Executive MBA Program Benefits

Interaction between the Executive Fellows and leaders in the business community results in a type of learning unlike that available on the job or in regular university courses. Such diverse organizations as banks, hospitals, newspapers and manufacturers present cases on deregulation, takeovers, market position and life cycles. Guest lecturers from local, regional and national businesses across the United States share their views and expertise with Executive Fellows classes.

Case Studies and Live Consulting Projects

In the Helzberg Executive Fellows MBA program, you'll engage in collaborative problem-solving from day one. In-class simulations and case-study analysis allow you to apply your knowledge in meaningful ways while gaining insight from your colleagues and faculty members. You will apply skills of change management through consulting projects with local not-for-profit organizations. Most recently, Executive Fellows groups have partnered with the following organizations:

  • Big Brothers & Big Sisters
  • Operation Breakthrough
  • Conception Abbey
  • Francis Institute
  • Mattie Rhodes Center
  • Crossroads Academy of Kansas City
  • Marian Hope Center
The Rockhurst Network

You'll have access to business leaders from a variety of industries, and you'll grow your professional network through the school's strategic alliances with local businesses and alumni. This network of alumni and friends has been formalized to provide more varied access to business professionals in the region. Often these leaders come in as guest speakers. Others are involved directly as mentors. Speakers/Mentors in the recent past have included:

  • Peter DeSilva, President and CEO, UMB
  • Terry Dunn, President and CEO, Dunn Construction Company
  • Lisa Fielden, Director Human Resources, DST
  • Chris Gentile, President, Honeywell FM&T
  • Gwen Grant, CEO, Urban League of Greater Kansas City
  • Michael Haverty, Chairman and CEO, Kansas City Southern Railroad
  • Barnett Helzberg, Former President/CEO, Helzberg Diamonds
  • Dan Hesse, CEO, Sprint Corporation
  • Thomas M. Hoenig, former president and chief executive officer of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City
  • Danny O'Neil, Founder and President, The Roasterie
Faculty Connected to the Business Community

Helzberg faculty use a student-centered approach to teaching that includes a variety of methods with an emphasis on relevant and practical learning. They keep up with current applications through consulting work and scholarship. Our executive faculty have worked in industry AND are accomplished academics. Their case studies and scholarship are applied to the real-world issues faced by working managers and executives.

Rockhurst: An Early Innovator

Since the early 20th century, Rockhurst University has recognized the needs of the business community, and has been an early innovator in the field of business education:

1933: first area evening bachelor's degree program for working adults
1946: business degree programs initiated
1947: first industrial relations degree program in the nation
1975: first evening MBA in Kansas City
1978: first executive MBA in Kansas City; one of the first 20 programs in the nation
2001: initiated dual-degree program, MBA/DO, with Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences
2006: established Center for Leadership and Ethics

Since 2009, the Executive Fellows program has fully integrated the tools for implementing change for projects of all kinds of scope. Recent graduates have delivered significant value to their organizations and their careers through their executive projects, guided by faculty subject-matter experts and coached by our professional development specialists, providing unique value to the program.

Developing Ethical Leaders

The Helzberg School aims to develop ethical leaders of competence and conscience based upon the Jesuit tradition of learning, leadership and service. The thrust of our ethics education starts with the individual and fostering self-awareness. Students are asked to delve into their own worldviews that can shape their decision-making as business leaders who are in charge of projects, departments and companies. Executive Fellows also leave with a commitment to lead and serve others with a greater social conscience by engaging with organizational clients that serve community needs.