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The Modern MBA

Marie Kirwan & Kristen Rossi

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Many students come to an MBA from banking, consulting, or MNC backgrounds, but what about those that don’t? The Modern MBA podcast with Marie Kirwan and Kristen Rossi shares the stories of those transitioning from or using their MBAs in unorthodox MBA sectors including the arts, healthcare, not-for-profit, academia, and more.
 
Each week Simon Mundie sits down with an expert, from the biggest sporting names in the world to former Buddhist monks, neuroscientists, psychologists and philosophers. They discuss a theme that tells us something insightful about life and how best to live it, from the importance of self-acceptance, to facing addiction and developing resilience - right through to getting your circadian rhythms in sync and how to sleep better. Sport is a metaphor for life, and this podcast proves that right. ...
 
This series features recordings of papers from the 2015 Tudor and Stuart Ireland Interdisciplinary Conference which took place from August 28-29 2015 in Maynooth University. The conference was generously supported by UCD School of History, UCD Research, Marsh's Library, Graduate Studies Office at Maynooth University, the Department of History at Maynooth University and the Irish Research Council (New Foundations Award). Podcasting was by Real Smart Media.
 
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Everything you experience - like thoughts, feelings, sensations and perceptions - come and go. But do you come and go with them? To help answer this question is philosopher Rupert Spira, who walks us through a simple but powerful process of 'self-enquiry' ** Follow me: on instagram https://www.instagram.com/simonmundie/ on twitter https://twitter.c…
 
Today on The Modern MBA podcast we're speaking with Alex VanOeveren. Originally from Seattle, he talks about his dynamic career moving from Social Work to Sales and ultimately pursing an MBA; why he chose to study abroad at IE in Madrid; and the benefits of choosing an international programme. About Us Many students come to an MBA from banking, con…
 
Most of us believe that there is a 'thinker' in our heads, who is thinking all our thoughts. My guest this week Sam Harris - neuroscientist, philosopher, New York Times best-selling author, host of the Making Sense podcast, and creator of the Waking Up app - argues that this is an illusion. Sam says if we can clearly see this, we can largely bring …
 
At Wimbledon this year, newcomer Emma Radacanu reached the fourth round, but had to withdraw with breathing difficulties. It was - it seemed - a 'bad' thing. There was concern for her welfare, and questions as to whether it would impact her future Grand Slam chances. Emma then proceeded to produce one of the all time great Grand Slam performances o…
 
Today we're speaking with Jenni Chance, Senior Marketing and Communications Manager at PwC and Executive MBA graduate from Warwick Business School. Jenni talks to us about how the marketing field is developing and what this means for the skills needed to stay ahead, incorporating her interest in start-ups and entrepreneurship into her career path, …
 
Sally Gunnell is a British athletics Great; the only woman to be Olympic, World and European 400 metres hurdles champion while simultaneously holding the World Record. While she dominated her sport in the early 1990s – Sally admits she couldn’t have done it without the team she built around her. She was ahead of her time in seeking help with the ps…
 
As Shakespeare wrote, "there is nothing either good or bad but thinking makes it so." Albert Ellis - founder of Rational Emotive Behavioural Therapy (REBT) - ran with this idea and came up with a model to help identify the role belief plays in how we feel and subsequently act in the world. Sports psychologist Helen Davis explained how the model wor…
 
Today we're speaking with Alissa Warne who after a career in marketing decided to pursue an MBA at IE in Spain and today is working in digital marketing for a company that needs little introduction: Microsoft. From the archive: If you like this episode check out our podcast with Marco. About Us Many students come to an MBA from banking, consulting,…
 
What lessons can we take from the approach, attitude and outlook of Roger Federer? Helping me answer that question is Christopher Clarey – arguably the top tennis journalist in the world, who writes for the New York Times. Chris has written a book called ‘the Master – the Brilliant career of Roger Federer’, which has rocketed to the top of the best…
 
The importance of powering your brain down several times a day. Sir John Kirwan - the All Black's legend who was knighted for services to mental health - shared this golden nugget with me. His is a fantastic analogy - when your computer stops working and you ring IT - what do they advise you to do? Switch it off and then turn it back on again! It's…
 
Today we're speaking with Warwick MBA graduate Sandra Sidlauskaite who after working in oil and gas used her MBA to transition into digital consulting with Infosys. From the archive: If you like this episode check out our podcast with Eduardo. About Us Many students come to an MBA from banking, consulting, or MNC backgrounds, but what about those t…
 
Making good choices - even when you feel like you are missing out or not progresssing as quickly as you would like. This is something Josh has done throughout his life, even in the face of peer pressure and frustration. We also talk about getting perspective in your life, stopping complaining about things that are really unimportant in the big sche…
 
Amor fati means "a love of fate". The German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche quoted it as his formula for human greatness. In other words – whatever happens in your life – or whatever has happened in the past – accept it fully. Not begrudgingly and reluctanctly - but as if you had chosen it yourself. The question is - how? In this short episode we …
 
Today on The Modern MBA podcast we're speaking with Engineer turned Secret Service Agent turned MBA student, Lucy Chang Evans. We chat about her career trajectory, what it is like doing an online MBA and how she has leveraged her unique skill set in the classroom. From the archive: If you like this episode check out our podcast with Naman Kumar. Ab…
 
How smartphones and social media may be making us more anxious and distracted - and what to do about it. Cal Newport is the author of two seminal books: 'Deep Work' and 'Digital Minimalism'. He argues that our ability to perform undistracted work on something cognitively demanding is a vital skill to train. However, the ability to perform 'deep wor…
 
Today on The Modern MBA podcast we're speaking with Alison . She shares with us her experience from working on oil rigs in far off places to; doing a Distance Learning MBA at Warwick Business School; and owning her own consultancy (Idunn) where she looks at sustainable growth, business recovery and helping CEOs spend their time wiser. From the arch…
 
Why self-sacrificing and people-pleasing can be selfish, while looking after yourself can be selfless. Ed Jackson suffered a devastating accident after diving into a shallow swimming pool and breaking his neck in 2017. He made a miraculous recovery despite being told he would never walk again. Ed first appeared on the show two years ago but this ep…
 
Today on The Modern MBA podcast we're speaking with Bola Grace about her Executive MBA at Cambridge. Bola talks us through her experiences including her project working to improve Diversity and Inclusion in business schools and how you can pursue a career in medtech/healthtech without a scientific background From the archive: If you like this episo…
 
The power of tapping into our internal guidance system - and trusting that it will take us where we need to go. Chrissie Wellington is one of the greatest athletes of all time: a four-time Ironman World Champion who broke the world record and retired undefeated. More importantly, Chrissie is a humble, kind and generous person (which is not always t…
 
Today on The Modern MBA podcast we're speaking with we are speaking with Auro Shashwat. Who with passion for biodiversity, wild life conservation and renewable energy is studying an MBA at Bologna Business School with a specialism in Green Energy & Sustainability. We speak to him about his fascinating professional background; his work that helps to…
 
Why avoiding sport's undoubted riches and ensuing fame - and remaining grounded and humble - can be a blessing. Laura was the world's number one squash player and its World Champion. However, squash doesn't get the attention of some other sports, and is overlooked by the International Olympic Committee time and again. Using her mantra 'life can onl…
 
Today on The Modern MBA podcast, a sponsored collaboration with MBAGRADSCHOOLS.com, we're speaking with Deanna Galati, an MBA candidate at Schulich School of Business in Canada. With a background in Theatre and arts programming she talks about leveraging her theatrical skills; why she chose to do an MBA; and using her MBA to drive funding for arts …
 
Remembering the importance of play - with the first woman to make a British Olympic rowing team after having children. Helen Glover is already a two-time Olympic Gold medal winner, and wasn't expecting to have the opportunity to win a third. Since winning gold at Rio 2016, Helen has given birth to three children. She has a three-year old, and a pai…
 
Today on The Modern MBA podcast we're speaking with Julia Sanjuan, currently doing her MBA remotely with IE whilst working as a Development Planning & Feasibility Manager in the hotel industry. She shares with us her motivations for doing an MBA; her experience of doing an MBA online, part-time and during Covid; where the industry is going; and tip…
 
In the words of one of Britain's greatest ever athletes, "complacency has a tendency to bite you on the backside". At the 1992 Olympics, Colin Jackson was hot favourite to win gold in the 110 metres hurdles, but finished seventh in the final after getting ahead of himself in the earlier rounds. Jackson won the World Championships twice thereafter a…
 
Today on The Modern MBA podcast we're speaking with Justin Rufen-Blanchette who is currently doing his MBA at Michigan Ross and interning with Nike. He talked with us about growing up in the inner city of New York, landing a scholarship to go to a boarding school in Georgia, working in sports media and tech, and his long term vision of working in v…
 
It may be easy to think – we all know how to breath, but many of us do it in a way that is not optimal for our health. This week’s guest is science journalist and best-selling author of 'Breath, the new science of a lost art' James Nestor. The science shows breathing through your nose is key, as is not over-breathing – something we are prone to doi…
 
Today on The Modern MBA podcast we're speaking with Anantara Hotel General Manager Darren Darwin. Originally from Manchester, England, he joined the hospitality sector just after leaving the army and just before joining the police force. We speak to him about his career experience, doing an MBA at Glion, the impacts of COVID on the industry and the…
 
The importance of building strong foundations and not striving to reach your goal too quickly. Matt Little has coached Andy Murray for 15 years, and is the longest standing member of his entourage. He is a man who knows the importance of values, and of building strong foundations - rather than rushing to achieve success in the shortest time possibl…
 
On today's Modern MBA podcast, a sponsored collaboration with MBAGRADSCHOOLS.com, we are speaking with Alex Rosário. With a background in mechanical engineering, Alex worked his way up into senior management at Bomix in Brazil before heading off to Europe to pursue an MBA at INSEAD. Post-MBA, he has joined McKinsey and shares with us the impact the…
 
What does success mean? Is the simple 'winner and losers' narrative we hear about in sport and life too simplistic? Tim Henman reached six major tennis semi-finals - four at Wimbledon - and was ranked fourth in the world. And yet – in some quarters – there is a false narrative that somehow Tim didn't deliver, or choked when it mattered most. If tha…
 
On today's episode of The Modern MBA, we speak to Stacy Blackman. Stacy founded Stacy Blackman Consulting, one of the best known MBA admissions consultancies following her MBA at Kellogg School of Management. She has now launched a new venture, Stryke Club and joins us today to share stories and advice from her time as an entrepreneur. About Us Man…
 
The importance of separating our self-worth and sense of who we are from what we do. As one of Britain's best swimmers, Siobhan-Marie's sense of self-worth was often bound up with her performance in the pool. When she recorded the third fastest time in history at Rio 2016, she was on cloud nine, but when her times slipped she felt like she was a fa…
 
Today on The Modern MBA podcast we're speaking with the founder of MBASchooled.com, Al Dea. After working as a consultant with Deloitte Al decided to pursue an MBA and pivoted into Tech as a product manager with Salesforce. He talks about the skills he gained as a consultant, why he did an MBA and a bit about his entrepreneurial venture MBASchooled…
 
The power of embracing a cause bigger than yourself. The qualities associated with being selfless include generosity, kindness, thoughtfulness and a sense of humility. Former England captain Lewis "Mad Dog" Moody is someone who has embodied selflessness throughout his life, on the pitch and off it. Connection is one of his top values, which has all…
 
Today on The Modern MBA podcast we're speaking with Jessica Maye a speech pathologist working in paediatrics. She talks about wanting to do an MBA to transition her career, but ultimately upon reflection on the love of what she does, chose not to. Jessica is a great example that MBAs do not always lead to change but they certainly provide clarity a…
 
Why resisting and battling uncomfortable thoughts and feelings doesn't work, but acceptance and self-compassion does. Dr. Russ Harris is the world's best-know teacher of Acceptance and Commitment therapy (ACT) Experiencing emotions like anxiety is entirely normal. It is part of the human experience. If you DIDN'T experience them, then there may be …
 
Today on The Modern MBA podcast we speak to Kirra Moser, a registered nurse and clinical educator who is an expert in death, bereavement and dying. Kirra has recently completed a distance learning MBA with Warwick Business School and talks to us about her experience balancing this with family life, a healthcare career, and a number of other roles a…
 
Why learning to face uncomfortable feelings is vital for our wellbeing. Clarke Carlisle, once crowned "Britain's brainiest footballer", has had well publicised mental health difficulties and issues with drink and gambling. He believes his issues with drink, gambling and other activities stemmed from an inability to sit with painful emotions. In thi…
 
On today's Modern MBA podcast, a sponsored collaboration with MBAGRADSCHOOLS.com, we are speaking with Anita Ehui, an entrepreneur, giving African designers a luxury platform through her magazine Zhuri. Anita is currently pursuing a Global MBA in Luxury Brand Management at ESSEC Business School in France. She shares with us her experience working i…
 
Everyone has had the experience of being 'in flow' - but what about being able to create it during the exact moment you've trained your life for? Goldie is an Olympic medalist in the javelin and was Britain's top thrower for a decade. In this episode we reflect on some of the implications and possible lessons that came up during the 'philosophy of …
 
Many students come to an MBA from banking, consulting, or MNC backgrounds, but what about those that don’t? The Modern MBA podcast with Marie Kirwan and Kristen Rossi shares the stories of those transitioning from or using their MBAs in unorthodox MBA sectors including the arts, healthcare, not-for-profit, academia, and more. Website: http://www.th…
 
The main battle we all face is with our self - even when you've been a World Champion boxer. Tony Bellew was the WBC Cruiserweight Champion, but he's also been a Hollywood star and is now an author too. One thing Tony isn't - is full of himself. He understands we are all the same, irrespective of what we achieve in life. We all have good days and b…
 
Many students come to an MBA from banking, consulting, or MNC backgrounds, but what about those that don’t? The Modern MBA podcast with Marie Kirwan and Kristen Rossi shares the stories of those transitioning from or using their MBAs in unorthodox MBA sectors including the arts, healthcare, not-for-profit, academia, and more. Website: http://www.th…
 
The power of creating and living a compelling vision of how you want to be in the world. Helen Richardson Walsh scored one of the crucial penalty shootout goals as Team GB won a historic gold medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics. The team's journey to the top of their sport was a bumpy one; after winning bronze at London 2012 they finished 11th at the 20…
 
What the experience of flow in sport may reveal about the nature of reality One theme that has arisen time and again with sportspeople on DTMTS is the experience of flow: when we lose ourselves in whatever it is that we are doing. Several sportspeople have spoken on DTMTS about the experience of "me" not being there in such moments. But what is tha…
 
Many students come to an MBA from banking, consulting, or MNC backgrounds, but what about those that don’t? The Modern MBA podcast with Marie Kirwan and Kristen Rossi shares the stories of those transitioning from or using their MBAs in unorthodox MBA sectors including the arts, healthcare, not-for-profit, academia, and more. Website: http://www.th…
 
Reflecting on your strengths and weaknesses to grow as a person in sport, business and life. Kerry is one of Britain's best coaches, leading Team GB's women's hockey team to gold at the Rio Olympics in 2016. He's now leading GB's men to Tokyo 2021. Rio was Kerry's third Games as GB hockey coach. His first was at Beijing 2008, after which he endured…
 
Letting go of control and self-importance to find peace of mind with Jonny Wilkinson. While we explore the art of letting go of control in order to find peace of mind, we talk about the concept of pressure and how it is created by thought, not by external factors. Wilkinson opens up about the emptiness he felt after winning the Rugby World Cup, and…
 
How to go from surviving to thriving with All Black legend and mental health advocate Sir John Kirwan. Back when All Blacks legend Kirwan was one of the best rugby union players in the world, he had a serious mental health crisis which sent him on a wellness journey that eventually led to him being knighted for services to mental health. Here he sh…
 
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