Jamie Cox ’21
MBA for Executives
General Manager, The Mall at Short Hills, Taubman
The MBA for Executives exposes you to executive-level business challenges, taught by world-class professors and high-performing executives from a variety of sectors. There’s a great deal of opportunity for practical application, and I can safely say that I’m already a much more well-rounded executive since beginning this program. All of my courses have been interesting and engaging, and a surprising amount of the content has already been put to use in my professional role. From the teamwork lessons in Managing Groups & Teams and the quantitative analysis in Probability and Statistics, Modeling Managerial Decisions, and Competitor, I’ve learned new ways of approaching problem-solving. In our leadership development courses, I was surprised to learn that I tend to delegate when most experts would recommend that you shouldn’t. Based on that learning, I’ve made adjustments to my style that I think will increase efficiency and engagement in my work teams.
There are countless opportunities to increase sustainability in the commercial real estate sector, and the MBA for Executives program gives me a strong foundational understanding of the options I can use for transforming the properties I oversee. My end goal is to increase my company’s bottom line while simultaneously increasing our sustainable practices. Yale SOM is full of students who want to make a difference in their industries and communities. It’s a place for people who want to become transformational leaders.
I work 50 to 60 hours per week, and I have two small children, ages one and three. Going back to get my MBA wasn’t an easy decision. It’s a lot to take on, but it’s not as difficult as it may seem. The key for me is to manage my time efficiently and tackle assignments as soon as possible. Doing this has made the program more doable and has allowed me to settle in without a significant amount of additional stress. The fact that so many of my classmates are juggling similar challenges also really helps. We’re all in this together.
Interviewed on September 18, 2019