Executive MBA Celebrates 20th Anniversary

For the past twenty years, transforming talent for Kansas City and beyond has been the mantra of the Bloch Executive MBA. The EMBA was founded in 1995, under the vision of Bloch School Dean Emeritus Bill Eddy. Eager to develop a program that would shape and train Kansas City’s experienced business leaders, Eddy formed a faculty committee to develop the concept of the program.

“The emphasis on teamwork has been there since the beginning, and is still a key component of the program,” said Lee Bolman, Ph.D., Marion Bloch/Missouri Chair in Leadership and member of the original EMBA development committee. “There have been curriculum revisions over the years, but for the most part the program is true to its origins.”

The Bloch EMBA’s connection within the Kansas City corporate sector is key to the program’s success. The link to the business community provides practical context to the knowledge learned in class, explains EMBA Executive Director Kimberly Young. “Our students interact with our corporate partners over and over again. They build and sustain relationships.”

The strong business support translates to more students recommended to the EMBA. “We are highly supported by our corporate partners,” Young said. “Our students are twice as likely to have been referred by an employer when compared to other programs across the country.”

Students also grow leadership potential through team and individual coaching sessions, identifying and cultivating personal skill sets necessary to achieve the stretch goals that each individual sets.  Improving executive presence, cultivating a personal brand and strengthening proficiency in leading teams are stressed with all students because they are such important competencies for successful leaders.

“I’ve enjoyed working with the student and following their careers after they graduate,” says Sandra Kruse-Smith, Executive Coach for the EMBA the past 10 years.

While the program has evolved, so have the careers of its students and alumni. With an EMBA degree, graduates have gone on to lead their organizations in roles such as CEO, CFO and president, with some launching their own businesses.

Kurt Hadermann (EMBA ’15), credits the EMBA for his recent success.

“Since graduating, I have accepted a new position as Director of Information Technology at Cohen Financial, which allows me to use my new knowledge and skills to help grow the company strategically,” Hadermann said. “Before, my career path had a very narrow focus; the Bloch EMBA opened doors, giving me the chance to grow in a broader direction.”

The EMBA will commemorate this anniversary with a series of events held over Founders’ Week in September. For more information or to register for any of the events, please visit www.umkcalumni.com/emba-reunion. Please see a full schedule of events below:

Friday, September 25, 2015

7:15 a.m.-4:00 p.m.: Welcome and Packet Pick-up, Bloch Executive Hall

7:30-9:00 a.m.: Faculty & Alumni Recognition Breakfast, Bloch Executive Hall 218

9:00-10:30 a.m.: Learning Social, Bloch Executive Hall  218

9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m., 1:30-4:00 p.m.: Executive Coaching, Bloch Executive Hall 417C

4:00-6:00 p.m.: Alumni Reunion Reception, Diastole Scholars’ Center

Saturday, September 26, 2015

8:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.: Class Visit, Bloch Executive Hall 414

9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.: Executive Coaching, Bloch Executive Hall 417C

11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.: Regalia Run 5K Packet Pick up – Student Union Theatre Lobby

12:00-1:00 p.m.: Alumni & Student Lunch, Bloch Executive Hall 211-213

1:00-4:30 p.m.: Class Visit, Bloch Executive Hall 414

Sunday, September 27, 2015

8:30 a.m.: Regalia Run, University Parkway on 51st Street between Holmes and Cherry

4:00 p.m.: UMKC Night at Sporting Park



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