More than 350 Executive MBA Attendees Gather at History Colorado Center
It was an evening of conversations and connecting as more than 350 people gathered at the first Executive MBA reunion held June 25 at the History Colorado Center. Graduates from all but one cohort out of 67 were represented at the event. The Daniels Executive MBA program was initiated in 1974 and was one of the first EMBA programs in the United States.
Tia Furcht (Executive MBA 2015) flew in from Las Vegas to attend the reunion.
“I came to catch up with people in my cohort and the faculty,” Furcht said. “I flew on a plane each week to come here for school. It was a big commitment. I was really searching for a good program, not just a degree. I met incredible people and faculty; they are like a second family to me.”
The attendees mingled, enjoying food, drink and music before the program. In attendance were doctors, business and community leaders, entrepreneurs, lawyers and educators, all of whom graduated from the Daniels EMBA program.
“I’m thrilled to be with you this evening as we celebrate the success of the EMBA program and the impact of its alumni on the regional, national and international community,” said University of Denver Chancellor Rebecca Chopp. “The program’s emphasis on social impact through its capstone projects aligns with the University’s mission to serve the public good. Many nonprofit organizations in our community have benefited from these student projects and through the projects we continue Bill Daniels’ philanthropic legacy.”
Dean Emeritus Bruce Hutton and Associate Dean Barb Kreisman reminded the attendees about the man for whom the Daniels College of Business is named. The cable industry founder Bill Daniels introduced ethics in business education, donating $11 million to the College. “Bill believed people should use their business capabilities to give back to those less fortunate,” Kreisman said. “Our program is not just about business. It’s about life.”
Associate Dean Barbara Kreisman recognized five people who reflect the values of Bill Daniels and are great representatives and ambassadors of the EMBA program. The honorees were:
- Kent Bradley (Executive MBA Cohort 54), physician, former US Army Colonel, founder of BTN Advisors and the Downtown Artery, recognized for his outstanding contributions as an alum
- Lowell Miller (Executive MBA Cohort 54), assistant teaching professor at Daniels, recognized for his outstanding contributions as an alum and faculty member
- Members of Team “Helmet Heads” for their ongoing commitment to community service and for their life saving measures to provide helmets for children engaged in sports activities
- Maclyn Clouse, professor of finance at Daniels, recognized for ongoing commitment to student learning over the past 38 years
- Bruce Hutton, dean emeritus, in recognition for 40 years of service to DU and Daniels
Special thanks to Lisa Grassfield (Director, Enrollment) and Jan Drobnick (Director, Operations) for their inspiration and tireless effort in making the first-ever EMBA reunion a resounding success. Behind the scenes, thank you to Mona Spitz, Katie Shipley, Jaleesa McIntosh, Bertha Sanchez, Aurora Joe, Jenna Abrams and our volunteer staff for their part in making this an evening to remember.
The lucky alumna who has won a spot on the next Executive MBA sailing trip weekend is Michelle Stuart of Cohort 63 (2015). The winner of the second-place prize, the iPad Air, is Steve Pelletier of Cohort 49 (2008). Congratulations to the winners!
Create or update your Executive MBA Directory Profile—Another iPad Giveaway!
Regardless of your participation in the Reunion, we would like to invite you to further your impact of the Daniels EMBA alumni network by updating your professional profile in the EMBA Reunion Mobile App. Until July 29, you have the opportunity to add a photo, professional history and contact information allowing you to easily connect with others. Once you have agreed to be in the directory, please watch for an email from DU-EMBA-REUNION2016 which will allow you to update your profile.
(If you were added to the directory prior to the event, you will receive the email to update in the next few days. Don’t miss out on this invaluable tool allowing you to make connections beyond the Reunion.)
All alums in the Directory by August 15 will be entered to win an iPad Air. Don’t delay!
Add the App to your home screen:
- Open app: EMBA Reunion Mobile App.
- Click on share icon
- Click on Add to Home Screen
- Name it: “EMBA Reunion”
- Click on “Add”
Daniels at DU Executive MBA LinkedIn
We invite and encourage you to join our robust network of over 800 Daniels/DU Executive MBA Alums on LinkedIn: Daniels at DU Executive MBA Alumni. This is a closed group, so request membership, and we’ll approve it.
It should come as no surprise that about 60% of our Executive MBA students found out about the Daniels College of Business through a friend, a co-worker or an alum. We want to build the EMBA community with more people like you.
Since the program’s inception in 1973, the EMBA program at DU has evolved. We’re incorporated challenges and experiential learning that enable our students to make decisions without complete information, trusting both their cognitive and intuitive senses. A new emphasis in neuroscience and leadership, along with content relative to design thinking, entrepreneurship and intrapreneurship are recent additions to this well-established program. See the EMBA course sequence below. Course descriptions are available by request by emailing Lisa.Grassfield@du.edu.
Unique to the Daniels EMBA program is the 16-month Social Impact Project, conducted in teams and designed to reflect the values of Bill Daniels. Social capital is based on reciprocity. It is part of the idea that you contribute your talents to make the world a better place, and in return, you gain wisdom and the opportunity to be part of something bigger. Find us at daniels.du.edu/EMBA.
Executive Education at Daniels
The Daniels College of Business partners with organizations to build innovative business and leadership programs for executives and emerging leaders. With a commitment to relevance as our guide, we focus on crafting programs that provide access to the latest thinking in business, an opportunity to practice and apply new knowledge and skills, and a connection to a valuable network of faculty and experienced Denver professionals.
We are committed to a highly personalized learning experience and our programs range from personal coaching, workshops on topics such as finance, innovation, and negotiation, to transformational leadership programs, graduate level business certificates, and customized programs for organizations of all sizes and in all industries. We can help you, and your organization, accelerate your potential and performance!
Gifts at any level make a direct impact on thousands of DU students and faculty every day. Consider supporting the Executive MBA Scholarship Fund. The intent of the fund is to provide a financial safety net for enrolled students who have encountered a change of circumstance while in the program. This fund helps ensure that students in need are able to complete their degrees.
If you have questions about this fund or other giving opportunities, call us at
303.871.2704 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Visit our alumni website at daniels.du.edu/alumni.
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