The winner of last year’s Griffith MBA Responsible Leadership Fellowship from Queensland Business Weekly (QBW) said the opportunity exceeded her original goals and expectations.
Jessica Kahl is a business development project manager, entrepreneur and gender advocate who combines a role at Sunwater with running a nonprofit Dream Big Australia while studying a Griffith MBA.
She encouraged other business leaders to apply for the 2021 scholarship competition with a total prize of up to $ 130,000.
“Griffith’s MBA learning experience provided me with the tools to navigate the world of engineering and strategy, but it also gave me the opportunity to encourage thinking beyond of my current role, ”she said.
“The two subjects completed in the first term were applied in a practical way. The sustainability strategy generated by the Sustainability and Systems Thinking has been invaluable to my role at Sunwater in developing long-term strategies for water-related infrastructure and services while my Marketing for a better world The course was also incredibly tangible with the marketing curriculum developed and endorsed by my Dream Big Australia Board of Directors.
“I am delighted to see so many valuable learning immediately put into practice for my career and my passions. “
“The experience (so far) has really improved my perspective, as Griffith’s MBA candidates come from a variety of markets, cultures and backgrounds,” Jessica added.
“I often tell people it’s like attending a United Nations meeting; there are so many different mindsets in the same place. Each experience rejuvenates me and broadens my vision.
MBA Director Stephanie Schleimer said Jessica’s positive experience echoed that of many other students and alumni who understand the importance of a values-driven business education.
“What makes our MBA different is that it is based on core values that are crucial for 21st century business leaders,” she said.
“We are focused on sustainable business practices and responsible leadership with an Asia-Pacific perspective.
“The program develops critical thinking skills and helps students identify creative and future-ready strategies for improving the world around us.
“Who doesn’t want to create business strategies that really have a social and environmental impact? “
“The QBW Griffith MBA Responsible Leadership Fellowship’s partnership with Courier Mail is a wonderful opportunity for professionals to access a truly transformative MBA program, but it’s our graduates who tell this story much better than I do. Their efforts are bringing real change based on their learning journey throughout our program.
A Griffith MBA graduate and Sales Director for the State of Queensland, SUEZ Recycling & Recovery Australia, Liesl Hull told the Courier Mail that she has completed the MBA to broaden her skills and deliver the best results for her team and her. company.
“I found the Griffith MBA to be the one that best met my expectations, which incorporated sustainability throughout the course content as well as an innovative mindset,” she said.
“Being in a male dominated industry (it) gave me the confidence to challenge the status quo and help correct some imbalances within my organization, but also to focus on supporting local community initiatives. .
“The MBA has reinforced my passion for my industry and my career and has changed my approach to innovation and leadership while opening my eyes to global situations in my industry.”
Cardiac Clinician Luke Shanahan, Director of Clinical Measurements – Cardiac Diagnostic and Subspecialty Service, Gold Coast Health, was appointed to his current role shortly after earning a Griffith MBA.
“This position provides leadership and direction for cardiac investigations across the Gold Coast Hospital and Health Department (and indirectly assists the State Department of Health),” he said. to the Courier Mail.
“He is responsible for providing high-level operational and strategic management knowledge, skills and experience to deliver world-class healthcare in multiple contexts.
“The business skills that I developed throughout my MBA have helped me in this role and, moreover, acquiring these skills has now opened doors for me outside of healthcare. ”
Jess Kahl doesn’t do things by halves, currently juggling three MBA topics with her full-time role and Dream Big Australia commitments, but says the pandemic has led to innovation across the board.
“With the transition to virtual engagement during COVID-19, and through my role as Managing Director of Dream Big Australia, I have evolved in-person events to 10-week online experiences with the development of the STEAM program. Ahead.
“Informed by my Griffith MBA learnings, the experience was designed to enhance the employability skills of women studying science, technology, engineering, arts and math across Queensland (and) I’m excited to see 53 women in metropolitan and regional areas gain resume writing skills, mentoring and coaching, industry networking and paid employment opportunities with our industry partners in tough times.
“Griffith’s MBA gave me practical skills in responsible leadership, marketing and sustainability, which have already been applied in water infrastructure strategies and marketing campaigns advancing the development of women.”
Griffith University’s MBA program continues to receive international acclaim. It retained the prestigious Level 1 status in CEO Magazine’s 2021 Global Rankings, and Griffith Business School’s online MBA program was ranked fourth in the country for the second year in a row.
For more information or to apply for a QBW Griffith MBA Responsible Leadership Fellowship, go online. The competition is open now.
Entries must be submitted by September 1, 2021.