A pursuit for professional development led to MIT

Contributed by Kingston Benjamin, Executive Certificate Holder in Technology, Operations and Value Chain Management, and Strategy and Innovation.

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Balancing work and life is a challenge for most of us. While each of my three beautiful daughters are pursuing their dreams at medical colleges, my own dreams of completing an MBA took a back burner and eventually faded into the distant past. Fortunately, MIT Sloan Executive Education provided me with a platform for furthering my success in a highly competitive corporate world. Completing executive programs in the Technology, Operations and Value Chain Management track, as well as Strategy and Innovation, was for me a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity of higher learning and exposure to instruction from world-class professors, including Dr. David Simchi-Levi, Dr. Roberto Rigobon. My experience at MIT was immensely thought provoking, with exposure and access to intelligent minds that included exceptional global peers--MIT is sought after by students from around the world. It was a dream come true.

I had been on a quest for an institution that provides training within a convenient schedule for working professionals. My passion for knowledge and search for affordable and convenient education opportunities eventually led me to MIT. At first I was not sure if my application would be considered, but I was accepted to attend several weeks worth of two-day programs.

MIT Sloan Executive Education offers three certificate programs to choose from, and in 2009 I decided to pursue a certificate in Technology, Operations, and Value Chain Management. After successfully completing four courses, I was awarded my first certificate from MIT--and soon thereafter a promotion to Senior Program Manager at my organization, Intelsat General Corporation, a subsidiary of the International Satellite and Telecommunication Organization (INTELSAT).

Completing a second Executive Certificate in Strategy and Innovation provided me with another key opportunity at International Satellite and Telecommunication Organization (INTLESAT), this time for a role based in Luxembourg. Human Resources was actively seeking to attract a candidate to fill a critical position at their recently relocated headquarters (from Bermuda to Luxembourg). I applied for the position as Director of Infrastructure Procurement and was confident that my application, which now reflected my certificates from MIT Sloan, provided me an edge over other applicants. I had the honor of being selected to serve in this senior role at INTLESAT in Luxembourg from 2010-2012.

Attending MIT Sloan Executive Education was a game-changer for my career, and I look forward to returning this year to complete programs in the Management and Leadership track. I am really looking forward to another opportunity to meet and network with so many great minds. To my colleagues and professional peers around the world, if you are thinking of new adventures in professional growth, look no further than MIT Sloan Executive Education.


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