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Michigan Ross Announces Major News for Los Angeles-based Executive MBA Program

4/28/2014 --

Ross Executive MBA Program in Los Angeles announces first graduating class and a new location for the class of 2016

Ann Arbor, Mich. — The University of Michigan's Ross School of Business announced today the first graduating class of its Los Angeles-based Executive MBA program. After 21 months of personalized leadership development, challenging course work, team projects and real-world business challenges, the 37 students will travel to Ann Arbor to celebrate commencement on May 2.

Michigan Ross launched the L.A. campus of its successful EMBA Program in 2012. This first group of students represents 18 different industries, including entertainment and health care, as well as the military. The first class set the tone for what the program is today, including a new Leadership Development Program (LDP).

LDP consists of a comprehensive series of workshops, guest speakers, team activities, and individualized and team coaching sessions that provide a fully integrated experience woven through the 21-month curriculum. At the outset of the program, students take a 360-degree assessment that forms a roadmap for personalized LDP activities, and as the program progresses, students work to develop their unique leadership strengths while gaining an executive toolkit to apply at work immediately.

Some topics of the new LDP sessions include inspiring others, team dynamics, difficult conversations, leading organizational change, negotiations, design thinking, and global leadership. All EMBA students in both Ann Arbor and L.A. classes participate in the groundbreaking LDP.

"The Ross EMBA program has afforded me the opportunity to build core competencies in the areas of business where I do not have as much experience. I now have the tools and the confidence to take my career to the next level," said L.A. EMBA student John Hendrickson.

Michigan Ross also announced a new L.A. campus location for the incoming 2016 EMBA class. The incoming students will begin their program this fall at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel — a four-star hotel with state-of-the-art meeting facilities, more than 700 newly renovated guestrooms, the largest ballroom on Los Angeles' west side and much more.

"The relocation of the Ross EMBA program to the historic Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel provides us with plenty of physical room for growth, while also making it very convenient for our students to gain access to the L.A. campus directly off the 405 expressway," said Claire Hogikyan, managing director of the EMBA program.

Ross is now accepting applications for the EMBA class of 2016. The deadline to apply is June 1, 2014, and scholarships are available. To learn more about this program and others, visit our website at Connect with Ross on Facebook at and Twitter at @MichiganRoss.

For more information, contact:
Brittany Smith, (734) 764-3022,