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Redefining Executive Education
The graduation ceremony was a great success. Students, their families, ISM staff, and faculty were delighted to celebrate the culmination of such an important journey in the lives of our students. Fifty-five students graduated: ten IMBA Full-Time, five IMBA Executive, thirteen DBA, and twenty-seven PhD.
I would like to congratulate the graduates and the various groups that made this event possible: the staff at ISM, keynote speakers, sponsors, alumni, and faculty. Six awards were bestowed during the ceremony: three for Commitment to the ISM Community (IMBA Jennifer Castoldi, DBA Raed Skaf, and PhD Henry Ajagbawa) and three for Academic Excellence (IMBA Vincent Smith, DBA Rodney Irwin, and PhD Kimberly Reeve).
In the evening, the joyous group of graduates, their families, and the rest of the ISM community went on a dinner cruise along the Seine. It was a beautiful Parisian night. The bright lights of the buildings along the shores of the river illuminated the path of the boat, and, when the clock struck eleven, the Eiffel Tower’s sparkling lights provided a perfect backdrop for pictures and lasting memories.
Professor Ivonne Chirino-Klevans
I consider myself a life-long learner. If there is anything I am passionate about, I look for a way to get formal education in that area.
Growing up, I was an elite gymnast competing for my country (Mexico) in international events like world championships and Pan American games. That resulted in my getting an athletic scholarship to study and train in the US. When I retired from gymnastics, I realized that there was a gap in mental training for athletes. That is when I decided to study psychology.
During my studies, I had inspiring professors who mentored me and opened opportunities to do research in animal models of Alzheimer’s disease. I loved research, and my professors nurtured that love as well. At the same time, I focused on sports psychology. I finished my undergraduate as well as master’s degrees with honors and started my professional life in sports psychology. I also started to work in training and development in the corporate world and realized the need for an MBA. After getting my MBA, I discovered that I very much enjoyed teaching, and it was clear to me that if I wanted to succeed in academia I needed a PhD. I got a position as Department Head of a Psychology and Management program at a prestigious university in Mexico. Then, I looked for international opportunities to diversify my expertise and was hired as Assistant Dean of Executive Education at Duke University in the US. Such experiences allowed me to discover the importance of developing skills and abilities aligned with corporate strategies.