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Business Development and Brand Experience Director
Skyviews Investments SA
Program/Concentration: Jack Welch MBA
PLEASE SHARE MORE ABOUT YOUR PROFESSIONAL ROLE AND RESPONSIBLITIES.:
My role is to drive business growth and success for the company and build and elevate the brand through an innovative and robust marketing and communications strategy.
I identify and develop new business opportunities and evaluate existing partnerships and sales efforts to build on what works and change what doesn’t. I build and manage key client relationships with customers, investors, distributors, and strategic partners.
I also drive the brand experience strategy, including marketing, brand platforms, and partnerships to bring connectivity and drive brand awareness.
WHY WERE YOU LOOKING TO GET AN MBA?:
I enrolled in this program for self-development and to enhance my leadership skill sets and capabilities. This program is beyond what I expected, as I have grown professionally and personally. Another critical reason was improving my financial aptitudes, communication skills (written and oral), and entrepreneurial mindset. My goal was also to acquire a more strategic perspective and gain insights to bring the business to the next level to outperform the competition and win in the playing field.
HOW HAS THE JWMI CURRICULUM HELPED YOU IN YOUR CAREER?
The JWMI curriculum has given me more confidence to lead. I feel more comfortable conversing with people from other industries and sharing ideas. I now have all-rounded leadership skill sets and have earned a seat at the table. Also, I have improved my people management skills by gaining valuable insights from hiring and managing performance to conflict management. I am applying candor around feedback and have seen its benefits.
IN JUST A FEW WORDS, DESCRIBE WHAT “LEADERSHIP” MEANS TO YOU.:
Leadership means constantly having a growth mindset, as it allows one to be curious, learn and become a better person and leader. Jack Welch said that one should always be willing to learn more as it helps to improve and elevate oneself. Also, having a growth mindset enables an individual to bounce back from setbacks and find the motivation to move forward by narrowing gaps and inspiring others.
PLEASE SHARE ANY ADVICE FOR NEW STUDENTS EMBARKING ON THE MBA JOURNEY.:
Enjoy the journey to its fullest and learn as much as possible. It can be long and challenging, but it is worth it. It is crucial to push oneself outside of the comfort zone as that is where one learns the most. It is essential to stay strong and disciplined and keep an eye on the North Star. One should set up all the tools, leverage the excellent services (communication coaches) and understand how to navigate the platform at the beginning, which will help alleviate the kickoff process. If one is unsure about something, ASK, as everyone is here to help you succeed, from student advisors and support, professors, and alumni! Enjoy the ride!
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