BUSINESS ACUMEN PEOPLE LEADERSHIPSTRATEGYInvited Mini-MBACurriculumThe Invited MBA is a unique 12-week part-timemini-MBA designed for rising business professionals.Participants gain essential leadership skills needed toadvance in their career without the expense and timecommitment of a full-time MBA.The high-level objectives of this program are to: Gain a solid foundation in business acumen, management, strategy, and leadership Deepen awareness of self & others’ strengths, weaknesses, and motivators Learn how to effectively lead & collaborate with others in a managerial role Develop an eye for executive-level strategy & leadership Analyze, research, and solve real-world business challenges Expand one’s professional networkThe curriculum is divided into three sections touching on the following topics.Weeks 1-5Weeks 6-7Weeks 8-9Weeks 10-12Part 1: BusinessIntelligencePart 2: ManagementIntelligencePart 3: Leadership andStrategy IntelligencePart 4: Bringing it alltogether Financial Literacy Coaching andDeveloping People Executing inCross-functional Teams Building Trust Executing StrategyUnder Pressure Applying the skills ofBusiness, Management,and StrategicIntelligence as a real-lifeconsultant, supportedby Executive Sponsors Understanding ValueCreation Strategy & Innovation Marketing Foundations Holding CriticalConversations UnderstandingMotivation Building ExecutivePresence Executive-levelPresentations

Below is a detailed outline of the standard Invited MBA curriculum.Pre-work (2-3 Weeks)Invited MBA participants start their journey with an interactive online primer in accounting and finance calledFluent in Finance . The language of business, just like any other language, has its own vocabulary and terms.Fluent in Finance allows leaders to learn the language of finance in an interactive, accessible online formatdesigned specifically for professionals without any financial background. It covers basic business conceptssuch as unit economics, reading financial statements, and understanding ROI. If participants have a financebackground and want to know whether they need to go through the Fluent in Finance pre-work, they can takethe optional pre-assessment to test out of the pre-work assignment.Format(s): Up to 12 hours of asynchronous online pre-work.Up to 12 hours online prepWeek 1: Virtual Kick-Off & Happy HourOn the first day of the program participants meet their cohort and faculty, find out details about their studygroup and action-learning project assignment, network with each other, and learn more about what’s to comein the curriculum.Format(s): Two hour synchronous full cohort meeting with breakout groups.2-hour cohort meeting

Week 2: Insights Self AssessmentParticipants go through the Insights self-assessment to understand how their work style affects theircommunication with others and how to best utilize their strengths.Format(s): One hour Insights assessment and two-hour virtual cohort meeting with breakout groups.1 hour online assessment2-hour cohort meetingWeek 3: Finance Basics and Business CompetitionBuilding on the Fluent in Finance online pre-work, Week 3 focuses on building basic accounting and financialknowledge in participants. Participants study the unit economics of a fictitious company that is thinking ofexpanding its operations and solve a real-world mystery by studying the financial details of a company whosestock price suddenly dropped by over 90%. Participants then start the Business Challenge, a businesssimulation where teams compete for market share in a dynamic marketplace.Format(s): Two hours of online preparation, two-hour virtual meeting in small study groups with a mentor,four-hour business competition.2 hours online prep2-hour small group study session4-hour business competition

Week 4: Group Project Introduction And Business CompetitionParticipants will meet with their Executive Advisor to be introduced to the group action-learning project whereteam members will solve a real-world business problem for their assigned Executive Advisor. Participants thencomplete the Business Challenge simulation where they put their newly gained financial acumen to the test.Format(s): Two hour virtual meeting in small study groups with the action-learning project’s ExecutiveAdvisor, four hour business competition.2-hour small group study session4-hour business competitionWeek 5: Financial Modeling People ManagementRounding out the finance and business acumen part of the curriculum, Week 5 expands on the first financialstudy group meeting and business competition by focusing on financial modeling exercises and concepts suchas the time value of money, ROI and NPV. Participants study a fictitious company that is contemplatinginvestment options and look at the valuation of Uber to tie the concepts to the real-world. At the end of Week 5,participants are introduced to the next part of the curriculum focused on people management by completingthe first four hours of the Management Challenge simulation in teams.Format(s): Two hours of online preparation, two-hour virtual meeting in small study groups with a mentor,four hour people management competition.2 hours online prep2-hour small group study session4-hour business competition

Week 6: Operations and People ManagementUnderstanding financial metrics is critical to becoming an effective leader. Even more important isunderstanding how to effectively manage people. Week 6 focuses on an operations Harvard Business Schoolcase study, Amazon Buys Whole Foods, that touches on topics such as culture, customer and employeesatisfaction, operational efficiency, and the link between these variables in a business. Participants thencomplete the Management Challenge simulation in teams and delve into topics such as giving effectivecoaching and feedback, motivation, and presence.Format(s): Two hours of online preparation, two-hour virtual meeting in small study groups with a mentor,four hour people management competition.2 hours online prep2-hour small group study session4-hour people mgmt simWeek 7: LeadershipOnce participants have a solid foundation in both business acumen and people management, the curriculumturns to the topic of leadership and strategy. Week 7 focuses on a classic Harvard Business School case study,Leadership in Crisis: Ernest Shackleton and the Epic Voyage of the Endurance, that discusses the harrowingjourney of explorer Ernest Shackleton in the early parts of the last century. Participants learn about howShackleton maintained his team's morale, loyalty, and commitment in the face of extraordinary mental andphysical trials during almost two years in the Antarctic.Format(s): Two hour of online preparation, two-hour virtual meeting in small study groups with a mentor.2 hours online prep2-hour small group study session

Week 8: StrategyWeek 8 focuses on strategy as participants discuss the Harvard Business School case study S'well: The MassMarket Decision which puts them in the shoes of Sarah Kauss, the founder of the rapidly growing water bottlebrand S’well. Study groups deliberate whether to enter the mass market at a critical stage in the company’sgrowth. Participants then start the Enterprise Challenge leadership simulation where their leadership andstrategy skills are put to the test in a highly immersive and competitive marketplace simulation.Format(s): Two hours of online preparation, two-hour virtual meeting in small study groups with a mentor,four hour leadership and strategy competition.2 hours online prep2-hour small group study session4-hr leadership and strategy simWeek 9: Leadership and StrategyWeek 9 includes an optional financial modeling session as well as the continuation of the Enterprise Challengeleadership and strategy simulation. Participants are faced with adverse events and have to make consequentialdecisions under time pressure and in conditions of uncertainty and ambiguity. The simulation allowsparticipants to practice their new strategy, leadership, people management, and business acumen skills. At theend, each team prepares an executive presentation to pitch their company to a Board of Directors who decideson the winning team.Format(s): Two hours optional virtual meeting focused on financial modeling, four hour leadership andstrategy competition.2-hour optional virtual meeting4-hr leadership and strategy sim

Weeks 10-12: Action-Learning Project and GraduationWeeks 10 - 12 are dedicated to the action-learning project carving out time for project teams to work togetherto deliver a final presentation during the graduation event. Each team gets 20 minutes to present and a panel ofjudges who ask probing questions.Format(s): Approximately 10-15 hours of self-organized team meetings and group work, four hour graduationwith team presentations and final reflection exercises.10-15 hours group work4-hour graduation