“Charismatic, adventurous, logical, optimistic, loyal, succinct, strategic, inclusive and (ordinarily) humble leader who inspires greatness,” is how Poets & Quants describes IE Brown 2017 Brad Kimler in their announcement of this year’s Best and Brightest Executive MBAs.
“Brad Kimler personifies the vision for the IE Brown Executive MBA program to advance reflective leaders with a propensity to action and a desire to drive triple bottom line impact,” said IE Brown Program Director Patrick McHugh. “Beyond his excellent academic performance, Brad took on multiple leadership roles that drove IE Brown and his cohort to reach further and succeed. We congratulate him heartily on this recognition by Poets & Quants.”
Kimler’s impressive professional career includes fourteen years at Fidelity where he led the transformation of the consulting practice from a small boutique with less than 50 people into a $100M business with over 350 team members. He currently serves on the board for Minuteman Health.
Poets & Quants interviewed Kimler about the transformative effect of his IE Brown experience. Here are some excerpts:
Why did you choose this executive MBA program? I loved the notion that it incorporates both business and humanities courses in an effort to produce much more balanced leaders with broader perspectives.
What was your favorite MBA Course and what was the biggest insight you gained about business from it? Much to my surprise, I probably learned the most from The Shared History of Slavery and Capitalism. It’s not a conventional business course, but the professor treated the subject matter with such professionalism that it allowed you to debate and discuss very controversial concepts in an open and constructive manner. It gave me perspectives I’d never have had otherwise and at the same time taught me that any topic can be debated thoroughly and openly if you approach it the right way.
What did you enjoy most about business school in general? Getting to know people with very different backgrounds and motivations and learning how to work in teams that have no common cause except to “survive!’
“If I hadn’t gone to business school, I would be…still working as a consultant and doing successfully what I’ve always done but not challenging myself to do something different.”
To learn more about Brad Kimler’s IE Brown journey, read the rest of the Poets & Quants interview.