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By Tammy Wu on 4/23/2014 7:03 PM
One of the unique things about the CQEMBA program is that we graduate with two MBA degrees – one from Queen’s and one from Cornell.  That means that next month, during graduation week-end, we will have the privilege of attending convocation ceremonies at both schools.  At Cornell, this will involve both a Johnson School ceremony as well as a university-wide commencement. 

While the pomp and circumstance will bring a meaningful conclusion to our academic journey, I am most excited about catching up with classmates, meeting their families, and socializing without the pressure of deliverables.  I am also looking forward to meeting some of our professors with whom we have interacted virtually, but haven’t yet met in person. 

We have some amazing classmates – some who have been working hard to pull together a class party in Ithaca, others who have been communicating with teammates to build momentum for our class fundraising campaign, and still others who have made the commitment to keep our class connected post-MBA.  It’s fantastic to see the enthusiasm for both our schools.

By Tammy Wu on 3/8/2014 3:47 PM

The final deliverable has been submitted, and with that, the last requirement fulfilled in our MBA journey. 

On the day of that last deadline, one of our colleagues posed the question, “So what’s next?” on our class Facebook page.  The answers included plans for the immediate: sleep, time with family, sun, and vacation.   Others were thinking of career goals such as promotions and career switches.  Indeed, on LinkedIn, we’ve had a flurry of notifications about classmates who have landed new jobs or roles.

Congratulations to everyone on completing this grueling program.  We’ve finally made it to the finish line!  For everyone enjoying vacation, you’ve earned it, and I wish you a wonderful time with your loved ones.  For all those who have made a new step in your career, congrats!  Looking forward to seeing you all at graduation.

By Tammy Wu on 11/27/2013 7:45 PM
I had the honor of sharing about my team's Global Business Project in Brazil in my past post, but there are a myriad of exciting projects all over the world represented by my colleagues from other boardrooms.  Here's a sampling of a few of the destinations and the cultural experiences.


Team Dallas looking super-relaxed in Sydney, Australia


Team New York enjoying the view in Singapore


Team San Francisco hard at work in China


Team Seattle-Portland hanging out at Bondi Beach in Australia


Way to have an amazing time on those global projects CQ 2014!

By Tammy Wu on 11/19/2013 9:19 AM
The Global Business Project is the culminating project for our program.  It’s where we tie together concepts from across courses in a real international setting.  Each team is required to find its own management consulting project outside of North America, and to work with that client over many months.

Our team developed seven different project opportunities, ranging in location from India to Dubai to Brazil, with industries as different as import/export of foods, solar energy, and pharmaceuticals.  In the end, we selected a tracking technology company in Brazil called MXT.   We wanted a project where our client would be engaged at the senior management level, and where our inputs would be meaningful.  We wanted to ensure that our team, with its breadth of experience across functional areas, could add value by applying their career experience in a new environment.  We hoped to be involved in a project that provided social benefit, and on top of all that, we wanted to have fun!

Even with such high...
By Tammy Wu on 10/29/2013 8:46 AM
The Global Business Session was the final residency for the CQ class of 2014.  It was a fantastic time of continuing to build new relationships with amazing classmates, meeting students from the CEIBS program from China, hitting Manhattan and having some fun, and crystallizing bonds and friendships that will last a lifetime.  Here's a sampling of some of the activities of the week. Visiting the NYSE - Observing the buzz of the trading floor, chatting with market makers, watching CNBC tapings, and clapping during closing bell. A Day Out in Manhattan - From the Metropolitan Museum to an evening of Broadway Theater, it was a wonderful fun-filled day.   Hanging out with the ladies during cocktail hour - All dressed up for the Chinese cultural...
By Tammy Wu on 10/18/2013 5:01 PM
Cheers, applause and congratulations were seen and heard last week across videoconferencing last Saturday.  The CQEMBA Class of 2014 has officially completed all regular boardroom class sessions!


Tomorrow, the entire cohort heads to our final residency session.  This will be the first extended period where the whole class is in one location.  We will still hold classes in two sections, to enhance discussion and engagement, but at meals and after-hours, we will finally be able to interact with all our colleagues.  I look forward to reconnecting with people I haven’t had a chance to see since way back in July 2012, which truly seems a lifetime ago!


Another highlight will be the integration of students from the CEIBS institution in China.  In fact, we have been organized into new teams for our Global Economy course, composed of different CQ classmates as well as CEIBS colleagues.  This should make for lively discussion about internationalization.   The new experiences and challenges...
By Tammy Wu on 9/25/2013 11:08 AM

3-2-1.  Three more courses on the go.  Two more Saturday boardroom class days.  One more residency session.  Does it sound like I’m counting down?  After a very intense fifteen months, the end of the program is almost in sight.  Yet, there is still much work to be done.  Our team is deep into the global business project, which has been a fantastic learning experience so far, but has also required numerous hours on top of our regular courses.  The schedule of deliverables isn’t slowing down yet, with a marketing strategy exam case to complete, and multiple team assignments still to go.  It’s the final push.  Let's go CQEMBA 2014 class!  You can do it!  See you all in less than a month at the Global Business Session.

By Tammy Wu on 8/26/2013 3:19 PM
The Cornell Management Simulation Game is in full swing.  We are playing in teams, each of which represents a company.  The class has then been divided into industries, where we compete with other teams.  There are many metrics to watch, including stock price, credit rating, and market share.  It has been fun applying lessons from across the curriculum, as we make decisions for our simulation company.  It is a hands-on experience, in a dynamic competitive atmosphere. 
By Tammy Wu on 7/7/2013 7:07 PM

By now, all of the CQEMBA 2015 cohort will have started their journey.   On behalf of the 2014 class, I’d like to extend a warm welcome to each of you.  As you probably have realized, you have made a significant commitment of time and energy.  It will be a year and a half of tremendous stretching, challenge and growth.  I am excited for each of you as you embark on this adventure, get to know your teams, and engage with the faculty.  Have fun, and I hope to meet many of you!

By Tammy Wu on 6/14/2013 2:08 PM
While taking a break from studying to cook dinner, I squeezed in a few minutes to watch an accounting video.  I sat down to concentrate and along came my six year old son, Ben.  He hopped onto my lap, and focused intently on the videos.  He loved the animations, and viewed the entire video with me.  In the next video, our professor asked a hypothetical situation about compensation.  Ben thoughtfully answered the question, and even provided his rationale.  It was a gem of a moment to share in my learning with Ben.