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University of Missouri at Kansas City
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University of North Carolina
Jacksonville University
Naval Postgraduate School
New York University
University of Chicago
University of Tennessee, Knoxville
University of Virginia
Business School São Paulo (BSP)
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Fordham University
Georgia State University
Tsinghua University
University of Maryland
Planning for 2011 Conference Presentations
  Submit a proposal by Friday, April 15, to present a concurrent session at the 2011 Executive MBA Council Conference in Key Biscayne, Florida
Opportunities to Sponsor
  Choose from a number of opportunities to sponsor events and activities at the 2011 Executive MBA Council Conference
2011 Regional Meeting Slate
  The first council regional meeting starts in April
Support for Student Recruitment
  Link to the council's new prospective student web site and help promote the EMBA experience
EMBA Student Success
  EMBA student salaries continue to rise, according to council research
In the News
  The Executive MBA Council contributes to stories about the degree
  By Michael Desiderio, Executive Director
Board Member Profile
  Gonzalo Freixes
Corporate Member Profile
  China Star Professional Programs

Planning for 2011 Conference Presentations
  Submit a proposal by Friday, April 15, to present a concurrent session at the 2011 Executive MBA Council Conference in Key Biscayne, Florida

Plan to share your innovative practices at the 2011 Executive MBA Council Conference, set for Oct. 16-19 in Key Biscayne, Florida, by completing a proposal to present a concurrent session at the conference. The Miami area will truly make for a great conference experience.
Sessions highlight new and best practices on diverse topics and help reinforce the 2011 conference theme, Oceans of Opportunity. Topics that relate to the following areas are welcome:

  • Admissions, Marketing, and Recruitment
  • Career Services
  • Student Services, Operations, and Administration Models
  • Globalization Initiatives
  • Curriculum Innovations/Pedagogy
  • Personal Development and Leadership
  • Financial and Economic Solutions
The conference planning committee encourages sessions that represent the diversity of markets and the needs, interests, and roles of conference participants, as well as collaborative presentations with faculty or staff from different universities and international collaborations.

Use the request for proposals (RFP) instructions and online form at www.emba.org/conference_rfp.htm to submit your proposal by Friday, April 15, 2011.

Opportunities to Sponsor

By sponsoring an event or activity at the 2011 Executive MBA Council Conference, member schools can both lend their support to the work of the council and receive recognition for their contributions. Conference sponsors will be acknowledged throughout the conference and on conference materials and the council web site.

Visit www.emba.org/conference_sponsorship.htm for information about sponsorship. To participate as a sponsor, just complete the Event Sponsorship Commitment Form.

2011 Regional Meeting Slate
  The first council regional meeting starts in April

Schools throughout the world host Executive MBA Council regional meetings, and the first 2011 regional meeting is set for April 10-12 at Georgetown University. The following summaries provide details of the scheduled meetings to date. For updates, visit www.emba.org/regional_upcoming.htm.

USA/Southeast Regional Meeting
Date: April 10-12, 2011
Location: Georgetown University, Washington, D.C. 

Hotel: Holiday Inn, Georgetown, shuttle available to and from campus

Highlights: Evening bus tour of Washington, D.C.; potential topics such as executive education trends, innovations in EMBA Programs, Strengths Finder assessment, effective meeting facilitation, difficult conversations, and best practices

Registration: http://seembac2011.eventbrite.com/
Cost: $225 per person

Host: Georgetown University

Contact: Lesley Perry at llp9@georgetown.edu

USA/Canada Northeast Regional Meeting
Date: April 17-19, 2011; begins with cocktail reception on April 17 from 5 to 8 PM at Montrose Mansion in the Villanova Conference Center, with conference sessions on April 18 and 19 

Hotel and Location: Villanova Conference Center, Radnor, Pennsylvania

Highlights: Through panel discussions, interactive workshops, and networking, discover how innovation, creativity, and leadership impact all aspects of an Executive MBA Program

Registration: http://www.villanova.edu/business/execmba/council_form.htm
Cost: $150 per person

Host: Villanova University

Contact: Jennifer Powers at jennifer.powers@villanova.edu

USA/Southwest Regional Meeting
Date: June 13-14, 2011

Location: Neeley School of Business, Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, Texas

Host: Texas Christian University

Contacts: Shellyn LaBonte at s.labonte@tcu.edu, or Nancy Nix at n.nix@tcu.edu

USA/Canada Western Regional Meeting

Date: June 26-28, 2011

Host: University of Denver

Contact: Beth Riley at briley@du.edu

USA/Canada Midwest Regional Meeting

Date: July 12-13, 2011
Host: University of Nebraska

Contact: Bill Swanson at wswanson@unomaha.edu


Support for Student Recruitment
  Link to the council's new prospective student web site and help promote the EMBA experience

At the 2010 EMBA Council Conference, the council announced the launch of a new website that is designed to promote the value of the Executive MBA experience to prospective students. Located at www.executivemba.org, the web site allows prospective students to search and compare the council’s more than 300 Executive MBA Programs worldwide. It also includes feature stories and videos about students and alumni that demonstrate the value of the degree.

EMBA member programs can help promote the site by establishing a link to the new Executive MBA Council prospective student web site from their web site. The link, www.executivemba.org, can be added to your site in a location that you feel is appropriate.

Linking to the EMBA Council prospective student website provides a source of additional information to your prospective students who are considering an Executive MBA Program and helps make the case for them.


EMBA Student Success
  EMBA student salaries continue to rise, according to council research

Recent graduates of Executive MBA Programs who participated in the Executive MBA Council 2010 Student Exit Benchmarking Survey reported increases in their salary and bonus packages from the start to the end of their programs.

In 2010, the average salary and bonus amounts of students in the survey rose 11.4 percent from the start to end of the program, compared to 9.4 percent in 2009. Students’ average salary and bonus package at the start of their EMBA Programs was $127,955, increasing to $142,534 by the end of the program.

The Executive MBA Council conducts the Student Exit Benchmarking Survey to track the perceptions and opinions of EMBA Program graduates and to help measure the return on investment of the degree. The survey included 3,674 students from 116 programs. In addition, 37 percent of students in the survey reported receiving promotions, and 68 percent reported receiving new responsibilities during their time in the program.

“Executive MBA students continue to do well in this challenging economy,” says Michael Desiderio, executive director of the EMBA Council. “Survey data shows the return on investment for EMBA students remains significant.”

Graduates in the survey remain loyal supporters of the EMBA experience. The survey’s loyalty index helps demonstrate participating students’ satisfaction with their program.

The loyalty index is a combination of students’ rankings of program quality (8.4 on a 10- point scale), students’ willingness to recommend their program to a colleague or friend (8.8), and the likelihood of supporting the program as alumni (8.2).

“The loyalty index shows that EMBA students continue to be satisfied with their programs and educational experience,” says Desiderio. “It also shows that alumni are willing to stay involved with programs.”


In the News
  The Executive MBA Council contributes to stories about the degree

The Executive MBA Council recently provided information for a number of stories about Executive MBA education.

  • “Executive Training Ground,” by Tim Loughran
    Virginia Business Journal, Dec. 29, 2010
     “ ‘Five years ago', says Michael Desiderio, executive director of the 210-member Executive MBA Council, ‘most EMBA students were fully sponsored by their employers’; now, ‘about a third are fully sponsored, another third share the expense with their companies and the rest pay their own way.’ ”

  • “Executive MBA Council Releases 2010 Membership Data” news release distributed via BusinessWire (897 views)
    Posted on more than 250 key portals and news sites, including:
    Yahoo Finance
    American Public Media – Marketplace.org
    Boston.com (Boston Globe)
    CBSnews.com, and web sites for CBS stations in Denver, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Dallas Fort Worth
    Cincinnati.com (Cincinnati Enquirer)
    Dispatch.com (The Columbus Dispatch)
    StarTelegram.com (Fort Worth Star Telegram)
    Chron.com (Houston Chronicle)
    Ibtimes.com (International Business Times)
    IBJ.com (Indianapolis Business Journal)
    SLtribune.com (The Salt Lake Tribune)
    SFGate.com (San Francisco Chronicle)

  • “M.B.A. programs proliferating around Bay Area,” by Bridget Riley
    San Francisco Business Times, Jan. 7, 2011
     “The average executive M.B.A. student is 37 years old, with eight years of managerial experience and 13 years of professional experience, according to a 2010 survey by the Executive M.B.A. Council, a nonprofit association of schools. People who go through executive M.B.A. programs typically see a 9 percent increase in salary, though Bay Area programs such as Berkeley-Columbia report average increases of 20 percent.”

  • “Exec MBA Grads Reaping Rewards”
    Investors.com, Jan. 7, 2011
     “The Executive MBA Council survey says students' average salary and bonus package at the start of their MBA programs was $127,955. The survey says it rose to an average of $142,534 by the end of their programs.”

  • “Salaries of Recent Executive MBA Graduates Continue to Rise” news release distributed via BusinessWire (1,596 views)
    Posted on more than 250 key portals and news sites, including:
    Yahoo Finance
    Timesunion.com (Albany Times)
    AND.com (Anchorage Daily News)
    ContraCostaTimes.com (Contra Costa Times)
    ElPasoTimes.com (El Paso Times)
    Ibtimes.com (International Business Times)
    IdahoStatesman.com (Idaho Statesman)
    KCBS.com (San Francisco)
    Weareaustin.com (KEYE TV Austin)
    KansasCity.com (Kansas City Star)
    ABC TV websites in assorted markets, including San Francisco, Fresno, Chicago, Toledo, and Houston
    Kentucky.com (Lexington Herald)
    Mpr.org (Minnesota Public Radio News)
    NYDailyNews.com (New York Daily News)
    UPI.com (United Press International)

  By Michael Desiderio, Executive Director

On March 17, I had the privilege of attending and presenting at the EFMD MBA Director’s Conference in Paris, France. The chance to present and exchange ideas with programs, some members, and many non-members of our organization was truly insightful.

It’s clear that regardless of geographic boundaries and diverse cultures, the EMBA is alive and well around the globe! I also found it stimulating to hear about the challenges and innovations in other MBA platforms as well.

Before the EFMD meeting, I, along with your board of trustees, met in Miami for our first board meeting of the year. We were fortunate that the University of Miami hosted us on its beautiful campus, making logistics simple. The environment was extremely conducive to a rigorous board meeting. One wonderful strength of our organization is that our board is comprised of member schools representing small schools, large schools, different regions, and a variety of other factors. I so enjoy reviewing our past year’s work but most importantly planning for the year that is unfolding.

Here are just a few summary points from the board meeting:

  • Agreement to keep the conference early-bird incentive price launched during the economic downturn last year.

  • Agreement to invest resources in further enhancing and promoting the new prospective student web site (www.executivemba.org) launched at the 2010 conference.

  • Agreement that keeping the quality high for the schools we admit as members is critical to the longevity of the council. We must and will maintain the quality admission criteria to be an EMBA Council member but will also adopt best practices from organizations such as AACSB, GMAC, and EFMD when evaluating high-quality international schools for potential membership.

This list is not meant to be exhaustive but just to share a few highlights from the board meeting. Our board meetings are intense and simultaneously invigorating. When you take a group of very smart people who are passionate about the EMBA space, the discussions are sure to be exciting…and they always are!

So why does any of this matter? In the coming weeks you will receive an email calling for nominations for the Executive MBA Council board. I strongly encourage each of you to consider nominating a fellow member. This year we will have five seats to fill, which means 10 strong candidates will eventually be put forward for a vote by the membership. However, for the nominating committee to settle on those 10 candidates, they need many more to evaluate. Nominate, nominate, nominate!

Board Member Profile
  Gonzalo Freixes

From an early age, his parents helped instill in Gonzalo Freixes a passion for education. His mother, a teacher, and father, a mechanic, fled Cuba when Freixes was six-years-old. “We had to leave everything behind,” he says. “My parents sacrificed a lot.”

They settled in Los Angeles and encouraged Freixes to pursue his interest in law. He earned his doctorate in jurisprudence from Loyola Law School, and spent a decade practicing mostly business law. Then he changed his trajectory in a move that eventually led him to the Executive MBA industry.

While a lawyer, Freixes first entered the classroom as an instructor when he taught business law courses at the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) after a friend and fellow instructor referred him.

“That connection ended up opening a new door,” says Freixes, who started teaching several classes of business law to undergraduate students at UCLA in 1990 and then moved into a full-time position with an additional focus on taxation classes. “When you change careers completely in the middle of your profession, it has to be compelling,” says Freixes. “It motivates you to excel.”

In 2000, he was asked to share his expertise in business law and taxation with Executive MBA students at UCLA, and the moment he entered the EMBA classroom, he knew that it was a great fit.

“I really enjoyed EMBA students,” he says. “Students are so engaged in discussions and committed to applying the concepts to their lives.”

His involvement with MBA and Executive MBA students continued to grow, and in 2007, he was named associate dean of the Executive MBA and Fully Employed MBA Programs. He also serves as director of the Executive MBA Field Study Program and as field study advisor for the Global Access Program and Applied Management Research Program.

Along the way, he received the Fully Employed MBA Class Outstanding Teacher Award in 2006, and as faculty advisor and coach to the UCLA Mock Trial Program, guided UCLA to two back-to-back mock trial championships. He also returned to school, earning his master degree in business taxation in 2007 from the University of Southern California.

His experience and interest in international business led to the launch of global immersion programs, which included extending opportunities to all MBA students. He has led one-week international programs for four years now and has noted the growing importance of globalization in EMBA Programs, as well as an increased use of distance learning and technology. “In fact, we are looking to launch a hybrid MBA Program with a distance learning component,” he says.

His participation in the Executive MBA Council has helped him, in particular with the school’s global efforts. He attended his first Executive MBA Council Conference in 2007. Through the connections that he made at the conference, he was able to establish international partnerships, as well as develop relationships with corporate travel members.

The council provides unique opportunities to share and learn. “It’s a great way to get up to speed on the best practices in the industry,” he says. “I really like the collegiality.”

Freixes decided to become more involved with the council and was elected to its board of trustees in 2009. “I wanted to contribute to the council,” says Freixes, who is also chair of the 2011 EMBA Council Conference in Key Biscayne, Florida. “I want to see the council grow in certain ways, including more globalization.”

Freixes also shared the following information with EMBA News:

My hobbies include: “Travel, baseball, watching science fiction and horror television shows with my son.”

My favorite city is: “Paris.”

I’m most proud of: “My family.” He and his wife, Graciela Freixes, presiding judge of the Santa Clarita Superior Court, met when they were very young, have been married for 35 years, and were featured on a 2002 PBS Valentine’s Day special on lasting love.

I’m reading:The Girl Who Played with Fire by Stieg Larsson.”

I’m passionate about: “My Cuban culture, the California Angels, and the education of my students.”

My next project is: “The distance learning MBA and corporate outreach with the top 100 employers in California.”

You may not know that: “I speak four languages.”

When I think about the EMBA Council, I think:“Of colleagues and sharing.”

Corporate Member Profile
  China Star Professional Programs

In 2008, China Star Professional Programs organized a conference in the Guizhou province of China for 200 teachers from the United States and 300 Chinese teachers, who had come together to learn from each other.

“They met with their counterparts, shared ideas, and found mutual interests,” says David Liu-Yanxiang, president of China Star. “A visit to the rural village primary schools, which was sponsored by China Star, became a highlight of the trip. The communication went beyond the language barriers.”

China Star Professional Programs focuses on arranging professional exchange programs and meetings for professional groups, including Executive MBA and MBA Programs. China Star joined the Executive MBA Council as a corporate member in 2010.

For Executive MBA Programs, China Star services include taking care of travel arrangements and working with programs to develop trip agendas, coordinate speakers, and organize corporate visits. The China Star team began working together in 2001. In 2005, the company was founded officially.

Since then, China Star has assisted diverse groups in navigating their opportunities to better understand China through firsthand travel experiences.

“Each year, we successfully arrange about 80 professional exchange programs for doctors, educators, lawyers, and other professionals, who come to China and exchange ideas with their Chinese counterparts,” says Liu-Yanxiang. “Through our efforts, which also include travel arrangements, those professionals return home with memories and satisfaction.”

For example, in 2009, China Star arranged a camping experience near the Great Wall for American students. “It was very successful and loved by the students,” he says. China Star plans to further offer this experience to four other student groups in the near future.

“It is a good experience to camp near the Great Wall,” he says. “However, camping is still not very popular in China, and we have to handle many difficulties and go through the procedures for safety and security. We will keep exploring and improving the product.”

China Star plans to continue looking for new experiences and the development of creative and unique products. “China is different, and to develop the programs in China, you need to find a reliable partner,” says Liu-Yanxiang.

Joining the Executive MBA Council offers China Star a way to better understand Executive MBA Programs worldwide.

“We would like to learn more about EMBA Programs worldwide and network with the professionals and professors,” says Liu-Yanxiang. “Council staff and members have been very helpful,” he says.

In addition to further development of its business, China Star wants to increase its support of education and other social responsibility activities in China.

“We would like to assist with more social responsibility projects,” he says. “So far we have donated to two libraries and one primary school in the southwest part of China. Still China is a developing country with many poverty-stricken areas, so China Star will continue to take its corporate social responsibility seriously and try to help those who need our help.”

For additional information about China Star Professional Services, contact David Liu-Yanxiang at liuyanxiang@professional.com.cn or visit www.professional.com.cn/services/incentives.asp.
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