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Emory CBO Mike Mandl Leverages Broad Experience for Smart Business Management

You might not think of big pharma as a launchpad for a successful CBO, but that’s the path of our guest, Mike Mandl. As EVP for Business and Administration at Emory University, Mike brings a rich experience across industries to his work as an institutional leader. His early exploration led to a decades-long commitment to “a cause bigger than myself,” says Mandl.

Today on CBO Speaks, Mike shares how he takes his experience in financial leadership to partner across departments to help build creative solutions with his academic peers. “My whole mind is oriented to: where do we want to get to, and how do we lead people, processes, and resources to do that. It’s more about people than it is about money.” Join us for a conversation with an inspirational leader in our CBO ranks.

On My Desk Right Now

Deepening Leadership and Diversity, Architectural design and funding of new $80 million student life center and associated campus planning; Strategic/capital positioning for Emory Healtcare.

What I do when I'm not at Work

Work! Enjoy the outdoors at our home in North Carolina and visit/travel with our children (both young professionals in their 20s) And I have recently taken up yoga and pilates.

My Media Mix

The Wall Street Journal, The Economist, Time, CNN.

If I weren't a CBO, I'd be

Real estate developer or cowboy/rancher.

Favorite Quote

"If I had an hour to solve a problem, I'd spend 55 minutes thinking about the problem and 5 minutes thinking about solutions." - Albert Einstein


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