John Rodenberg, CFRE
United States
Master of Divinity (MDiv), Lexington Theological Seminary
BA, Texas Christian University

Vice President of Philanthropy and Mission Implementation at CCH


"The Drucker program is different from other schools because of its top-ranked faculty who have a broader view of society and the world.  They know management for business and the non-profit, and they know how to teach it in ways that develop leaders for a functioning society.”


Why the Drucker Executive Management Program?  Peter Drucker passed away just four months before I moved to Claremont.  A long time resident of this community, I regret that I did not have the privilege of meeting Drucker in person.  There are few people who have had greater influence on the way companies and non-profit organizations are managed today.  Drucker came to believe that our society needs more people who are focused on the common good.  At the same time, he saw that people in management fail to adequately organize themselves.

The Drucker School is now an internationally recognized business management institution.  The formation of the non-profit program is a logical step in the development of the school, and a realization of Drucker’s vision for creating leaders in a functioning society.  My enrollment in the Drucker School EMP with a non-profit emphasis is a logical step in my own personal development. 

How is your Drucker executive education impacting you in your current position? My education is already providing practical skills for personal and organizational development in my current job setting.  I anticipate that with an Executive MBA, I will be more sought after in my next transition because I will have a special expertise in non-profit management.

Experience in the classroom The classroom experience is very interactive. Because the students in our program have a lot of work experience and come from a broad range of industries, we all learn a lot from each other and push the learning experience beyond lectures and textbooks. Group projects take additional effort, but are a great way to get to know your classmates. It’s really satisfying to work together with a great team from various sectors – somehow we make it all work – we have little time to waste since we all work full time and everyone gives their best effort.

On balancing work, classes and personal life while in the EMP program I have been pleasantly surprised how easy it has been incorporating my studies into my already busy life.  I am married to a professional in her own field, have two children, and work responsibilities.  There are stressful moments, but the pleasure and energy I get from my studies gets me through my day.

Places you like visiting in Claremont Some Crust Bakery has the best coffee in town!!! The Village is always fun for dinner or a date.  Just walking around the CGU campus and nearby residential streets amongst the tall, cool trees is relaxing.

Why now? After success in the first part of my career, I am eager to move toward significance.  During this “halftime,” I want to re-organize myself with the EMBA.  I also need to learn the best ways in which non-profits can be active participants in a responsible society.  As Ira Jackson has stated, “Non-profits and civil society are the new glue that binds a functioning society with engagement and responsibility to the community.” How can the non-profit best engage the community and instill responsibility?  What are the pressing legal and accounting issues facing non-profits?  What are the best models for non-profit leadership?  The non-profit program at the Drucker School is an opportunity for me to learn more about how non-profits can make a difference in society.

What has been your most memorable experience in Drucker? My most memorable experience involves Dr. Joe Marcierello in The Drucker Difference teaching in front of the class and then setting aside his notes and speaking passionately about a particular model that is transforming the business community and society.

Give a few words on Peter Drucker's observation that
Today knowledge has power. It controls access to opportunity and advancement.

As business leaders rush to find reliable models during the current economic crisis, increasingly Drucker’s ethical model for management is being grasped as a sensible source of stability.  Drucker, was a “social ecologist,” and was entirely convinced in history when leaders failed to build their society upon strong foundations of character, purpose, and community everything, including profits, would quickly wash away.  Drucker’s most remembered management contributions: knowledge work and knowledge worker, shared leadership, management by objectives, and corporate social responsibility are not just effective tools.  They are part of a well conceptualized ethical model in which the individual, organization, and society can stand firm.

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