3 Tips for Working Moms Pursuing their MBA

If you’re wondering how you can possibly manage to go through an Executive MBA program like the one at Neeley while working full time and raising a family, take a look at some of the women who have already done it, like Jennifer Deerman, ’17, who entered the program the same time as her husband while they raised three kids, ran two businesses, and moved to a new house. Or Kim Speairs, ’14, a single mother of two who graduated valedictorian while working full-time and fighting cancer.

Neeley EMBA, 6/23/2017

Time Management, Work/Life Balance

3 Ways Neeley Takes Care of Its Executive MBA Students

What you learn in an MBA program is crucial – that’s the whole point, after all. But sometimes it’s the little extras that make a big difference. Take it from our students.

Neeley EMBA, 6/23/2017

Admissions, Student Experience

Alumni Panel Recap: “Other schools lacked the ‘it’ factor.”

Every preview luncheon features a panel of alumni who offer their personal insight into the benefits, challenges and experience of the TCU Neeley Executive MBA program. Here are some of our favorite soundbites from the May 4 luncheon.

Neeley EMBA, 5/31/2017

Alumni, ROI on Monday, Student Experience, Time Management

Understanding Economics in a “Fake News” World

“Do the facts matter?”  That’s how O. Homer Erekson opened his talk at the Executive MBA Preview Luncheon at Las Colinas Country Club early this month. In a world of “fake news,” where the narrative is sometimes at odds with the facts, it’s a particularly relevant question.

Neeley EMBA, 5/18/2017

Leadership, ROI on Monday

Alumni Panel Recap: “My employees told me ‘You’re different.’”

Every preview luncheon features a panel of alumni who offer their personal insight into the benefits, challenges and experience of the Neeley Executive MBA program. Here are some of our favorite soundbites from the April 6 luncheon.

Neeley EMBA, 5/8/2017

Alumni, Career Impact, Leadership, Nonprofit, Women, Work/Life Balance

How to Get Your Family and Employer to Buy in to the Program

Whether you’re negotiating a multi-million dollar business deal, negotiating with the vehicle in the other lane to let you over, or negotiating with your six-year-old to put on his pants, negotiation is a fact of life.

Neeley EMBA, 4/21/2017

Family, Student Experience, Work/Life Balance

Is Blockchain the Next Big Disruption? – Michael Sherrod’s Workshop, Part 3

We’ve talked about disruption and innovation – more specifically, how your organization can stay alive in a volatile landscape - in the first two parts of this series recapping Michael Sherrod’s workshop for Executive MBA alumni. But what’s the next big thing? Amidst the ongoing revolution brought about by the internet and the smartphone, what’s going to transform our society next?

It may be blockchain.

Neeley EMBA, 4/4/2017


How to Avoid an Expensive International Business Blunder

“Business law” may bring to mind droning suits and textbooks the size of Volkswagens, but it’s far from boring when Dr. Robert Rhodes, Professor of Professional Practice in Business Law, is teaching.

At the recent Neeley Executive MBA Preview Luncheon, 29 prospective students, current students and alumni were just getting drowsy after a hearty lunch provided by the City Club of Fort Worth, when Dr. Rhodes stood to speak and woke us all up. 

Neeley EMBA, 3/29/2017

Career Impact, ROI on Monday, Student Experience

Alumni Panel Recap: “It would be a value at twice the price.”

Every preview luncheon features a panel of alumni who offer their personal insight into the benefits, challenges and experience of the Neeley Executive MBA program. Here are some of our favorite soundbites from the March 1 luncheon.

Neeley EMBA, 3/29/2017

Alumni, Family, ROI on Monday, Time Management, Work/Life Balance

Innovation Strategies that Succeed: Michael Sherrod’s Workshop, Part 2

In the first part of this series covering Michael Sherrod’s Executive MBA workshop about disruption and innovation, we covered several different methods for fostering innovation that don’t always – or even usually – work.

Next, Sherrod went on to share his insight on what does work: both the changes you should implement in your organization and the mindset you should adopt to encourage new ideas.

Neeley EMBA, 3/21/2017

Admissions, Leadership

Innovation Strategies that Fail: Michael Sherrod's Workshop, Part 1

Facebook took two years to reach 50 million users; WhatsAPP did it in 18 months; Angry Birds in eight weeks; Pokémon Go in 72 hours.

This is the environment we live in now: disruption may not be new, but the speed at which it happens is increasing exponentially. If you’re not accelerating, you’re falling behind.

Neeley EMBA, 3/9/2017


5 Questions to Strengthen Every Link in Your Supply Chain

What’s your biggest challenge in getting customers what you promised them?

No matter what your organization is – for-profit or nonprofit, product or service based – your supply chain is what causes your daily headaches and provides your greatest opportunities. That’s what prospective students, current students and alumni gathered to discuss at the recent Neeley Executive MBA Preview Luncheon on a chilly Wednesday at the City Club of Fort Worth.

Neeley EMBA, 2/9/2017

Career Impact

Leading Change: Dr. Carter Tells A Tale of Two Tickers

Have you ever tried a sure-fire strategy – one you knew from experience would work – and then watched it blow up in your face?

That’s what a group of TCU Executive MBA alumni and prospective students discussed a couple of weeks ago at the Preview Luncheon at the City Club of Fort Worth. Dr. Suzanne Carter, professor of strategy, stood in front of the giant window overlooking a rainy downtown and presented us with two logos: Apple and J.C. Penney.

Neeley EMBA, 12/2/2016


He Was Laid off Mid-Program. He Graduated with a New Business.

When James “Opie” Fair started the Executive MBA program at Neeley, he was well-established with 11 years experience as area and branch manager for a modular building company, where he managed budgets across seven states. After working in this industry for more than 25 years, he was eager to gain knowledge that could benefit both his career and employer. He never expected to be laid off two months before his 12-year anniversary.

Neeley EMBA, 10/6/2016

Alumni, Entrepreneurship, Military & Veterans

The Executive's Summer Reading List: Neeley EMBA Edition

A great leader never stops learning – and there are few more efficient ways to learn than by cracking open a good book. We recently took to Facebook to ask the Executive MBA family for a peek at their summer reading lists. From current students to alumni to faculty, here’s what we found.

Neeley EMBA, 7/27/2016

Alumni, Leadership

She's Revolutionizing Police Training with Her MBA

Most people don’t think of law enforcement when they think of a business degree, but one sergeant in the Fort Worth Police Department is making waves with the skills and knowledge she gained in the TCU Neeley Executive MBA program.

Neeley EMBA, 7/9/2016

Alumni, Leadership, Student Experience, Women

Recap: Gems from Dr. Grant's Workshop

Neeley makes sure your education doesn’t stop after you graduate. At the recent “How Do I Find My Zone?” workshop for Executive MBA alumni and students, Dr. Richard “Nick” Grant, Jr. returned to talk about using psychology to improve ourselves, our coaching style and our sales approach.

In case you missed it, or didn’t take as many notes as you wished, here’s a roundup of all three recaps we wrote.

Neeley EMBA, 7/2/2016


Coaching by Personality Type: Gems from Dr. Grant’s Workshop Part 3

Neeley makes sure your education doesn’t stop after you graduate. At the recent “How Do I Find My Zone?” workshop for Executive MBA alumni and students, we focused on using psychology to improve ourselves, our coaching style and our sales approach.

Neeley EMBA, 6/28/2016


He Realized for the Lord’s Work, He’d Need Some Business Savvy.

Ray Taylor thought he was done with school when he graduated from Andersonville Theological Seminary with a Bachelor of Theology. The new lead pastor at Trinity Harvest Church in Hurst, Texas, he was prepared for the work as a preacher, teacher, shepherd and counselor. But he soon discovered he needed a boost in a vital skill set that people rarely consider in church leadership: business administration.

Neeley EMBA, 6/28/2016

Admissions, Leadership, Student Experience

How to Be Emotionally Smart: Gems from Dr. Grant’s Workshop Part 2

Neeley makes sure your education doesn’t stop after you graduate. At the recent “How Do I Find My Zone?” workshop, we focused on improving ourselves.

Neeley EMBA, 6/22/2016

Alumni, Leadership

How to Find Your Zone: Gems from Dr. Grant’s Workshop Part 1

The world doesn’t stop changing after you graduate, so Neeley makes sure your education doesn’t stop there, either. Sometimes we take deeper dives into topics covered in the course curriculum, sometimes we talk about new hot topics, and sometimes – like at the recent “How Do I Find My Zone?” workshop – we focus on improving ourselves.

Neeley EMBA, 6/9/2016


Would You Earn Your MBA – in Another Language?

It’s never easy to uproot your life, learn a new language and immerse yourself in a different culture, but Claudia Zavala, Class of 2015, and her husband, Carlos, knew they could make it.

Honduras natives, the Zavalas were both working for Williamson-Dickie Mfg. Co., an apparel company representing some of the top brands in performance workwear across more than 100 countries. In 2000, before starting their family, they were transferred to the United States.

Neeley EMBA, 5/11/2016

Alumni, Career Impact, Women, Work/Life Balance

She Almost Quit the Program. She Graduated Valedictorian.

Kim Speairs, Class of 2014, is a single mother of two who oversees client services at Balcom Agency, the largest full-service marketing firm in Fort Worth, so she’s used to juggling a lot of different things.

And she’s good at it. Kim holds an Accreditation in Public Relations, a prestigious National PRSA Bronze Anvil Award, and was named one of the Fort Worth Business Press’ Who’s Who in Tarrant County from 2000-2002.

Neeley EMBA, 4/26/2016

Alumni, Women, Work/Life Balance

Neeley Executive MBA Program Puts Latest Korn/Ferry Research to Use

Along with our recent ranking by The Economist as number 12 in the world, there’s something else drawing global attention to the Executive MBA program at Neeley.

The TCU Neeley School of Business is now one of only 13 business schools in the world to partner with Korn/Ferry International. Neeley is using the organization’s leadership development and talent management expertise to take our Executive MBA program to the next level.

Neeley EMBA, 4/20/2016

Leadership, ROI on Monday, Student Experience

6 Time-Saving Tips to Help Balance Life and Business School

No matter who you are or what you do, few things are more valuable than your time. But when you’re pursuing an MBA, time is your most precious commodity. Juggling the rigors of graduate school with, in many cases, a full-time career and family life can be a monumental task. That’s why it’s important to utilize tried-and-true time-saving methods whenever you can. And who better to share their wisdom than those who have already reached the MBA summit?

We asked TCU Neeley Executive MBA alumni what time-saving tips they had to offer to incoming EMBA students, each of whom brought their own unique perspective to conquering Father Time.

Neeley EMBA, 4/14/2016

Student Experience, Time Management, Work/Life Balance

10 Amazing Things Achieved by Neeley’s Executive MBA Class of 2015

Every class in Neeley’s Executive MBA program grows incredibly close, and every class makes incredible leaps forward in their careers and in their ability to lead – but every class is also slightly different. Here’s a look back at the some of the many unforgettable moments the Class of 2015 saw in the last year and a half. 

Class of 2015, 1/12/2016

Alumni, Student Experience

4 Quick Lessons for How to Think Like an Executive

What separates a great executive from an average manager is the ability to learn to do things differently and more effectively.

Dr. Suzanne Carter, 7/1/2015


Can't Seem to Motivate your Team? Try these 5 Simple Steps

A great leader can make all the difference in the world when it comes to a happy, productive workplace. Who wants to work in a dismal environment with a nagging boss? Who wouldn't rather work under a leader who builds us up for the things we do right?

Dr. Suzanne Carter, 5/12/2015

Alumni, Diversity, Military & Veterans

3 Steps to the Best Strategy Session You’ve Ever Had

We’ve all been in that strategy session that seems to be going nowhere. Bursts of creative ideas get shot down by monetary realities, then descend into awkward silences, and after hours of brainstorming, you leave uncertain of what your next steps should be.

Dr. Suzanne Carter, 3/8/2015

Leadership, Nonprofit

Leading Under Pressure: 4 Roadblocks You Must Avoid

Have you ever had one of those days where you feel like you’re in a pressure cooker and the top is about to blow? As leaders, when we’re faced with these stressful situations, we can’t just stick our heads in the sand. Here are four roadblocks that often get in a leader’s way and tricks to outmaneuver them.

Dr. Suzanne Carter, 2/5/2015


3 Ways to Build a Great Company Culture

How was your day?

Chances are, your answer doesn’t depend on the size of your salary or the accompanying benefits package. It probably doesn’t even depend on whether or not you won the big account. It depends on your company’s values, how its people treat one another – the entire workplace atmosphere on a day-to-day basis. In other words, its culture.

Dr. Suzanne Carter, 1/28/2015

Entrepreneurship, Leadership, Work/Life Balance

3 Ways to Turn Strategy into Reality

Your organization is like a machine, with many moving parts hopefully working toward a single goal. You have to understand each component if you want to keep the machine running smoothly.

Dr. Suzanne Carter, 1/5/2015

Leadership, Nonprofit

10 Amazing Things Achieved by Neeley’s Executive MBA Class of 2014

Ask any of our alumni and they’ll tell you: Neeley’s Executive MBA program is an intense, transformative, unforgettable experience. In December, we bid farewell to the Class of 2014, but thought it fitting to jot down some of the highlights from their time as Neeley Executive MBA students.

Class of 2014, 1/1/2015

Alumni, Diversity, Entrepreneurship, Family, Military & Veterans, Student Experience, Work/Life Balance

My 4th Weekend In

Wow — what a weekend! I knew it would be rough with our Financial Accounting paper, presentation and final exam all due on Saturday. But, traveling out of town for work all day Tuesday and Wednesday did not help. Sleep was in short supply. 

Kim Speairs, Class of 2014, 10/6/2013

Student Experience