Executive Summit 2018: Leveraging Your Campus, Community, and Network

On the morning of November 9th, the School of Professional Studies was buzzing as executive masters students, alumni and faculty prepared for the 2018 Executive Summit.

Brown is committed to fostering an environment of interdisciplinary learning, networking, and long-term professional development. Comprehensively, this year’s Executive Summit reflected the enthusiasm of SPS’ student and alumni population committed to redefining leadership in a global knowledge economy.

The Summit strengthens the foundation for our vibrant SPS community, across cohorts,  academic programs, industry sectors and geographies. It provides a space for alumni to reconnect over content relevant to their academic program, and gain cutting-edge insights from industry and academic leaders to advance innovation and industry in today’s complex, global markets.

Themes of leadership in the global arena threaded through this year’s sessions led by Brown faculty and alumni.   Professor James Head, the Louis and Elizabeth Scherck Distinguished Professor of Geological Sciences at Brown, gave a thought-provoking keynote—Deep Space & Deep Time: A Geological Perspective on the Future — the foundation of which was lessons in leadership, collaboration and achieving the unimaginable acquired during 50 years of teaching and research at Brown and NASA space missions.

Other sessions included an interactive case study in entrepreneurship led by Danny Warshay, the Executive Director of Brown’s Nelson Center for Entrepreneurship, and a workshop in effective leadership communication facilitated by Barbara Tannenbaum, faculty member in Brown’s Executive Master in Science and Technology Leadership (EMSTL) and Senior Lecturer in Theatre Arts and Performance Studies.

The Summit provides an opportunity to get inspired by great minds outside of my own field and connect with fellow Brown alumni and Brown leadership. It’s part-reunion, part-networking and I look forward to next year’s already.

Anthony Giordano EMBA ’17, Founder, Monad

The Summit carries value to alumni and students due to the rigor of its research and and professional development content, combined with the value of the networking opportunities it provides.

Being able to connect with and learn from the Brown community beyond graduation is a great gift. The coming together of so many insightful leaders from across industries is transformative and provides an opportunity to network, learn, and revisit a campus and cohort that was integral to my professional growth.

Ivon Rodriguez EMBA ’16, Managing Director for US Florida Territory, IE Business School

To see the full 2018 Executive Summit agenda, photographs, and recorded sessions, please visit the Executive Summit site.


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