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November 2016

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RaggioThe Richmond MBA aims to offer a full-time experience in a part-time format.  This month’s newsletter features the variety of ways students experience the program in and out of the classroom. We begin with a new perspective on business communications from a former investigative journalist and one of our visiting lecturers, Fred Talbott. His “Empathy Project” encourages students to look at communications, and life in general, through the eyes of others. Next, we offer an inside look at our most recent Professional Development Day. Students received a full day of coaching and training from renowned speakers and professionals, culminating in an etiquette dinner on the symphony stage.  And finally, one of our distinguished alums, Kyle Benusa, GB’12, shares his experience working as president of a growing manufacturing company in Florida. He offers advice to young entrepreneurs that he shared with students at Opening Residency 2016.

We hope you enjoy reading about the extensive opportunities that The Richmond MBA has to offer.  Have a great story to share?  Please send your suggestions to the email address below.   

Randy Raggio
Associate Dean
Robins School of Business

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Career Corner with Tom Kemp, Executive in Residence

A few weeks ago Debbie Fisher kicked off the annual MBA Mentorship Program with an outstanding number of MBA students and mentors from the Richmond business community participating.  Formal mentorship programs create a culture of talent and career development by matching high potentials with more senior level leaders.  Kudos to those who are taking advantage of this opportunity!

The kickoff reminded me of the people that have had a great influence on my life, and yet I would not formally classify them as mentors. While I was fortunate to have some wonderful leaders and managers in my professional career, my colleagues influenced me the most. Think about people you see every day, and ask yourself how have they impacted your work and behavior?

I have included a link to an article titled, "Your Best Mentors Are Those Who Don't Even Know It." It was written by a former colleague of mine, Tammy Heermann. She discusses the importance of looking at your colleagues in a different light and how to think differently about people who can have a significant influence on your career. Enjoy! 

To contact Tom, visit him in the Robins School of Business, office 122. His office hours are Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3-6 p.m. You can also reach him by email at

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