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Julie Thiessen, Executive MBA

EMBA alum Julie Thiessen

Julie Thiessen

EMBA 2015
Vice President, Strategic Initiatives, Prologis
"Learning how to push the envelope has really helped me at enVision."

“What the program has taught me about leadership has been eye-opening. Now, I’m less sledgehammer and more scalpel.”

Why she chose Olin’s Executive MBA program

Harris Broadcast’s former chief financial officer encouraged Thiessen to explore executive MBA programs, and she researched the best. Kellogg, Sloan, and Olin were on her list of top schools. “I went to an Olin information session and fell in love with the program,” she says. “Well, how could I not? Meg Shuff and Edie Varley were so enthusiastic.” Shuff, assistant dean, Executive MBA Admissions, and Varley, director of discernment, took Thiessen to lunch to continue the conversation. They explained “Olin’s holistic approach to executive education and its emphasis on personal and professional development.”

On her entrepreneurial cohort

“There are 14 of us in the cohort, and, as a whole, we’re very entrepreneurial. So during class discussions, we often ask, ‘How would an entrepreneur do this?’ Learning how to push the envelope, to go outside my comfort zone has really helped me at enVision.”

How the program changed her leadership style

“What the program has taught me about leadership has been eye-opening. Now, I’m less sledgehammer and more scalpel. Instead of running ahead and pulling employees along, I coach them to be the best they can be. I ask them: ‘What do you need?’”

What surprised her most about the program

Thiessen says she is surprised by “how high-touch and familial the experience is” and by all the support she has received from EMBA faculty and staff. “The program has helped me transition to everything new in my life. I’m even better able to help my three kids adjust to change.”

Julie Thiessen, EMBA 2015

Vice President, Strategic Initiatives, Prologis

Previous Employment

Senior Consultant, enVision Business Consulting
Senior Manager, Process Improvement, Harris Broadcast
Global Operations Program Manager, Harris Broadcast
Program/Project Manager, Harris Corp.

Background

Education: The George Washington University, BBA, Marketing
Colorado Technical University, MSM, Project Management