Executive MBA Alumni Profiles

Browse through our testimonials to learn why these business and community leaders chose Washington University’s Olin Business School.

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EMBA 2016
Counsel
Spencer Fane
“Program insights made me a better listener, a better lawyer for my clients, and a better manager.”
Law
Professional Development
Cost and funding
Time commitment
EMBA 2014
Partner
Louis York Capital
Director
Dynamic Metals Group
“Before, I was leading by reaction. Now I think about my leadership style, and I'm really able to anticipate many of the issues that my business encounters.”
Management
Leadership
Sustainable Growth
Start My Own Business
Grow My Business
EMBA 2008
President and CEO
Jazz St. Louis
“I finally had something more than just intuition to go on—I had a framework to analyze problems and make better decisions.”
Nonprofit
Leadership
Grow My Business
EMBA 2011
General Partner and Head of Inclusion and Diversity
Edward Jones
“The Executive MBA program at Olin is truly a life-changing experience. It helps you to come into your own in a completely different way.”
Management
Leadership
EMBA 2015
Director of Marketing
Nestlé Purina PetCare
“The program makes you think differently about the challenges that you're faced with addressing at work.”
Marketing & Sales
EMBA 2014
President
Alive and Well STL
St. Louis Regional Health Commission
“Olin gave me a lens to understand my own career management. Now, I’m more comfortable taking risks and pushing for opportunities.”
Management
Leadership
Sustainable Growth
EMBA 2015
President and CEO
Polaris Solutions
“In addition to knowledge and skills, I gained mentors, customers, and a foundation for growth.”
Entrepreneur - Owner
Leadership
Start My Own Business
Grow My Business
EMBA 2016
Assistant Vice President
Ameren Missouri
“The experience was so much greater than I thought it would be—in ways that broadened my leadership abilities.”
Management
Leadership
C-suite Literacy
EMBA 2015
Co-founder and Chief Operations Officer
AirZaar
“I liked Washington University’s reputation for entrepreneurship. The University was a great place to get the confidence and resources to start my own business.”
Engineering & Science
Entrepreneur - Owner
Military
Start My Own Business
EMBA 2015
Head Team Orthopedic Surgeon
St. Louis Cardinals
Partner
The Orthopedic Center of St. Louis
“I found that my biggest blind spots were in leadership and emotional intelligence.”
Health Care
EMBA 2015
Owner
District Petroleum, Inc. and Wagner Development, LLC
“The EMBA program helped me find my voice. I acquired the confidence to speak up.”
Health Care
Leadership
EMBA 2014
Manager of Compliance, Document Database, and Litigation Support
Vi-Jon, Inc.
“My view of and role in my company has gone from the 5,000-foot level to the 30,000-foot level.”
Engineering & Science
Leadership
Time commitment
EMBA 2016
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Bunzl Distribution
“The program brought home the power of engaged professionals. It was motivating to work with incredibly talented professors and classmates.”
Management
Leadership
Time commitment
EMBA 2016
Director, Brand Strategy and Creative Development
Caleres
“EMBA core courses taught me how to speak the language of my company’s executives—in quantitative terms that address profit and loss, sales margins, and ROI.”
Marketing & Sales
Leadership
C-suite Literacy
Professional Development
Requirements/standardized tests
EMBA 2016
Director, IT Acquisitions and Divestitures
Emerson
“I was surprised by how invigorating the program was. It was like being in a car and going from zero to 100 mph.”
Management
Engineering & Science
Leadership
EMBA 2016
Assistant Brewmaster
AB InBev
“An Executive MBA degree from WashU opens doors for me worldwide.”
Engineering & Science
Global Perspective
Professional Development
Requirements/standardized tests
EMBA 2016
Executive Director
CityArchRiver Foundation
Chairman
FDI Strategies
“WashU’s biggest sales pitch was the quality of its people.”
Management
Professional Development
EMBA 2016
Goal Alignment Pillar Lead
Nestlé Continuous Excellence at the Regional GLOBE (Global Business Excellence) Organization
“Olin’s commitment to excellence was evident in every single aspect of the program.”
Management
Strategic Problem-Solving
Creativity and Innovation
Professional Development
EMBA 2013
Co-founder
Johnna Marie
“I came away with something I didn’t think I’d come away with: a love of entrepreneurship.”
Marketing & Sales
Entrepreneur - Owner
Start My Own Business
EMBA 2015
Vice President, Human Resources
Drury Hotels
“The Leadership Residency taught us how to navigate the strong passions, opinions, and personalities that often are present in the C-suite.”
Management
Leadership
Professional Development
Impact on family
EMBA 2012
Director of Pharmacy Services
Children’s Hospital Colorado
“Executive MBA classes are taught by the best-of-the-best faculty.”
Health Care
Leadership
Strategic Problem-Solving
EMBA 2015
Radiologist and Managing Partner
Radiologic Imaging Consultants, SSM Health, St. Joseph St. Charles
“The program changed how I think; how I analyze problems; and how I interact with my patients, partners, and employees.”
Health Care
C-suite Literacy
EMBA 2014
General Counsel, Compliance & Risk Officer, Secretary
Houlihan's Restaurants Inc.
"I was in awe of how intricately built the Executive MBA program is and how masterfully all the pieces fit together."
Law
C-suite Literacy
Time commitment
EMBA Shanghai 2012
Head of Trade, China and Head of Trade Sales, Greater China
JPMorgan Chase & Co.
"The Executive MBA program prepared me to face multidisciplinary challenges strategically."
Management
Professional Services
Leadership
Strategic Problem-Solving
C-suite Literacy
EMBA Class 31
Senior Business Executive and Community Leader
"The EMBA curriculum emphasizes strategy, innovation, and execution, areas where many nonprofit organizations struggle."
Nonprofit
Strategic Problem-Solving
C-suite Literacy
EMBA 2013
Senior Vice President, Biologics Technology Cluster
MilliporeSigma
"The quality of Washington University’s professional network was incredible."
Management
Leadership
Strategic Problem-Solving
C-suite Literacy
Global Perspective
EMBA 2014
Product Manager, UMB Bank
“The program minimized the time I spent in career transition and accelerated my role as an impact player.”
Professional Services
Military
Leadership
C-suite Literacy
Transition Specialist Skills
EMBA 2015
Vice President, Strategic Initiatives, Prologis
"Learning how to push the envelope has really helped me at enVision."
Professional Services
Leadership
Strategic Problem-Solving
Creativity and Innovation
Professional Development
EMBA C2011
Chief Customer Officer
Label Insight
"Innovation and creativity are two of the most-critical factors for a startup’s success."
Entrepreneur - Owner
Start My Own Business
Creativity and Innovation
EMBA 2012
Executive Vice President, Chief Medical Officer
Centene Corporation
“Olin’s EMBA allowed me to broaden my understanding of important business issues and how they apply to medicine.”
Management
Health Care
Leadership
Professional Development
EMBA 2015
Senior Vice President, Bank Manager, CoBiz Financial Inc.
"Olin’s Executive MBA program helps me think innovatively about ways to enhance Colorado Business Bank’s position in the market."
Professional Services
Strategic Problem-Solving
C-suite Literacy
Transition Specialist Skills
Impact on family
Frequent work travel
Time commitment
EMBA 2011
Chief Innovation Officer
Teachers-Teachers
"Every day, I use skills that I learned at Olin to drive my company forward."
Entrepreneur - Owner
Nonprofit
Strategic Problem-Solving
Start My Own Business
Creativity and Innovation
EMBA 2015
Founder and CEO
Endorphin
“For me, entrepreneurship comes down to one thing: taking action.”
Entrepreneur - Owner
Military
Grow My Business
Time commitment
EMBA 2013
Vice President, Alliance Management & External Partnering
Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals
"My EMBA education added to my credibility and helped me guide my team with greater skill."
Health Care
Leadership
Strategic Problem-Solving
EMBA 2016
Consultant, EBM Enterprises
“Teaching and training are keys to success in the military and to success in business.”
Professional Services
Entrepreneur - Owner
Military
Professional Development
Transition Specialist Skills
EMBA Shanghai 2012
Founder and CEO
TechBridge Inc.
"The program enabled me to clarify my corporate vision and to re-craft my corporate strategy."
Engineering & Science
Entrepreneur - Owner
Leadership
Strategic Problem-Solving
C-suite Literacy
EMBA 2011
First Vice President
Wells Fargo Advisors
"I developed competencies to adapt, navigate, and capitalize on opportunities to help my firm remain relevant and competitive."
Professional Services
Professional Development
EMBA 2010
Director of Marketing, Women's Health Division, Perrigo Specialty Pharmaceuticals
“The ROI story is just incredible for me, both emotionally and financially.”
Marketing & Sales
Professional Development
EMBA 2014
VP of International Sales and New Business Development
HairUWear Inc.
“The program was a crash course in finance, strategy, and leadership.”
Marketing & Sales
Leadership
Global Perspective
Professional Development
EMBA 2013
Vice President, HANA In-Memory Technology
SAP America
"I’m better able to tackle factors outside my company, negotiate contracts, and allocate value."
Marketing & Sales
Strategic Problem-Solving
C-suite Literacy
Professional Development
Transition Specialist Skills
Time commitment
EMBA 2012
Executive Vice President of Marketing
Wallis Cos.
"The program was instrumental in helping me grow as a leader and grow our family business."
Entrepreneur - Owner
Strategic Problem-Solving
Creativity and Innovation
Grow My Business
Impact on family
Time commitment
EMBA 2010
President
Phoenix Textile Corp.
"Takeaways included innovative improvements to our supply chain and planning process and a broader perspective on growth.”
Management
Leadership
Grow My Business
Impact on family
EMBA 2011
President, CEO, Board Chair
Pinnacle Healthcare Development LLC
"When The Wall Street Journal ranked the program No. 2 the year I graduated, it affirmed I had chosen well."
Health Care
Leadership
C-suite Literacy
Transition Specialist Skills
EMBA 2014
Population Health, Sr. Manager, Client Results
Cerner Corp.
“If professionals want to advance their career locally and globally, the EMBA program is a great choice.”
Management
Leadership
Strategic Problem-Solving
Global Perspective
EMBA 2014
Founder, AirZaar
“The joint EMBA program with IIT Bombay will mark a new beginning and a great journey for the partner institutions.”
Engineering & Science
Leadership
Global Perspective
Transition Specialist Skills
EMBA 2012
Pilot/First Officer
American Airlines
"I enrolled to learn the language of business, and, unexpectedly, learned how to better manage my civilian career."
Management
Military
Leadership
Strategic Problem-Solving
C-suite Literacy
EMBA 2012
Principal, Edward Jones
"I learned how to draw out the best thinking from a broad range of talented individuals."
Management
Leadership
Strategic Problem-Solving
Impact on family
EMBA 2011
Senior VP and CIO, Ameren Services Company
"The program helped me translate technical complexities into management solutions."
Engineering & Science
Professional Development
EMBA 2011
President and CEO, Teachers-Teachers
“The program empowered me to approach challenges with the right decision-making framework.”
Management
Entrepreneur - Owner
Leadership
Strategic Problem-Solving
Professional Development
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EMBA 2014
President and Owner
New Market Connect
“WashU’s Executive MBA program helped me write a new chapter in my life.”
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Entrepreneur - Owner
Military
Leadership
Start My Own Business
Transition Specialist Skills
EMBA 2009
Senior Vice President and General Counsel
POET
"Leadership really isn’t about me; it’s about making the people around me better."
Law
Leadership
Strategic Problem-Solving
EMBA 2014
Director of Client Services
DST Systems, Inc.
“The EMBA professors were really present in my executive education, which added tremendous value to my Olin experience.”
Engineering & Science
Leadership
Global Perspective
Time commitment
EMBA 2011
Chief Medical Officer,
Sirnaomics, Inc.
“I left with a skill set and network I never thought I’d have. I was a completely different person.”
Health Care
Leadership
Global Perspective
Transition Specialist Skills
EMBA 2012
Owner
T. O. Zupon Construction & Development
"​Enrolling in the program is one life decision I’ve never regretted."
Entrepreneur - Owner
Grow My Business
EMBA 2014
Co-Founder & Investor, financial tech start-up
“The global reach of the new program in Mumbai will be a great strength and will build the brands of the partner institutions.”
Professional Services
Global Perspective
Creativity and Innovation