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Jason Froelich, Executive MBA

Jason Froelich

EMBA Class 36
President and CEO, Teachers-Teachers
“The program empowered me to approach challenges with the right decision-making framework.”
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“The EMBA staff made all elements of the program flow as smoothly as possible, which was especially important when I was traveling and juggling day-to-day job and family responsibilities.”

Executive MBA program takeaways

Froelich, who refers to himself as a “recovering accountant and auditor,” is the former CFO of a small IT company in Kansas City. During the credit crisis, he felt strong in his areas of expertise but not in his ability to create a long-term business strategy. He wanted a more expansive skill set and broader management opportunities.

“The Executive MBA program empowered me to chase after things I think are important and to approach challenges with the right decision-making framework. At Cerner, that entails delivering value to our health care clients, pricing products intelligently, and figuring out the best way to develop our business lines.”

A boost in confidence and competence

“I’m a lot more confident now because I understand the perspectives of the people in the room. I can anticipate what their concerns are going to be and make sure the solutions Cerner delivers check those boxes.

“Being able to put different facets of business together has changed my competence level as well. I make the decisions that need to be made. I make choices I wasn’t equipped to make before, which enables me to be a better leader and, hopefully, a better person.”

High-touch faculty and staff

“I was surprised by the engagement level of the Executive MBA faculty. They were uniformly open and interested in helping us acquire and apply knowledge. They also were always accessible before, during, and after classes.

“The EMBA staff was professional; consistently friendly; and, to a person, energetic. They made all elements of the program flow as smoothly as possible, which was especially important when I was traveling and juggling day-to-day job and family responsibilities.”

Jason Froelich

President and CEO, Teachers-Teachers

Previous Employment

Director - Revenue Cycle Operations, Cerner
Chief Financial Officer, Stallard Technologies Inc.;
Internal Audit Manager, Hallmark Cards;
Senior Associate, KPMG

Background

Education: BS, Accounting and Business Administration, University of Kansas