Carmen Schwender’s career path is as inspiring as atypical. She left her native Romania for New York in 1995 with the dream of becoming a professional ballerina—an ambition that was realised in Connecticut’s New England Ballet Company. After 20 years dancing and teaching dance, Carmen felt it was time to hang up her pointe shoes and pivot to a new career; one that would deliver new challenges along with the financial stability she needed. A degree in finance followed and in 2002, a new career with then Merrill Lynch now Bank of America on Wall Street.
From 2018 to 2019, I went through the INSEAD Global Executive MBA (GEMBA), then from 2021 to 2023, I enrolled in the INSEAD Executive Master in Change (EMC). These five years were literally a transformational journey, and I would like to share my view on how each programme benefits you and give you a better insight on which programme might suit you better (or both perhaps).
The INSEAD Executive Master in Change (EMC) programme is unlike any other. With a convenient modular 18-month schedule that allows you to study while you work, it is a personal development pathway that takes you deep into the fundamental drivers of human behaviour and the hidden dynamics of organisations. The curriculum’s system-psychodynamic approach enables you to develop your capability and authority to lead people and organisations through transformation.
We asked Nicky Sparshott, CEO of Unilever Australia & New Zealand, to share her experience of INSEAD’s Executive Master in Change (EMC) programme. Read on to find out what drew her to the EMC, how it helped her lead her organisation through the pandemic, and the key takeaways she gained. Nicky also talks about ways the programme continues to impact her professional life, and how its learnings can help with a purpose-led approach to leadership.
The INSEAD Executive Master in Change (EMC) is a programme unlike any other. It is a personal development pathway that takes you deep into the basic drivers of human behaviour and the hidden dynamics of organisations. By integrating business education with a range of psychological disciplines, the EMC prepares participants to assume roles in leading organisations, drive individual and organisational development, and successfully execute change management.
Be prepared to meet someone very important. Yourself.
"The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) consisting of Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates represents some of the fastest-growing economies in the world", writes Katy Montgomery, INSEAD Associate Dean of Degree Programmes.
I have learnt that my sensitivity is a gift, and I can use myself as an instrument of change and compass to understand and feel what is taking place in an environment beyond the written and visible facts.
The EMC helps you understand the multidimensional complexity of organisations, and develop a deeper understanding and new ways or eyes to see things with a more human aspect.
This programme will open up many questions for you. It will change perspectives, and triggers a review of your belief system.