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Smith EMBA Class of 2017 Best & Brightest

Jun 05, 2017


The most recent “Poets & Quants’ Best and Brightest EMBAs” listing features two executives from the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business. Jacqueline Manger and Hon S. Pak are profiled among 50 of the best and brightest EMBAs in the Class of 2017, globally.

Jacqueline Manger, MBA 2017Jacqueline Manger, MBA 2017
Chief Operating Officer, West Creek Capital

Why did you choose this executive MBA program?

“I looked at about a half dozen programs in the 2-3 hour drive out around the Washington, D.C., area and a few as far away as Philadelphia and North Carolina. I wanted a school that had a good reputation and ranking. After the research and test drive phase, I realized that I needed something closer to home and narrowed my focus. A case study session with Marketing Strategy professor Dave Godes convinced me that the faculty at UMD would be excellent. What ultimately sold me on UMD was the executive coaching aspect of the program coupled with the format — all in person every other weekend. It was do-able with my life. I have not been disappointed with any of those deciding aspects – professors, coaching and format – all excellent.”

Full Profile.

Hon S. Pak, MD, MBA 2017Hon S. Pak, MD, MBA 2017
Chief Medical Officer, 3M Health Information Systems

What was your favorite MBA Course and what was the biggest insight you gained about business from it?

“Corporate Finance. Having very little formal experience in finance, I had learned what I needed to learned via on-the-job training. This course was very well designed and well-taught. I was able to apply basic knowledge from the course to my professional career. I now have a much deeper understanding of how financial reporting for public company can vary and the components of such variance have allowed me to better understand the levers to better manage my financial responsibilities as a business leader at 3M.”

Full Profile.

Read the full story on the Poets & Quants website.

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About the University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business

The Robert H. Smith School of Business is an internationally recognized leader in management education and research. One of 12 colleges and schools at the University of Maryland, College Park, the Smith School offers undergraduate, full-time and part-time MBA, executive MBA, online MBA, specialty master's, PhD and executive education programs, as well as outreach services to the corporate community. The school offers its degree, custom and certification programs in learning locations in North America and Asia.

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