Intrapreneur and entrepreneur – Adam Mamdani is both.
Adam built upon his Honours Bachelor of Business Administration with a Masters in Business, Entrepreneurship and Technology (MBET), which gave him both traditional skills for working within a business as well as an understanding of how businesses are built from the ground up.
He dove into entrepreneurship immediately after graduation, starting his own business as a Certified Financial Planner contracted through Sun Life Financial. In his first year, he was a top national recruit for Sun Life among the 700+ new advisors that joined the organization that year. As a result of his success, he was soon invited to take on a management role with Sun Life, rising steadily in the organization.
In his current role as Senior Associate Manager of the largest Sun Life Financial office in Canada, Adam provides coaching, training, and support to a team of over 100 independent financial advisors while also contributing to strategy for the organization. He is a hybrid of intrapreneur and entrepreneur – working within an organization, but as a stakeholder rather than an employee.
Adam is among many MBET graduates to find an outlet for their entrepreneurial drive within a pre-existing company. He shares his perspective on the value of the MBET degree, for intrapreneurs as well as entrepreneurs
- You leave with an understanding of the foundation of business.
MBET teaches you the core values of starting a business. If you decide to be an intrapreneur, all of this knowledge can be applied to a managerial role. You have to understand the core foundation which enables businesses to be successful, before you can be successful at managing one.
- You learn to work with people from all around the world.
The fact that MBET is an international program gave me a tremendous amount of exposure to the way people around the world conduct business. This has been a great asset to me, as I now work in the most multicultural part of Toronto, which is the most multicultural city in the world.
To get the most out of the program, you have to be very open to working with as many people as possible.
- You gain experience managing people.
MBET is really good at teaching you how to manage people through the various business exposures you get. In an MBA, you will learn how to be a successful manager. In MBET, not only do you learn to be a successful manager, you also learn to be a successful entrepreneur who can attract other managers to be successful.
- You have the opportunity to build a network.
I have always looked at my business from a big picture. I didn’t think of it as a Mom and Pop kind of shop. As a result, I built a lot of connections through MBET and the various networking events that you have access to as a student.
Through my network, I was able to build a centre of influence which allowed me to bring my business to the next level.
- You get the numbers.
MBET’s Finance and Accounting courses taught me to analyse the numbers and understand what’s at stake – from operating expenses to determining how much to reinvest in your business. This knowledge is valuable whether you are running your own business or working within one.