How to Prepare for Any Crisis: Georgetown University Teaches Leadership

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How to Prepare for Any Crisis: Georgetown University Teaches Leadership


Reed-Woodard, Marcia A., Black Enterprise


FOLLOWING THE COLLAPSE OF WALL STREET, THE SWELL in national unemployment, and the meltdown of the housing mortgage market, crisis leadership is proving to be the new corporate discipline.

"Solely practicing crisis avoidance is insufficient," says Amber Hamilton, senior program manager for Fannie Mae, the government-sponsored enterprise charged with funding mortgage investments in U.S. and international markets. "In a climate fraught with unpredictability, the reality is that no organization can be adequately prepared for every crisis."

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Amid the mortgage lending turmoil, Hamilton enrolled in Georgetown University's Executive Master's in Leadership program to better equip herself as a leader. "Simply managing the variables of a crisis is reactive and severely limits an organization's ability to benefit--learn, grow, and excel--from a problematic occurrence," says Hamilton.

The 13-month, weekend-formatted master's degree accelerates the development of leadership competencies and supports their practical application in the workplace.

Hamilton recommends EML because unlike traditional leadership programs, it offers a comprehensive approach that addresses leadership on a personal, team, and organizational level while integrating critical subject matter from a variety of disciplines: business, government, public policy, history, international relations, behavioral sciences, and ethics. …

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