Executive MBA Coaching meets executive students’ career challenges and expectations
Just over a year ago, The Wall Street Journal published an article, “Career Services for the Executive Set,” highlighting a facet about the changing face of executive education: These days, the majority of students are self-funded. Not surprisingly, they also come with higher expectations for career support and guidance. The article called out Johnson’s response to this trend: “One of the most ambitious moves comes from Cornell University's Johnson Graduate School of Management. That school last month began piloting a personalized coaching service.”
We began offering a pilot executive coaching program, Executive MBA Coach to a limited number of our Executive MBA students in the fall of 2011. We got plenty of positive feedback on the impact of the program, so we extended the offer to more students. Now, more than 150 Executive MBA and Accelerated MBA students have access to Executive MBA Coach.
What is executive MBA Coaching? It is a thought-provoking partnership designed to inspire and support students and maximize their professional potential. The program’s career and leadership coaches specialize in professional development for premier, executive MBA students. Through a combination of individual coaching, group facilitation, and workshops, students experience clarity, direction, and purpose as they address their most pressing issues – professionally and beyond.
Here are some examples of student feedback about the program:
- “Seen huge changes everywhere in my life; feeling more empowered.”
- “I felt this program filled in the gap where the CMC left off and has helped me to link together my professional and personal challenges.”
- “The most valuable part of this program for me is the self-awareness that I acquired of how I was reacting to situations. The program really helped me identify patterns of negative thoughts. Recognizing that I could control and change the outcome by consciously changing my behavior and reaction was a revelation.”
I wanted to highlight this program to let you know about a key career initiative at Johnson, and to highlight the entrepreneurial endeavor of the Johnson graduate who co-founded Executive MBA Coach, Tanya Ezekiel, MBA ’96. Tanya’s experience spans from her post-Johnson experience as a bonds options trader at Salomon Brothers to managing director for Bank of America. She describes her epiphany about becoming an executive coach this way: “I spent 15 years on Wall Street, most recently as a managing director. Leveraging the skills and experience gained during my tenure, I help successful professionals, worn and weathered by the recent economic downturn, get their mojo back. This is why I chose to become a career coach.”
Wishing you all a glorious summer and if you have requests for topics you’d like to see covered in our blog-please don’t hesitate to contact me.
Laurie Sedgwick, firstname.lastname@example.org