EMBA Special Feature: 2017 Adventures in South America
This year Executive MBA Cohort 15 journeyed to South America to experience cultural and professional tours over the course of six days in both Chile and Argentina. Beginning in Santiago, Chile, students went on a half-day tour of the capital city before the first of many mouth-watering meals full of local dishes. The Cohort then visited the UNESCO-designated historic downtown of Valparaíso and the coastal resort city of Viña del Mar prior to a wine tasting at Viña Casas del Bosque.
Following the cultural experiences, EMBA cohort members toured Chilean businesses, including Weir Minerals Andean and Invest Chile, meeting with executives and operations leaders to learn more about industries in an emerging economy. “It was easy to see people having a lot of pride in their country with Chilean flags everywhere,” said Sarath Kumar Sivadasan, an engineering manager at Scientific Games and a member of Cohort 15. “The Weir Minerals factory visit was very informative regarding mining operations in Chile, which makes a large part of their GDP.”
After three full days in Chile, students journeyed to Buenos Aires, Argentina, where they visited the DANA Argentina plant, SunGreen, and Axion Energy’s oil refinery. The goal of these planned meetings is to meet with international business leaders to broaden students’ perspectives of global business environments—throughout very diverse types of organizations.
“Buenos Aires is a bustling city, and one can see parallels in any major city in the US,” said Sarath. “The most surprising thing I remember is rolling blackout in the city due to their energy crisis. As part of the factory visits, I was also pleasantly surprised to see a startup company, SunGreen, trying to promote alternative energy to combat the energy crisis and working with the government for legislation.”
To end an action-packed trip of adventures, cohorts enjoyed a tango show, a half day cultural tour of Argentina’s large, cosmopolitan capital city, and an authentic gaucho experience.