The International Module at FIU -The Alvah H. Chapman, Jr., Graduate School of Business

The EMBA Consortium for Global Business Innovation is an important component in the redesign of FIU’s Executive MBA. The new EMBA curriculum replaces 13 three-credit-hour discipline specific courses with 4 eight-credit-hour themed courses: navigating in a globalizing world; creating economic and social value; creating process that deliver economic and social value; and, developing and implementing corporate strategies. The new curriculum also includes a series of innovative one-credit-hour Leadership and Innovation courses that act as threads to bind together and bring focus to the eight-hour interdisciplinary courses as those courses address a variety of complex and ambiguous issues senior manages typically face.

The Consortium Week programs offered by our partner schools are opportunities for our students to expand their research horizons for their required Innovation Projects while living in and learning from different markets, teachers, colleagues, companies, government institutions and cultures.

Those students who elect to join our Consortium Week program will learn about the trends that are driving business opportunities in Miami, South Florida, and may regions of the world and how companies are using innovation to translate these drivers into opportunities. Visits with executives in the health care, cruise lines, cultural arts and real estate industries provide examples of how these innovative industries are changing Miami into a World-Class City.

FIU Downtown on Brickell
1101 Brickell Avenue, S1000
Miami, FL 33131

Rosa Fuste
EMBA Program Manager

Maria Sierra

Associate Director, Operations

City Guide
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2018 Program information coming soon!

Participants will interact with the creators of Miami’s luxury environment with program delivery coming from interactive lectures, site and neighborhood visits and tours, panels with industry leaders and small group interaction with principals involved in the creation of Miami’s luxury real estate and lifestyle markets. 

Globally recognized faculty will present the interactive lectures. Faculty in the Hollo School of Real Estate have been ranked Number 1 in the United States and Second globally in academic real estate research in a recent issue of the Journal of Real Estate Literature. More important, the program will take advantage of the accessibility of industry leaders and existing examples of real estate, leisure and luxury living components. 

Miami is home to a substantial number of residential projects marketed to and sold in the global market where buyers are non-locals (“export” or foreign buyers) and readily pay purchase prices at the highest levels in the country and within North and South America. The top tier development firms have revenues in the billions of dollars and serve a global market. They are marketing a “brand” to the global community. Even as the location is permanent, the buyers come from “export” or “foreign” markets and the income and wealth related to these properties is external to the market, which is essential for base economic activity: activity that brings income and wealth into a city or region. 

Property and Corporate Tours
Daily tours of exemplary projects associated with luxury real estate and a potential cruise ship visit will be provided. Potential tours include Aventura Park Square, a 250 million dollar mixed used lifestyle center developed by a Brazilian American firm, the Miami Design District (a multi-billion dollar redevelopment area) including a presentation with DACRA, the lead developer of this global luxury destination, tour and meeting with executives from the Related Group, one of the largest global luxury residential development firms, and additional tours of under construction and newly built luxury residential product. Finally, a tour of and meetings related to Brickell City Center, a one point five billion dollar mixed used luxury development.

Tours will highlight the integration of luxury branding, high-end design and the development of a global market. Developments include luxury amenities and co-branding with luxury lines and brands: for example, Armani and Porsche are branded as real estate and lifestyle brands. Typical tours include Aventura Park Square which is a livable, green lifestyle center marketed to the global market that affords an integrated lifestyle including healthcare, luxury residential, seniors housing and retail all related to the affluent Aventura market. The development firm has built similar product in the US and other countries. The Miami Design District is dominated by DACRA, which is the leading development firm in the district, and includes investments from LVMH’s L Real Estate private equity fund. DACRA has and is transforming a neglected industrial area into a global lifestyle area focused on luxury brands and related lifestyle options. The Related Group, founded by Jorge Perez, is a global development firm synonymous with luxury living and lifestyle. While it is a diversified company with revenues in the billions of dollars per year and a pipeline at more than $10 billion, it is one of the original luxury development firms. The firm integrates architecture, art and design in the luxury market. Another expected tour is Brickell City Center, which is a developed by Swire and is again a mixed-use lifestyle center marketed globally and providing an integrated sense of place for residential, retail and office product. A related tour will also focus on how the cruise industry in Miami is the global center of the cruise industry, uses experiential interaction in creating a memorable experience. The operational components of providing high-end services in the industry will be highlighted and addressed.

Vision and Career Expanding Outcomes
At the end of the program, students will evaluate a market’s leisure and luxury living potential. Students will understand how real estate and leisure can be part of the economic base (export activity) of a city or state. The goal will be to objectively assess market potential, barriers to creation and the necessary framework and infrastructure for likely success. In essence, can one derive a luxury strategy (why or why not) for a product type(s) and at a specific location? What are the essentials for implementation? The program participants will also integrate the decision-making framework into their overall human capital. The executives and managers in this program will recognize the entrepreneurship and application of business skills required in markets promoting leisure, luxury lifestyles and service economies. The participants will see how these activities are related to growth not only in Miami, but in places like Singapore and Panama City, Panama. Lectures and Academic Presentations The lecture series will address economic base analysis and how real estate, leisure activities and business services are linked. While real estate has traditionally been considered a tertiary activity, not related direct to the creation of base economic activity, the lectures will highlight how this has changed and how certain markets, especially those addressing global elites can benefit. The fundamentals of real estate supply and demand, as well as growth in the high-net-worth households are addressed. How the market has responded to the technological and marketing opportunities related to an affluent class that can control leisure and work environments will be addressed. If your wealth and work environment are portable, how and where and with what required amenities and legal structures become relevant.
2018 Program information coming soon!

Program at glance
Saturday, September 16th:

Sunday, September 17th:


Progam Orientation
Cultural Function

Welcome Networking Dinner

Monday, September 18th:

Econimic Base Analysis - Dr. William Hardin FRICS

Company visit: The Miami Design District, DACRA The leading development firm in the Miami Design District and includes investments from LVMH’s L Real Estate private equity fund. DACRA has and is transforming a neglected industrial area into a global lifestyle area focused on luxury brands and related lifestyle options.

Free, Dinner on your own

Tuesday, September 219th:

Debrief: Reflection on Day with Dr. William Hardin / Suzanne Hollander
Digital Links to the Future - Dr. George Marakas


Company visit: CBRE. Real State Investment & High Net-worth Investors.


Free, Dinner on your own

Wednesday, September 20th:


Debrief: Reflection on Day with Dr. William Hardin
Lecture: "Design Thinking - Innovation in Luxury Living" – Dr. Miguel Carrillo


Company Visit: Baptist Health.
International Healthcare: Cardio Specialization.


Optional: FIU Campus Trip & Cafecito stop at Versailles
Free, Dinner on your own
Thursday, September 21st:


Debrief: Reflection on Day with Dr. William Hardin
Lecture: "Wealth & Luxury" - Dr. William Hardin


Company Visit: Swire - Brickell City Center
Developed by Swire and is a mixed use lifestyle center marketed globally and providing an integrated sense of place for residential, retail and office product.

Free, Dinner on your own

Friday, September 22nd:


Finalize Presentations


Presentations (7-10 minute team presentations)
Presentation of Certificates

Evening: Closing Networking Dinner

Saturday, September 23rd:
Optional Excursions


Jorge Miguel Carrillo, Ph.D. 

Miguel Carrillo has led a distinguished career in academia and industry. He is one of the most sought after experts in the area of Strategy and Innovation by governments across all continents, multi-lateral agencies. Most recently, he served as executive director at the Arthur Lok Jack Graduate School of Business in Trinidad and Tobago, a position he held since 2009. He is an award-winning professor of business enjoying over 22 years of teaching experience spanning 13 countries. He provides consulting services in the area of strategy to firms such as Ernst & Young, Coca Cola FEMSA, CEMEX, FEMSA Cerveza, Volkswagen, Pfizer, Novartis, and lately to Banco BBVA, AON, and Blue Waters. He has lectured in 14 different countries including China and India, and he has been a visiting lecturer at MIT, University of Massachusetts, HEC Paris, and University of Texas in Austin.

Currently, Miguel is Executive Director of Florida International University's Executive and Professional Education Department. Prior positions include Dean, Adolfo Ibanez School of Management, Miami Campus; Dean, School of Business, Monterrery Institute of Technology, Mexico; Finance Manager, Hewlett Packard; Association Consultant, McKinsey & Company.

He holds a Ph.D in Strategy from the joint PhD. Program of Concordia and McGill University in Montreal Canada. He has published in several international journals, and has been a lead researcher of the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor project in Chile, Trinidad and Tobago, Guyana, and Suriname. He is one of the most sought after experts in the area of Strategy and Innovation by governments across all continents, multi-lateral agencies. He also generously gives his time, knowledge and expertise to non-profit and non-governmental organisations.

William G. Hardin, Ph.D.

Dr. Hardin is the Director of the Tibor and Sheila Hollo School of Real Estate and the Director of the Jerome Bain Real Estate Institute.

Dr. Hardin has an extensive publication record in the top real estate journals. His work has been published in Real Estate Economics, Journal of Real Estate Finance and Economics, Journal of Real Estate Research, Journal of Real Estate Portfolio Management, Journal of Real Estate Practice and Education, Journal of Property Investment and Finance, International Real Estate Review, Journal of Property Valuation and Investment, Journal of Shopping Center Research, and Assessment Journal. He has also presented his research at major real estate and finance conferences including those of the American Real Estate Society, the Asian Real Estate Society, the American Real Estate and Urban Economics Association, and the Financial Management Association.

Dr. Hardin is co-editor of Journal of Real Estate Practice and Education and is an elected member of the board of directors of the American Real Estate Society. He also serves on the editorial review board of The Appraisal Journal. Four of his papers have won best manuscript awards at the annual American Real Estate Society meetings.

Prior to joining the faculty of Florida International University, Dr. Hardin held the Robert W. Warren Chair of Real Estate at Mississippi State University, where he directed both the real estate and construction management programs, and served on the faculty of Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA.

Suzanne Hollander, JD  

Suzanne Hollander, is a Real Estate Attorney, Broker, Commentator & Blogger on real estate, property rights and housing, whose quotes are frequently featured in The Wall Street Journal -Market Watch, Yahoo!Finance, The Miami Herald, El Nuevo Herald,  Biz News,  The Real Deal,  South Florida Business Journal and Mercado De Dinero USA.

Suzanne represents national and international buyers and sellers on the purchase, sale and management of property and exercise of property rights.  During the real estate boom, Suzanne was corporate counsel and project manager for a developer building large scale projects in Downtown Miami. In this role, Suzanne managed government relations, tenants, property tax appeals and the filing of condominium documents with the State of Florida. Previously, Suzanne practiced law in large law firms.

Currently, Suzanne provides real estate consulting and brokerage services to private clients; has provided real estate consulting services to the City of Miami Beach Office of Real Estate, Housing & Development and speaks frequently on the exercise of property rights to audiences around the world. Most recently, in July 2015, Suzanne delivered the Leadership Speech for the Hispanic National Bar Foundation Law Week in Washington D.C.

Suzanne is the Vice Chair of the City of Miami Beach Affordable Housing Advisory Board, appointed to the Board by the City of Miami Beach Mayor and City Commission.  Suzanne sits on the Board of the Directors of Commercial Real Estate Women Miami – where she is the Education Director.

Suzanne is recognized publically for her excellence in real estate teaching and mentoring, winning the 2015 Best Course of the Year – Masters in International Real Estate Award, 2014 Finalist AXA Business Woman of the Year, Entrepreneur Category, 2014 Winner – Miami Dade Chamber of Commerce’s Thelma Gibson Award – Entrepreneur Category, 2013 Winner – Mentor of the Year- Commercial Real Estate Women, 2012 Winner, New Member of the Year, Commercial Real Estate Women.    Suzanne taught Commercial Leasing and Commercial-Contract-to-Closing at New York University's (NYU) Schack Institute of Real Estate. In addition to her role teaching, serves as the official representative to the real estate community on behalf of FIU’s Jerome Bain Real Estate Institute.

George M. Marakas, Ph.D.

George M. Marakas is a Full Professor of Information Systems and ISBA Doctoral Program Director at the College of Business Administration at Florida International University. His teaching expertise includes Systems Analysis and Design, Technology-Assisted Decision Making, Electronic Commerce, Management of IS Resources, Behavioral IS Research Methods, Business Intelligence, Data Mining, and Data Visualization and Decision Support. In addition, George is an active researcher in the area of Systems Analysis Methods, Data Mining and Visualization, Creativity Enhancement, Conceptual Data Modeling, Technology Acceptance, and Computer Self-Efficacy.

Dr. Marakas received his Ph.D. in Information Systems from Florida International University and his MBA from Colorado State University. Prior to his position at FIU, he was a tenured member of senior faculty at University of Kansas and the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University, as well as an assistant professor at University of Maryland and adjunct faculty member at Helsinki School of Economics. Preceding his academic career, he enjoyed a highly successful career in the banking and real estate industries. His corporate experience includes senior management positions with Continental Illinois National Bank and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation. In addition, George served as President and CEO for CMC Group, Inc., a major real estate development firm in Miami, FL for three years.

Throughout his academic career, George has distinguished himself both through his research and in the classroom. He has received numerous national teaching awards and his research has appeared in the top journals in his field including Information Systems Research, MIS Quarterly, and Management Science. He is also the author of five best-selling textbooks in information systems: Decision Support Systems for the 21st Century, Systems Analysis and Design: An Active Approach, Data Warehousing, Mining, and Visualization: Core Concepts and Management Information Systems and Introduction to Information Systems with Professor James O’Brien. He is currently working on a three book series focusing on IT audit and risk management.

Hotel Option 1:

Aloft Miami Brickell
1001 SW 2nd Ave
Miami, FL 33130

900 m / 0.6 mi walking distance from FIU (click here for map)

Phone reservations: 
1-888-625-4988, group code FI14AA
Online reservations: Click on this link FIU EMBA Residency
Booking deadline:
August 17, 2017

Room Fees: Single King $119/night or Double Queen $129/night (plus taxes/fees)

Hotel rate includes continental breakfast, complimentary bottled water and coffee, high speed internet, reduced valet $15 USD per vehicle, signature platform bed, walk-inshower, mini-fridge.

An early departure fee of $100 USD will apply if a guest checks out prior to the confirmed check out date.

Transportation Notice: We will only provide transportation to/from the selected hotel. Participants are free to stay elsewhere; however, if they do so, they will have to arrange their own transportation to either the University or to one of the suggested hotels for pick-up. We will also provide transportation only during program activities and company visits.

Each participant is responsible for their transportation arrangements to/from the airport/hotel upon departure/arrival. Please note that FIU is not responsible for any transaction settled between students and this hotel.

Hotel Option 2: 

SLS Brickell Hotel & Residence
1300 S Miami Avenue
Miami, FL 33130

400 m / 0.2 mi walking distance from FIU (click here for map)

Reservations: Click on this booking link EMBA17 to reserve
Booking deadline: August 17, 2017

Room Fees: Single King $199/night (plus taxes/fees)

Hotel rate includes $24 per room allowance for breakfast at Fi'lia by Michael Schwartz Restaurant. Each guest will be responsible for breakfast overages exceeding the $24 allowance. Other amenities included complimentary morning coffee station, Wi-Fi in room & public, 24 hour gym access, same day laundering of gym clothes (2 pieces/day), pressing (2 pieces/day), beach access at SLS South Beach with two beach chairs/towels, sauna and steam room access, shoeshine services, digital newspaper access (NY Times & Financial Times), complimentary local calls, and discounted shipping and packaging services via FedEx.

Transportation Notice: We will only provide transportation to/from the selected hotel. Participants are free to stay elsewhere; however, if they do so, they will have to arrange their own transportation to either the University or to one of the suggested hotels for pick-up. We will also provide transportation only during program activities and company visits. 

Each participant is responsible for their transportation arrangements to/from the airport/hotel upon departure/arrival. Please note that FIU is not responsible for any transaction settled between students and this hotel.

2018 Calendar of Events coming soon!

Month of September 2017:

Miami Spice - The Miami Spice promotion encourages diners to visit Miami-Dade County restaurants during the industry’s slowest months. This year, the lunch prices will be set at $23 a person; dinner at $39. Promotion runs from August 1 – September 30. Click here to view the participating restaurants and menus.

Florida Adventure Pass - From animal interactions, lush botanical gardens to art expression, science and technology, the South Florida Adventure Pass boasts adventures of all kinds. The pass is also available at PAMM, granting unlimited admission to each attraction until September 30, 2017. The South Florida Adventure Pass must be purchased in person and is not available online. The cost is $45 per adult and $35 per child. For more information, please visit

Sept. 9-17: Miami International Auto Show - In 1971, Datsun introduced the 240Z, gasoline was 36 cents a gallon and the Miami lnternational Auto Show launched its first exhibition. Today, this same show is recognized as one of the largest and most prestigious in the nation.

A venue for national product introductions, the auto show showcases more than a thousand new vehicles from over 40 manufacturers from around the world - a collection that auto enthusiasts wait all year to see. 

Building from a momentous show in 2016, this signature South Florida event is back with popular returning exhibits, including Topless in Miami's display of convertible cars in a picturesque Miami environment, and Havana Classics, a spin-off of Memory Lane celebrating nostalgia of the 50s. Ride & Drive events, including Camp Jeep will also be back at Convention Center Drive. Buy tickets here. Admission: $15 

Location: Miami Beach Convention Center | 1901 Convention Center Dr., Miami Beach, FL33139

Sept. 15: Free Fridays at the FIU Wolfsonian - Learn more about The Wolfsonian and related art and design themes during a 45-minute free guided tour of the permanent collection or temporary exhibitions. Free guided tour: 6:00pm-6:45pm.  | 1001 Washington Avenue, Miami, FL 33139 | +1-305-531-1001

Sept 15: Depeche Mode Concert - Depeche Mode continues to roll out their Global Spirit Tour, with the second leg bringing their stunning live show to fans across North America this fall. Buy tickets here.

Sept. 15-17: Marlins vs. Brewers - Enjoy either Burger & Beer Fridays, Marlins Floral Cap Saturday or Christian Yelich Bobblehad Sunday. For schedule and ticket information click here.

Sept. 16: Miami River Explorers - Enjoy a relaxing boat ride along the historic Miami River with HistoryMiami Museum guide Pepe Menendez. Learn the story of the Miami River from the late 19th century and hear tales of the area’s earliest known inhabitants, the Tequesta Indians, all while cruising through Miami’s Downtown. See hidden neighborhoods and little known sites. Click here to register online. Tour time: 10am-12:00pm.

*No audio or video photography, please. Please note that there are no refunds or exchanges. Onsite registration will incur a $10 per person surcharge. Rates subject to change.

Location: Island Queen at Bayside Marketplace, 401 Biscayne Boulevard, Miami, FL 33132

By History Miami Museum

Sept. 16: Sunset Saturdays – Sunset pool party at the rooftop of Atton Miami hotel with music, signature bites and half price drinks.

Atton Miami Hotel | 1500 SW 1 Ave, Miami, FL

Sept. 18-20: Marlins vs. Mets – Enjoy Salute & Serve Monday or Half-Priced Tuesdays. For schedule and ticket information click here.

Sept. 19: Mumford & Sons Concert - Pre-sale tickets go on sale Thursday, June 22nd at 10 a.m. General tickets to the public go on sale Friday, June 23rd at 10 a.m. Buy tickets here.

Sept. 19-21: Miami Marlins vs. Washington Nationals - Live MLB Baseball game featuring the Miami Marlins. For schedule and ticket information click here.

Sept. 21-24: Miami Fashion Film Festival - Adding to Miami's art and cultural offerings, the Miami Fashion Film Festival (MIAFFF) celebrates the films and filmmakers that creatively examine the art, culture, and business of fashion, both locally and internationally.

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