Eric Olson

Understanding different cultures is vital for Eric Olson, a program manager for Westinghouse Electric's India Engineering Center. Olson is based in Cranberry, Pa., but he supervises a team of 50 engineers who are from India, many of whom he must interact with virtually. His team is helping to lay the groundwork for project whose impact can be measured in the billions: a future Westinghouse nuclear power plant.

Olson enrolled in the Katz Executive MBA Worldwide program, in part, because he wanted to strengthen his global background. Westinghouse is tapping into the developing markets of BRIC nations - Brazil, Russia, India, China - and also the United Arab Emirates and Europe.

"The global awareness I gained from EMBA helps with the cultural challenges I encounter in my job. In fact, some of my classes covered exactly what I'm doing right now," says Olson, a 2012 graduate of the program.

As part of the EMBA Worldwide program, Olson studied at the Pittsburgh location, although he traveled to Global Executive Forums held at Katz EMBA's program locations in São Paulo, Brazil and Prague, Czech Republic. But Olson never had to go far to find valuable mentors. Many of his classmates provided him actionable guidance.

"The best part about the program is having colleagues in the class who have directly relatable experience to what I'm doing now. I was able to bounce ideas off people who've done work in India and hear about lessons they've learned," Olson says.