Scroll to top

BERKELEY MBA FOR EXECUTIVES PROGRAM

Robert Ethier

Robert Ethier
EMBA 17

Investment Portfolio Manager Kentucky Farm Bureau Mutual Insurance Company Louisville, Kentucky

When he asks “Why?” the last answer Robert Ethier wants to hear is “Because we’ve always done it that way.” At Berkeley-Haas, he has found Questioning the Status Quo means no one has to fit into any specific mold. He is free to be the agent of change he wants to be.

PREVIOUS DEGREE

BBA, Financial Markets BA, Accounting University of Minnesota, Duluth

READING RECOMMENDATIONS

"Den of Thieves by James B Stewart. It's pretty much a guide of how to ruin your career, bankrupt yourself and others, and alienate everyone you know in the process."

ON COMMUTING

"On the way out from Louisville, I'm usually excited to get back with my classmates, and I'll finish readings or take practice quizzes."

All the networking and social benefits of a full-time MBA program in just 19 months.

“Getting an executive MBA seemed the most efficient way to expand my skillset while expanding my network among classmates in fields that are as different as possible from mine. I calculate that at least half of what I’m learning is coming from my classmates.”

“The residency structure of the Berkeley MBA for Executives gives you all the networking and social benefits of a full-time MBA program in just 19 months. And you don’t have to take time out from your career.”

I felt welcomed, not like I was being evaluated.

“Being here on campus for five minutes will tell you if the Berkeley MBA for Executives is the right fit for you. People were so open when I visited. I felt welcomed, not like I was being evaluated.”

“Most EMBA programs have a very competitive feel. Haas is 100% collaborative. I truly feel that every one of my classmates wants me to be as successful as possible,and they know I feel the same way about them.”

“The Career Management Group is so much more than a mere job bulletin board. Luke Kreinberg and his colleagues really get to know who you are and what you want from your career.”

People are incredibly connected and generous in sharing their networks.

“When you reach out to the Haas Alumni Network or the Career Management Group, you quickly find that one door opens another door and another and another. People are incredibly connected and generous in sharing their networks.”

“You soon learn that you can’t do everything and you need to make cuts. Because I commute from Kentucky, I gain a couple of hours on the way out. Plus, I use the flight to read and do practice quizzes and read.”

“Our professors aren’t just pumping you through the system. They really want to make sure the program is working for each of us, that we can use what they’re teaching.”

“Most schools have some version of what we call the Defining Principles, but here they are a real part of our everyday experience. They frame our discussions. Living the Defining Principles is what makes you a Berkeley Leader.”