Why follow an Executive MBA? : meet the IÉSEG EMBA participants

April 19, 2017

Career development, enhancing leadership skills and one’s ability to manage change and innovation, or networking with executives from diverse professional backgrounds… These are just some of the factors that motivated the participants in our Executive MBA program.

execeduneIÉSEG launched its Executive MBA program in 2015 in partnership with CEGOS. Focusing on the development of positive leadership and sustainable performance skills, the EMBA welcomes some forty senior managers/executives (across the two classes) representing 15 different nationalities.

On average, they have more than 15 years of professional experience in a rich diversity of sectors. Every two weeks (Friday and Saturday), participants gather at the campus in Paris La Défense. We asked a number of them about their motivations for joining the School and experiences with the EMBA.

David Delebecque, a 36-year-old sales engineer, notes, “In the context of the fast-moving world (in which we live), my aim is to look to anticipate such changes and expand my knowledge in areas such as management, finance and leadership. These are vital skills for people in strategic positions and for leading a company. The key strengths of this program are the dynamic and collaborative mindset of the participants as well as the quality of the international faculty. Planning and organization are key factors for finding the right balance between following the EMBA program and my work and family life with my 3 children.”

Deborah Woodford, who has a wealth of experience in financial/control and accountancy, explains that she looked at a number of business schools (for her EMBA) but was attracted by IESEG’s (learning) approach. She wanted to move away from the “established way of doing things”,  gain “positive ideas” and a “fresh approach”.

Credit manager Véronique Gascon, notes “If you are naturally curious or wish to boost up your career, or if you simply wish to personally grow and develop your soft skills, this team-centric Executive MBA is for you. Since September 2015, I have experienced being part of a diverse class that has come closely together, intensive classes taught by passionate experts coming from varied backgrounds, who share their highly precise expertise with us every other week.”

IÉSEG regularly organizes thematic conferences on leadership, and EMBA information sessions, or webinar, details of which can be found on the EMBA website.