"To gain a competitive edge," is repeatedly cited as a key reason why a record number of students have enrolled in this fall's Robins School Mini MBA® program. Senior Associate Dean, Dr. Richard Coughlan and the Robins School Mini MBA® were recently recognized in BusinessWeek's article, "The Mini-MBA's Big Appeal." Offered through the Robins School Executive Education department, the Mini MBA® is a non-credit program providing a practical foundation in current business theory and practices. The class convenes every Monday night for 14 weeks from 6 pm–10 pm at the Robins School of Business. Each class focuses on a different functional area of business ranging from marketing, accounting, finance, and strategy and is taught by a unique blend of award-winning Robins School faculty and experienced business executives who teach for both the MBA and Executive Education programs.

Current student Vivek Bharatam, a local project manager from India, relayed, "I always wanted to study in the U.S., and the Mini MBA® was appealing to me because I could gain a better understanding of business while also enhancing my resume." Through a combination of case studies, lectures, problem-solving exercises and interactive class sessions, the goal of the program is to provide a framework of knowledge for making informed business decisions on issues affecting organizations today. "There is incredible talent in the classroom, ranging from business owners, corporate executives to non-profit managers which gives you such a diverse perspective on issues," relayed local finance executive Melanie Thompson. "The Mini MBA® offers a great opportunity to network and learn from your classmates."

Many students are also considering pursuing their MBA. They view the Mini MBA® as a "tester" and an opportunity to ease back into the classroom. A colleague at Dominion Resources who had taken previous classes through the Robins School Executive Education program, recommended the Mini MBA® to participant Natalie Russell. "As an electrical engineer, I have a technical background, and I was looking to advance," relayed Russel. "My boss and I thought this would be very helpful in broadening my skills and to see if an MBA down the road would be the right fit. I was intimidated at first, but now, after seeing the diverse backgrounds and how helpful everyone is, my anxiety has been eased."

Participants this semester represent the following organizations:

Media General, Genworth, Dominion Resources, Bank of America, MeadWestvaco, Federal Reserve Bank, Hill Phoenix Corporation, Bostwick Laboratories, WIPRO Technologies, GRTC Transit System, University of Richmond, Capital One, Tuckahoe Family YMCA, S & ME, Acision, Seif & Associates, Dominion, Cater Machinery, Bishop & Assoc LLC, Norton's Yacht Sales, Love and Peace, LLC/Foundation, Pembrooke.

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