About The Program
The Invited MBA was born with a vision to help young professionals tap into their full potential and excel towards the next step in their career. By tapping into sponsors that underwrite the curriculum, the Invited MBA also helps professionals advance in their career without getting into significant educational debt. The program provides a meaningful business education and access to a network of accomplished mentors and peers in a part-time 12-week schedule that is tailored to busy professionals.
Our goal is to inspire you to dream big, help you to learn in an engaging way, connect you to like-minded professionals, and give you the tools to transform you into an executive leader.
Who We Are
The Invited MBA is brought to you by the team from Abilitie, a group of seasoned leadership development professionals who deliver award-winning leadership programs to employees at Fortune 500 companies across the globe. The Invited MBA has its roots at Harvard Business School, where founder Bjorn Billhardt received his MBA and then worked with his former professors to create some of Harvard’s first interactive online simulations. Shortly thereafter, Abilitie’s founding team partnered with the University of Texas’ McCombs School of Business to commercialize a leadership simulation used by the University of Texas MBA students. Building on those early roots, Abilitie has grown to become a recognized brand in corporate leadership development and has taught over 20,000 high-potential employees at Fortune 500 companies including GE, Southwest Airlines, Marriott, Coca-Cola, Dell, and many others in over 30 countries since 2015.
Dr. Michael Watkins
Dr. Michael Watkins is the Director of the Transition to Business Leadership executive program and a professor at IMD, a top-ranked business school in Lausanne, Switzerland. Dr. Watkins is the author of the international bestseller “The First 90 Days: Critical Success Strategies for New Leaders at all Levels,” which The Economist called “the on-boarding bible.” With more than 400,000 copies sold in English, and translations in 27 languages, “The First 90 Days” has become the standard reference for leaders in transition. Recently, “The First 90 Days” was named one of the best 100 business books of all time.
Shon Bayer is the CEO, President, and Owner of Spa Partisan, Inc. which owns and operates milk + honey spas and salons in Austin, Texas and Houston, Texas and has been recognized as the best day spa in Texas. milk + honey has also been rated one of the Best Places to Work in Austin, TX. Prior to milk + honey, Shon was Vice President of Marketing at Enspire Learning and held various leadership roles at The Princeton Review. Shon holds a BS in Material Science from the University of California at Berkeley.
Zeynep Young is an E&Y Entrepreneur of the Year finalist and was named one of six Women of Influence in Central Texas. She is the founder of Double Line Partners, a technology company focused on delivering data systems and tools to improve student performance in K-12 education. Prior to founding Double Line Partners, Zeynep was a portfolio manager with the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation where she oversaw a 150M portfolio of grants, and worked at McKinsey & Company. Zeynep holds a BA from Rice University and an MBA from Northwestern University.
Adrian Taylor is a principal and co-owner of Pushstart Creative, a multidisciplinary product development agency that he co-founded in 2011. Adrian is an experienced executive and creative director focused on conceiving and executing original interactive solutions that are designed to meet real-world business needs. Prior to starting Pushstart, Adrian built an award-winning multimedia department that produces best-in-class rich-media solutions for dozens of Fortune 500 companies. He has worked with a variety of organizations, including tech startups, software development houses, publishers, and advertising agencies. Adrian holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Rhode Island School of Design.