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One of a Series: MIT Holidays

MIT Closed - Memorial Day

May 29, 2017

Advanced Management Program

May 30 - June 30, 2017

The Advanced Management Program (AMP) is a month-long senior executive program designed for a select group of experienced executives who are willing to create and sustain a learning community. AMP participants will acquire new frameworks and skills for which MIT Sloan is world renowned; make connections with colleagues who share similar experiences; and develop an expanded sense of themselves as enterprise leaders.

The Advanced Management Program (AMP) is an intense, intimate, transformative learning experience designed to fit the time constraints of seasoned, mid-career executives. This senior executive program is selective and purposely limited to 35 participants. Held on campus at MIT Sloan in Cambridge, Massachusetts, AMP is an exceptional way to:


  • Develop skills and acquire planning/thinking frameworks that are useful to entrepreneurs and those in the C-suite at most companies?especially in the science, engineering, and technology sectors
  • Engage with more than 30 of MIT Sloan?s world-class faculty around both their latest research in advanced management tactics and the ?tried and true? in such areas as strategy, system dynamics, leadership, and innovation
  • Make new, life-long connections with experienced business people from a wide variety of geographies and companies
  • Leverage multiple perspectives to advance important business issues away from day-to-day operating pressures
  • Develop critical leadership and change management skills via individualized feedback assessments and 1-on-1 leadership coaching
  • See new ideas emerging from the labs, centers, and businesses that are part of the MIT/Sloan/Cambridge "innovation cluster"


"I have two business degrees, an engineering degree, and more than 20 years of business experience? only now I can confidently say I understand macroeconomics and how to apply it to planning in my business."
?Supply Chain Leader, Multi-National Mining Company


How AMP Works
AMP delivers on its purpose as the leading senior executive program by combining a number of powerful features:


  • Exposure to MIT Sloan?s world-class faculty and their latest research
  • Access to the ?innovation ecosystem? around MIT through company visits, executive panels, a tour of labs and centers in the area
  • Learning variety: classes and case studies, business simulations, leader panels, 360 feedback and 1-on-1 leadership coaching, team-building experiences, and work on personal assessments, surveys, and projects
  • Connection with other participants of similar experience and ambition through AMP-specific courses, open-enrollment executive programs that draw global participants, and the ACE alumni network

TAKEAWAYS

The guiding purpose of the Advanced Management Program (AMP) is to deepen the ability of experienced executives to make significant and systemic changes in their companies and the world.


What Makes AMP a Unique Program for Senior Executives
AMP is designed to help seasoned executives succeed in a world that is increasingly unpredictable, competitive, and complex. Alumni tell us their experience with MIT and the program is distinctive and special in a variety of ways, including:


  • Participation in the experience of the MIT culture and heritage, especially around innovation
  • Strong focus on taking practical action: ?How does what I?m learning make me a better leader and a more valuable contributor to my business??
  • Personal learning journals that track insights and growth over the program?s duration
  • Individual Projects: content application to a project of real importance and value to each participant and their organization
  • Systemic, cross-functional, and cross-border lenses applied to current business issues
  • Faculty, coaches, and alumni who are committed to applying and generalizing from the latest management thinking and frameworks
  • Integration of personal leadership concepts, skill-building, and coaching with large scale macroeconomic and systems thinking frameworks and tools

AMP Participant Benefits

  • An MIT Sloan email-forwarding-for-life (EFL) address
  • A 20% discount on additional Executive Education programs
  • Invitations to select MIT Sloan events
  • Participation in the MIT Sloan network
  • Inclusion in the MIT Sloan alumni directory

Cambridge, MA

The Innovator's DNA: Mastering Five Skills For Disruptive Innovation

June 5-6, 2017

Every great innovator, from Jeff Bezos to Steve Jobs, excels at asking the right questions. Day-in and day-out they seek provocative new insights by getting out of their offices and into the real world, actively observing, networking, and experimenting to generate valuable new ideas. By doing so, they improve our lives and grow our economy, finding new solutions to the most challenging problems we face. Innovative entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs act differently to think differently and, in the end, they make a significant impact.

Building on hundreds of interviews and more than ten thousand survey assessments, Gregersen delivers unique insight into the behaviors of extraordinary, and often disruptive, innovators. Participants of this new program will learn and practice important discovery skills that lead to new innovations ranging from product improvement to new market creation, to generate valuable, new economic growth.

These key innovation skills include:

  • Questioning the status quo
  • Observing the world like anthropologists
  • Networking with diverse people to get new ideas
  • Experimenting in small, fast, and cheap ways to reach novel solutions
  • Connecting typically unconnected insights to deliver disruptive new business ideas

To put these skills into practice, participants will identify an individual challenge for which they seek a solution and commit to innovating around that challenge throughout the two days. They will also engage in a personal diagnostic assessment to better understand their own innovation and execution focused leadership skills.

This highly interactive program will help participants:


  • Gain deeper insight into their unique innovation skill strengths
  • Build questioning, observing, networking, and experimenting capabilities to surface new ideas and value-creating innovations
  • Practice questioning skills intensively through individual and group exercises
  • Apply skills to a real individual challenge
  • Evolve their existing corporate culture to better foster these five skills

Cambridge, MA

The Innovator's DNA: Mastering Five Skills For Disruptive Innovation

June 5-6, 2017

Every great innovator, from Jeff Bezos to Steve Jobs, excels at asking the right questions. Day-in and day-out they seek provocative new insights by getting out of their offices and into the real world, actively observing, networking, and experimenting to generate valuable new ideas. By doing so, they improve our lives and grow our economy, finding new solutions to the most challenging problems we face. Innovative entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs act differently to think differently and, in the end, they make a significant impact.

Building on hundreds of interviews and more than ten thousand survey assessments, Gregersen delivers unique insight into the behaviors of extraordinary, and often disruptive, innovators. Participants of this new program will learn and practice important discovery skills that lead to new innovations ranging from product improvement to new market creation, to generate valuable, new economic growth.

These key innovation skills include:

  • Questioning the status quo
  • Observing the world like anthropologists
  • Networking with diverse people to get new ideas
  • Experimenting in small, fast, and cheap ways to reach novel solutions
  • Connecting typically unconnected insights to deliver disruptive new business ideas

To put these skills into practice, participants will identify an individual challenge for which they seek a solution and commit to innovating around that challenge throughout the two days. They will also engage in a personal diagnostic assessment to better understand their own innovation and execution focused leadership skills.

This highly interactive program will help participants:


  • Gain deeper insight into their unique innovation skill strengths
  • Build questioning, observing, networking, and experimenting capabilities to surface new ideas and value-creating innovations
  • Practice questioning skills intensively through individual and group exercises
  • Apply skills to a real individual challenge
  • Evolve their existing corporate culture to better foster these five skills

Cambridge, MA

Understanding Global Markets: Macroeconomics for Executives

June 7-9, 2017

The Understanding Global Markets: Macroeconomics for Executives program began in 2010, and quickly became very popular. In response to participant interest in additional content on the economic policies and choices of Europe and Asia and the relative success compared to the rest of the world, we now offer the program as a three-day session. The extra day allows participants to gain a more thorough understanding of the dynamics of comparative advantage, sources of international conflict and the varied responses of economies to crisis.

This program is designed to help executives understand and predict the medium-to long-run performance of economies in order to mitigate risk, develop growth plans, and make investment decisions, both locally and abroad. Participants will leave the program with a better understanding of the global economic environment, and learn to recognize the effects of the economy on their companies, so that their business decisions may be informed and appropriate. The tools and frameworks presented in this program will enable participants to:

  • Understand the nature and behavior of financial crises
  • Learn to interpret financial indicators
  • Recognize economic trends
  • Predict likely actions of central banks and governments
  • Make informed off-shoring decisions
  • Be successful in international investments
  • Gain a thorough understanding of the dynamics of comparative advantage, sources of international conflict and the varied responses of economies to crisis.

MIT
Killian Court
77 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge, MA

One of a Series: MIT Graduation

MIT Commencement

June 9, 2017

Guest Speaker:
Tim Cook
Chief Executive Officer
Apple

Professional Communications for Engineers, Scientists, and Managers

June 10-14, 2017

Effective communication abilities are often among the very top desired skills that employers look for and value. How have our communication practices and needs changed in the digital age? This course focuses on four specific areas: public speaking, critical thinking, visual persuasion, and audience adaptation. The program will address each of these areas in a three-step process: First, we will identify the specific skills a successful advocate requires. Second, we will answer the question, ?What specific challenges has the advent of the digital age brought about?? Third, we will engage in workshop activities that allow program participants to put into practice the principles we have discussed.

Machine Learning for Big Data and Text Processing

June 12-16, 2017

Machine learning methods drive much of modern data analysis across engineering, sciences, and commercial applications. For example, search engines, recommender systems, advertisers, and financial institutions employ machine learning algorithms for content recommendation, predicting customer behavior, compliance, or risk. Much of today's data is available in primarily textual form, requiring effective tools for using unstructured and semi-structured text. This course examines a suite of key machine learning tools and their applications, including predictive analysis. We will discuss key insights underlying the tools, what kinds of problems they can/cannot solve, how they can be applied effectively, and what issues are likely to arise in practical applications.

The course is designed to operate simultaneously on two levels, intuitive and more formal, describing key concepts, formulations, algorithms, and practical examples for professionals whose work interfaces data analysis in different ways and on different levels.

  • At the managerial level, the course provides the vision and understanding of the many opportunities, costs, and likely performance hurdles in predictive modeling, especially as they pertain to large amounts of textual (or similar) data.
  • For professionals whose work involves data hands-on, the course aims to provide a deeper understanding and sharper intuitions about what is possible, what is not, and which methods to consider in what contexts.
  • For everyone, the course provides the ability to see problems as machine learning problems and be able to discuss ways to approach them.

Learning Objectives

  1. Understand broad opportunities for automation with machine learning
  2. Be able to formulate/set up problems as machine learning tasks
  3. Outline key aspects of practical problems that are likely to impact performance
  4. Assess which types of methods are likely to be useful for a given class of problems
  5. Understand strengths and weakness of "on-line" learning algorithms
  6. Be able to discuss scaling issues (amount of data, dimensionality, storage, and computation)
  7. See through the process of applying machine learning methods in practice, foresee likely hurdles and possible remedies
  8. Understand modern natural language processing tools, formulations, and problems
  9. Grasp what predictive analytics often does not provide
  10. Understand current machine learning trends and opportunities that they bring

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