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November 2018

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The Richmond MBA is committed to ensuring that our students are fully prepared to flourish in their careers while in the program and after graduation. This year, we are offering a professional development workshop series based on feedback from top regional employers. The full program is described in the article below and I am excited for all of the workshops we have in store.

Continuing our commitment to student service, we welcome our newest staff member, Amanda Ennis, who recently joined the team as MBA program manager. She joins us from George Washington University, where she helped lead the doctoral executive program in leadership. You can get to know her in the article below.

Looking ahead, we are thrilled to host another MBA alumni tailgate Saturday, November 3, as the Richmond Spiders take on the Villanova Wildcats! Tailgate begins at 2:30 pm and kickoff is at 3 pm. Tickets are $30 and include VIP admission, two drink tickets, and game day fare. I hope to see you there!

Randy Raggio
Associate Dean
Robins School of Business

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Please join us for an information session Thursday, November 1, or Thursday, November 15, to discuss the admission and application process and answer any other questions you have as a prospective student. We look forward to meeting you!
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Executive Education

November 5-9, 2018
This session is currently sold out, but if you'd like to be put on the waiting list, click here.

Mini MBA Information Session
Monday, November 12
5:30 - 6:15 p.m.
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Mini MBA Information Session
Tuesday, December 4
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January 14 - April 15, 2019
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Career Corner with Tom Kemp, Executive in Residence

Our co-workers and bosses can at times make us crazy. Particularly when sharing feedback that is intended to be helpful, but is all too often taken as a personal attack. Most people and many managers are afraid to give feedback for fear as coming across as mean when their intentions are actually good. 

One way to soften the impact of negative feedback and make it more helpful is to remember that people’s weaknesses are often the flip side of their strengths. For example, the person who at times makes decisions too abruptly is probably the same person who’s great at taking action when required. The employee who doesn’t speak up much in meetings is often the same person who’s really great at supporting other members of the team. When opportunities for improvement are presented in the context of someone’s strengths, feedback becomes a developmental tool and not an indication of incompetency.

When delivering feedback, be aware that what you are saying and what the other person is hearing may not be interpreted as the same thing.  Similarly, it is incumbent upon us not to get defensive when we are on the receiving end, even if it seems unwarranted at the moment.

You can hear more insights into giving and receiving negative or developmental feedback in this short podcast from the Kellogg School at Northwestern University.

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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