The Henry W. Bloch School of Management at the University of Missouri-Kansas City recently announced the appointment of Kimberly Young to the position of executive director for the school’s Executive Master of Business Administration program (Executive M.B.A.).
Young has been at the Bloch School since 2008, when she helped found the Bloch Executive Education Center. She has since served as the center’s executive director, responsible for building relationships with the local community to create mutually valuable partnerships between academe, enterprise, government, and non-profit organizations through non-degree executive education.
Young will manage both roles simultaneously in an effort to synergize the two programs and maximize the impact of executive education at the Bloch School.
“Kimberly has been immensely successful in growing the Bloch Executive Education program, creating purposeful strategy and direction as well as relationships with major clients in the Kansas City region and beyond, including H&R Block, Cerner, Garmin, QuikTrip, and the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art,” Bloch School Dean Teng-Kee Tan said. “We look forward to having her expertise in both the Executive Education and Executive M.B.A. programs.
Young has a B.A. in public policy studies from Duke University and an M.B.A and Master of Management Hospitality from Cornell University.
Prior to her time at the Bloch School, Young worked in multiple industries with clients such as Coca Cola Company, H&R Block, Eli Lilly, Boeing, 3M Corporation, and Sprint. Young’s expertise is in helping organizations increase top line growth and organize operations to take advantage of technological advancements and market opportunities.
Young was a manager for global consulting firm Ernst & Young (Cap Gemini) and a marketing executive for global management services corporation ARAMARK.
An active member of the Kansas City community, Young serves the community through board service and volunteer work. She is on the board of directors for the Central Exchange, an organization for women leaders, the Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City, and Alphapointe Association. She is also active in the Junior League of Kansas City and is co-chair for the Duke Alumni Club of Kansas City.
Success at Bloch
Young has had a long list of achievements during her tenure at the Bloch School, including:
- Establishing the Bloch Executive Education Center in 2008 which serves top companies in the Kansas City area and beyond
- Harnessing the resources of the university to develop relationships with key public, private, and non-profit clients (more than 25 in total)
- Achieving 100% client retention year over year for custom corporate programs
- Launching International Executive Program (established a partnership that will bring approximately 10 overseas delegations per year)
- Launching International Student Summer Programs
- Launching Bloch’s first comprehensive Executive Education Center offering public seminars, customized corporate education, and coaching
- Spearheading the launch of the inaugural class of the Physician’s Leadership Program, a regional certificate for Physicians focused on leadership in the 21st century healthcare environment
- Spearheading the agreement and partnership between Cerner Corporation and the Bloch School to co-develop and deliver a first of its kind for our region—Certificate in Healthcare Leadership which includes Cerner Associates and leaders from across the healthcare industry in this region and across the country.