James: On new beginnings and ventures

Dear alumni and friends,

Spring is a time for new beginnings. It’s also the time for graduation—the start of a new journey for our undergraduates, MBAs, MPAs and PhD candidates.

Watching commencement and shaking the hands of our newly honored graduates as they claim a degree is professionally and personally rewarding. When they cross that stage, it reminds me of the many opportunities that await them on the other side, both in business and in life.

I’m proud of how well prepared our students are to take on the world. Increasingly, more students take control of their own future by starting a business or stepping into a start-up. From building business plans with our faculty to working on innovative projects throughout their curriculum, Goizueta graduates leave our program better trained than ever before for the changing face of industry and the increasingly complex problems in the marketplace.

In this issue of the magazine you’ll meet some alumni who have faced (or are currently facing) the apex of the entrepreneurial journey: sell the business, merge with another firm, or stay the course.

The factors in the decision are as unique as the people making them.

However, I’m most proud with how this magazine captures the brave spirit of our graduates. Whether starting a business or joining one of the Fortune 500 companies that frequent our city and campus, today’s business leaders face deep and ambiguous challenges.

I’m happy to say, on behalf of our faculty and staff, that we offer some of the best preparation around. Goizueta graduates embrace the challenge.

Enjoy the issue!

Warm regards,

Erika James
John H. Harland Dean
Goizueta Business School
Professor of Organization & Management
erika.james@emory.edu
@erikahjames

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