The MBA for Executives program at the UCI Paul Merage School of Business is a participant-centric multi-disciplinary high-level management training program. Tomorrow’s leaders are expected to anticipate, respond and lead through diverse technological, societal and behavioral disruptions. The MBA for Executives provides leaders with a robust ecosystem to develop strategic goals and identifying where digitization is best leveraged.
We offer a wide range of services from individual career coaching sessions, to on-campus workshops, online webinars and networking events. Throughout the program, you will have several opportunities to develop your skills on career planning, CV and LinkedIn writing, interviewing techniques, networking and negotiation skills as well as receive targeted job-search support.
Summer Lunch and Learn Series
Executive Presence: The Secret Sauce to the C-Suite
Session 1 - Executive Mindset - Analyze and understand your own strengths and weaknesses. The key is managing your mindset: All that negative self-talk in your head stifles your confidence. Recognize it. Own it. And develop strategies to overcome it.
Session 2 - Executive Networking - Authenticity—both in business and in networking—is important for establishing reciprocal relationships with others in the executive arena. Executive networking is critical, and the right connections can help you reach new levels of success. Great leaders are proactive in developing inner circles that balance like-minded individuals with those that challenge them, ultimately providing new business opportunities.
Session 3 - Executive Professional Image - Style is the most overt behavioral manifestation of communicative leadership. It’s the first impression people make—based on image, mannerisms and interpersonal behavior. It is also something you can absolutely and easily control—if you just know how. Whether we like it or not, style must be congruent with what people know and believe about a leader and their role in the organization.
Professional Development Workshop Series
Exclusive to the MBA for Executives, you will benefit from unlimited access to an executive coach throughout the program and your career. During the program, your coach will support you on creating a comprehensive leadership development plan, career vision and path, and assess your strategies and approaches for advancing your career to the next level.
360 Degree Road Map
Today’s leaders must strike a balance between self-reflection and action to help their organizations adapt to the unknown. Transformational leaders are asked to embrace divergent thinking and implement innovative practices that respect the aspirations of numerous stakeholders: customers, employees, business partners and society at large. According to Deloitte’s 2020 research on leadership personas; organizations with leaders who embody data-driven decision-making; have a bold long-term vision of technology; and who are aggressive about workforce development—are poised to survive and thrive in the 21st century and beyond.
The Merage School's MBA for Executives plays a critical role in expanding the leadership capacity of seasoned professionals as they develop a global and strategic vision for executive leadership in a digital age faced with new societal issues and global entrepreneurship.
Psychological Safety and Digital Transformation: Trust and the Process
All businesses rely on business model evolution through identifying and using new digital tools. The most difficult aspect of digital transformation is garnering trust from stakeholders. “There’s no team without trust,” says Paul Santagata, Head of Industry at Google. Google’s two-year study revealed that the highest-performing teams have one thing in common: psychological safety, the belief that you won’t be punished when you make a mistake. Studies show that psychological safety allows for moderate risk-taking, speaking your mind, creativity and sticking your neck out without fear of having it cut off—the types of behavior that lead to disruptive innovation.
The MBA for Executives exposes leaders to diverse digital transformation strategies that help engage the collective genius of teams and build trust. The skills learned in the program helps leaders choose the best ideas for digital transformation for their organization or entrepreneurial venture.
The MBA for Executives is a progressive program ranked by IvyExec as one of the top EMBA programs for women leaders. Our EMBA ranks #1 in highest percentage of female faculty; more than any other EMBA program in the world. We are committed to being a key player in curating holistic leadership experiences that enrich the unique learning and leading experience of women. We offer female-specific networking, mentorship, peer-collaboration opportunities and seminars that help shape the future of women in leadership through knowledge creation and collaboration.
The case for empowering women has never been stronger, not just because it is the right thing to do but because it is the smart thing to do. With unique perspective and big ideas, women in business are able to bring new, innovative ideas to the table. A growing body of empirical work shows that improving gender equity in the workplace boosts employee retention and organizational performance. It encourages economic growth and benefits society.
EMBA Women is a specially curated workshop series just for EMBA women:
- Branding and Presence: Me, Myself and My Why
- The Ask: Knowing What You Need and Asking for What You Want
- Negotiating 3.0: Salary (My Compensation), Service (My Expectation) and Significance (My Role)
- Sponsorship: Garnering an Invitation to the Table
Executive Career Coaching
Career goals change. Markets fluctuate. Your Executive Career Coach is prepared to guide you at every stage. Whether you want to advance in your current position or make a change, as an EMBA student you will have access to resources that include: creating a professional development plan, career vision and path, personal growth strategies and a comprehensive toolkit for advancing your career to the next level. In partnership with the executive career coach you will:
- Develop cutting-edge skills to become a forward-thinking leader: learn to optimize personal growth opportunities and use strategic frameworks to articulate and formulate business ideas for implementation.
- Learn a systematic approach to continuously develop as a leader in an adaptive way to match the requirements of an ever-changing global digital workplace.
- Develop and implement a Leadership Development Plan (LDP) based on your unique goals to set up or take over a business, carry out strategic developments within your current company or transition to a new role or industry.
- Get personalized support and guidance throughout the program. You will be able to go deeper into some of the disciplines covered in the core courses and explore new areas depending on your interests.
- Foster authentic relationships with cohort members during the program that translate to lifetime friendships and business opportunities.
Executive Mentoring – JIT Mentors
Just-in-Time Mentoring (JIT) meets the demands of our fast-paced, remote-work business culture today. For students in the Merage School MBA for Executives program, JIT Mentoring is highly malleable and is tailored for on-the-spot help and advice. Spending one-hour over coffee learning from an expert will make a difference both to you and your mentor.
Growing leaders benefit from a series of mentoring by accessing several different JIT Mentors from a variety of industries and functional areas of expertise and know they will learn from these moments too.
The Merage School Career Center maintains an online research library that contains corporate contacts databases, career research sites, job boards, on-demand videos which cover industry-specific topics, career coaching, management tips, tutorials and more. A variety of self-assessment tools are offered at no cost to all EMBA students, and career coaches are available to discuss and interpret the results.
UCI maintains an active network of employers who routinely post jobs to our career services website. The Merage School Career Center receives job postings at all experience levels including upper management and executive-level positions that are available to you while in the program and throughout your career. EMBA students have free, immediate access to these postings. We also encourage you, as a potential employer, to post open positions on the Merage School Job Board.
If you are planning to make a job change, we provide resources to help and advise you as you develop your job search plan. Though we do not “place” our students in positions, the Executive Coach will coach and assist you with acquiring resources.
Being part of the MBA for Executives program also means access to a strong alumni network of successful leaders. All Merage School students and alumni have access to the online Alumni Network listing alums locally or worldwide. The database can be searched by region, industry, job function or company.
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