Elizabeth Phipps

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The altMBA community is full of the most inspiring group of people I have ever worked with. There wasn’t one individual I crossed paths with, who I didn’t learn something from.

Elizabeth Phipps

Alumni Spotlight

Manager, Artist Marketing, Sony Music Entertainment

  • Session: altMBA2
  • Company: Sony Music Entertainment
  • Title: Manager, Artist Marketing
  • Industry: Music
  • Function: Marketing
  • Current city: Toronto, Canada

After the altMBA, I found myself in withdrawal. Withdrawal from the intensity of brain power, emotion and stamina that I leaned on over the previous five weeks. After the altMBA came to a close, after the last project had been posted and we had said our farewells, I found myself pining for this unbridled energy in all of its forms.

And so I asked myself, even though the formal education had ended, what was stopping me from living my life with a bit more (or a lot more) altMBA character from here on out? The answer was: Nothing and no one. And this is what I strive for every day. Even if it’s only a glimpse, it has the power to shed light on potential.

The altMBA taught me that achieving perfection is not a real thing. Nor is it something that we should aspire to. I learned that where the good stuff really flows is in the space that fills out when you allow yourself to make mistakes, to thrash, and to struggle.

I used to avoid risk at every junction for fear of failure and embarrassment. Because of the altMBA I have realized that my relationship with risk has a lot to do with the story I tell that surrounds it. And the realization that I have the capacity and the responsibility to change how this story is told. Now, I see risk as an opportunity.

The best part of the altMBA was... how do you name just one? The obvious answer is the people. I have never worked with a more inspiring group. The less obvious answer however is the pace. Even after several days of leaning on the rhetorical question “I can do anything for 5 weeks, right?,” I still didn’t fully comprehend the intensity of the altMBA sprint. I describe it as having the power and momentum of a race horse’s gallop. And you learn to love this pace. To thrive on it in fact. It’s what pushes you out of bed in the morning and keeps your stamina intact until your last project has shipped.

altMBA grads are out to change the world. In little steps, big leaps and everything in between. As the program scales, and more grads re-enter their lives with the altMBA in their backpack, the change they are set out to do for themselves and others will only become more prevalent. Each and every altMBA grad knows a little secret. It is a secret for those like-minded individuals who aspire to inspire change. And instead of keeping it close and classified, we are compelled to share it with those around us.

The altMBA inspired me to change how I carry myself through each and every day. At this point in my life, it is not about monumental change but rather it’s about the little speckles of change that come together to form something meaningful and deliberate. And that’s one of the many wonderful things of this program. “Success” is not defined by who can make the biggest transformation, or who can leap the farthest. Success is personal. I have figured out what matters to me in my measurement of it, and altMBA will do the same for you.

The altMBA changed my perspective on myself. It was a place where I could test out different approaches and concepts.

Because of the altMBA, I am more patient with myself. I am less judgemental of myself. I have embraced the dissonance instead of shying away from the tension it brings. I am not afraid of getting dirty. I used to avoid risk at every junction for fear of failure and embarrassment. Because of the altMBA I have realized that my relationship with risk has a lot to do with the story I tell that surrounds it. And the realization that I have the capacity and the responsibility to change how this story gets told. These days, as the story goes, risk has become opportunity.

The altMBA surrounded me with a world that espouses constant learning. I came to embrace a non-traditional form of education, one that finds opportunities for learning, and self-reflection in the corners of each day. The altMBA pushes you to become independent from the conventional ways of teaching that we grew up on. Lessons are found in commonplace interactions with colleagues, or in a routine moment of your day.

The altMBA changed my perspective on myself. It allowed me to push ideas, thoughts, projects out into this incredibly supportive space, and in return I would receive constructive feedback, thoughtful questions and insights. It became a place where I could test out different approaches and concepts, ones that perhaps I had previously dismissed for one reason or another. Maybe the feedback would be positive, or perhaps through discussion with my classmates I would take it in a different direction entirely. And sometimes, they would tell me: “That’s a killer idea, go for it.” And that’s all I needed to hear.

The altMBA community is full of the most inspiring group of people I have ever worked with. There wasn’t one individual I crossed paths with, who I didn’t learn something from.

Seth, Wes and the team carefully hand-pick each student based on a certain set of qualities and criteria. What results is a group of 100 people from all around the world who are willing to be present, willing to embrace teamwork, and willing to ship no matter what. In the span of several weeks, everyone becomes a version of some new-age family.

These people become your comrades in challenge, your partners in collaboration, your best listeners, and your long-distance pen pals.

The altMBA community is full of the most inspiring group of people I have ever worked with. There wasn’t one individual I crossed paths with, who I didn’t learn something from.