Reinventing the virtual learning and networking space

Reinventing the virtual learning and networking space

By Marlen Lebish

Reinventing the virtual learning and networking space

By Marlen Lebish
Miami Herbert creates an engaging, state-of-the-art virtual learning program.
Last month, Miami Herbert launched its Management Development Program (MDP), an interactive and dynamic executive education consortium program focused on bringing together three prestigious companies—Barrick, Bacardi and Boston Scientific—with the goal of networking with peers in other industries and professional development.

The consortium grew from a recognized need by Barrick industry leaders for an integrated development approach that provides the tools to address new and existing challenges, such as industry restructuring and globalization. By partnering with Boston Scientific and Bacardi the MDP contains three prominent, non-competing, complementary companies that will have multiple opportunities to engage with one another, resulting in new partnerships and cross-selling opportunities. The program will be a virtual five-module learning experience that maximizes interaction and collaboration with faculty and executives.

“This is an important investment by Barrick,” said Darian Rich, global human resources executive at Barrick.  “MDP is an exciting opportunity for an interactive and dynamic program focused on bringing all participants up-to-date on the cutting edge of business principles and new trends related to the 4th industrial revolution and how it will impact mining.”

When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, it not only disrupted the workplace, but the delivery of executive education programs. Miami Herbert approached the challenges COVID posed as an opportunity for innovation and sought out a new, more dynamic Learning Management System (LMS)—Thought Industries.

“From the onset of the pandemic, we made a commitment to provide companies and their employees with the best -leadership development programs to help them navigate through this time of great change and uncertainty,” said Rony Shir, executive director of executive education programs at Miami Herbert. “We love working with Thought Industries due to its versatility. We can build, manage, and deliver online programs with ease thereby creating a learning ecosystem from a single platform.”

Through this new online platform, executives will explore topics such as: how to lead innovation; develop talent and empowering people; inspire collaboration and teamwork; master the art and science of negotiation; and how to leverage data analytics for better decision making. Participants will be placed in teams and will tackle real-life scenarios found in today’s current business environments.

Engagement and networking among participants are vital components to any professional development program, and Miami Herbert made sure these elements were not lost in the virtual setting. The MDP program offers several networking events ranging from virtual coffee breaks to art walks and mixology classes.

Richard Bram, an American street photographer, will join one of the networking events “Lights, Camera, Action – The Lens of Culture” to discuss photography norms in our global and virtual infused communications. Afterwards, participants will create the perfect Mojito while learning about the history of the cocktail. The virtual gallery walk will showcase prominent Miami artist and alumnus, Xavier Cortada, BA ’86, MPA ’91, JD ’91. 

Our world-renowned faculty bring innovative and powerful content, filled with practical business insights that participants can apply immediately within your organization. Throughout the three-month program, the following professors will lead one of five modules.
  • Marie Dasborough
  • Walter Kuemmerle
  • Paulo Leme
  • Sammi Tang
  • Ola Henfridsson
  • Stephen Cerrone
  • Joseph Johnson
  • Terri Scandura
In addition to the MDP program, Miami Herbert offers comprehensive and fully customizable executive education programs that cater to specific company and industry needs. For more information about our executive education programs, contact Rony Shir,
About Barrick
Barrick Gold Corporation is a mining company that produces gold and copper with 16 operating sites in 13 countries. It is headquartered in Toronto, Canada and founded in 1983.  Barrick is the second largest gold mining company in the world. Environmental stewardship is a fundamental responsibility of any modern mining company and a critical part of Barrick’s business strategy. The company has over 20,000 employees worldwide.

About Bacardi
Bacardi Limited is the largest privately held, family-owned spirits company in the world. Originally known for its eponymous Bacardi white rum, it now has a portfolio of more than 200 brands and labels. Founded in 1862 and family-owned for seven generations, Bacardi Limited employs more than 7,000 people with sales in approximately 170 countries. Bacardi Limited is headquartered in Hamilton, Bermuda, and has a board of directors led by the original founder's great-great grandson, Facundo L. Bacardí who is Chairman of the Board.

About Boston Scientific
Boston Scientific transforms lives through innovative medical solutions that improve the health of patients around the world. As a global medical technology leader for more than 40 years, Boston Scientific advances science for life by providing a broad range of high-performance solutions that address unmet patient needs and reduce the cost of healthcare. Its broad range of less invasive technologies are designed to diagnose or treat a wide range of medical conditions, including: Cancer; Chronic Pain; Gastrointestinal Conditions; Heart and Vascular Conditions; Neurological Diseases; Pulmonary Conditions; Urological, Urogynecological and Gynecological Diseases.

Boston Scientific’s headquarters are located in Marlborough, Massachusetts. They were founded in 1979 and have over 36,000 employees worldwide.