Brad Dickerson, EMBA ’03, is the chief financial officer for Under Armour, one of the fastest growing performance brands currently in the market, with operations all over the world. In this interview, Dickerson reflects on why he chose Loyola and how his Executive MBA helped him land a job — and now a position in the C-suite — at the billion-dollar company that continues to experience explosive growth.
Q: How did Loyola prepare you to do business with more than 117 countries worldwide?
A: Loyola's focus on having a global perspective, developing leadership skills, and working with cross-functional teams helped me look at the larger scope of business—across the different sectors and locations of our company, including North America, Europe, Asia, Australia, Mexico, and Brazil.
Q: How Did Loyola change your perspective?
A: I think the best thing about it was the diversity of learning. Collaborating with executives from a range of industries and backgrounds offered a great chance to broaden my perspective of the business world, expand my contacts, and learn leadership traits from other senior professionals. Loyola helped me look at the bigger picture and how individual business components like finance come together with strategy, marketing, and operations to form a viable business strategy. I was taking what I learned one day and applying it to my career the next week. It prepared me to grow from a manager to a leader of functions and people. In fact, I secured my position as CFO at Under Armour one year after graduating from the Executive MBA program. Without the Loyola program I definitely wouldn’t have been prepared to handle a leadership role in a company that’s growing that fast all over the world. I credit the Executive MBA program for really laying the foundation for me to get here.
Q: Why did you choose the Executive MBA program?
A: I was really looking for something different to broaden my professional experience. I specifically liked the Executive MBA program where I could be surrounded by other very successful executives. I'm sitting there as a finance executive, and next to me is a doctor, and on the other side of me is an engineer. It really aligned me with executives in a similar place in their careers. After years and years of doing this, Loyola’s realized that’s the power of the Executive MBA program—the quality of the people in your cohort. Loyola’s programs were also convenient and flexible.
Q: Why did you choose Loyola?
A: Loyola was the first on my list. It had a reputation of being one of the top programs in the mid-Atlantic region. And now that I’ve graduated, I can say it definitely lives up to that reputation. Earning an MBA from Loyola was one of the greatest accomplishments of my life—both personally and professionally.
About the Executive MBA Programs
The Executive MBA and MBA Fellows programs are lockstep, cohort programs that begin each fall. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis through August 31 for the fall 2011 semester.
Explore the Sellinger website to learn more about the Executive MBA and its new format—offered twice a month on alternating weekends—or the MBA Fellows program, offered half-day Saturdays.