Congratulations to Cohort 51!

August 29, 2011 § Leave a comment

The MS in Global Leadership program said goodbye to Cohort 51 on August 5th.  Capping a 16-month journey, this amazing group of students worked on projects right up until the morning of graduation.  Their final presentation, a real-world consulting project for Wabtec Global Services, included many of the concepts the group had studied over the past several months:  business strategy, negotiations, cross-cultural leadership, and more.  Cohort 51 helped develop a short-term and long-term business strategy for Wabtec, a global manufacturer of rail and transit materials, to enter the Brazilian market.  The group presented their ideas to a Wabtec executive, who appreciated their insight and recommendations.

The graduation ceremony itself was one of the best in recent memory.  Cohort 51 chose Mark Henry to represent them as the student speaker.  Mark kept everyone laughing with his remarks and humbly thanked the group for helping him through the program.

The cohort also chose Professor Junichi Semitsu as the “Professor of Impact.”  Prof. Semitsu’s comments to the group (including several comparisons of Cohort 51 to Area 51 and UFO/alien sightings) reminded us of a comedy routine with a great moral to the story:  these extraordinary graduates were ready to lead the business world through the challenges of the future.

The MSGL staff always sees graduation as a bittersweet event.  We’ll miss the colorful and diverse personalities of this group, but we’re excited to see what’s next for each of them.  We definitely hope Cohort 51 will keep in touch and come back to visit often.  Congratulations again!

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