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Westminster MBA Joins Elite Leadership Program

Westminster MBA Joins Elite Leadership Program

When Danny Loewen got the news that General Electric (GE) wanted to interview him in New York for the Commercial Leadership Program (CLP), he was ecstatic-not surprising, since GE picked him from a pool of 7,000 applicants for one of 94 openings in the program.

The brand-new, elite CLP at GE has only 150 members worldwide. The program accelerates the development of commercially savvy talent through a structured program combining course work, hands-on job assignments, and interactive seminars. Thus, the program serves as a primary pipeline for new professional talent being prepared for commercial and business leadership roles at GE.

Loewen had the right blend of the characteristics GE sought: a solid educational background and relevant work experience. "He demonstrated a high level of intellectual and leadership aptitude during the assessment process," said Julie Taylor, manager of the CLP. "He really impressed our interview team by building rapport, using clear examples, and asking for the sale," she said.

In the finance division of GE, Loewen will serve four six-month rotations in different GE businesses. At the end of the two-year program, GE considers graduates for key commercial leadership positions within the company.

Loewen received his MBA in finance in 2002, and he attributes much of his selection to the prestigious CLP to the innovative programs at Westminster's Bill and Vieve Gore School of Business.

"I had a finance and equity class taught by vSpring Capital. There were six managing directors-all worldwide experts in their fields. They taught us all about venture capitalism-everything from where start-up companies get their money, to how they evaluate business plans, to sitting on boards," said Loewen.

Loewen also credits the demanding curriculum and the quality and availability of Westminster faculty for his academic success. "I flourish in a demanding environment," he said.

Before selecting Westminster College for his MBA, Loewen talked to friends who are senior executives. Some who had had experience with Westminster
graduates told him they thought Westminster
business graduates were more functional after graduation because of the professional experience that the program offered.

"I didn't realize how big a factor the faculty/student ratio was until I came here," he said. "I had some classes with only 15 students. When you combine that with professors who give lots of feedback, and who are readily available for one-on-one advice, it's not surprising that Westminster's MBA program exceeded my expectations."