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Juan Lopez’s TEDx Talk: Why You Should Embrace Your Stutter

Juan V. Lopez is currently an MBA student at The University of Nevada. He was the winner of the Nevada Student Speaker Competition at UNR and hence won a spot to speak at TEDxUniversityofNevada 2015.

Juan stutters, and in this video he discusses how most of his life he saw his stutter as a problem that he had to try to fix or hide. He has now come to accept his stutter and embrace it as something that makes him unique. He challenges us all to think about our own “stutter” and likewise embrace what makes each of us unique.

Please watch the video, then please share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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Are You Prepared for the Online Executive MBA Program?

Graduate from an accredited four-year university, Check.

Register for or complete the GMAT, Check.

Secure employer sponsored tuition or other funding, Check.

Explore the reality of an online program….

The Executive MBA (EMBA) program at the University of Nevada, Reno is not for the faint of heart.  If you are dusting off the old resume and looking to add an accessory with a degree from an easy MBA program, this is probably not what you are looking for.  However, if you are searching for an opportunity to earn a quality business education, and willing to expend your efforts to amplify your skill set and provide superior value to your employer, this is probably the program for you.  Ensuring that you are prepared for the online program should include a few considerations:

Online Format

Have you ever taken an online academic course?  If you have, you know why this is important.  While the online courses in the EMBA program are flexible, they do not cut corners so as to ensure students’ proficiency in the subject matter.  Online courses typically require additional reading, so saving time on coursework is not the reality.

Time Commitment

Do you have sufficient time to complete the program?  Managing work, school, family, community activities and leisure time can be convoluted.  With this in mind, the online EMBA program is tailored to the seemingly hectic schedules of working students.  But, the program requires a weekly time commitment of approximately 20 hours.  For those of us whose undergraduate degree is not business-related, the learning curve may require additional study time.   Time management skills are crucial to success in the program.

Non-Business Undergraduate Degrees

If your degree is not in business, DO NOT PANIC!  As a student with a non-business undergraduate degree, achieving excellence is definitely possible.  The EMBA classes and professors are very accommodating to the student’s needs in maneuvering the learning curve.  In courses that are quantitative in nature, it is helpful to read any “optional” texts or material to facilitate a clear understanding of difficult concepts and unfamiliar topics.  Keep in mind, the program is customized to the business education for students of all academic backgrounds in order to benefit a variety of industries and sectors.

Please consider investing your time, effort, and resources into the EMBA Program, based on the nationally ranked part-time MBA Program at the University of Nevada, Reno.  You will discover an invaluable occasion to experience Your Education.Upgraded. Apply today!

Tracey Gray McDonald

Tracey is a student in the EMBA Program at the University of Nevada, Reno.  She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Government from California State University, Sacramento.  She has 12 years experience in administering professional volunteer and program management, public outreach, community relations, strategic planning, marketing strategies and coalition building.  Currently, Tracey works as a Consultant, advising small entities on community outreach strategies, marketing, and brand management in the Sacramento region.  A resident of Rocklin, CA, she enjoys running, cycling, mountain biking, swimming, competing in triathlons, and traveling.

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Who’s Teaching Your Online Executive MBA?

When choosing an MBA or an Executive MBA program there are many factors you are likely to consider.  Schedule, cost, affiliations, location, are all criteria that I considered when choosing the EMBA program at The University of Nevada, Reno (UNR).  The UNR program scored high for me in all categories.

For example, UNR is my local university so it allows me to have personal interaction with the professors and the school itself.  Such a luxury is rarely available with online or extended study based programs.  Having personal interactions with your instructors is certainly valuable.  Even in a time where digital correspondence rules the day in business, there is no substitute for personal relationships.  These personal interactions and relationships go beyond student and instructor.  With a program like UNR many of us in the cohort are local or at least regionally based so I have the opportunity to collaborate with my fellow students online and in person.

Sure, personal interaction and relationships are nice, affordability of the program is important, and reputation is desirable.  However, perhaps one of the most important questions that may be overlooked or “assumed” when choosing an EMBA program is “Who is teaching it”?

The faculty in a program may well be the difference between an average and an exceptional education.  At UNR, the same faculty that teach the nationally ranked part-time MBA program teach the EMBA program, and UNR’s part-time MBA program is ranked #4 in the nation for that category. As a student in the EMBA program at UNR, I know that I am getting the same courses and same instruction as the #4 program in the nation.  As they would say in a Master Card commercial that is “priceless”.

Certainly not all MBA or EMBA programs are created equal.  So when choosing a program for yourself, I highly recommend you do your homework and know exactly WHO is doing the teaching.  At UNR you won’t find grad students or part time instructors teaching the EMBA, and most of the instructors have doctoral degrees from AACSB accredited business schools.  In the EMBA program at UNR, you will enjoy instruction from the same professors who built the nationally ranked MBA program.  The consistency and quality this provides a program, regardless of the type of delivery is invaluable and worth careful consideration.

I would certainly recommend the UNR EMBA program to anyone, but don’t take my word for it.  The accolades of the program and more over the professors speak for themselves.

Kurt Althof

Kurt is a student in the EMBA program at the University of Nevada, Reno.  He earned his undergraduate degree in business administration with an emphasis in marketing at California State, Humboldt.  He has 15 years experience in a variety of business development and marketing positions and is currently the public relations and and business development manager for Care Flight, Northern Nevada’s helicopter ambulance.  When spare time exists he enjoys the host of outdoor sports and recreation opportunities his home in Truckee/Lake Tahoe affords.


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