The MBA Tuesday Club has established itself as a regular fixture in the MBA calendar and provides an excellent opportunity for networking and mentoring between current students, graduates and organisations. At the most recent event in November, we welcomed a panel of speakers comprising Warrick Harniess, founder of Scandinavia Stories, and Suhel Miah and Olu Obafusi, founders of MBA Club Distinction.
With the Westminster MBA Director, Dr Kellie Vincent, chairing the debate, the topic under discussion was the possibilities of applying creative and entrepreneurial solutions to produce high-quality live learning experiences. A high turnout made for a lively and engaging discussion with academics, MBA alumni as well as both current and prospective MBA students all attending that evening. The reason this topic was selected, and behind our choice of speakers, was to give examples of MBA graduates fresh from study who have recently launched their business careers in the field of entrepreneurship.
Warrick Harniess and his business partner Tom Parkinson created Scandinavia Stories to offer immersive, experiential workshops that gamify live learning experiences. Their programme helps participants to develop essential professional skill and to learn entrepreneurial approaches to innovation, strategy, sales and marketing, and leadership.
Scandinavia Stories’ mission is to revolutionise the teaching of business and to help grow the UK’s entrepreneurial economy. Upon graduation, many MBA graduates seek traditional teaching opportunities within business schools. Warrick recognised his passion for teaching, but took the opportunity throughout the remainder of his MBA to refine his business idea. Rather than simply taking a teaching post, he identified new ways to revolutionise both university and organisation-based workshops.
Suhel Miah is Operations and Learning Services Manager at the University of Westminster, where he provides transformational change management and leads infrastructure projects. After completing a Master’s in European Politics and an Executive MBA with Distinction, his career developed into the leadership and management of science, technology and business.
Along with Executive MBA peer Olu Obafusi, he co-founded MBA Club Distinction, an exclusive networking club for the world’s top MBA graduates and aspiring top MBA students, coupled with management consulting. Olu Obafusi himself is a PRINCE2® practitioner qualified project manager and has worked in a variety of associated roles at Pearson, managing service delivery teams and stakeholder engagement.
The MBA Tuesday Club reconvenes in February for the first session of the new year and reprises the theme of entrepreneurship, this time looking at women entrepreneurs pioneering in tech. Dr Kellie Vincent has managed to secure the attendance of two speakers, Estera Jackowska and Chimeren Peerbhai, who both happen to be MBA alumni who graduated only this year. More details will be published in due course on the MBA Tuesday Club page.