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February 2019

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Welcome to the first issue of MBA News & Notes for 2019! This issue explores the wide range and high impact of our Capstone Projects, and looks at the lifelong impact of one of the program’s most beloved mentors.   

Each year, Richmond MBA students conduct about 30 pro-bono consulting projects for organizations facing strategic challenges. A new focus for The Richmond MBA is data analytics. Read about how Morgan Owdom, GB’19, leveraged his experience in this new specialty to develop a predictive model and data visualization for Mid-Atlantic Energy, a firm co-founded by Austin McDaniel, GB’15. 

Molly Manuse, GB’19, combined her experience in the health care industry with the applied strategic thinking she acquired in the program to help Health Wagon, a rural, free clinic, develop a strategy for dealing with Virginia’s Medicaid expansion. From energy to healthcare, Richmond MBAs are making a significant impact in the community. 

Susan Quinn has been a mentor of Richmond MBAs for years. She recently was the guest of honor at a special dinner hosted by former mentees to celebrate her birthday. Their reflections demonstrate the impact of mentorship and the strong connections developed in the program. I hope you enjoy these stories of impact and inspiration. Best wishes for a productive year!

Randy Raggio
Associate Dean
Robins School of Business

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Upcoming Programs:

Train-the-Trainer | March 11 - 15, 2019 | Learn More 

Presentation Skills | March 19, 2019 | Learn More 

Managing Difficult Conversations | April 9, 2019 | Learn More

PMP Preparation for the Practitioner | April 16 - May 23, 2019 | Learn More 

The Basics of Data Analytics | April 17, 2019 | Learn More 

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It's not too early to start thinking about summer plans! Join us at an upcoming information session to learn more about the Robins Summer Business Institute. This two-week program for non-business majors provides a practical foundation in current business practices through interactive class sessions, case studies and other readings, and problem-solving exercises.

Upcoming Information Sessions:

  • Tuesday, March 5, 2019
  • Monday, March 25, 2019
  • Monday, April 8, 2019

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Career Corner with Tom Kemp, Executive in Residence

Recently, Emotional Intelligence (EI) has risen to the forefront in conversations and articles about successful leadership traits.  At the Robins School, there has been a noticeable uptick in discussions around the role EI plays in one’s leadership aspirations and career trajectory.  Following the recent publication of the “Voice of Industry Report,” Danessa Knaupp spoke with MBA students about the importance of executive or leadership presence and the critical and emerging role emotional intelligence plays in building a professional and positive reputation at work.

The attention on EI seems to be well deserved as research by The Carnegie Institute of Technology revealed that up to 85 percent of our financial success is based on these so-called “invisible” soft skills.

Emotional Intelligence is loosely defined as the ability to recognize, understand, and manage one’s emotions while being able to recognize, understand, and influence the emotions of others.  When discussing the traits of a person high in emotional intelligence, we use describers such as empathetic, transparent, under control, socially adept, and tactful. However, we seldom include words like decisive, likeable, and self-aware, which are critical components of emotional intelligence.

Interestingly, researchers at Harvard are discovering that the best leaders lean toward introversion.  Not only do they score higher on the EI scale, they are decisive and willing to take risks and are more self-aware and thoughtful about how they engage with co-workers. I point this out simply because we often confuse leadership as a role dominated by extroverts when actually the opposite is often the case.

I came across a well-written article about EI and its impact on leadership effectiveness.  It appeared on the When I Work blog (a good career resource to add to your list).  I found the article by Grace Madlinger (ironically, a Richmonder as well!) with its many links to related research and articles to be among the best I have read on the topic. I think you will find it to be worthwhile read.

Tom Kemp is the MBA Executive in Residence, and is available to work with you on your career aspirations and journey.  To contact Tom, visit him in the Robins School of Business, in office #122. His office hours are Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2-6 p.m. You can also reach him by email at​

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