Category: About Exec Ed

A Q&A with executive certificate holder Sidita Hasi

Posted by MIT Sloan Executive Education - 19 days ago

Sidita Hasi

The following Q&A was conducted with Sidita Hasi, a recent recipient of an MIT Sloan Executive Certificate in Management and Leadership and an executive for FedEx Trade Networks. To earn her certificate she completed the following short courses: Neuroscience for LeadershipMaximizing Your Personal ProductivityCommunication and Persuasion in the Digital Age, and Creating High Velocity Organizations.  

What is your role at your company? Are there particular challenges you face that prompted you to enroll in executive education?

I currently work as a Project Leader for FedEx Trade Networks, the freight forwarding and customs brokerage arm of global shipping giant FedEx Corp. At the core of our corporate mission is delivering and exceeding customer expectations, what we call the "Purple Promise." I am responsible for overseeing and leading projects in regard to air/ocean global transportation and acting as the middleman across departments to solve issues that might impact product development and service quality. I also analyze development opportunities and support top management decision-making.

As we continue to grow and change in terms of internal organizational structure, new products and services--as well as the high velocity of industry changes in the recent years--there is a strong focus on continuous process improvement. Change is considered to be a survival competitive strategy rather than luxury or situational.

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MIT Sloan Executive Education Professors named to Thinkers50

Posted by MIT Sloan Executive Education - 23 days ago

We are excited to announce that several of our MIT Sloan Executive Education faculty members have been named to the biennial Thinkers50 awards.


The Thinkers50 was launched in 2001 as the first-ever global ranking of management thinkers. Its goal is to identify and share the best management thinking in the world, and it has been described by the Financial Times as the "Oscars of management thinking." The list offers several categories, including Breakthrough Idea Award, Digital Thinking Award, Ideas into Practice Award, Innovation Award, Leadership Award, Social Enterprise Award, Strategy Award, Talent Award, RADAR Award and Lifetime Achievement Award.

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A 4D experience: Q&A with participant Susan Chesley Fant

Posted by MIT Sloan Executive Education - 1 month and 13 days ago

MIT Sloan Executive Education recently offered a unique, online course that took place in a live, virtual classroom. Essential Law for Entrepreneurs in Innovation-Driven Startups and Growth Companies 4Dx was offered in six two-hour, live online sessions taking place once a week over six weeks. The primary goal of the program was to help participants navigate the distinctive law-sensitive challenges that are critical to the success of new ventures. The course was taught by MIT Sloan Senior Lecturer John Akula.

Susan Chesley Fant

To learn more about the program from a participant's perspective, we interviewed Susan Chesley Fant, an attendee of the recently concluded program. Susan is the Executive Director of the Foresight Education and Research Network, an online network she founded for foresight and long-term strategy professionals with over 3,500+ members worldwide. She is also a digital and social media marketing strategist with Castle Sands LLC and an instructor of digital and social media marketing at the University of Alabama.

What prompted you to enroll in Essential Law for Entrepreneurs in Innovation-Driven Startups and Growth Companies 4Dx?

I really wanted the opportunity to be a student again and learn more about MIT Sloan and entrepreneurship. I'm a fairly young entrepreneur, and I want to be able to guide my decision-making and perspective by learning from a well-known and excellent program. Diversity of ideas is important, and the diverse faculty and student population was a key selling point for me. I enjoyed the class because I was able to learn alongside people from around the world and learn the perspective of faculty and guest speakers, whom I quite possibly would never have had the opportunity to meet otherwise.

I want to further my education without leaving my full time work. I hope to be a lifelong learner, and the MIT Sloan program definitely fits this description for me. In the future, I hope to pursue an Ed.D or Ph.D and focus in on business, technology, and the future of education. Participating in the virtual environment was especially exciting to me. Participating with an institute of learning known for being on the cutting edge of technology was major bonus.

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MIT in Asia: Two new collaborations

Posted by MIT Sloan Executive Education - 2 months and 7 days ago

MIT brings REAP to Singapore

The regions selected for the third year of MIT's Regional Entrepreneurship Acceleration Program (REAP) include Singapore, the first Asian country to participate in REAP.

REAP is a multi-year program designed to help regions promote economic development and job creation by teaching participants how to implement a more robust, innovation-based entrepreneurial ecosystem. The program was created in part to address the concerns of organizations that want to emulate the entrepreneurial spirit encompassed by MIT.

"Singapore has a great opportunity to really build its entrepreneurial capacity and to build innovation-driven businesses," said Fiona Murray, Associate Dean for Innovation and the Co-Director of the MIT Innovation Initiative. Singapore has doubled the number of startups in its country, from 24,000 in 2005 to 55,000 in 2014.

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What a difference a week makes: The impact of executive education

Posted by MIT Sloan Executive Education - 2 months and 15 days ago

By Colleen Berger, Program Director, MIT Sloan Executive Education

As a Program Director at MIT Sloan Executive Education, I have a very special window into our classrooms. I have the opportunity to work with faculty, listen in on content, and meet executives from around the world who have come to us for practical solutions to critical business problems. For me, the experience of being in the classroom, meeting our participants, and witnessing their breakthrough moments is inspirational. For the executives who attend, the impact these programs deliver is enormous. And in many ways, the personal benefits are unexpected.

Nora Domínguez

May's Leading Change in Complex Organizations program was attended by 33 people from 16 different countries, each seeking tools and frameworks for guiding successful organizational change. This weeklong course took a deep dive into managerial decision-making, sharing a unique analytical framework that addressed the change process and provided executives with the independent, third party expertise for which they came to us. These students returned to their organizations with fresh perspectives on leadership and change--perspectives they gained not only from the teachings, but from one another.

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Better banking through IT innovation: A custom programs success story

Posted by MIT Sloan Executive Education - 4 months and 5 days ago

A decade ago, Commonwealth Bank of Australia--the largest retail bank on the continent--had been grappling with an IT operation that was costly, inefficient, and sometimes unreliable. Back then, the bank was determined to transform itself into an operation that was #1 in customer service with the lowest costs in class.

With that goal in mind, Michael Harte, a forward-thinking executive who joined CBA as CIO in 2006, connected with the MIT Center for Information Systems Research (CISR). (CISR develops concepts and frameworks to help executives and their organizations address IT-related challenges.) Soon after, MIT Sloan faculty and program designers from the Executive Education office collaborated to create a custom program that would help transform CBA's IT leaders from functional managers to strategic thinkers.

"We designed a program around what the bank needed to achieve in three to five years. It had three components that today's banks must have to be successful–one was effectively managing digitization or IT; second was strategy options for the company; and the third was organizational change," says Peter Weill, Senior Research Scientist and Chair of CISR. 

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MIT Sloan Professor Catherine Tucker Receives Top Marketing Award

Posted by MIT Sloan Executive Education - 6 months and 17 days ago

In recognition of her accomplishments as an emerging female marketing scholar and mentor, MIT Sloan Professor Catherine Tucker recently received the 2015 Erin Anderson Award, presented each year by the American Marketing Association Foundation (AMAF). 

The award recognizes the life of Erin Anderson--a widely respected mentor and marketing scholar from INSEAD whose research made significant contributions to marketing. It was presented in February at the AMA (American Marketing Association) Winter Marketing Educators' Conference in San Antonio, Texas.

As an Associate Professor of Management Science and the Mark Hyman Jr. Career Development Professor at MIT Sloan, Tucker has expertise in online advertising, digital health, social media, and electronic privacy. Tucker says she "is interested in how technology allows firms to use digital data to improve their operations and marketing and in the challenges this poses for regulations designed to promote innovation."

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A career move strengthened by MIT Sloan courses

Posted by MIT Sloan Executive Education - 7 months and 8 days ago

I never planned on a career in education. In fact, I left the film industry and came to Ball State University primarily for family reasons. Neither my boss nor I thought I’d stay long. However, what I found was a forward-thinking institution in a sector full of challenges and opportunities. I found my passion at the intersection of innovation, learning, and technology. Now with the benefit of hindsight, it's easy to explain how everything came together over the past five years.

I earned my Executive Certificate in Strategy and Innovation from MIT Sloan School of Management at just the right time. In 2009, I was tasked with forming a new administrative unit within IT at Ball State named "Emerging Technologies and Media Development." With this unit, I was able to immediately implement many of the lessons learned in my MIT courses at my daily job. From administrative structure to office layout, my goal was to follow best practices.

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