Making an impact in the investment management industry 

Sean Kenney, Director of Institutional Sales at MFS Investment Management, has made sustainability a focal point of his Executive MBA program. “Capital markets hold the key to affecting change in the way corporate sustainability programs are implemented,” he says.

MIT has a unique culture of innovation, experimentation, and openness that makes me a more ambitious professional.

Sean Kenney always wanted to attend business school—in fact, he always wanted to go to MIT Sloan. “MIT is one of the most inspiring places on the planet,” he says.

But when he considered applying the first time, his career at MFS was going strong; taking two years off for a fulltime MBA program seemed unwise. Sean had joined MFS in 2004 in the call center. He moved up the ranks and from 2006-2008, ran sales in the Midwest region for its retirement business. In 2008, he became a Director of Institutional Sales.

After earning his CFA in 2011, he realized the next chapter of his career would be less about financial expertise and more about leading people, shaping strategy, and executing change. MIT Sloan’s Executive MBA program beckoned.

In his EMBA, Sean has made sustainability a focal point. “Capital markets hold the key to effecting change in the way corporate sustainability programs are implemented,” he says. “I enjoy helping investors think differently about these issues, and the lessons I learn at Sloan allow me to move this conversation from beyond just talk, to encouraging action.”

Sean says he is focused on making an impact—both on his firm and his industry. “MIT has a unique culture of innovation, experimentation, and openness that makes me a more ambitious professional,” he says.