THE BRIEF
News from the UNLV
Executive MBA Program
July 2017
Welcome Cohort 16!   

The latest cohort of EMBA students began the 18-month journey to earning their advanced business degrees in May 2017 at the University of Nevada Las Vegas Lee Business School. The 24-member cohort is the sixteenth group to start the program since it was launched in 2002.

The UNLV Executive MBA is specifically designed to accommodate the needs of career driven individuals by offering convenient classes for those with full-time work schedules. The UNLV EMBA is ranked among the world's best business schools by CEO Magazine's Global MBA Rankings, which profiles MBA, EMBA and online MBA programs at top business schools across North America, Europe and Australia.
 
"We're especially proud to welcome Cohort 16 members - an exceptional group of ambitious and high-achieving professionals to our EMBA program," said Nikkole Liesse, EMBA director and 2009 EMBA graduate. "The combination of students' diversity in industry and experience, combined with our outstanding faculty, continues to demonstrate UNLV's commitment to offering an EMBA program that is unmatched in quality, convenience and affordability."
 
Overall, Cohort 16 is 40 percent female and 60 percent male, has an average age of 39 with an average of 16 years professional experience. The class boasts an impressive array of community and business leaders from a variety of industries and sectors. They include physicians/healthcare providers; engineers; marketers; operations executives; financial planners; sales executives; controllers; active U.S. Air Force personnel, and public utility managers.
In This Issue
Alumni Update 
Tanya Flanagan - Cohort 4
Public Information Administrator/Web Content, Office of Public Communications, Clark County Government Center
 
Emboldened by personal experiences, UNLV EMBA Cohort 4 alumna, Tanya Flanagan, lives life with  passion and commitment, fighting for just causes and social change.

Recently named board president for Susan G. Komen Nevada, she's dedicated to bringing life-affirming knowledge about breast cancer detection, treatment, support services and research to millions of Nevadans. She fights for life-altering initiatives like neighborhood revitalization through her volunteerism with the Urban League. And, professionally, as public information administrator overseeing the website communications efforts of 38 Clark County departments, she helps inform Nevadans and a global audience on the county's many business, social and recreational services.

"Personally and professionally, open dialogue and honest communication is key to educating, engaging and inspiring others," said Flanagan.

Student Spotlight
Erica Stockwell - Cohort 15
Obstetrician, Gynecologist and Minimally Invasive Surgeon with Las Vegas Minimally Invasive Surgery and Women's Pelvic Health Center

Dr. Erica Stockwell, D.O. (Cohort 15) is an obstetrician, gynecologist and minimally invasive surgeon with Las Vegas Minimally Invasive Surgery and Women's Pelvic Health Center (LVMIS-WPHC), where she also serves as the medical practice's director of innovation and business education. In addition, Stockwell is in the process of completing her two-year minimally invasive surgical fellowship training while simultane ously pursuing her EMBA. Stockwell is one of a growing number of practicing physicians seeking an Executive MBA from the University of Nevada Las Vegas Lee Business School.
 
"Prior to starting the UNLV EMBA program, I saw pursuing a business degree as a means-to-an-end," said Stockwell. "I wanted a deeper understanding of business so I could champion what I believe is important in medicine and healthcare - providing quality care while also advancing new technological innovations. What I didn't realize was how transformational the EMBA program would be, and how much I would love it. I had big goals before the EMBA experience, and UNLV is preparing me for achievements even I could not have envisioned."
 
In addition to her work as a practicing physician, Stockwell is an entrepreneur who is using her biomedical engineering background to develop safer and more effective innovations in surgical technology. This endeavor is not new to Stockwell who, prior to medical school, double majored in Biomedical Engineering and Physiology and double minored in Chemistry and Psychology. She holds patents on several diverse technology-based medical and surgical devices. Furthermore, Stockwell has recently launched a medical consulting firm that will assist surgeons in evaluating and utilizing new technologies.

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On The Move
Alumni Updates

Eugenio Bafaro
Cohort
15
Operations Support Manager
PACCAR - Seattle
Gregg Benson
Cohort
16
Controller
Origin Acoustics
Shaunda Clark
Cohort
12
Chief Financial Officer
Solarity Credit Union
Sophia Esfahani
Cohort
14
Accounts Payable Manager
Boyd Gaming
Jeremy Hume
Cohort
11
Wealth Director
BNY Mellon
Wealth Management
Eric Hwang
Cohort
11
Principal, President of Finance
Enkempes
Andrew Kerzmann
Cohort
15
Vice President of Hotel Operations
Sycuan Casino
Aerielle Smith
Cohort
14
Strategic Development Project Partner
Monte Carlo Resort & Casino
Erica Stockwell
Cohort
15
Director of Innovation and Business Education
Las Vegas Minimally Invasive Surgery and Women's Pelvic Health Center
Jason Thompson
Cohort
2
Deputy Director of Economic and Urban Development
City of Las Vegas
Emily Willis
Cohort
11
Human Resources Director - Bally's, Paris & Planet Hollywood Hotels & Casinos
Caesars Entertainment Corp.
Chris Wolsey
Cohort
10
Executive Director of Hotel Operations
Las Vegas Sands Corp.
Events Events

EMBA Alumni Annual Del Mar Trip
August 4 - 6

San Diego
Visit www.unlvalumni.org/emba-travel for details.


Business By The Book: Grow Your Web Presence
August 9,
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
UNLV, Lied Library, Amargosa Room
Free and open to the public. Networking from 6-6:30 p.m. | Workshop 6:30-8 p.m. 
Click for info and to register online

UNLV Alumni Night at the Ballpark: Beat the Wolf Pack
August 10,
7:05 pm - 10:05 pm
Cashman Field Hospitality area, 850 N. Las Vegas Blvd.
Tickets are $26 per person.
Click for info and to purchase tickets

EMBA Information Session
September 12,
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
EMBA Suite, WRI C-304
Bring along a prospective EMBA student or participate as an alum. Notify nikkole.liesse@unlv.edu if you plan to attend.

EMBA Smiles EMBASmiles

Cohort 16's first day of class included the Marshmallow Challenge. Juliette Ozols, Vincent Veilleux, Jill Sanbrotti & Nate Davenport show off their winning tower.

We had a great turnout of alumni and students for the Cohort 16 Welcome Luncheon.

Cohort 14 alums Sumeet Singh, Stacey Bledsoe, Eliza Tutellier, Joe Muna & Andrew Lanzino at the Cohort 16 Welcome Luncheon.

 Cohort 13 alum, Nic Jones welcoming Cohort 16's Amber McCoy at the Cohort 16 Welcome Luncheon.
Inaugural cohort members Al Gourrier, Cathie Fletcher & Chad Smith catch up at the Cohort 16 Welcome Luncheon.

Enjoying the Cohort 16 Welcome Luncheon: Alan Sagers (Cohort 16), Blake Hill (Cohort 16), David Schlatter (Cohort 9), Brandon Shoemaker (Cohort 16), Robert Gomez (Cohort 9), Kevin Kyde (Cohort 9).

Cohort 5 alums Eric Endy, Alan Marino, Steve McCraken & Caroline Ciocca share useful advice with Brandon Shoemaker at the Cohort 16 Welcome Luncheon.

Enjoying the Cohort 16 Welcome Luncheon are Calin Elardi & Dianna Klein of Cohort 15 along with Melissa Watson Coetzee, Assistant Director of Alumni Development & Alumni Relations.
EMBA guest speaker Uri Clinton, Senior Vice President, Legal Counsel Corporate Legal for MGM Resorts International and his brother Kyle Knapper of Cohort 15.

We celebrated with the Happy Birthday song and delicious cake for Cohort 15's Kyle Knapper and Greg Snyder.
One cupcake was just enough to celebrate the birthday of Cohort 15's 
Ray Fyler.


Steve Packard & Michael Speagle (Cohort 15) give us big birthday smiles.

Cohort 15's Kristi Brooks & Katrina Jensen celebrate their birthdays with us.

Alumna Caroline Johnson (Cohort 10) receiving her autographed copy of Shane Green's book "Culture Hacker" at the EMBA Connect Event.

EMBA alumni connecting at the Shane Green "Culture Hacker" Speaker Event.

Big thanks go out to Cohort 15's Dianna Klein, Hykeem Gaddis, Kristi Brooks, Andrew Kerzmann & Elicia Babac for being millennial panel guest speakers at the EMBAC Western Regional Conference.


We doubled the birthday fun for Strategy Formulation instructor
Tod Lower
(Cohort 6) and Cohort 15's Dave Lacey.

Cohort 15 enjoys Management of Entrepreneurial Organizations guest speaker alum Greg Puliz (Cohort 13)