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EMBA Program Offers New Professional and Personal Development Initiative, Executive Certificate


Fordham’s Executive MBA program has launched two exciting initiatives that will make the entire experience more “Jesuit” in nature.

“We have been tirelessly focusing on how we can increasingly instill the Jesuit ideals within the Fordham Executive MBA experience,” said Francis Petit, Ed.D., associate dean for EMBA programs. “These initiatives focus on the education of the ‘whole person’ as well as building the global mindset and the importance of social responsibility.”

In addition to the required academic coursework, EMBA students will have the option of participating in a “Professional and Personal Development Initiative” within the Jesuit tradition. It is based on the following themes:

Career Management

This includes executive coaching, career life planning, goal setting, career enhancing skills and networking opportunities. Executive students will have the option of working with a coach/mentor throughout their studies and have access to career enhancing skills workshops, the Fordham University Alumni Database and other resources within the Office of Career Management.


This includes areas such as health, nutrition, balance, meditation and spirituality. The goal is to enhance the creation of a well-rounded individual within the three pillars of the mind, body and soul. This initiative involves a working relationship with the NYU Langone Medical Center and Exhale (mind/body) on 59th Street in Manhattan.

Social Skills

This includes various social skills that are essential for business including wine tasting events, a golf clinic and other activities.

The second initiative is an Executive Certificate Option.

In addition to the academic degree requirements and required international capstone trip, Fordham EMBA students and alumni have the option of participating in a week-long international “Gateway” program that has a focus on strategy, business development, and social responsibility within a specific region of the world in the context of the Jesuit Tradition.

“Each ‘Gateway’ will incorporate class sessions, corporate visits, government appointments and a cultural component,” Petit said. “In order to qualify and obtain an Executive Certificate, current EMBA students and alumni must participate and complete one international Gateway program.”

Trip options include an executive certificate in global strategy on “Doing Business in South Africa” from June 19 through the 25th at the University of Pretoria’s Gordon Institute of Business Science in Johannesburg.

A Gateway program for London, England, at Fordham’s London Centre at Heythrop College in Kensington Square is in the works for January 2012. Details are forthcoming.

“With these new offerings we are not only trailblazers in the Jesuit EMBA market but also in the entire industry as no other programs are offering such initiatives,” Petit said.

For additional information, contact Francis Petit at and/or (914) 367-3271.

Also visit the following links:

Professional and Personal Development Initiative

Executive Certificate Option

—Gina Vergel


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