A team of experienced and savvy instructors will lead the sessions. They represent a broad spectrum of knowledge, expertise, and perspectives:
Barbara A. Millar
Assistant Professor of Business Administration, School of Business, University of Virginia Darden School of Business
Barbara A. Millar is responsible for Leading Change and Creating the Future, two required leadership residencies in the ExecMBA Program at the Darden School, as well as first- and second-year electives on leadership coaching and leadership resilience and worldwide courses to Normandy, China, and Cuba.
With experience in senior administrative leadership positions at the Darden School, Millar joined the faculty full time in 2019 after serving as assistant dean of the Executive MBA Program. In addition to her leadership duties, she also taught required and elective courses in the program.
Throughout her career, she has coached staff colleagues as well as student leaders. The development of MBA electives in the areas of coaching and resilience reflect her deep commitment to helping her graduate business students develop these critical leadership skills.
She received her bachelor’s degree in social work from the University of New Hampshire, her master’s degree in counseling and psychology from the University of New Hampshire, and an Ed.D. in higher education administration and leadership from the University of Virginia.
Millar was elected to the Executive MBA Council’s Board of Trustees and served as board chair. She received the 2016 EMBAC Bud Fackler Service Award for her contributions to EMBAC and the industry.
Kevin T. Davis
Vice President, Product Development, Game Plan, and Managing Principal & CEO, Professor K Enterprises
A leadership brand advisor and business strategist, Kevin T. Davis works with corporate executives and CEOs of start-up/early-stage companies, specializing in strategy, innovation, and leadership development.
As Managing Principal and CEO, Davis leads Professor K Enterprises, a management consulting and advisory services firm that helps professionals seeking consistent growth and advancement in their careers and business ventures. In March 2021, Davis also became the vice president of product development at Game Plan,
an education technology company that assists athletes as they pursue success at all phases of their career journey.
Before launching Professor K Enterprises, Davis enjoyed a successful 10-year career at Sabre Holdings, a world leader in travel commerce, rising to vice president of marketing for Sabre Holdings’ largest software portfolio. In addition to his corporate background, he led recruiting and marketing of the Texas Christian University Neeley Executive MBA Program from 2009 to 2021.
Davis received his MBA in marketing from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University and his bachelor’s degree in mathematics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Louise A. Kapustka
Executive Director, Executive MBA Program, Michael G. Foster School of Business, University of Washington
An alumnus of the University of Washington, Louise A. Kapustka’s (MBA ’95) career includes leadership roles both in education and the corporate sector.
Throughout her career, she found success through diverse people, product/relationship, program, and P&L management roles. She worked in the private sector for Wells Fargo Bank and Microsoft Corporation. She moved into the public sector when she returned to lead the program that she loved. The Foster School has recognized her contributions with Dean’s Leadership Awards.
Kapustka participated in EMBAC as a regional and annual conference presenter, annual conference co-chair, and member of the EMBAC Board of Trustees. She received the 2015 EMBAC Bud Fackler Service Award for her contributions to EMBAC and the industry.
The value and impact of education are part of her DNA. She received her undergraduate degree in education from Oregon State University, and now has the privilege and thoroughly enjoys teaching Leadership and Organizational Behavior and Marketing Concepts to undergraduate classes and Teamwork Effectiveness to graduate classes at the University of Washington.
Senior Director, Strategy and Innovation, Working Professionals, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University
Elmer Almachar began his career by joining the world-renowned consulting firm of McKinsey & Company. Initially hired as a graphics specialist, he gained additional responsibilities and eventually led McKinsey’s U.S. Design Center team.
Academics has always been important to Almachar. He completed his bachelor’s degree with a focus on government and religion and then received his master’s degree in religious studies from the University of Chicago Divinity School. While at McKinsey, he returned to school again for his MBA from Kellogg.
The experience proved more than valuable: In 2011, he joined Kellogg School of Management as director of its Executive MBA Program and in 2016 expanded his role to lead strategy and innovation initiatives for working professionals. His work involves connecting ideas and people to discover new ways of seeing and doing things. He has led innovations that have transformed the educational experience of more than 1,000 EMBA students.
Almachar was elected to the EMBAC Board of Trustees in 2014 and served as board chair in 2016. He has been instrumental in enhancing EMBAC’s research initiatives and received the 2020 EMBAC Bud Fackler Service Award for his contributions to EMBAC and the industry.