For Scott Beatty, a Pricing Leader at GE Capital, the advantages of earning an MBA at NYU Stern’s Langone Part-time MBA program in Westchester became immediately apparent.
“When I started school I noticed a trend almost right away that many of my peers accelerated their careers during the program,” Scott said. “Five of my closest friends earned promotions. I don’t think it was coincidence. I think we expanded both our confidence and our skills.”
“GE has fantastic internal programs, and people have successful careers without an MBA, but I think the MBA offers diversity of thought,” Scott said. “It’s like the typical scenario of a family business. You have one child who joins the business at a young age and learns as an apprentice, while the other child goes off to an Ivy League school and then comes back with the best-in-class approaches. You need both perspectives.” Beatty selected NYU Stern for two reasons: its Westchester location and the fact that several of his mentors at GE and, earlier, IBM, had attended Stern.
While at Stern in Westchester, Beatty was surprised at some of the classes that appealed to him.
“I work in GE capital, a large multinational corporation, but the skills we learned in the entrepreneurship classes have helped me to see through to a core problem with a product or business plan. That’s incredibly valuable in my current job and will serve me well in the future,” he said.
Scott found Professor Sonia Marciano’s strategy courses particularly helpful due to the deep dive they were able to do into a wide variety of industries. “We would basically dissect an entire industry in each class – pharma, biotech, internet search - and that gives you the kind of market depth that you just can’t get from reading the headlines of the Wall Street Journal.”
But perhaps the most surprising to Beatty, was how much he came to appreciate the classes that taught the “soft skills,” such as managing politics within organizations or delivering effective presentations. “Mazzarese’s Managing Change showed me that the soft skills can be the hardest skills to master. Particularly when navigating a large organization like GE, it’s more effective to influence senior leaders by asking the right questions to refine managements’ direction rather than by telling those leaders that their thinking is incorrect.”
“We really worked on the human aspect of business and those courses really made my MBA.”
Having taken classes both in Washington Square and the Westchester campus, Beatty particularly appreciated the closeness he developed with the Westchester group, in conjunction with the diversity of students from companies as disparate as GE, IBM, Sikorsky and Pepsi.
“Westchester was a lot more convenient for me, but I wanted to make sure I was getting the same level of education as the students in the city. I definitely felt that was the case,” Scott said. “An added advantage of the Westchester experience is the local network you build, and I’ve stayed closest to my colleagues from the Westchester program.”