Scheller College of Business Executive MBA (EMBA) students have the unique opportunity to lead and serve their fellow EMBA cohorts while interacting with program management through EMBA’s Student Leadership Team (SLT). Students are nominated and selected by their peers during the program’s second Immersion Week and then serve their cohorts for the remainder of the EMBA program. The SLT acts as liaison between the EMBA’s program management and the EMBA student body on a variety of issues.
“We work together to express student concerns, provide feedback, and offer positive or constructive criticism to the program’s administration and leadership,” explained Lee Richardson, a 2019 EMBA graduate. “The EMBA administration encouraged us to express our ideas and feedback, and to lead by example to the student body.”
Richardson, a Securities Compliance Examiner with the Security and Exchange Commission, greatly values his time serving on EMBA’s SLT while pursuing his MBA in Georgia Tech Scheller’s 17-month weekend MBA program. “It gave me a great opportunity to have different conversations with the EMBA cohorts and helped me further develop and sharpen my servant leadership skills,” Richardson added.
Richardson served as SLT’s Community Liaison for the Class of 2019. When reflecting on his time on the Student Leadership Team, his involvement in the Scheller Day of Service stands out. Working with Georgia Tech Scheller’s Full-time and Evening MBA programs, Richardson brought the EMBA students in on participating during the annual Scheller Day of Service.
Scheller students had a choice of six different community service options and Richardson chose to participate in a clean-up project for Atlanta’s BeltLine. “I worked on the BeltLine and even though it was a cold, rainy day it was a great opportunity to meet and work with other Scheller students. We had a really good turnout,” said Richardson.
For Richardson, his involvement with the SLT didn’t end after graduation in December. “We are already planning the next Scheller Day of Service for the upcoming spring,” Richardson said. “I’m looking forward to connecting with the 2020 EMBA Student Leadership Team on this project and getting my Class of 2019 alums to join in again as well.”
Richardson feels the SLT provided many EMBA students opportunities to garner hands-on leadership skills while pursuing their Executive MBA. In Richardson’s case, it connected him with the community, Scheller students and alumni, and gave him a growth opportunity to give back to the community and his peers while excelling in the classroom. “We get so many opportunities to expand our leadership skills in the EMBA program. I definitely consider serving on the Service Leadership Team while studying for my MBA one of the best!”