Park Leadership Fellows Program
Chris Koza, MBA '08
Through the Park Leadership Fellows Program, I have learned the important role that frequent personal reflection and self-awareness play in the development of leaders. When I came to Johnson, I knew that I would receive a world-class MBA education that would provide the technical and business skills required to advance my career in a competitive, global workplace. What I did not anticipate, however, was the dramatic impact that the Park program would have on my personal development. Exercises in personal mastery created a framework in which I was encouraged to take a deep, introspective look at myself. By identifying and focusing on my strengths, values, and goals in life and in my relationships with others, I believe I have come away with a better understanding of who I am, and how I can best apply my skills and beliefs to become a more broad and effective leader.
Together with another Park Fellow and the offices of admissions, alumni affairs, and technology services, Koza worked to revamp a Johnson program that pairs admitted students with a first-year and a second-year MBA student and an alumnus based on geographic location, career interest, and immersion interest. JSPALs (Johnson Personalized Admissions Links), scheduled to launch in fall 2009, will use a robust database created by Koza and others to automatically make the pairings.
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