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. 

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. Abilitie’s founding team moved to Austin and struck a deal with the University of Texas’ McCombs School of Business to commercialize a leadership program used by 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 in over 30 countries since 2015.

Bjorn Billhardt
Megan Fanale
Matt Confer
Trey Reynolds
Lila Brolsma
Nathan Kracklauer
Alex Whiteleather
Lauren O'Neill
David Sharff
Matt Rubins
Haley Bahm
Kiana Shelton
Fred Tally-Foos

Meet Some of Our Certified Facilitators

Abilitie’s global network of certified facilitators has decades of experience facilitating leadership development programs and coaching executives. Our facilitators debrief the experiences and customize the simulations to your specific learning needs. Meet some of them below.

Dr. Carol Shuherk

is a member of the University of Rochester’s Simon Business School’s MBA faculty and created its management communication program. Prior to joining the Simon faculty, she was the University of Rochester’s Senior Associate Provost. Before coming to Rochester, Carol was an inside consultant to the Los Angeles Times for eight years, establishing the Times’ Newspaper Management Institute for mid-career managers.

Frank Ryan

is a lecturer in the Finance Department at San Diego State University (SDSU). After obtaining an MBA from Washington University in St. Louis, Frank started his career as a financial planner for Eastman Kodak. Following his time at Kodak, he marketed financial systems and accounting and software services for businesses in the Seattle area. Frank then returned to academia to obtain his Masters in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania.

Paul Kirkitelos

was previously a consultant at McKinsey & Company with a focus on corporate finance. Paul has also served in an advisory capacity for a number of early-stage companies around the globe, and his extensive travel experience has helped feed his interest in understanding the differences and similarities between cultures throughout the world. Paul holds a Ph.D. in physics from the University of Virginia and is a former Research Fellow with NASA’s Laboratory for Extraterrestrial Physics.

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