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From the 360-degree assessment to the personal coaches assigned to work with you, you craft who you are as a leader.

Kim Speairs, Executive MBA Alum

On the value of TCU’s professional leadership program

With 15+ years of managerial experience, Kim was at an arc in her career. Having earned a strategic leadership role with Balcom Agency, the largest marketing agency in Fort Worth, she knew she needed to become more agile in the next phase of her career. After looking closely at TCU’s expert faculty, ranked #2 in the world by The Economist, and the powerful TCU network of students and alumni, she knew TCU’s Executive MBA program was exactly what she needed to take her company to new heights.

Right time for your career

For the past 10 years, Kim focused on research, strategy and results for the agency. But now she provides leadership support to 40+ people through employee professional development, performance reviews—and management of the overall agency. “That was my impetus to acquire more business skills and knowledge, and an area in my career that I needed to round out in order to position the agency for growth. With TCU’s leadership development program—from the 360-degree assessment to the personal coaches assigned to work with you—you are able to craft who you are as a leader.”

Your leadership action plan

As part of TCU’s personal leadership development process, Kim teamed with leadership coach Paulette Turner, president of Integrated Leadership Concepts and member of TCU’s International Board of Visitors, to develop a personal leadership action plan at work and in the classroom. “We set goals that were realistic and measurable. I had always focused on my team but realized that I needed to focus on myself to get to that next level.”

A deeply connected network

Three months into the program, Kim was diagnosed with breast cancer. Kim questioned whether she should continue with the program, but she stuck with it. “I never imagined I would make as many friends and experience the deep level of support that I did. When I came back to class after my first round of chemo, my entire class was wearing pink shirts. Having the opportunity to focus on something and keep my mind challenged helped me through the entire year of chemo treatments.”

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