MBA Programs Welcome New Cohorts
The MBA innovation and information security programs welcomed new student groups in mid-August 2013.
Information Security MBA
The InfoSec group recently met in Reston, Va., and had the opportunity to meet several of the faculty. InfoSec graduate and faculty member Henry Bromley shared some of his experiences with the program.
The 23 incoming students represent a broad variety of different industries and professions. They chose to participate in the MBA program for a myriad of different reasons:
"It’s accredited, and falls in line with what we’re doing at Coast Guard headquarters."
"I want to own my own business in the future, and I want more technical information."
"It ties my background together and gives me the chance to learn more about the technical side of things."
"This program pulls together the gaps between the public and private sectors."
"This is the best program to allow me to fit in school with family and work."
"The concept and structure of this program appealed to me."
"I like the online aspect of this program. If my company does transfer me, I can still complete the program."
The first class for the InfoSec program was held on Saturday, Aug. 17.
The Innovation MBA program also kicked off on Saturday, Aug. 17, on the JMU campus in Harrisonburg. The campus orientation emphasized Leadership and Innovation as the cornerstones of the program. In its 5th year, the iMBA blends on-line and in person learning into a two-year program that also focuses on developing the leadership and innovation skills of the students throughout. Over 120 students have been involved in the program since its redesign.
College of Business Dean Dr. Mary A. Gowan keynoted the luncheon. She says, “Knowing how you can be at your best, and sharing that with your teams as you start to work together will make your school and work teams much more productive.” Having been a proponent of leadership development throughout her career, she emphasized this portion of the program is something that differentiates the iMBA program, and mentioned she would love to teach a class in the program soon.
The iMBA students also heard from recent graduate Dr. Jamin Engel, who shared his perspective on how the Leadership Development Portfolio (LDP) was a critical differentiator in the journey, and continues to help him develop as a more effective leader. Chris Foster, Anthony Hess, and Tamara Hatch from the current Cohort 4 group of leaders shared their own perspectives on how to make the iMBA experience even better.
To set the foundation for the Leadership component of the program, the group discussed the book “Give and Take” by Adam Grant and how their leadership will be developed and tested throughout the MBA program. Also presenting that day were faculty members Mark House and Maureen Blackwell (EmpoweringLEADERS, LLC). They debriefed students on the "StrengthsFinder 2.0" assessment, conducted several group exercises and introduced the students to the Leadership Development Portfolio co-curricular portion of the MBA Program.