MBA Residency (Leading People 1 and Leading People 2)

The Raleigh Residency Program (MBA 531 Leading People 1 and MBA 532 Leading People 2) provides a unique way for online and professional students to connect while earning course credit.

As a program requirement for professional and online students, each Residency is three days with Raleigh Residency I (MBA 531) held in Raleigh during the first semester of your program and Raleigh Residency II (MBA 532) to be completed before graduation.

“What’s great about the residencies is that they give our online and our professional students not only the opportunity to take a class in three days but to meet other MBAs in the program. [Students can] take advantage of something that full-time MBAs have had for a long time – the ability to develop their network,” said Leigh Shamblin, Director of Leadership.

How It Works

The Raleigh Residency is a crash course in leadership development, providing 80 to 100 Jenkins MBA Professional and Online students access to the same relationship building and networking opportunities as their full-time classmates. 

Raleigh Residency I 

During the first Residency, students–

  • Engage in exercises and activities to learn about their strengths, review emotional intelligence, and examine their presentation and communication style. 
  • Meet with an advisor who will assist them with their career profile, LinkedIn profile, resume, and more.
  • Explore the principles of teams and team management.
  • Take part in a simulation on change management – examining how they will manage all of the change around them as they become leaders.

What’s really unique and effective is, instead of a single professor being responsible for the entire course, we have three people who are topic experts.

Brad Kirkman, the General (Ret.) H. Hugh Shelton Distinguished Professor of Leadership and department head of the Department of Management, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship

Raleigh Residency II 

Students can choose to take the second residency during the Spring or Summer semester. In the second residency–

  • Students are split into three groups, then rotate through three faculty-led topic discussions on: 
    • Managing People; 
    • Decision Making and Empowerment; 
    • Leading Teams and Global Team Leadership. 
  • Over the three days, each group rotates through a full day on each topic, covering all three areas by the end of their third day.

The Benefits

For busy professionals and online students who may also be working while pursuing their MBA, the Raleigh Residency provides an opportunity to connect with other students, while receiving course credit in a short, time-intensive format. 

This really minimizes the disruption to their normal work schedule – you’re here, you meet people, and then you can go back to work .

Leigh Shamblin, director of leadership and professor of practice in the Department of Management, Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Students travel from other states and even other countries, to complete the residencies, creating a memorable experience for all in attendance. When asked how the Residency benefits students, the Director of Leadership, Leigh Shamblin, said that students: 

  • Develop an extensive network of their peers, forming connections that may lead to future academic or professional opportunities. 
  • Gain essential leadership skills–leadership skills are an integral component of the MBA program as professionals are often promoted based on their technical brilliance, but may struggle to lead people. Students must understand how to make the transition from doer to influencer and leader.
  • Make new connections during the second session by asking questions or going in-depth in new areas that students might not have considered the first time around.

Residency Details

he Raleigh Residency prepares students to make the best of their MBA experience. Students participate in lessons on non-verbal communication, delivering presentations, and networking skills. 

Residency activities are all-day events and may include some evenings. Some meals are provided. However, travel and lodging expenses and reservations are the responsibility of the student.

Active duty military may waive this residency requirement in place of another elective course.

Upcoming Raleigh Residency (MBA 531 and MBA 532) Dates

  • The Raleigh Residency #1 (MBA 531 Leading People 1) for students beginning January 2020 will take place March 12-14, 2020 in Raleigh.
  • The spring 2020 Raleigh Residency #2 (MBA 532 Leading People 2) will take place March 9-11, 2020 in Raleigh.
  • There are two options for summer 2020 Raleigh Residency #2 (MBA 532 Leading People 2). One will take place in Buenos Aires, Argentina, May 23-30, and requires application through the Study Abroad Office. The other summer 2020 MBA 532 session will be held in Raleigh June 18-20, 2020.