Candice Blackmon
California, United States
BA, Broadcast Journalism, California State University, Long Beach

Director of Operations
Lake Industries, California

Why the Drucker Executive Management Program?  Drucker has flexibility. The school caters the program to my likes and interests, as well as the speed with which I want to complete the program. Working full time and managing life is hard enough without adding school to the list. With Drucker, if I need to take a lighter or heavier load, I am able to do so. It is the Liberal Arts school of business schools.

I also like the focus on Leadership. While I do learn the essentials to run a business, I also learn how to lead people. Good leadership and management are hard to come by these days in corporations, evidenced by the demise of many large corporations in the last years. Great leadership would have sustained companies through a recessed economy.

How is your Drucker executive education impacting you in your current position? In the past year, Drucker has given me the ability to focus on the big picture. With every opportunity and decision, I am able to ask, is this in the best interest of the company? How will this decision impact the overall good of the company? So many times, I would micro manage what is not important. I will be switching careers after my degree, and I know that Drucker will finally answer that looming question, “What do you want to do when you grow up?”

Experience in the classroom In one of my classes I was tired and started to drift off – Jay (Prag) was going on about margins and put options ... and I perked up. I like Finance. And even better, I am good at it. Instead of crawling into bed immediately that night, I looked up every finance class available for the next 2 semesters and signed up.

On balancing work, classes and personal life while in the EMP program In a simple word, procrastinate. I never have to worry about getting anything done, because the stress from the procrastination always propels me to do it. Whether it is work assignments or school assignments, they are always completed on time. My rule is personal life comes first, you only have one life, you should enjoy it as much as possible.

Places you like visiting in Claremont I grew up near Claremont. It’s beautiful with the large trees lining the neighborhoods. Downtown has really developed into a hipster place to be. Great restaurants. My dog loves the dog park.

Why now? In a down economy, it is always a good idea to fortify yourself, whether you want a career transition, or are looking to add value to your company for job security. For me, it is both.

What has been your most memorable experience in Drucker? Drinking beer at Hagelbargers (the CGU campus eatery). It is what going to school is all about, networking and sharing experiences over an average burger and a great beer.

Peter Drucker asked,

What do you want to be remembered for?

What do you want to be remembered for? Having no fear. If through Drucker, I realize that Entrepreneurship is the path that I am meant to take, I want to follow that path. I am a risk taker, however lately, I feel that I have succumbed to the “norm”, the safe choice. Age has mellowed my daring self.  I would like to get in touch again with my innate being and take more risks. But with the wisdom of Drucker, I will take calculated risks.

Tell me what you’re going to do on Monday that’s different?
There is a sense of accomplishment that comes from getting an advanced degree, especially while working full time as an executive. It gives me pride and a sense that anything is possible. Inspiring, strong influential people surround me. This combination will propel me to challenge myself. So this Monday, I am going to stop making excuses and start exercising consistently!
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