Student Testimonials

Michael Gebhart (EML '17)

Healthcare

"the Price EML program unlocked a new level of focus, discipline, and capacity in becoming my best whole self"

As Vice President of Finance at Blue Shield of California, I needed to take the next step in being a more effective and complete leader. The Price EML program unlocked a new level of focus, discipline, and capacity in becoming my best whole self, as a professional, a husband, a father and a member of my community. If you are looking for a catalyst for both professional and personal growth, this is the best investment you will ever make.

Jim Featherstone (EML '17)

City Emergency Management

"how to lead across sectors, was priceless"

Despite a professional tenure of more than three decades in the public safety and crisis management arena, I found the EML experience to be invaluable in providing me with perspectives and capabilities that I could apply to myself and my work. Currently, I lead the Homeland Security Advisory Council in Los Angeles, where we work as a collaborating and coordinating bridge across the public, private and civic sectors. What EML taught me about myself, and how to lead across sectors, was priceless.

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Nwaka Onwusa (EML '17)

Grammy Museum Curator

"Price’s EML program exceeded my expectations and nurtured my development as a leader"

As Curator of the GRAMMY Museum at L.A. Live, Los Angeles’ only music museum, my role is to conceptualize and develop exhibitions that visitors around the country can enjoy. Price’s EML program exceeded my expectations and nurtured my development as a leader through curricula and personal mentoring by my instructors. The growth I have experienced is invaluable and I would encourage any graduate student looking for a life-changing experience to consider this program.

Kevin Burke (EML '17)

Law Enforcement, Emergency & Safety

"the lessons learned have compelled me to become a better version of myself"

The Price School EML Program provided me with the tools and strategies essential to becoming a more effective, more inclusive leader. The program encouraged me to “be comfortable being uncom-fortable,” and push past self-imposed limitations to accomplish goals I didn’t think were possible. The lessons learned have compelled me to become a better version of myself and through that, assist others in breaking their own barriers and realize their potential.

Silvia Gutierrez (EML’15)

Homeless Center Associate Director

"the Price EML program provided me the foundation to leap to the next level of my professional life"

The Price EML program provided me the foundation to leap to the next level of my professional life in nonprofit and take on the hat of “Executive Director.” I learned how to practice adaptive leadership by understanding the difference between finding solutions and building sustainable change. I understand the key is to be able to frame the right questions to make lasting impact and change. Leadership is a dance where learning never stops.

Deborah Castro (EML '12)

Creative Agency

"EML delivered"

EML is a program that helps leaders learn, grow and reflect on their leadership. One of the big takeaways was getting comfortable being uncomfortable; it is simple and profound. When I entered the program, I wanted to challenge myself and learn from faculty and peers in different disciplines. I wanted to grow personally, which would help me become a better leader...EML delivered.

Luis Guzman (EML '12)

Private Sector Operations

"I've now become a teacher. And so that to me is very powerful"

I've been able to have SWOT analysis sessions at work, organizational development sessions. I actually participated in the leadership formula program for my organization. Because essentially what this program has allowed me to do is actually be a student but actually i've now become a teacher. And so that to me is very powerful.

Tom Ewald (EML '12)

Firefighting & Emergency Services

"This program really unearthed leadership."

This program really unearthed leadership. It took it from a personal level and focused on the individual, the leader as an individual. It then moved beyond that and looked at the leader and his role in dealing with groups. And then moving higher to the level of organizations and then finally it brought it together in the final cohort class where it looked at intersectoral issues of leadership and how individuals can help shape those relationships.

Norman Hopson (EML '12)

Internet Technology & Entertainment

"its practical because you can apply it real world"

There is two things that I would say that describes this program for me. The first was 'exceptional' in regards to the speakers, the education, the readings, materials, the assimilations, tools, and activities. That was phenomenal. The second thing I'd say is that its practical because you can apply it real world...And then you have the support system around you. You can call your peers. You can call the instructor. So if you go through the program with preconceived notions you may miss some things. But if you go in with an open mind, to be able to learn, do the readings, participate, engage yourself, I really believe that you'll get the most out of this program that you can probably get anywhere else because it is all about you. It is about what you put into is what you'll get out. I humbly believe that. And i've put in a lot and I think I got out a lot.

Lisa Salazar (EML '12)

Community & Youth Development

"I love when I can apply things that I learn in the classroom right into the job."

I wanted to add new tools to my toolbox to help me move from being a manager, bureaucrat to really being a leader, someone who could articulate a vision and think strategically. The other reason I decided to come to the EML program at USC is because I wanted to surround myself with people who I thought who would probably be the best thinkers out there and I wanted to put myself in a situation where I could compete with them and see what that was like. So being able to come into the office Monday morning with a whole new set of tools in my toolbox was always something that I really appreciated. I love when I can apply things that I learn in the classroom right into the job.

Phil Smith (EML '12)

Municipal Air Support Services

"instructors have real-world experience"

Instructors have real-world experience in their field of endeavors, and they were able to come in and give us interesting and challenging ideas that we could translate back to not only the workplace but back to our personal lives as well.

Jeff Shields (EML '11)

Higher Ed Transportation

"for me it was transformational"

For me it was transformational in the sense that I had a great job and i was quite comfortable in my role and going through some of the courses in EML and discussing you know and internalizing and reflecting on some of those experiences i decided to really step outside my comfort zone and take a new career path. I've been able to apply a lot of the principles and skills we learned in the EML program as [ZipCar] is a brand new, very entrepreneurial venture. I had to hire all my own staff so it was really about using my core values my understanding of the type of organization I wanted to lead to recruit and find people that could help take my vision and drive it and make it successful here in Los Angeles.

Neal Mongan (EML '11)

Law Enforcement, Emergency & Safety

"the EML program has helped me and continues to help me"

The tools I got and the information I had through the EML program has helped me and continues to help me in the role I've had the last 18 months.

Cathy Warner (EML '11)

Mayor, City of Whittier, California

"I never dreamed that we would have that much expertise in one room."

From the first day to the end of the program I felt like I was where I was supposed to be. There was just a great feeling among all of us, a great deal of respect. We had folks in our program from all walks of life: we had folks from the military, from private business, from nonprofit, and I never dreamed that we would have that much expertise in one room.

Phil Hansen (EML '11)

Law Enforcement Operations

"it made me a more effective leader on a day-to-day basis"

It enabled me to be, I think, a more effective leader because it increased my confidence level, especially in leadership apart from a crisis situation. I was very familiar leading under those circumstances, but I think it made me a more effective leader on a day-to-day basis with my people as well.

Marco Ramirez (EML '10)

Nonprofit Consultant & Educator

"Its a mix of theory with an emphasis on practice."

Its a mix of theory with an emphasis on practice. So the difference between this program and any other program, at least the ones I researched, is that it understands our position in that we are not the traditional student, but instead we are experts in our own field.

Chief John Thomas (EML '16)

Higher Ed Public Safety

"EML has caused me to see leadership not as a subject, not as something confined into the workplace, but me as a person on the path of self-improvement."

There's always lessons to be learned; and I didn't see leadership that way prior to EML. EML has caused me to see leadership not as a subject, not as something confined into the workplace, but me as a person on the path of self-improvement. It helped me in my marriage, it's helped me in my relationship with my family members. It's helped me in a lot of aspects, because if nothing else, it taught me to be mindful and actually be more in tune with what I bring to the dynamic when I'm interacting with people, and I didn't think that way before.

Chief John Thomas (EML '16)

Higher Ed Public Safety

"EML has caused me to see leadership not as a subject, not as something confined into the workplace, but me as a person on the path of self-improvement."

There's always lessons to be learned; and I didn't see leadership that way prior to EML. EML has caused me to see leadership not as a subject, not as something confined into the workplace, but me as a person on the path of self-improvement. It helped me in my marriage, it's helped me in my relationship with my family members. It's helped me in a lot of aspects, because if nothing else, it taught me to be mindful and actually be more in tune with what I bring to the dynamic when I'm interacting with people, and I didn't think that way before.

Kevin Burke (EML '17)

Law Enforcement, Emergency & Safety

"the lessons learned have compelled me to become a better version of myself"

The Price School EML Program provided me with the tools and strategies essential to becoming a more effective, more inclusive leader. The program encouraged me to “be comfortable being uncom-fortable,” and push past self-imposed limitations to accomplish goals I didn’t think were possible. The lessons learned have compelled me to become a better version of myself and through that, assist others in breaking their own barriers and realize their potential.

Advance your career in leadership today

Great organizations need great leaders: men and women who inspire performance and are committed to creating a better future. Are you ready to take the next step?

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Jim Featherstone (EML '17)

City Emergency Management

"how to lead across sectors, was priceless"

Despite a professional tenure of more than three decades in the public safety and crisis management arena, I found the EML experience to be invaluable in providing me with perspectives and capabilities that I could apply to myself and my work. Currently, I lead the Homeland Security Advisory Council in Los Angeles, where we work as a collaborating and coordinating bridge across the public, private and civic sectors. What EML taught me about myself, and how to lead across sectors, was priceless.

Tom Ewald (EML '12)

Firefighting & Emergency Services

"This program really unearthed leadership."

This program really unearthed leadership. It took it from a personal level and focused on the individual, the leader as an individual. It then moved beyond that and looked at the leader and his role in dealing with groups. And then moving higher to the level of organizations and then finally it brought it together in the final cohort class where it looked at intersectoral issues of leadership and how individuals can help shape those relationships.

Neal Mongan (EML '11)

Law Enforcement, Emergency & Safety

"the EML program has helped me and continues to help me"

The tools I got and the information I had through the EML program has helped me and continues to help me in the role I've had the last 18 months.

Phil Hansen (EML '11)

Law Enforcement Operations

"it made me a more effective leader on a day-to-day basis"

It enabled me to be, I think, a more effective leader because it increased my confidence level, especially in leadership apart from a crisis situation. I was very familiar leading under those circumstances, but I think it made me a more effective leader on a day-to-day basis with my people as well.

Michael Gebhart (EML '17)

Healthcare

"the Price EML program unlocked a new level of focus, discipline, and capacity in becoming my best whole self"

As Vice President of Finance at Blue Shield of California, I needed to take the next step in being a more effective and complete leader. The Price EML program unlocked a new level of focus, discipline, and capacity in becoming my best whole self, as a professional, a husband, a father and a member of my community. If you are looking for a catalyst for both professional and personal growth, this is the best investment you will ever make.

Nwaka Onwusa (EML '17)

Grammy Museum Curator

"Price’s EML program exceeded my expectations and nurtured my development as a leader"

As Curator of the GRAMMY Museum at L.A. Live, Los Angeles’ only music museum, my role is to conceptualize and develop exhibitions that visitors around the country can enjoy. Price’s EML program exceeded my expectations and nurtured my development as a leader through curricula and personal mentoring by my instructors. The growth I have experienced is invaluable and I would encourage any graduate student looking for a life-changing experience to consider this program.

Advance your career in leadership today

Great organizations need great leaders: men and women who inspire performance and are committed to creating a better future. Are you ready to take the next step?

Get the Executive Master of Leadership Brochure

Silvia Gutierrez (EML’15)

Homeless Center Associate Director

"the Price EML program provided me the foundation to leap to the next level of my professional life"

The Price EML program provided me the foundation to leap to the next level of my professional life in nonprofit and take on the hat of “Executive Director.” I learned how to practice adaptive leadership by understanding the difference between finding solutions and building sustainable change. I understand the key is to be able to frame the right questions to make lasting impact and change. Leadership is a dance where learning never stops.

Lisa Salazar (EML '12)

Community & Youth Development

"I love when I can apply things that I learn in the classroom right into the job."

I wanted to add new tools to my toolbox to help me move from being a manager, bureaucrat to really being a leader, someone who could articulate a vision and think strategically. The other reason I decided to come to the EML program at USC is because I wanted to surround myself with people who I thought who would probably be the best thinkers out there and I wanted to put myself in a situation where I could compete with them and see what that was like. So being able to come into the office Monday morning with a whole new set of tools in my toolbox was always something that I really appreciated. I love when I can apply things that I learn in the classroom right into the job.

Phil Smith (EML '12)

Municipal Air Support Services

"instructors have real-world experience"

Instructors have real-world experience in their field of endeavors, and they were able to come in and give us interesting and challenging ideas that we could translate back to not only the workplace but back to our personal lives as well.

Cathy Warner (EML '11)

Mayor, City of Whittier, California

"I never dreamed that we would have that much expertise in one room."

From the first day to the end of the program I felt like I was where I was supposed to be. There was just a great feeling among all of us, a great deal of respect. We had folks in our program from all walks of life: we had folks from the military, from private business, from nonprofit, and I never dreamed that we would have that much expertise in one room.

Marco Ramirez (EML '10)

Nonprofit Consultant & Educator

"Its a mix of theory with an emphasis on practice."

Its a mix of theory with an emphasis on practice. So the difference between this program and any other program, at least the ones I researched, is that it understands our position in that we are not the traditional student, but instead we are experts in our own field.

Deborah Castro (EML '12)

Creative Agency

"EML delivered"

EML is a program that helps leaders learn, grow and reflect on their leadership. One of the big takeaways was getting comfortable being uncomfortable; it is simple and profound. When I entered the program, I wanted to challenge myself and learn from faculty and peers in different disciplines. I wanted to grow personally, which would help me become a better leader...EML delivered.

Luis Guzman (EML '12)

Private Sector Operations

"I've now become a teacher. And so that to me is very powerful"

I've been able to have SWOT analysis sessions at work, organizational development sessions. I actually participated in the leadership formula program for my organization. Because essentially what this program has allowed me to do is actually be a student but actually i've now become a teacher. And so that to me is very powerful.

Advance your career in leadership today

Great organizations need great leaders: men and women who inspire performance and are committed to creating a better future. Are you ready to take the next step?

Get the Executive Master of Leadership Brochure

Norman Hopson (EML '12)

Internet Technology & Entertainment

"its practical because you can apply it real world"

There is two things that I would say that describes this program for me. The first was 'exceptional' in regards to the speakers, the education, the readings, materials, the assimilations, tools, and activities. That was phenomenal. The second thing I'd say is that its practical because you can apply it real world...And then you have the support system around you. You can call your peers. You can call the instructor. So if you go through the program with preconceived notions you may miss some things. But if you go in with an open mind, to be able to learn, do the readings, participate, engage yourself, I really believe that you'll get the most out of this program that you can probably get anywhere else because it is all about you. It is about what you put into is what you'll get out. I humbly believe that. And i've put in a lot and I think I got out a lot.

Jeff Shields (EML '11)

Higher Ed Transportation

"for me it was transformational"

For me it was transformational in the sense that I had a great job and i was quite comfortable in my role and going through some of the courses in EML and discussing you know and internalizing and reflecting on some of those experiences i decided to really step outside my comfort zone and take a new career path. I've been able to apply a lot of the principles and skills we learned in the EML program as [ZipCar] is a brand new, very entrepreneurial venture. I had to hire all my own staff so it was really about using my core values my understanding of the type of organization I wanted to lead to recruit and find people that could help take my vision and drive it and make it successful here in Los Angeles.