Favorite Professors Of The ‘Best & Brightest’ EMBAs

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Ohio State's Dan Oglevee (Center)

Ohio State’s Dan Oglevee (Center)

Bring Out The Best In Students

“I have two. Tony Rucci: He was truly insightful and allowed me to review my life, my mission, and where my future lies. That is a difficult thing to do for a woman who is on a mission — but he did it and I am a better person, administrator, and doctor because of it. The second is Dan Oglevee. Dan was incredibly personable and through his storytelling allowed me to consider career choices that I would never have previously even thought possible. He made me consider that I too have value and talents that I have not previously used or even considered useful. I have done a lot of professional training thus far — now I may be able to use it in a creative and perhaps more family-friendly manner. I think I will now be able to take risks!” – Susan Moffatt-Bruce, Ohio State University, Fisher College of Business

 

Make Class Time Valuable

University of North Carolina's C.J. Skender

University of North Carolina’s C.J. Skender

“My favourite professor is Jordi Fabregat, our corporate finance teacher. In my opinion, he is one of the most intelligent teachers we’ve had. He managed to introduce us to the corporate finance world in a funny, smooth and very interesting way. We analysed real cases and he gave us feedback and answered our questions quickly, and made us realise the importance of being able to read and understand finance information correctly in our corporate transactions.” – Paula Lafora Ornosa, ESADE

C.J. Skender was able to take a relatively dry course curriculum (managerial accounting) and introduce it in a fast-paced, practical format. His presence in the classroom, ability to teach at a high level, and passion for what he does were infectious. Classes that have a quantitative focus are challenging to me — and he was always accessible after hours for additional support. In short, his level of commitment to teaching at a high level inspired me to perform (learn) at a high level.” – Ryan Caferly, University of North Carolina, Kenan-Flagler Business School

Nuno Fernandes. With lectures are thought-provoking and interactive, I learned much more than the syllabus promised. The cases Nuno presented in class are real financial detective stories. You will never lose interest at one of Nuno’s lectures as his rapid style keeps you active, alert, and engaged at all times. In addition, I think that his book Finance for Executives perfectly combines financial management theory and practice.” – Zhanna Kryuchkova, IMD

UCLA's Gayle Northrop

UCLA’s Gayle Northrop

“I feel extremely fortunate for my experience at Anderson to have had such an outstanding cadre of professors and visiting lecturers from across all aspects of business. Every single one has been incredible in their own way which makes this choice extremely difficult. When forced to choose, Professor Gayle Northrop has become my favorite professor teaching Social Entrepreneurship. As a subject matter very close to my heart and passion — service to others — her class and her teaching has challenged me to take all that I have learned over my EMBA time and compile it with my life time of leadership and take on one of the most dangerous problems here at home in the US – combating the 1:4 rate of sexual assault of students on college campuses. Her passion, coupled with her drive and unsurpassed experience in the field are truly inspiring as well as empowering and I could not thank her more.” – Christian Dunbar, UCLA, Anderson School of Management

“Professor Joe Hall in Operations Management. He brought a wealth of knowledge on the subject, balancing theory with practice. He included case studies, simulations, and a pre-term “business novel” called The Goal, which laid the base for developing our intuitions on operations and paid benefits throughout the class.” – Mark Gorenflo, UC-Berkeley, Haas School of Business

Réal Jacob. This professor gave lectures in three different modules: Value Creation, Collaborative Mindset and Catalytic Mindset. His expertise in knowledge management, collaborative structures and models, as well as change management is absolutely exceptional. He shares his great knowledge in an entertaining way, and illustrates the concepts with inspiring, real-world examples.” – Louise Richer, McGill University and HEC Montreal

“Professor Amir Ziv taught the core course of Financial Accounting, you know the most exciting class of any MBA program (kidding). What made Professor Ziv outstanding, aside from his thematic tie choices related to the subject/case of the day, was his sense of humor and enthusiasm for making sure students understood his subject. He made accounting fun to learn.” – Andrew Asnes, Columbia Business School

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