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Education Client Success Manager; Growth Markets, South East and Great Lakes United States, and Eastern Canada
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Steve Gauthier

Steve, what would you say was the craziest or most unique experience you have had while vacationing?

We went on vacation to Honolulu, Hawaii a few years ago with friends of ours.  It still ranks as the best trip that I've taken to-date. We took the opportunity to visit as much of the big island as possible.

We were slapped around by the waves on the North Shore, snorkeled with dolphins and sea turtles, went to the top of a volcano, and even sang karaoke with some locals.  The highlight of the trip for me was trying to learn to surf.  I had never surfed before but was always intrigued by it.  My friend and I took the opportunity to paddle out on our own and give it a go with zero success.  However on our last day of the vacation, I decided to give it one last try before we packed up to leave. It worked.  It was a great feeling to catch a wave and stand on that board to ride it in for a short while.  It certainly wasn’t a crazy vacation, but it was very memorable, I look forward to surfing again.

One word of caution - watch out for the Sriracha hot sauce!


What would you say was the turning point in choosing the Telfer Executive MBA?

My first draw to the Telfer Executive MBA Program is the nature of the experiential learning.  We have the opportunity to work very closely with and learn from highly experienced individuals within our cohort.  This connection will allow us to apply the knowledge and experience to practical projects that will have us working closely with our community. 

The second draw to this program is Telfer Executive MBA alumni community.  It is the relationships with the thought leaders, both locally and globally, that will help drive our success.  The credibility and the network made it easy to select Telfer Executive MBA as a partner for professional growth.

The third draw is the application of the learning to my professional life.  Each of the subjects has a practical attachment to my current and future roles.  I look forward to the opportunities to apply the learning and experience to my organization which will help with the success of our company.


What do you admire in a leader or mentor? Do you have someone who you consider a strong leader or mentor within your life?

I admire the leader who has the confidence and charisma to be themselves in any situation and has the ability to be engaging while bringing people together.  As I reflected on the leaders in my life, I found that those that have the ability to connect on a personal level with the teams and can show their enthusiasm have had much more productive results.  I have had some formal and informal mentors throughout my life and I feel lucky to have been able to take some nuggets of gold from their leadership and their teaching.  These people have been my hockey and soccer coaches, family members, friends, professional colleagues and managers and even includes fictional characters.  "If you ain't first, your last!"All of these people have kept me motivated, persistent and ambitious.

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