The Executive Master in Change Class of 2022 (Asia) started in 2019 on the INSEAD campus in Singapore. 27 participants from 16 nationalities embarked together on a transformative journey towards change leadership, or, as some would say, the journey of a lifetime.
Who are the people in this class, and what are their dreams and motivations? We caught up with a few of them to find out more.
"The relationship bonds created at the EMC are much more than just about networking!"
Joanna grew up in Singapore and took a rather non-conventional route through life.
"Leaving school at 18, my years as a young adult were spent in the universe of fashion, photography and beauty, which brought me around the world and made me realise the power of learning through experience," she shares.
At the same time, she always knew that eventually she would want to come back to school to complement her experience with theory.
"I'm fascinated by human behaviour and the EMC provided me the opportunity to pursue a master's degree which integrates both business and psychology," says Joanna.
"I also wanted to find a course that would bring with it meaningful networking. For the record, the relationship bonds created at the EMC are much more than just about networking!"
"Emotions are more important than logic."
Hiroyuki is an experienced professional in the management training space who founded and runs his own company in Japan, China and Singapore.
He embarked on the INSEAD EMC to explore the connection between personal and organisational transformation.
"Emotions are the most important thing for people," he says. "I would like to handle the emotions of organisations with care."
"It was the psychology angle of the course that led me to join EMC."
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Sue had originally trained to become a dancer, but an injury meant she could no longer pursue a career in dance. "Plan B meant obtaining a degree in HR", shares Sue.
"With a degree (and perhaps amateur dancing shoes on!), I started in agency recruitment, and after working in various HR and Talent Acquisition regional and local roles, I transitioned into the world of Customer Success/Sales."
Although not a professional dancer today, Sue still consider herself "a dancer” in both her professional and personal life.
"Dance for me is all about creating space (a dance floor) which allows for meaningful relationships (the dance) to happen. On the dance floor is where the magic happens."
After working for fifteen years in sales leadership roles in various tech companies, Sue wanted to take stock and marry her work experience with additional theoretical knowledge gained through the EMC curriculum.
"I was betting on the fact that attending one of the best (and most diverse) business schools in the world would shape and provide for a much richer perspective to how I show up in the world as an individual and more specifically how I lead business and people going forward.
It was the psychology angle of the course that led me to join EMC which has now delivered on much more than how to lead."