Category Archives: Cohort 10

Stetson’s Executive MBA Family Reunites!

Stetson Executive MBA alumni, current & prospective students, faculty and guests gathered for their annual networking event at the Bohemian Hotel in lovely downtown Celebration on Thursday, March 30th. Just a stone’s throw away from their Executive
MBA experience, the venue brought back fond memories of a rigorous and rewarding academic challenge, a heightened awareness of professional and personal strengths, and lifelong friendships and a support system within this extended family. 

 

This year’s “Cocktails & Connections” event was vibrant with friendly smiles, lots of laughter, and hugs! It was amazing to watch cohorts catch up with their peers and interact with those that experiences the program years prior and after.

 

Dr. Mary Jo Jackson, Executive Director of Graduate and Professional Programs, welcomed the professional group and shared Stetson University’s significant historic past that dates back to 1883 and reveals our ongoing knowledge, commitment, and ability to deliver an exceptional education.  Dr. Yiorgos Bakamitsos,Associate Dean, explained that the Executive MBA program has developed its uniqueness and special qualities by the students that attend. They are passionate, driven, and creative co-creators of learning in the very diverse networks we form each August. In our cohorts, students are vulnerable by sharing their experiences, debate different perspectives to enhance understanding, and take learning to an elevated level. This creates a fascinating and exhilarating experience, as a faculty member facilitating such key topics to a high-energy and focused group.  Wendy Lowe, Director of Admissions for the Executive MBA, challenged every attendee to stay “connected” and “involved”. She shared ways in which this is currently happening; recommending future EMBA students to the program, by being a guest speaker in a class or at a conference, mentoring eager professionals, tutoring new cohorts, being a leader on various local organization Boards, and by setting a good example of leadership and business acumen every day in their professional work and as a person of character in their personal lives.  Kara Cummings, Marketing Manager for the School of Business, reminded the attendees that staying connected in today’s high technology world is even easier. Visit our newly designed website (www.stetson.edu/emba), participate in our EMBA Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/StetsonEMBA/) , read our EMBA Blogs (https://www.facebook.com/StetsonEMBA/) , and post pictures with the hashtag #StetsonEMBA. 

 

It was a wonderful night of reconnecting, sharing stories & new experiences with one another, and being reminded of why holding a Stetson Executive MBA degree is so special!   

Cohort 10 Final EMBA Weekend

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

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!

Spreading Cheer from Orlando to Thailand

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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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sabrina Singleton, EMBA Cohort 10, receives Darden/NBMBAA scholarship!

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!

Stetson University Executive MBA Students Leverage Singapore Immersion Experience

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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!

 

Stetson University – EMBA Family Day

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

The Importance of Stress Management

stress_management  Stress is a normal psychological and physical reaction to the ever increasing demands of life. Stress management gives you a range of tools to reset your alarm system. Without stress management, all too often your body is always on high alert.

 

What can you do about stress?

  • Identify what is causing stress in your life.
  • Look for ways to reduce the amount of stress in your life.
  • Learn healthy ways to relieve stress or reduce its harmful effects.

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How can you avoid stress?

  • Prioritize tasks that you must complete in a day to a manageable list.
  • Find better ways to cope. Look at how you have been dealing with stress.
  • Take good care of yourself.
  • Try out new ways of thinking.
  • Learn to say “no.”
  • Speak up. Not being able to talk about your needs and concerns creates stress and can make negative feelings worse.
  • Ask for help. People who have a strong network of family and friends manage stress better.
  • Start to outsource your honey-do list
  • Set “do not disturb” boundaries with your support team when under a deadline
  • Communicate your schedule with your team at work
  • Prioritize school assignments to get done as soon as possible, so that you have one less deadline to focus on. The longer you wait to complete a task, the more strenuous it seems to become.
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Morris Sekiyo Sullivan

Becoming more organized takes focus and dedication. If you develop a method that works for you, it will help you to balance family, work, and school responsibilities, with very minimal conflicts. In addition, the MBA experience can become less about making the highest grades, and more about networking, advancing your career, personal progression, and developing your passion.

On August 23, our Cohort 10 and Cohort 11 participated in a Stress Management Workshop led by Morris Sekiyo Sullivan. The students were led through several awareness exercises to demonstrate the effectiveness of staying present while conducting tasks vs. the overwhelming feeling one can have when constantly multi-tasking. The facilitator demonstrated 3 different stress management activities that allowed the students to witness first-hand the benefits of taking a brief time out to refocus and re-channel their energy in a positive manner.

Cinthia Douglas, Cohort 11

Cinthia Douglas in Cohort 11 shared that “having the stress management/meditation workshop embedded into our first EMBA course was a nice surprise.  As we began the meditation portion, I was open to the experience but hesitant at the same time.  I have read about meditation before, but prior to this course was not convinced that it was something for me – when in fact, meditation and practicing mindfulness is beneficial to all.  I noticed that the more guidance our group received from the instructor, my thoughts became focused, and it was amazing how relaxed I felt.  Taking a step back at the big picture, the EMBA experience looks at each student holistically, providing tools and resources to aid achievement both personally and professionally.”

Students participating in an Executive MBA program know the importance of balancing both professional and personal aspects of their life to minimize undesirable stress that can have a negative impact.  Students find that if they can compartmentalize their school and work responsibilities, they will also be afforded some reasonable time for other activities such as exercise or being with family and friends and key events. The alternating weekend schedule of an Executive MBA program also provides the breather and time necessary to be successful at striking this delicate balance.

Students expressed great satisfaction with the workshop results and plan to continue practicing mindfulness, especially in times when an increased work load or demands are required.

iPad Experience

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Lauren Hall, Maureen Karkovice, Dr. Christopher Tobler, and Cody Hampton review their finance class analysis.

Stetson’s Executive MBA has made significant progress in offering programs that are flexible, modern, and enable the delivery of course materials in a digital format which is both convenient and environmentally friendly.

The Executive MBA team is committed to delivering academic resources and tools, including iPad technology, to offer timely information to today’s business professional. The faculty has embraced this technology tool to evolve their teaching practices.  The tablet device has impacted the team dynamic, collaboration, and the culture within the classroom. The iPad encourages increased opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration and professional development.

Implementing the iPad has increased productivity, provided relevant academic e-books, cases, and apps with ease while improving interactive learning by bringing global resources to the classroom in real-time.  Margo Haines, Cohort 10, believes that “the iPads have been a great asset to learning. Our cohort is able to research topics that the instructor is talking about right then and there. The iPad allows for note-taking that includes being able to take pictures of the classroom notes, tie in PowerPoint slides, and overall capture what we need to in class. My favorite feature to date is the fact that we can quickly and easily share in-class work and projects with the use of our iPads and the technology in the classroom.”  Another Cohort 10 classmate, Krista Scimeca, has found that “using the iPad for some of our in-class and homework assignments has made my schoolwork more “portable,” which is important, especially for working MBA students.  It is very rare that I get enough time to sit down at home and do my schoolwork.  The iPad works very well with the comprehensive EMBA program, relieving some of the “logistical stress” and allowing me to focus solely on LEARNING.”ipad2

Cohort 10 began using the iPad device and electronic materials last spring and immediately benefited from the on demand resources at their fingertips.  Classroom discussions became livelier as students surfed for relevant research to back up their business perspective, decision-making, or claims.  The iPad was an instrumental tool on our 10-day international trip in Vietnam and Singapore as students’ blogged about their daily experiences and created video diaries.

Building on this success, Cohort 11 was recently provided their iPad device, some initial training, and the ultimate goal would be to further integrate coursework using their iPad devices, examples include: electronic portfolios, tracking their Professional Development Plans (PDP) using their electronic dashboard, a variety of assessment tools that provide 360 feedback, remote coaching and faculty office hours, and much more.