Masters of Disguise

Written on August 28, 2014 by Caroline Quintanar in News

Apart from all the hard work, the class of 2015 had a chance to enjoy themselves at their second residential period on the IE Madrid campus in June. After some well-deserved time off in August, these masters of disguise are about to tackle their second term that kicks off at Brown University in October. We wish them good luck! 

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IE Brown Executive MBA Alumni Reflections

Written on July 11, 2014 by Caroline Quintanar in Video

We recently had the pleasure of hosting the first IE Brown Alumni Reunion. We are delighted to share some of the past students thoughts on the program and the future of the IE Brown community.


Class of 2014 Graduates!

Written on June 6, 2014 by Caroline Quintanar in News

Today we had the pleasure of joining the Class of 2014 as they finished their epic journey. At IE’s Segovia campus, 25 fantastic executives graduated and celebrated all their hard work from the past 15 months.


We are proud to welcome these amazing individuals to the alumni community!




The ladies of the class of 2015 take the stage

Written on April 29, 2014 by Caroline Quintanar in News

The class of 2015 opened just over a month ago and students are now  settling into the online campus which will be their home base for the next year.

This class has a great group of ladies and we asked a few to share with us some of their initial thoughts from their first residential period at Brown University.

Paula Salomao, a Brazilian consulting executive based in Japan, gave us a quick recap of her initial thoughts:

  • What was exciting part of beginning the program? Having access to so many different opinions
  • In a nutshell, what was the most surprising? The dynamics!!
  • What has been the most difficult so far? The quantity of posts to read…

Her classmate Natalie Gabriel, a Swiss physician and alpinist, embellished a bit more on her expectations and experience:

I was travelling to Providence with a lot of expectations, but also some doubts, as I had no idea what or who awaited me there. Almost everything in these two weeks did not only meet my expectations, but far surpassed, what I had imagined expected. There were some exceptions, as for example the cold temperature or the quality of the filter coffee in the classroom building… I met many, many very nice and interesting people. The quality of the lectures was brilliant and all professors were extremely motivated. The support from the representatives of IE and Brown was always very helpful and created a favorable atmosphere. One of the things that most surprised and impressed me was my classmates. During the first days we admired our diversity (nations, professional background, languages…), but the more time we spent together the more I began to find the “sameness” regarding our approach to life, motivation for the program, personal background, fears. …and yes, the demand of time, energy and commitment for the program has also exceeded my initial expectations.






Written on March 25, 2014 by Caroline Quintanar in News

We would like to welcome the IE Brown Executive MBA class of 2015!  It’s a great mix of talented professionals from across the globe. Enjoy the ride!



Lawyers and MBAs are like oil and water, right? Think again…

Written on March 7, 2014 by Caroline Quintanar in News

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As we prepare to welcome the 4th class and greet alumni from the first three cohorts, one of our current students, Sabiene Heindl, IP lawyer and strategic business advisor, reflects on one of the many facets of diversity in the IE Brown EMBA.

Lawyers and MBAs are like oil and water, right?  Think again.  An increasing number of lawyers are enrolling in Masters of Business Administration (MBA) across the globe.  As an Australian intellectual property lawyer, doing a MBA hadn’t occurred to me a year or two ago.  Now I find myself based in Europe undertaking the prestigious IE Brown Executive MBA across Spain, the United States and South Africa.  The following why, as a lawyer, you may wish to consider a MBA, together with some tips and perspectives to help you make up your mind.

Tips for lawyers:

  • If you have reached a pinnacle in terms of your technical legal skills, then a MBA can build on your management skills and prepare you for a leadership role
  • MBAs can provide an essential stepping stone in a legal career or enable a pivot onto a different career path
  • It’s important to choose your school carefully, but don’t limit yourself geographically
  • Like every other large undertaking in life, doing a MBA is a balancing act, so be prepared to juggle work, life and now study….

MBA: the gains

What can a lawyer expect to gain from a MBA?  From my perspective, the advantages of a MBA are:

  1. Leadership skills that can prepare you for partnership or a leadership position within your firm
  2. Broader perspective on the operational elements of business including finance, operations, marketing, strategy and IT – this is particularly helpful if you are working as in-house counsel
  3. Opportunities to consider career options outside of the law
  4. Cross industry perspectives on the businesses of your clients
  5. Opening up networking opportunities internationally

Balancing act

Of course, like everything that’s good in life, undertaking a MBA is a balancing act.  An increasing number of top MBA programs are run as blended programs, that is, residential face-to-face periods interspersed with an online learning campus.  These provide more flexibility for busy executives that have a day job (eg practicing law) and personal and family commitments.  But don’t be fooled.  25-35 hours a week of study on top of what may already be a 50-60 hour work week, will take its toll.  If financially feasible, consider options around part time work for the duration of the program (usually between 15-18 months) or recognise that you seriously won’t have much of a life!

So whether you want to jump ship from your legal career or have a desire to bridge the gap between private practice and commercial thinking, a MBA is worth considering.  Spend lots of time researching business schools across the globe to ensure that you find one that is a good fit with your career goals and aspirations.  Happy studying!


South African Adventures with the class of 2014

Written on February 6, 2014 by Caroline Quintanar in News


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All 25 IE Brown EMBA participants, 5 faculty, 4 IE Brown program staff and 3 local support staff met up last month to begin the long-awaited Cape Town immersion face-to-face.  Participants reconnected with their teams, classmates and professors and met with the local facilitators from Reciprocity to help set the context for their work in South Africa during this week, particularly in examining business opportunities in the townships.  More than 25 million South Africans live on less than $2 per day (2010 Goldman Sachs statistics) making this an important opportunity and challenge for the nation.

Each IE Brown project team was challenged with developing a business opportunity, focusing on integration with the Bottom of the Pyramid via innovative models across 5 different themes: Investment Opportunities, Last Mile Distribution, Globalization of the Arts, Access to Healthcare, and Financial Services.

The key issue was for participants to examine “what is there, what isn’t there and what is needed” across the chain of stakeholders.  Each group met with a series of representatives from different tiers within that chain.  Healthcare team visited private and public clinics, township households, and representatives from NGOs such as Doctors Without Borders . Last Mile Retail conducted interviews in informal basic goods shops called “spazas” and in pharmacies and major wholesale centers.  Field research and immersive visits culminated in the presentation of five innovative business ideas pitched to a panel of faculty and thought leaders from Brown University, IE and the South African community.  Interested in the results?  Stay tuned to the IE Brown Student Blog for upcoming video highlights!


“It’s not just about the career, it’s about life”

Written on December 13, 2013 by Caroline Quintanar in News

Meet Rahul Puri, tech expert and current IE Brown EMBA student.

Check out why Rahul thinks the IE Brown EMBA can catapult his career and what makes it stand out for him.


O me! O life!

Written on November 28, 2013 by Caroline Quintanar in News

Oh me! Oh life! of the questions of these recurring,
Of the endless trains of the faithless, of cities fill’d with the foolish,
Of myself forever reproaching myself, (for who more foolish than I, and who more faithless?)
Of eyes that vainly crave the light, of the objects mean, of the struggle ever renew’d,
Of the poor results of all, of the plodding and sordid crowds I see around me,
Of the empty and useless years of the rest, with the rest me intertwined,
The question, O me! so sad, recurring—What good amid these, O me, O life?
That you are here—that life exists and identity,
That the powerful play goes on, and you may contribute a verse.


This month we posed to our 2014 IE Brown Executive MBA students the following question from the Walt Whitman poem O Me! O Life!:

What verse will you contribute to the powerful play that is your life?

 Here are some of the uplifting and inspiring responses we received:

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Creativity at IE Brown Goes Glamour

Written on November 21, 2013 by Halley Bennett in News

This speed-design workshop challenged the students of the IE Brown EMBA to explore new ways to engage their creativity and reach solutions in record time, all while designing fashion-forward items displayed in a runway show at the end of the day.

The workshop required participants to develop new ways of thinking and strategize to create tangible results under high levels of pressure and with limited materials at their disposal.

Check out the video produced by Brown University Creative Mind Intiative for a close up look at the experience and the powerful learnings that each participant took away from the course.

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