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Executive MBA Program Hosts Bosses' Day

imageDr. Will Sparks, McColl School of Business Faculty
01/30/13 -  

Twenty senior executives representing companies such as Premier, Carolina Neurosurgery & Spine Associates, Bank of America, Wells Fargo, Duke Energy, Nestle and Mecklenburg County Government participated as 'students' in the Executive MBA program on Friday, January 25 for Bosses' Day. These leaders learned more about the benefits and growth their employees acquire in the program and what the students in turn give back to their companies. Dr. Will Sparks provided a sample of some of the personal insight students receive over the 21 month program by facilitating a lively discussion on Transformational Change: Managing Your Leadership Shadow.

"Spending two hours at the Bosses' Day event at Queens was a great investment. The event provided a thorough overview of the Executive MBA program and how Queens is supporting my company's employees in their leadership development journey. In addition, after participating in a very thought provoking session with Will Sparks, I took away some great insights about my own leadership style that can I could apply in my daily work, " said Amy Denny, vice president, Contract Management for Premier.

The networking breakfast and post-session discussion really energized the EMBA students, their bosses and the McColl faculty and staff in attendance! "There is a great sense of community between the faculty and the students. I left feeling the faculty would get every student where they needed to be in the program," said Tommy Watkins, director, operational risk manager, Wells Fargo Securities. 

The program received rave reviews from guests and students alike: "I found the day very enlightening, engaging, and enjoyable," said Tim Feeheley, president of JanPak Inc. "If you're goal was to market the quality, robustness, and applicability of the Queens Executive MBA program you wildly succeeded. You also succeeded in raising the level of expectation I have for the overall impact the program will have on the leadership capabilities of our student -- from high to very, very high. Thanks for the invite -- I really was impressed in every way possible."

Hunter Dyer, president of Carolina Neurosurgery & Spine Associates, added, "I really enjoyed it! Dr. Will Sparks gave a great lecture on leadership styles and Bill [Berry] and Nancy [McNelis] were great also. Thanks for having me and congrats on a wonderful MBA program." 

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