Elizabeth LaBelleExecutive MBA Vice President of Marketing & Design, Travelers Marketing
By working so closely on a tight-knit team of senior executive-level individuals, LaBelle says, “You learn each other’s work styles and challenge each other’s concepts and ideas.”
It’s the people. That’s what Liz LaBelle says is the best part of the EMBA program.
She says of her classmates, “We come from all walks of life, but we are faced with many of the same challenges. Whether you’re a doctor, a financial analyst, a marketer, or an entrepreneur, and whether you work for a for-profit, non-profit, public or private organization, the lessons learned from the EMBA program are relevant to becoming a leader within that organization and field.” She explains, “Everyone in the class encourages that connection and helps to strengthen it.”
By working so closely on a tight-knit team of senior executive-level individuals, LaBelle says, “You learn each other’s work styles and challenge each other’s concepts and ideas.” She says, “I hope to maintain these relationships throughout my career and that we will continue to learn from each other and challenge each other.”
LaBelle has made deep connections with her EMBA classmates, expanded her network and perspective, and has also taken hold of new strategies and ideas in the classroom—and at her day job. She explains the transformation, “I have taken new approaches to team projects, implemented new team building exercises in the office, and focused on regular meetings with individual team members in order to promote open dialogue surrounding accomplishments and challenges that we face every day.” She says that EMBA has helped her to, “learn the theories and then learn how those theories are applied in daily work.”
EMBA has even helped LaBelle in strengthening certain skills that directly impact her ability to engage at her workplace in more thoughtful discussions around accounting best practices, competitive strategy, and public policy. She explains, “I’ve opened myself up to more feedback and taken a step back from managing to leading – there’s a difference, I’ve learned.”