A Matter of Course: ELMBA Domestic Field Study

By Katlyn Good
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Emerging Leaders MBA Domestic Field Study

The Details:

Students in the Sellinger School’s Emerging Leaders MBA—the School’s first full-time graduate program, now in its second-year—explore business models and engage with business leaders through corporate site visits in the nation’s leading center of innovation and technology. Hot topics include information systems, technology, leadership, and sustainable value creation.


Silicon Valley and San Francisco, Calif.

Key Personnel:

Andrea Giampetro-Meyer, J.D., professor of law and social responsibility and academic director for the Emerging Leaders MBA program; Ann Attanasio, assistant dean for business programs; and Jeannie Pridmore, Ph.D., assistant professor of management and information systems.


In addition to visiting leading technology and venture capital companies, students met with Bill Long, ’86, venture capitalist with Mohr Davidow Ventures, who offered a guest lecture on his successes and failures as a venture capitalist in the Bay area, as well as the ins and outs of a career in entrepreneurship or emerging technology. “There’s a different path to success on the West Coast—it’s more of a zigzag career with a lot of failures and successes. That sort of career is not an easy thing to envision, especially if you think of yourself in a more traditional business role, but business students can really help technology and healthcare companies,” said Long. “Loyola was a real cornerstone in my life and it’s what gave me the confidence to come out here and do what I do—that’s what a degree like the Emerging Leaders MBA is about, developing yourself so that you may apply your skills to any situation.”

Top stops:

Facebook, Plug and Play Tech Center, Clorox, Yahoo, and LinkedIn

Student says:

“I had visited but never seen San Francisco in this way before,” said Edgar Hernandez, ELMBA ’11, now a field coordinator at Bechtel Corporation in Canada, who interned as a financial planning and business analysis intern at Vocus Inc., a marketing and public relations software company in Linthicum, Md., during the program. “It was an invaluable experience that not only helped me better understand how emerging technologies can have an impact on the global economy, but also sparked my interest in pursuing my internship with Vocus. We visited Vocus early on in the program, and after the San Francisco trip and being immersed in similar software companies, I saw the value of being part of such an innovative firm.”


“The typical background of our students is East Coast and we want to give them an inside look at the business landscape of the West Coast where so much innovation and emerging technology take place. Even if our students choose a more traditional career path, the macro-level concepts of the way businesses are born here, the risks they take, and the way new technology affects business are important for our students to be able to apply wherever they work,” said Giampetro-Meyer.

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