Monday, 07. May 2012

Miami – Kellogg experience in the Sunshine State

A group of 23 Kellogg-WHU students joined the international module in Miami at the Kellogg Miami Campus in Coral Gables from April 18th-24th, 2012. For many of us it was the third or fourth time to meet our fellow students from the international programs in Tel Aviv, Hong Kong, Toronto, Evanston and Miami. Therefore, it was a great pleasure for us to see each other again and also to meet new students we haven’t met before. 

The Kellogg Miami Campus opened in 2006 and is located in the beautiful city of Coral Gables, only four miles away from Miami International Airport. The Campus is directly located next to the Hyatt Regency Coral Gables. Located ca. 25 minutes away from Miami South Beach, Coral Gables is a charming community with many restaurants and boutiques on its main commercial street, Miracle Mile, which is only two blocks south of the campus. Since Miami is the financial center of the southeastern United States and gateway to Latin American markets, many financial institutions and multinational corporations are based in Coral Gables.

The Miami elective offered several classes as Management of Organizational Change, Mergers & Acquisitions, Family Enterprises: Success & Continuity, Managing Price & Value Perceptions, Entrepreneurial Finance and International Finance. Especially the Family Enterprises class offered a great opportunity to network with other students working in Family Businesses and realize that the topics of family businesses are worldwide the same regardless different cultures. During that class we had the unique experience to discuss a family business case, written by our professor, with two people from the entrepreneur family – a great live case discussion!

Saturday night - South Beach time! Apart from intensive lectures and assignments with our study groups we had a great cocktail reception at the famous Delano Hotel in South Beach, Miami’s Art Deco district. South Beach has a large collection of Art-Deco buildings with some thirty blocks of hotels and apartment houses dating from the 1920s to the 1940s and is therefore listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The“2012 Kellogg champions soccer tournament” was held on a soccer court on the rooftop of a building in downtown Miami.  Students from the different programs competed in mixed teams for the championship. This soccer tournament was a great opportunity to meet outside the classrooms and to experience the Kellogg team spirit in a sportive way.

After the module – time to relax! After the module a group of eight Kellogg-WHU students went to Key West. The drive to Key West was a unique experience of nature and wildlife. We spent two days in the southernmost city of the United States, relaxed on the beach, visited the Hemingway House and had stunning dinners by the sea.

For KW 14, Miami was the last international module abroad, which was again a great and unique experience of the Kellogg-WHU world trip. As Evanston, Toronto, Hong Kong and Tel Aviv, Miami will remain unforgettable as well. On behalf of KW14, we would like to thank all EMP students, the Kellogg staff and professors for their hospitability and for offering us the opportunity to live such a fantastic experience.

Article by Claudia Göbel and Stephan Fischer
Kellogg-WHU Executive MBA 2012

The Kellogg Campus in Miami

Learning together: the global Kellogg EMBA network of students in class

The Kellogg-WHU contingent