In early May, Lynne Segall 99MBA, associate dean of management practice initiatives and lecturer in organization & management, orchestrated the first Goizueta Client Day, hosting more than 200 business executives representing some 130 Fortune 500, midsize, entrepreneurial, and nonprofit organizations across the country. Teams of MBA students presented their recommendations for the critical business challenges these companies face. Thanks go to the more than 150 alumni who served as judges or participants during the event and to the significant support from the Goizueta community, including Shenita Bryant, leadership development administrative assistant.
In June, Professor Benn Konsynski, George S. Craft Distinguished University Professor of Information Systems & Operations Management, coordinated a program to share expertise from Goizueta with 25 Mandela Washington fellows from the Young African Leaders Institute (YALI). Now in its second year at Goizueta, the program included an innovation session with Google’s Patricia Arundel 11EMBA as well as classroom sessions on negotiations with Earl Hill, senior lecturer in organization & management, and new technologies taught by Konsynski. Dean Erika James gave the luncheon keynote. The 25 YALI fellows hailed from 18 countries.
Each summer, interns flood Atlanta’s Fortune 100 businesses to sharpen their skill sets and to set the stage for future employment. In June, Corey Dortch, director of full-time MBA programs, organized the third annual Matrix event, bringing together 150 MBA summer interns from dozens of colleges and universities. The event helped introduce the MBA interns to Atlanta and Emory and opened future networking opportunities for the students. Dortch also took the lead on the Welcome to Atlanta reception for the National Black MBA Association (NBMBAA). The June 30 event celebrated Goizueta’s partnership with NBMBAA and the opening of its new headquarters in Atlanta.
Goizueta continued its tradition of hosting summer programs aimed at arming high-achieving college and high school students with the skills to succeed in business. This year Libby Egnor, assistant dean of the BBA program, coordinated the Goizueta Summer Business Institute (SBI), which included faculty members Allison Burdette, Ryan Hamilton, and Clifton Green. SBI welcomed 18 non-business students with a professional development course and an intensive academic experience that provides immersion into the functional areas of business while giving students the opportunity to prepare a pitch for a new business venture. For the high-school set, Professors Chip Frame and Earl Hill prepared an academic challenge for this year’s LEAD Global Business Institute for high-potential diverse students. The program, now in its second year, offered scholars exposure to a variety of business topics, issues, and functions.