Stephen Kiewiet Interim Co-chief Supply Chain Officer
Vice President, Supply Chain Operations, BJC HealthCare shares his experience attending the Advanced Management programme at Olin Business School

Courses attended

Change Leadership; Organizing for Accountability; How Leaders Build Culture; Leading Innovation; Leading Through Influence; Management Foundations: Financial Statements; Strategy and Alignment; Global Mindset for Organizations; Creativity in Organizations; Mergers and Acquisitions; Executing Financial Strategy; Strategic Thinking

Why he pursued a WashU Advanced Management Certificate?

Kiewiet had been “growing outside of his functional area” at BJC HealthCare. As a result, he was looking to enhance his competitiveness and to take on an additional leadership role. Executive education would help him get where he wanted to be. So Kiewiet researched non-degree programmes offered by some of the country’s best business schools. Mentors at his organization recommended Olin.

“WashU has a great reputation,” he says. “Plus, the Advanced Management Certificate programme provided a lot of flexibility. I took courses as my schedule permitted and still received my certificate in less than two years.”

Top takeaways from certificate courses

“I apply the thought processes, decision tools, and best practices I learned at Olin to my organization’s management challenges. Leading through Influence and Mergers and Acquisitions were two of the many courses that helped me drive greater value.

“Seminar content could be translated directly to what I’m doing now at work, and takeaways immediately impacted how our team interacted with stakeholders. In fact, I was so impressed by my experience, I convinced my boss to work with Olin on a two-day custom programme for 40 BJC employees.”

What surprised him about the programme?

“The quality of the people. Faculty members were phenomenal, providing the right mix of academics and practical methods. My classmates were phenomenal, too. We were all on a journey together and were pursuing the certificate programme for a lot of the same reasons.”