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Executive MBA Update
June 22, 2007

News from the Columbia Executive MBA Community

A Message from the Associate Dean
Dear Students, The Executive MBA Student Survey showed a remarkable increase in student satisfaction - the highest rating since the survey's launch almost two years ago. There is always room for improvement, and your constructive comments in these surveys help us fine tune your experience, and the experience for future classes. I wanted to let you know that we heard, and appreciated, your feedback. Two important themes emerged from your comments - quality Ethan Hanabury, and variety - across the board, from elective choice Associate Dean, MBA ‘85 to catering. We have already made positive changes and are working on more for the coming months. To ensure the best elective choice possible, we have added a number of electives, including High Performance Leadership and a Master Class on Market Innovation. To address the tutor shortage at the School, we have invited recent EMBA graduates to participate. We also hosted a special luncheon for tutors to give them information about the Executive MBA Program and the needs of our students. With regard to videotaping, we are very optimistic about the progress we have made with our multimedia group to benchmark and update our techniques and policies. You may have also noticed that, at the beginning of this term, we began offering boxed lunches from some of New York's top specialty markets. We have also worked with our catering staff to provide healthier snacks, more diet sodas, a new toaster, dedicated tea station, and more vegetarian and vegan options. More to come, however I wanted you to know that we are listening, and will continue to do so, as we strive to reach the ultimate goal of #1. Warm Regards, Ethan

Weekend Events
Friday, June 22 EMBA Career Management
McKinsey & Company 11:40am-12:25pm Warren L-107

Information Session Reception
6:30-8:00pm Warren Lobby Come participate in a post-reception with prospective students who are interested in learning more about the Executive MBA experience. Refreshments will be served

Saturday, June 23 EMBA Career Management
Workshop: Dealing with Adversity and Change 11:40am-12:25pm Warren 209

Lunchtime Speaker
Ron Hubsher “Sales Skills for MBAs” 11:40am-12:25pm Warren 311

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EMBA Career Management
FOCUS ON Career Managment
Tips and resources to help manage your career

Weekend Events
EMBA Career Management: McKinsey & Company Friday, June 22 11:40am-12:25pm Warren L-107 McKinsey & Company and Columbia’s Office of EMBA Career Management cordially invite students to attend an information session on Friday, June 22, 2007 with the Operations Consulting Practice from McKinsey & Company. Trish Mosconi, Partner (EMBA ’98), and Steven Schneider, Consultant (MBA ’04), of McKinsey’s Operations practice will lead a discussion about this area and its work within the firm. This session is applicable to students who may be interested in learning more about the consulting industry and the Operations practice at McKinsey. EMBA Career Management Workshop: Dealing with Adversity and Change Saturday, June 23 11:40am-12:25pm Warren 209 We are living in challenging times. Added to the stresses of a tumultuous world and economic uncertainty, we have the presence of our ever-changing work environment. The way we do business is constantly changing. In this interactive workshop, Pat Drew, an experienced executive coach and organizational consultant, will address tools for engaging adversity, including attitudes, perceptions and beliefs that can help you bounce back after unexpected challenges, as well as steps to take to anticipate upcoming problems and manage the accompanying stress. Pat will also discuss what the latest research tells us about personal energy management and how to thrive in a world of 24/7 connection. Students who work in rapidly changing, stressful work environments may be especially interested in the session topic.

Upcoming EMBA Career Management Workshops and Programs
Log onto MyGSB/EMBA Career Management and visit the “Upcoming Events” section. Please remember that space is limited and an RSVP is required for these events.

“Quick Questions” Drop-in Office Hours
When: Residence Fridays (8-8:45am) Where: Feldberg Space No RSVP is necessary. Members of the Career Management team will be available on a first-come, firstserved basis to answer questions about our resources and/or your career development process.

The EMBA Networking Spreadsheet Available
Many of you have asked us to provide you with more information to better network with your EMBA peers. In an effort to accommodate that request, we solicited feedback from all current EMBA students and have created an EMBA Networking Spreadsheet based on student data provided in the March 2007 EMBA Career Management survey. See COIN, the EMBA CM website, under Networking/Networking Contacts to access the spreadsheet. Questions? e-mail

Staff Farewell
Career Management regrets to announce that Daniella Bien-Aime, Manager of Programming & Events, is leaving our group as of June 25 to take on a new role at Columbia University Events. Over the past year, Daniella had contributed a great deal to the launch and development of the Office of EMBA Career Management. Please join us in wishing her good luck in her new position and thanking her for all of her hard work as a member of our group.

Marketing and Admissions
EMBA Columbia Women in Business Calling Campaign
The EMBA Admissions staff would like to thank all members of the EMBA Columbia Women in Business for their efforts to increase awareness among female candidates. This spring they conducted a calling campaign to over 100 female prospects who expressed an interest in the

Columbia Executive MBA program. The purpose was to address any questions around the EMBA experience (e,g, work/life balance, transitioning back to school). Many of these prospects were interested in fall and spring entry into the New York EMBA program. We appreciate the time our students took out of their busy schedules. Because of their enthusiasm and dedication, we know that more women will seriously consider Columbia as their first choice in Executive MBA consideration.

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Cluster News
New features at the Chazen Web Journal
Interview David Stern, NBA commissioner discusses international players, worldwide appeal and possibilities for expansion for basketball in a video interview with Scott Goodwin ’07. Event Reports Professors Joseph Stiglitz and Prabhat Patnaik look at an emergent India, its prospects and its problems. Patrick Connolly ’08 reports on this SABA and Committee on Global Thought panel. Columbia Business School's Asian Business Association brought in professionals in real estate funds, investment banking and private equity to discuss current business opportunities in Asia at a panel discussion in late February. By Jay Hallen ’07. Visit the Chazen Web Journal’s home page for a view of internationalism at Columbia Business School Berkeley-Columbia Congratulations to Brian Lanouette and his wife on the arrival of Ruth Annelise Lanouette, who was born on June 8 at 8.6 lbs, 21 inches. Mom and baby are doing well. Congratulations to Stephen Kurtzmann who has earned his fifth-degree black belt in American Kenpo karate.

Divakar and Praveena Permalla on the birth of their son Nishan, who was born June 7 at 6 lbs, 2 ounces and 19 inches long. Both Praveena and Nishan are doing fine. 2008AB Kudos to Britt Hatfield who was recently recognized by the American Medical Association-Young Physician Section Community Service Award for his work on the World Trade Center Health Effects Treatment Program. Congratulations to Rob Kisilywicz and his wfie on the arrival of Ben Kisilywicz, who was born on May 21 at 6 lbs, 4 ounces and 18.5 inches. Both he and mom are doing great. 2008CD Congratulations to Chris and Stacey Bergstrom on the birth of their son Christopher Reid Christopher Bergstrom. Baby Bergstrom arrived on June 4. Mom and baby are doing well.

Upcoming EMBA Events
Friday, July 6 2008AB Third Term Stretch Party 6:30-8pm Sunday, July 8 Family Event at the Central Park Zoo 1:30–3:00pm Join us for a tour of the Central Park Zoo and cupcakes and games afterwards Friday, July 20 Brooklyn Brewery Happy Hour Bus leaves Warren Hall at 6:45pm Happy Hour from 7:15 – 8:45pm Join fellow EMBAs for a night out in Williamsburg Friday, August 3 Reception to Celebrate Graduating Class Terrace in the Sky 6:30 – 8:00pm All students are invited to celebrate the upcoming graduates.

2007CD Congratulations to John Kizanis, who became an American ctizen in a swearing-in ceremony on May 29.

Congratulations to John Pacifico who was recently chosen to participate in the Kauffman Fellows Program. The 24-month Kauffman Fellowship is designed to develop and network emerging leaders in the venture capital industry globally. John will be working with Brent Ahrens and Stephen Bloch during his program.

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The Entrepreneurial Sounding Board
The Entrepreneurial Sounding Board offers MBA students the opportunity to meet individually with faculty members and practitioners affiliated with the Entrepreneurship Program to discuss their entrepreneurial ideas and potential business opportunities. These 30-minute sessions provide students with a platform to receive preliminary feedback, next-step action items and, in many cases, links to additional support from appropriate mentors. Students can be at any stage of development of their venture. All sessions are confidential. The Details You may sign up with a summer practitioner by visiting Uris 317, calling 212-854-3244 or email A Sounding Board session can be taken over the phone • This summer practitioner biographies can be found on: ng_board • Scheduling a time slot must be done in advance and students are asked to notify The Center at least 24-hours in advance if they are unable to keep their appointment For Further Information The Entrepreneurship Program, Columbia Business School 3022 Broadway, 317 Uris Hall Phone 212-854-3244 Email:

Lunchtime Speaker
Ron Hubsher “Sales Skills for MBAs”
Saturday, June 23 11:40am-12:25pm Warren 311 Ron Hubsher is Managing Director of the Sales Optimization Group, an international sales, sales management and CRM consulting and training organization. The company assists clients in financial services; technology, professional services and manufacturing accelerate sales by using its patent pending sales methodology and tools. Some of their notable clients include Adobe, Morgan Stanley, Prudential, ADP, Sun, Comcast and others. Prior to the Sales Optimization Group, Mr. Hubsher was in sales management at a leading on demand CRM provider UpShot (acquired by Siebel) where he helped hundreds of companies define CRM requirements and successfully implement CRM solutions. A former Management Consultant with Booz, Allen & Hamilton, Mr. Hubsher has worked with, and helped provide thought leadership, for Fortune 500 companies on their sales, sales management, marketing, CRM and business strategies. Mr. Hubsher has over 20 years of experience in sales, sales management, business development and CRM. He is a sales, sales management and CRM industry thought leader and contributes, participates, and presents at industry conferences and publications including the America Marketing Association, Selling Power Magazine, Webex, CRM Radio, CRM Guru, Columbia Business School Alumni Association, Wharton Alumni Association, National Association of Small Business Investment Companies, NY Private Equity Network, the Indus Enterprise, LA Times and others. Mr. Hubsher holds an MBA from Columbia Business School and a Bachelor of Science degree in Operations Research from Columbia University, where he was elected to the Tau Beta Pi and Omega Rho engineering honor societies.

Join EMBA For a Day at the Zoo!
EMBA Family Day
DATE SUNDAY, JULY 8 TIME 1:30 - 3:00pm LOCATION Central Park Zoo Enjoy a private tour of the Zoo followed by cupcakes and games!

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We are Listening!
EMBA Alumni will now be recruited as tutors for EMBA core classes.
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