The mission of the Jack Welch Management Institute is to transform the lives of our students by providing them with the tools to become better leaders, build great teams, and help their organizations win.


Jack Welch

Executive Chairman

Jack Welch is one of the world's most respected and celebrated CEOs, known for his unmatched track record of success, enormous love of people, fierce passion for winning, and unbridled desire to change the world for the better using his unique management practices.

Working closely with an outstanding faculty, Jack Welch is engaged in every aspect of the Jack Welch Management Institute. As Executive Chairman, he appears in regular videos about current business events, hosts live video conferences, interacts with students via email, and is deeply involved in the development of the program's curriculum.

Born to a working class family in Salem, Massachusetts, Jack attended the University of Massachusetts, and received his PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of Illinois. He joined GE at age 24, worked his way up through many divisions, and was named its CEO in 1981 at the age of 45. In his 21 years as CEO, Jack transformed GE into the world's most admired and successful company with his innovative management techniques. Revenues grew five-fold, from $25 billion to $130 billion, income grew ten-fold, from $1.5 billion to $15 billion, and the company's market capitalization had a 30-fold increase of more than $400 billion. His achievements are considered epic, and, as a result, thousands of companies around the world have adopted the Welch Way.

After retiring from GE in 2001, Jack Welch has only become more active in business. He has written three best-selling business books, Jack: Straight from the Gut, Winning and The Real-Life MBA. He actively participates in managing numerous companies as part of a private equity group, and for four years wrote an immensely popular weekly column for Businessweek magazine. He is a fixture on TV as a popular business commentator.

Jack Welch has always been defined by his zealous love of teaching and commitment to building leaders. At GE, he created the world's best corporate training center and regularly taught there himself. More recently, he taught a popular course as a visiting professor at MIT's Sloan School of Management, and he regularly teaches seminars to CEOs and senior executives around the world.

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Suzy Welch

Suzy Welch


Suzy Welch is a noted business journalist, TV commentator, and public speaker. A popular Today Show and CNBC contributor, Suzy is the author of the New York Times bestseller 10-10-10: A Life Transforming Idea, a guide to values-driven decision making. With her husband, Jack Welch, Suzy founded the Jack Welch Management Institute, ranked as one of the top online MBA programs in the world by Princeton Review and CEO Magazine. Along with Jack, she is also the author of the international best-sellers, The Real-Life MBA and Winning. Suzy and Jack Welch have also written business columns for several publications, including Business Week, the New York Times Syndicate, and Fortune magazine. All proceeds from the Welches’ books are donated to charity.

For the past three decades, Suzy has written extensively about leadership, career management, and other organizational issues, for publications ranging from O, The Oprah Magazine to The Wall Street Journal. In addition, her candid and perceptive commentary can also be heard regularly on Power Lunch, and CNBC.com programs, “Get to Work, with Suzy Welch” and “Suzy Welch: Fix My Career”.

Born in Portland, Oregon, Suzy received her undergraduate degree from Harvard University in 1981 before joining The Miami Herald as a reporter. She left daily journalism to attend Harvard Business School, where she graduated as a Baker Scholar in 1988. After working as a management consultant at Bain &Co. for several years, Suzy joined the Harvard Business Review in 1995 and was named editor-in-chief in 2001. Suzy is the mother of four children, and as a tireless advocate for universal compassion, she currently serves on the board of several animal rights organizations.

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Dean Sippel

Chief Executive Officer

As the Jack Welch Management Institute's strategic business and operations leader, Dean has transformed JWMI into one of the fastest-growing and most innovative business education programs in the world, growing its student population over 40% a year since inception, to more than 4,500 students, alumni and certificate participants.

Dean draws on deep operations experience that spans several industries. Since he joined Strayer Education in 2008, he has led various operating divisions, including University Admissions, University Development, and on-site programs for Fortune 100 companies. Prior to Strayer, Dean was co-founder of Kaplan Virtual Education; one of the nation's largest regionally accredited online high schools, and now part of K12, Incorporated.

Beyond his tenure in education, Dean has served as Vice President of Operations and of Finance at a publicly traded healthcare services company and has held operating, marketing and M&A positions at a former Fortune 500 oil refining company in the Midwest. He holds an MBA from Saint Louis University's John Cook School of Business.

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Mike Zeliff

Dean of Faculty and Students

Mike leads the process to attract, train, develop, mentor, support, assess, and retain a world-class faculty, focused on teaching excellence. He is responsible for assessing student learning outcomes, improving retention and graduation rates, scheduling faculty and courses, and resolving faculty and student concerns.

Prior to joining JWMI, Mike served as adjunct professor of Marketing at George Washington University, Chief Strategy Officer at JWT Inside, Senior Researcher at TNS Employee Insights, and Chief Marketing Officer for the United States Marine Corps. Mike holds a PhD in Marketing from George Washington University.

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Mary Carr

Mary Carr

Dean of Curriculum

As dean of curriculum, Mary Carr is driven by a single, laser-focused mission: to deliver the Jack Welch Management Institute as the gold standard for graduate business education, ensuring that all of its programs provide a world-class student learning experience. She leads the curriculum design and development team and is responsible for a variety of other academic matters.

Prior to her role at JWMI, Mary served as dean of the College of Business and held several other senior academic positions at Strayer University. Mary also has more than a decade of corporate legal experience in the healthcare industry. Mary holds a J.D. with a certificate in Health Law Studies from the St. Louis University School of Law and a B.A. in English from Boston College.

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June 17, 2016

Jack Welch Management Institute Hosts Inaugural Graduation Ceremony with Washington Redskins Quarterback Kirk Cousins

Over 700 people from across the globe gathered at the Mellon Auditorium in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, June 11 to celebrate graduates and alumni of the Jack Welch Management Institute, one of the fastest-growing executive MBA programs in the world.

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January 13, 2016

Jack Welch Management Institute Is #1 Most Influential Education Brand on Linkedin

Guess who just topped Linkedin’s list of the 50 most influential edu brands? That’s us at number one — and in good company with Stanford, Wharton, NYU, Harvard, Duke and MIT. Linkedin, you’re making us blush… #humblebrag

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December 16, 2015

Hot off the presses… Jack Welch MBA Named One of Top 10 Business-Schools to Watch in 2016

Poets and Quants just named the Jack Welch Management Institute among the hottest schools to watch this year, alongside Wharton and Yale — thanks to our wild growth, crazy-good student satisfaction scores, and ability to attract top leadership.

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December 4, 2015

FORTUNE: Jack Welch is Reinventing the MBA

According to Fortune, The Jack Welch Management Institute is one of the very few business schools that is run like a business, with a laser-like focus on customer service. Our Net Promoter Score reached a record 77 this summer, surpassing companies like Apple, JetBlue, and Amazon.

The reason for the high scores? “We are changing lives and that is a big deal,” says Welch.

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