learning first-hand how business practices differ. The Cohort experiences the local culture which supports these international businesses. In addition, the students become acquainted with the impact of our global economy and the importance of appreciating the differences in business practices.

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Dr. John Carrick

Dr. Jon Carrick is the professor responsible for the course and trip. Jon Carrick is passionate about international business. His passion stems from his practical experience, education, and interest in other cultures. On a practical level, Jon has been a partner in a couple of born global firms. This practical experience prompted him to further pursue his education in international business, leading him to obtain his master’s and Ph.D. in in international business. He feels that his international experience and academic degrees are just the beginning, and he is furthering his pursuit of international business knowledge through his research and continued engagement in business. Through this work, he will continue to travel and add to the list of 68 countries that he has visited.

 

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Taipei, Taiwan

The Executive MBA Cohort 11 students, Dr. Jon Carrick and Wendy Lowe will arrive in Taipei, Taiwan on June 21, 2014, where they will spend 4 days visiting and engaging in conversation with various business leaders. Some topics include: Taiwan’s economic and political stance, an American company doing business in Taiwan, and Human Resource management practices in the Hospitality industry. Students will have a chance to get better acquainted with Taipei on a half-day cultural tour and see how people live in this fascinating city. Visits include: Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall, Martyrs’s Shrine, classic Ming Dynasty architecture and finally the National Palace Museum. Their tour will end with a visit to a Handicraft Center to view typical Taiwanese craftsmanship.  Students will have ample time to explore the destination on their own allowing for diverse interests to be enjoyed.

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Bangkok, Thailand

 

On June 25, students will arrive in Bangkok, Thailand. Here students will be exposed to an overview of Thai economy and business culture, medical tourism, foreign banks operating in local markets, and how communities develop. Students will have a chance to explore cultural events such as the Bangkok canal, the Rice barge cruise and take in a traditional show as a cohort.

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March 21-22, 2014 was the conclusion of the EMBA Cohort 10, 19-month journey. During their final time as a cohort, various groups presented their Capstone Project to a handful of judges which included faculty, administration and alumni. This panel observed, evaluated, and posed questions to each group post-presentation.

The purpose of this course was to demonstrate not only the notion of moving from business strategies to business processes, but the need for integrating the two in order to improve business profitability, quality, customer service and satisfaction.

Although all the presentations were absolutely phenomenal, the “Neverland Island Adventure” presented by Margo Haines, Lauren Hall, Cody Hampton, and Angie Steven was recognized as the best presentation overall.

Congratulations to all Cohort 10 students on your MBA accomplishments!  The Stetson Executive MBA Team wishes you all the best in your career and life. We are definitely going to miss having you in the Celebration Center.

Winner Project - Neverland Island Adventure  Margo Haines, Lauren Hall, Cody Hampton, Angie Stevens. The project is a proposal to reimagine an existing property located at the Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, FL. The suggestion is to transform what is currently the abandoned Discovery Island location in the center of Bay Lake into a new, fully immersive destination experience called The Neverland Island Adventure. On this Adventure, guests will visit a real island, filled with immersive characters and attractions that only premiums brand such Disney can offer. The product includes an all-inclusive full-day trip to Neverland Island, filled with seven unique lands and with a variety of attractions to experience. In addition, this is an ideal location for private events, weddings, and much more!

Winner Project – Neverland Island Adventure
Margo Haines, Lauren Hall, Cody Hampton, Angie Stevens.
The project is a proposal to reimagine an existing property located at the Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, FL. The suggestion is to transform what is currently the abandoned Discovery Island location in the center of Bay Lake into a new, fully immersive destination experience called The Neverland Island Adventure. On this Adventure, guests will visit a real island, filled with immersive characters and attractions that only premiums brand such Disney can offer. The product includes an all-inclusive full-day trip to Neverland Island, filled with seven unique lands and with a variety of attractions to experience. In addition, this is an ideal location for private events, weddings, and much more!

Disney’s Botanical Gardens Judy Ashbrook, Sabrina Singleton, Mayra Santiago, Maureen Karkovice. Disney’s Botanical Gardens is a new guest experience, offering to the guests the opportunity to take a “break” from the hectic pace of their vacation plans. The project combines the outdoors with educational and interactive activities, healthy meals, characters throughout the park to enhance their experience, and a chance to stroll in beautiful themed gardens allowing guests time to enjoy their friends and family.

Disney’s Botanical Gardens
Judy Ashbrook, Sabrina Singleton, Mayra Santiago, Maureen Karkovice.
Disney’s Botanical Gardens is a new guest experience, offering to the guests the opportunity to take a “break” from the hectic pace of their vacation plans. The project combines the outdoors with educational and interactive activities, healthy meals, characters throughout the park to enhance their experience, and a chance to stroll in beautiful themed gardens allowing guests time to enjoy their friends and family.

Consult Caddy  Krista Scimeca, Raymond Harpel, Pablo Chavez. Consult Caddy is a revolutionary online business consulting platform that connects clients seeking business advice with expert professionals – henceforth known as “Caddies”. ConsultCaddy provides accessible and affordable business consulting to entrepreneurs and small business owners. Caddies bring real-world experience and field expertise at a fraction of the price of professional consulting firms, and are available to consult with clients wherever and whenever through ConsultCaddy’s easy online video platform.  This is not just a concept.  Sign up today - www.consultcaddy.com/ and/or become their friend on Facebook, www.facebook.com/Consultcaddy.

Consult Caddy
Krista Scimeca, Raymond Harpel, Pablo Chavez.
Consult Caddy is a revolutionary online business consulting platform that connects clients seeking business advice with expert professionals – henceforth known as “Caddies”. ConsultCaddy provides accessible and affordable business consulting to entrepreneurs and small business owners. Caddies bring real-world experience and field expertise at a fraction of the price of professional consulting firms, and are available to consult with clients wherever and whenever through ConsultCaddy’s easy online video platform. This is not just a concept. Sign up today – www.consultcaddy.com/ and/or become their friend on Facebook, www.facebook.com/Consultcaddy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Bill JoinerStetson University will be hosting an intensive workshop focused on leading organizational change in today’s complex, rapidly changing environment. The Agile Change-Leader Lab will be held March 17-18 at Stetson University’s Center at Celebration.

Based on the book Leadership Agility, and led by Bill Joiner, co-author of the book, and Debbie Whitestone, participants in the workshop gain in-depth understanding of the practices that highly agile leaders use in their successful change initiatives.

“Change can be a scary thing, even to seasoned business leaders,” said Greg McCann, director of Stetson’s Family Enterprise Center. “This workshop is designed to help leaders navigate change; frame a compelling, clear initiative; and move quickly to gain stronger shared commitment and alignment.”LA

Participants come to the workshop with an important change initiative in mind and work on it throughout the two-day seminar, honing their skills in leading change while doing critically important work on their project.

Through specific feedback and coaching that increases leadership agility, participants will leave with a rich action plan for an initiative that can better navigate today’s challenging organizational environment.

A highly interactive, “roll up your sleeves,” experience, the Agile Change-Leader Lab uses a new tool called the Leadership Agility Compass, along with focused peer coaching and an action guide to help participants apply learned principles to real-life initiatives.

This workshop is for managers who are responsible for leading organizational change or improvement projects of any size. In other words, most line and staff managers, including internal Human Resource, Talent Management, and Leadership Development professionals. This workshop is not for external coaches or consultants.

Find out more about this workshop or register at the Agile Change-Leadership Workshop Registration page.

LAA

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Cohort 10 Capstone Class

Greg McCann

Greg McCann

Last month, our Cohort 10 finished their Capstone Class – Business Development Leadership – with Greg McCann and Dr. Guy Clumpner.

Guy Clumpner

Guy Clumpner

In this course the students synthesized their learning, personal and professional development from their entire EMBA experience. Now, they are able to demonstrate how they will continue their development practice of life- long learning and aptitude for self- reflection, growth and “working on you”; apply Values Based Leadership (VBL) to themselves (especially the core tools that promote alignment and self- management) and analyze how its application to an organization creates a strategic differentiator; apply, analyze, and synthesize VBL with other tools delivered to you; apply the Situational Leadership as a flagship model for effectively diagnosing and providing required leadership behavior on a predictable and consistent basis; apply effective self-management and influencing tools which promote individual, family, team and organizational excellence via the 21 behaviors of a value based leader.

 

Cohort 10This course has been incredibly powerful in so many ways! First, the content is something I believe should be a foundation for every business major, undergraduate and graduate level alike.  In this time of exponential change, people truly are the differentiator.  I wanted to make sure to share my experience and thoughts on what I believe to be a ground breaking course. Greg McCann and Mr. Guy Clumpner (as well as John Pullen) are among the “cut above,” innovative geniuses who are decades ahead of those around them. I simply cannot express in words how blessed I feel to have received the instruction and wisdom from such extraordinary leaders! Thank you for your commitment to the Stetson EMBA!” Maureen Karkovice

“Thanks for a great day yesterday and for a great overall class. This has definitely been one of the best classes of the entire EMBA program”. John Cody Hampton

 “Thank you both very much for the class. I deeply appreciate the time and patience that you took to expose me to lessons that will impact my life for the better”. Sabrina Singleton

“THANK YOU for such an amazing learning and development opportunity in this course!  This truly is material that I’m confident I will use and reference for the rest of my career. Thank you again for your time, energy, and effort.  It is deeply appreciated”. Krista Scimeca

“Thank you so much for dedicating your time and energy in our leadership development.   I cannot begin to tell you the impact both of you have had in both my personal and professional life.  Words cannot express. Thank you so much”. Judy Ashbrook

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Second Annual Family Day

Cohort 11 with their families

Cohort 11 with their families

On December 7th , 2013 students gathered after class for the second annual Family Day at Stetson Celebration campus Executive MBA Program; a fun evening of entertainment filled with music, food and most importantly: their loved ones.

 

Hugo Escanuela and his fiancée
Hugo Escanuela and his fiancée

 

Family Day was created to acknowledge and celebrate all the support that families and friends have provided to our students. We understand that the key to continued success depends on the ongoing encouragement of family and friends.

 

Cohort Coach, Greg McCann

Cohort Coach, Greg McCann

 

 

Cinthia with cohorts arriving for Family Day

Cinthia with cohorts arriving for Family Day

 

 

 

 Thank you to everyone who came out to make this event so special!

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COHORT 10

 

The Stetson Executive MBA experience is about much more than your academic life. The cohort environment creates an instant network and family atmosphere in which we take every opportunity to celebrate events in our students’ professional and personal lives!

 

This month, Executive MBA student, Ray Harpel, in Cohort 10 got married in Thailand!

 

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Ray and Nan with the money tree!

To celebrate this special moment, the cohort prepared a surprise celebration during lunch before they took off. The festivities included wedding decor, cake, and a money tree to help send these “newlyweds” off in style to Thailand for their wedding ceremony.

 

Congratulations Ray and Nan! We wish you all the best in this next phase of your life!

Ray & Nan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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sabrina“I was pleased to hear that I was chosen to be one of the recipients of a $2500 scholarship from the Central Florida Chapter of the National Black MBA Association that is co-sponsored by Darden and to attend the reception where the organization celebrated their recipients and supporters.  
 
While there I met the members of the organization and learned about their impact on the community. It was a great opportunity to connect with a group of people who have been in my shoes as a student and who are now utilizing their accomplishments to assist in the development of the next generation. 
 
The scholarship committee greatly valued the video essay and linked in components of the application. I used resources from Stetson to prepare. For example, I used tips from Stetson’s career resources services to prepare my linked in profile and used my iPad to create my video essay. Plus, our development coursework provided me with the skill set to effectively communicate my professional goals.”
 
The Central Florida Chapter of the National Black MBA Association, Inc. presented the award to Sabrina during their annual ceremony on November 11, 2013.
 
 
Congratulations Sabrina. We are so proud of you!
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Back Row: Dr. Jon Carrick (Stetson Faculty), Dr. Anshu Arora (Director of Global Logistics & International Business Education and Research (G-LIBER) Center of Excellence, Dr. Carolyn Mueller (Stetson Faculty) Front Row: Cody Hampton and Lauren Hall (EMBA Students)

Stetson University’s Executive MBA program is focused on providing our students an experience that results in a “Better You, Better Career, Better Life”. With that goal in mind, faculty member Dr. Jon-Michael Carrick advocated that two of our executive students, Lauren Hall and Cody Hampton, participate in the 2013 Academy of International Business Southeast Annual Conference in Atlanta, Georgia. These students were selected to share their case study during a session entitled “Best Practices in International Business Education”. Their case study was developed after a 10-day global excursion to Vietnam and Singapore. The session highlighted different best practices from a teaching perspective. John Cody Hampton, Merchandiser of New Product Experiences, and Lauren Hall, Catering and Convention Services Manager, based their case “Singapore Disney Theme Park: Assessing Project Viability, on extensive external research and personal viewpoints. Their interest in this particular concept arose after spending significant time at many of Singapore’s world class tourist attractions, including Marina Bay Sands and Resorts World Sentosa, featuring Universal Studios Singapore Park. The onsite business visit to the Singapore Entertainment Park provided the opportunity to interact directly with leaders, enjoy the cultural and tourism experience, and interview team members which had significant impact on the information reported within their case study.  Their submission included a product idea, brand culture, competing with established entertainment options, tourism reaction, economic implications, government regulations, potential risk and much more.

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Cody Hampton and Lauren Hall (EMBA Students, Class of 2014)

“Our presentation at the AIB-SE conference was the culmination of a learning experience that spanned several months, beginning in May with initial research, and then traveling to Singapore in June. By creating the case study based on information gathered before, during and after our trip, we were able to make initial assumptions about the project then verify information based on what we experienced abroad first-hand. The conference presentation allowed us to highlight the importance of studying abroad, as we were able to assess the viability of this project in real-time and speak with local executives about Singapore’s tourism market”, shared Lauren Hall.

Of course, Cody and Lauren’s presence was an invaluable asset to the participants in this session, and the students gained experience presenting in an academic setting. Valuable feedback was received from the academic community as professors from other universities interacted directly with the students strengthening the case study and increasing the relevancy to potential readers.

Dr. Carrick also benefited by this teaming effort as he was able to work closely on an in-depth project, outside the classroom, and develop skills in working with students towards reaching higher goals. More specifically, Carrick developed skills in coaching students in how to write and prepare papers for publication, and preparing students for high-level presentations.

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Dr. Jon Carrick, Stetson University, International Business Faculty member

Stetson’s collaboration with these executive students and their project generated significant case study interest and many attendees asked if they could use the paper for their classes, and even had requests to use the case within a textbook.  Carrick feels confident that based on the positive feedback and the quality of the paper, that the case should be published in a peer reviewed outlet.

Simply put, the joint-effort at the Conference between the Executive MBA Faculty, Students, and Stetson was a very productive one!  Each developed, broadened their skills sets, received wonderful exposure, and had an experience that is impossible to duplicate within the walls of an Executive MBA classroom. This year, over 300 scholars, students and business practitioners from over 35 countries representing 6 continents participated in the Conference and our team was delighted to be one of the ones sharing expertise, experiences, and knowledge!

 

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Judy Ashbrook & Kelsey, daughter

Judy Ashbrook & Kelsey, daughter

Completing an Executive MBA program is not easy, but it’s an amazing opportunity to enhance your business acumen, develop your leadership skills, network with professionals outside of your industry, and prepare for future career opportunities. Sharing the EMBA experience with a significant other along with a network of professional and personal friends, provides the balance and support required to survive the demanding months ahead.

Pablo Chavez & Kristen, spouse

Pablo Chavez & Kristen, spouse

The program is a collaborative effort both inside and outside the classroom environment; therefore, students thrive with the support of all the people in their everyday life. Stetson University’s EMBA students are encouraged to share their experience with family and friends and involve them in the rewarding and impactful process.  Often these support systems notice the professional and personal transformation most and can participate in positive ways that influence development.

 

The Stetson University Executive Master of  Business Administration program created “Family Day” to acknowledge the commitment that both students and supporters alike have contributed to this life-changing experience.

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   2nd Annual Family Day

       Save the date – DECEMBER 07, 2013

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Cohort 11

 

Stetson University Executive MBA students and alumni take advantage of Epcot’s International Food & Wine Festival to decompress from their current studies or reunite as a cohort after graduation.

Cohort 11 recently enjoyed a gathering with their family and friends after class in early October.

They dined on food and beverages served at 30 marketplace locations around the World Showcase. Selections range from savory to sweet to beer. In addition, more than 300 national and international wines are represented during the event.

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Cohort 7

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“What a perfect night in a magical place with incredible people, family and friends”, Alexandre Rovai, Cohort 11

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