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Leading leaders to excel in Hong Kong and beyond.
Steve DeKrey, who considers leadership one of life's most honorable endeavors, has made a career of helping executive leaders do their jobs even better.
That career path took DeKrey to the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, where he is the associate dean of the business school and founding director of the Executive Master of Business Administration (EMBA) program, in collaboration with Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management.
DeKrey initially went to Hong Kong to advance the MBA program but quickly saw the advantages of focusing on a higher-level student market. Most of the EMBA students in the program earn an average of $250,000 and fly from as far away as Seattle, San Francisco and Mexico City to attend the weekend program in Hong Kong.
Just eight years old, the program has ranked in the top 10 of the "Financial Times" EMBA global rankings several years running and in the top three in 2005 and 2006.
Working with leaders who are responsible for the careers of many people and the destiny of an organization is heady, but exciting, says DeKrey, who grew up on Lake Bemidji and continues to spend his summers in the Bemidji area. He also contributes regularly to a BSU scholarship created in honor of his mother, Ione DeKrey, who attended BSU at the same time he did.
DeKrey says he acquired two key traits while at BSU: discipline and confidence. He encourages current BSU students to seek the same. "Think big. Do not limit yourself. Look ahead and engage yourself."