Name: Bob Merkley
Degree: Executive Master of Science in Information Technology (2018)
Title: Global Operations Director, Interpublic Group
Q: How did you hear about EMIT?
I heard IS&T was introducing a new program, and was asked to review it from an employer’s standpoint. I have a pretty solid relationship with the college because our company (IPG) hires a lot of student as interns from IS&T, so I was familiar with the quality of education they produce.
With EMIT, I learned leadership lessons that I could incorporate immediately and enhance my leadership.
- Bob Merkley
Once the degree was official, I made sure I was part of the first cohort.
Q: What made you excited to join the EMIT program?
The program is current in a technology world that is always changing. It’s important for managers in today’s society to not only have leadership and business know-how, but understand the complex technological problems and solutions. I wasn’t aware of any other degree like EMIT that could provide the lessons I was looking for.
Q: What was your favorite part about the program?
I learned a lot from our curriculum, but the best lessons I learned were from the real-world experiences and knowledge that not only our professors brought to the table, but my classmates as well. The cohort set-up of this program allowed us to learn directly from each other, which enriched our discussions weekly.
Q: How have you used what you learned in the EMIT program?
When it comes to leadership, managing teams and multinational corporate environments – there’s a lot of lessons, but there’s no text-book that can really teach you how to lead because everyone has their own leadership style. With EMIT, I learned leadership lessons that I could incorporate immediately and enhance my leadership.