SFU EMBA ABL 2017 – 2020 Cohort
On the 23rd of September, I began the Masters of Business Administration program at the SFU Beedie School of Business. We began the program with 2 days of orientation which focused on team building exercises that were designed to help us get to know our classmates.
The first full week of classes was amazing. We spent the entire week with Professor Gary Wagenheim and he led us through the Leadership and Teamwork course. It was an intense week of discovery and self-reflection about who we are as leaders within our respective organizations.
The second week had 2 courses packed into it and it felt quite rushed, to be honest. We had Professor Scott Powell for Business Communications and Professors Mark Selman and Joy Cramer for Indigenous Values and Governance. The Business Communications had us examine negotiation techniques, effective meeting management strategies, presentation skills, and writing skills for professionals. The Indigenous Values and Governance course took a look at how oral histories such as origin stories communicated the leadership values that a people hold dear and aspire to achieve today.
This is a minor point but I want to let you know that the program feeds us breakfast every morning. I was quite rushed catching the train from Maple Ridge to downtown Vancouver every day and the morning breakfasts and coffee made a significant difference in my learning during the week. It is a small touch, but so appreciated.
This will be a very short blog post as I have approximately 5 assignments that I need to be writing. What I can say for certain is that I will not have enough time to update my website as regularly as I would like to. The amount of reading and writing that we have to do over the next 2.5 years is fairly intense.
I am very excited about heading to the Native Nations Institute at the University of Arizona in Tucson for 2 weeks in January of 2018. It sounds like it will be a very intense 2 weeks of learning!
The photo to the right features the beautiful class jackets that the program provided to us. We also received coffee mugs, keychains, lanyards, and a few other swag items that everyone really appreciated.