WE Innovate: MPAR (Mid-Program Academic Retreat) is a Fall Semester, one-unit academic requirement for the EWMBA Program. It provides an opportunity to reflect on and apply the tools you have acquired at Haas over the first half of the program, learn and apply new tools, create a common student experience, and to continue the networking process with your classmates that began at WE Launch. It is organized as a weekend long “design sprint”, and includes an additional, required launch session in December. All students are enrolled in the class on a pass/no pass basis.
The academic focus for WE Innovate is “Innovation and Foresight” work – which involves planning for exponential change, thinking “beyond the headlights”, and applying design thinking style tools to potential long term industry disruptions and transformation. You’ll be asked to select a broad industry area to focus on, and help inventory emerging drivers of change at the launch session. At the design sprint in January, you’ll work in cross-cohort teams to develop specific concepts that support “The Good Life” – a future scenario where innovation, growth, and transformation lead to a better world for our communities, society, and the planet.
All students in their second year are required to attend this off-site retreat, as it is a course required for graduation.