Enhancing the Careers of EMBA Students
Upon entering the Executive MBA Program, participants are typically at a "pivot point" in their careers. All of them are accomplished professionals with successful track records. Some are happy with their career path, but know they need a more robust skill set to take their careers to the next level. Others come into the program with the prospect of changing careers. This group may not have a clear direction in mind; they use the insights gained in the program to change the arch of their career. Others don't want to move up in their organization or transition to another; they want to move out—position themselves to succeed in starting their own entrepreneurial venture.
For all, the LMU experience is a time of personal reflection and exploration. This is why professional and career development is an integral part of LMU's Executive MBA experience.
Executives are most effective when their work is well-aligned with their personal values and core competencies. Toward this goal, participants start their professional and career development planning by undertaking a personal journey of introspection and reflection. Through structured learning, students gain clarity regarding their core values, priorities and competencies:
- What are my core values? What do I value most?
- What are my work-life balance priorities?
- What kind of work energizes me? Provides intrinsic rewards? What do I feel passionate about?
- What are my core competencies?
- What contribution do I want to make above and beyond my own self-interests?
The insights gained help students to align their career goals and life's work with what's truly important to them and their competencies.
Professional and career development planning is supported fully throughout the program. All students participate in the core Professional Growth Planning courses. These courses provide a structured framework for students to assess their careers, identify core competencies, and develop a personal career management strategy. These courses are supplemented by:
- Executive Coaches: Each student is assigned a personal executive coach. Students meet one-on-one with their coach to help assess their career goals, options and development strategies. This process results in students having an actionable career management strategy and plan.
- Job/Career Transition Workshops: Structured workshops are offered throughout the program and are designed specifically for LMU Executive MBA students to support their career management planning.
- Female Executive Forums: Forums are offered for female Executive MBA students. They are designed to address the unique career-related issues and challenges confronting female executives today.
- Alumni Mentors: All students are assigned an EMBA alumni mentor. Mentors are recent graduates who help students navigate and leverage EMBA-related resources.
- Assessment Tools: Individual assessment tools are used to help students identify their personal strengths and competencies.
Our alumni pursue careers across industries and around the globe. Graduates serve as C-Level executives and entrepreneurs.
Chris Ayzoukian: Vice President, Philharmonic and Production, LA Phil (Music)
David Burns: Vice President of Sales, The Onion (Media)
Leticia Cabrera: President & CEO, Vera Mona (Cosmetics)
Robin Choe: Director of Regional Trade Marketing – Asia Pacific, Mattel (Entertainment)
Brian Crisfield: President & CEO, Crislu (Jewelry Manufacturing & Marketing)
Christiana Darville: CEO US Operations, LISI (French Aerospace)
Daniel Gray: Principal Business Development Manager, Amazon Web Services (Internet Retail)
Erin Griffin: Director of Information Systems, Amgen (Pharmaceuticals)
Martin Lopez: President & CEO, Herbs of Mexico, Inc. (Food Retail)
Debbie Neveu Ross: Vice President, Accounting and Financial Reporting, Warner Brothers (Entertainment)
Mardi Norman: President & CEO, Dynamic Systems, Inc. (Software)
Mark Robinson: President & CEO, Really Useful Information (Education)
David Schmidt: President, Hartzell Aerospace (Aircraft Components)
Kelly Sorenson: Executive Vice President, First Financial Bancorp (Finance)
Kelly Watson: Co-author, The Orange Line: A Woman’s Guide to Integrating Career, Family, and Life
Andrew Worrell: Manager of Financial Operations, DIRECTV (Entertainment)
David Yang: First Vice President of Business Development, Hamni Bank (Finance)
Career and Professional Development
Executive MBA students and alumni have full access to resources and events organized and supported by the College of Business Administration and LMU Career and Professional Development.