Ariel Scroggins was recently admitted to the Cambridge EMBA 2018 class. In March she was invited to attend the EMBA Experience day which was a chance for her to attend taster lectures and meet future classmates before starting her course in September 2018.
Before attending the Cambridge EMBA Experience Day, my favourite thing about Cambridge Judge Business School was the slogan, “Transforming individuals, organisations, and society”. Quite frankly, that’s what I signed up for – personal transformation. I’ll admit, I wasn’t sure what to expect from the event… would we be given assignments and extracts to have read and completed before our official arrival in September? Would we be evaluated? Would it feel like a competition?
Much to my (pleasant) surprise, what I experienced was quite the opposite. I met with other motivated professionals like myself: analysts, consultants, and entrepreneurs, from retail, banking, pharmaceutical, IT and a variety of other sectors. All of us were pursuing an opportunity to further our potential by learning from and growing with each other. We shared stories about how we arrived at our decision to pursue an EMBA, and why we had considered the prestigious University of Cambridge.
Our three taster lectures were meant to provide us with a sense of what to expect of the “main course” starting in September. In the first lecture, Dr. Shaz Ansari helped flex our strategic muscles. He challenged us to collaborate with each other and develop ideas for creating ecosystems around fitness centres and pharmacy businesses. With Dr. Stiles, we expounded on the characteristics of effective leadership through rethinking, relationships, and meaning. Dr. Soufani, our EMBA Programme Director, stressed the importance of identifying and analysing disruptions at the macro, mezzo, and micro levels while delivering the best explanation and insight into the 2008 financial crisis.
Finally, we were treated to a Formal Hall Dinner at Christ’s College, where we were addressed by EMBA alumnus Filip Corveleyn. He explained how networking within his cohort led to a partnership in a $4.6m business, TPR Legal, a workflow service handling low level, repetitive legal transactions for corporations.
Participating in the lectures alone more than met my expectations as to what I was walking into in attending Cambridge. But the connections and relationships that began taking shape between my future classmates and me really delivered on the “experience” the day offered and solidified our collective reasons for choosing Cambridge. Still, my favourite thing about the School is the opportunity for transformation that the EMBA programme promises. But now, in addition to my personal transformation, I’m also interested in the role I will play in transforming myself, my classmates, my community and the world, in that order.