Warren Buffett will not attend the class. Mr. Buffett did take the inaugural 2011 Fall UNO Executive MBA class along with a dozen Lifelong Learners to lunch to listen to their final presentations and answer their questions. That is likely to be the only time he participates.
Please do not register for this course if you are doing so in order to meet, pitch an investment idea, or ask Mr. Buffett questions. This seminar is designed for those interested in a concentrated study of the life of Warren Buffett.
The instructor reserves the right to dismiss anyone from the course who does not meet the guest speaker code of conduct, confidentiality and or suitability requirements.
MBA candidates and enrolled students of UNO will be graded and receive 3 credit hours upon successful course completion, which includes mandatory attendance, an Investment Challenge Contest presentation, and researching and writing an Investment Research Report. Lifelong Learners will not be graded and will receive a 'Certificate of Business Excellence' at the end of the course.
There will be assigned reading (no more than 200 pages) for MBA candidates, but the reading homework will be optional for Lifelong Learners. Some of the special guest lecturers will be distinguished authors, so reading their books in advance will help participants get more out of each session.
Final Presentation—Investment Challenge Contest
You may present a company that fits Berkshire's acquisition criteria even if you don't know if the current owners and/or the management are willing to sell. The Investment Challenge Contest is open to all participants of the Genius class and may include a privately held or public company located anywhere in the world.
Repeating the Course
Many executives and Lifelong Learners have decided to repeat the program in order to:
- Better understand the blind business valuation examples
- Listen to the guest speakers
- Participate in the Investment Challenge Contest
- Meet and interact with Buffett followers from across the globe
Laptops are permitted in class, however no recording devices are allowed. Out of respect, we ask that participants close their electronic devices when guest speakers are offering question and answer sessions. For your convenience, each desk has power with easy plug in. The state of the art Executive MBA classroom suite is equipped with WiFi and executive adjustable chairs.
Dress casual and feel like you are going back to school. Business casual is also appropriate. Some prefer business attire for their final presentation, but it is not required.
The course includes a variety of guest speakers including Buffett CEOs, Berkshire subsidiary employees, authors, and investment managers.
Course topics may change depending on speaker availability. This popular ‘Professor for the Day’ series offers a contrast between the practical, real-world business experiences and the typical and widely held academic theories.
Guest Speaker Code of Conduct: Electronic device use, individual autograph and photo requests along with private gifts and messages to guest presenters is strictly forbidden.
Difference between Fall and Spring Course
While the fall and spring courses cover the same material, share the same syllabus, and include catered meals, the principle differences are the amount of course hours and audience.
The spring course is a total of 24 hours (8 hours per day on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 8 am to 5 pm plus an additional bonus day and 6 hours of the Berkshire System Summit). The spring seminar is popular with international Berkshire Shareholders traveling to Omaha the first week of May to immerse themselves in an advanced study of Warren Buffett. The concentration of like-minded investors representing all continents and over 40 countries is a one of a kind experience.
The fall course is a total of 18 hours (6 hours per day from 3 pm to 9 pm on Thursday and Friday and 8 am to 2 pm on Saturday). This session is designed for the busy executive, professional investment manager, or private investor seeking a better understanding of Warren Buffett's investment principles and methods. Many Omaha executives enrolled in the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) Executive MBA program select the fall course as an elective towards their degree.
This course is carefully designed for private investors of all ages and backgrounds, as well as professional investment managers.
The program is not well suited for get-rich quick schemes, investment promoters, investing trainers, day traders, high frequency computer trading strategies, technical and chart analysts, investment activists, short sellers, or option and momentum traders.
Each participant agrees to respect the intellectual property of the course content and will keep all in-class material and discussion confidential. Class participants agree not to use content of this program for commercial or educational use or post anywhere on the Internet without the written consent of the instructor.
No recordings are permitted and the content, particularly the valuation exercises, must remain inside the classroom. This course is designed for personal use as well as professional development.
About UNO Executive MBA
The University of Nebraska Omaha (UNO) College of Business Administration Executive MBA program is the 13th oldest in the United States. Established in 1975, the program has nearly 700 graduates residing all over the globe. On average, participants are 39 years old and bring 16 years of practical work experience with them into the classroom. Many students have held or hold mid-to-upper level management positions for their firms and come with a wide variety of undergraduate and graduate level disciplines including technology, engineering and healthcare.
Lifelong Learners from around the globe range from professional money managers to health care consultants. Like the Executives, each participant brings a unique skill set to the classroom. Everyone in the room assists in the education process with thoughtful questions, instructor challenges, session end reviews, team discussions and final presentations.