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Last Updated May 31, 2017 by

Rob Adams Announced as New UW Foster Entrepreneurship Center Director

For years the Buerk Center for Entrepreneurship has integrated entrepreneurship into the very fabric of the University of Washington, particularly its Foster School of Business. Now, with Seattle angel investor, startup mentor, and former Cisco acquisitions manager Rob Adams as the next director, there are more great things to come. Adams succeeds Connie Bourassa-Shaw, who will be stepping down at the end of June to take her place as the part-time executive director of the Foster School’s new Master of Science in Entrepreneurship degree program. James Jiambalvo, dean of the Foster School, announced Adams’ appointment as director. In a press release he said:... Read more »

Last Updated May 25, 2017 by

Oxford Saïd Expands New Global Leadership Council & Responsible Business Forum

Like many leading MBA programs in the global arena, the University of Oxford Saïd Business School is continually working to enhance its opportunities for students, professors, and alumni. Most recently, the school expanded its global reach with the establishment of a new Global Leadership Council, which has the goal of advancing the school’s business education model. In addition, the second annual Responsible Business Forum provided a platform for the next generation of business leaders to address social and environmental issues. Both the council and the forum brought together global companies and educational stakeholders to support the development of mutually beneficial... Read more »

Last Updated May 18, 2017 by

McCombs Donations Create New Opportunities in Marketing, Real Estate

Two recent donations to UT Austin’s McCombs School of Business totaling $7 million promise to open up new opportunities for students and professors in marketing and real estate. In both cases, the gifts will be used to improve the school and advance its programming. Endowed Chair in Marketing Innovation A $1 million gift donated by Robert Malcolm, an executive in residence at the Center for Consumer Insight and Marketing Solutions (CCIMS), was used to establish an endowed chair in marketing innovation. The person in this position will focus on advancing marketing offerings at McCombs by recruiting leading marketing academics, creating... Read more »

Last Updated May 15, 2017 by

7 Continents, 7 Marathons, 1 Student at Georgetown McDonough

Finding balance in your life during an MBA program can be a challenge, which makes time management is one of the most important skills for MBA candidates and students to develop. It’s difficult enough to attend classes and complete assignments, and most students also juggle club involvement, competitions, family, and leisure activities. And then there are students like Nick Stukel, an MD/MBA ’18 student at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business. Nick Stukel Not only does Stukel manage his MBA program and personal life, he also balances medical school, running marathons, and heading his nonprofit organization Strums & Strides, which... Read more »

Last Updated May 14, 2017 by

Beyond Business School: LBS MBA Alum Tony Wheeler

If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go? It’s a tough question, but if anyone would have suggestions, it would be Tony Wheeler, a London Business School MBA alumnus and the co-founder of Lonely Planet Publications—the world’s largest travel guidebook publisher. This January, Tony and Maureen Wheeler received the 13th UNWTO (United Nations World Tourism Organization) Lifetime Achievement Award—a prize conferred every year to individuals with visionary leadership and significant contributions to the global tourism sector. For more than 40 years, Wheeler has played an inspirational role for worldwide travelers, writers, and the tourism sector through... Read more »

Last Updated May 9, 2017 by

Smith School CLIC Lunch and Learn Series Promotes Experiential Learning

Learning doesn’t just happen in the classroom, especially in MBA programs. In fact, it’s the outside learning experiences that can be most valuable for many MBA students and graduates. Most full-time MBA programs organize events, clubs, competitions and other activities to provide their students with an opportunity to apply and refine the skills and knowledge they’ve acquired in the classroom. Business problems aren’t typically cookie-cutter, so it’s in students’ best interest to attend schools that foster creativity, flexibility, and teamwork. Krishna Erramilli, associate dean at Illinois Tech’s Stuart School of Business, had this to say to the Chicago Tribune. “Business... Read more »

Last Updated May 8, 2017 by

Cambridge Judge MBAs Create New Energy Startups

The energy landscape is changing. Fossil fuels are on their way out as half of global R&D in the energy field is now devoted to developing low carbon alternatives such as solar and wind. The good news is that besides helping the environment, this changing landscape also opens up many unique business opportunities. That’s why schools such as the University of Cambridge’s Judge Business School are helping students explore possible solutions with new energy startups. Unfortunately, though, the constantly changing energy industry can also be hard to predict, according to Professor Michael Pollitt, who coaches and lectures within Cambridge Judge’s Energy and... Read more »

Last Updated May 3, 2017 by

Saïd Business School Hosts Global Challenge, Saïd Team Wins

On Monday, May 1st, Saïd Business School at the University of Oxford hosted the finale of the Global Challenge. Six finalist teams from around the globe competed to take home a prize of £3,000 cash as well as tickets and travel allowance to attend the Skoll World Forum 2018 and Emerge 2017. About the Global Challenge The Global Challenge is a competition that offers students and recent graduates a chance to learn more about the global issues that interest them and to present those findings to a global audience. Participants are asked to develop a business plan or to present an... Read more »

Last Updated Apr 26, 2017 by

Babson College Helping Empower Women in School and Beyond

Despite improvements in recent years, women remain underrepresented in MBA classrooms and don’t participate in the global economy to the same extent as men. It’s a persistent issue, but one that many business schools and foundations are working to address by demonstrating successful female leadership and implementing programs to empower women in business. As a part of that effort, Babson College and the F.W. Olin Graduate School of Business recently announced that Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf would address their undergraduate and graduate students during its commencement ceremonies. “We are so excited to have President Sirleaf deliver Babson’s Commencement address this year,”... Read more »

Last Updated Apr 13, 2017 by

The Media MBA: Advice from a Student in the Trenches

An MBA with an emphasis in entertainment and media isn’t something you hear about often. In fact, according to GMAC’s 2016 Prospective Students Survey, a career in media is barely a consideration for most MBA candidates. But that wasn’t the case for Kristina Partsinevelos, a 2017 MBA candidate from the Oxford Saïd Business School. Partsinevelos started her career as a journalist, producer and TV news anchor, and she plans to continue in media post-graduation. And for her, an MBA was a natural step to further her career. Kristina Partsinevelos, Saïd MBA ’17 “I actually started out as a business undergraduate and went... Read more »

Last Updated Apr 11, 2017 by

The Future of Business: Goizueta Social Enterprise

Over the past few decades, social enterprise—the idea that business can be used to identify and bring about transformative societal change—has emerged as a new way of doing business. As Sally Osberg and Roger Martin explained in the Harvard Business Review, “typically, the aim is to benefit a specific group of people, permanently transforming their lives by altering a prevailing socioeconomic equilibrium that works to their disadvantage.” This hybrid approach blurs the lines between traditional business, government and non-profit sectors, and it’s attracting attention more than ever before. In recent years, social enterprise has grown into a prominent area of... Read more »

Last Updated Apr 5, 2017 by

The HERWorld Energy Forum at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business

Bridging the gender gap in business has been an increasingly hot topic in recent years. As evidenced by the Fearless Girl statue facing off against the Charging Bull on Wall Street, and the women’s marches that took place across the country earlier this year, both women and men are speaking up for equality in the business world. The recent HERWorld Energy Forum is yet another example. HERWorld Energy Forum Men have historically dominated the energy industry, which includes oil, natural gas and renewable energy. In fact, less than 27 percent of the workforce is female. And that’s just one reason behind... Read more »

Last Updated Apr 3, 2017 by

Babson’s MBA Program Ranked No. 1 for Entrepreneurship 24 Years in a Row

For the 24th year in a row, U.S. News & World Report has named Babson’s MBA Program No. 1 for entrepreneurship. This ranking places Babson College’s F.W. Olin Graduate School of Business ahead of Stanford Graduate School of Business (No. 2), Harvard Business School and MIT Sloan School of Management (tied at No. 3), and UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business (No. 5). Twenty-four years is a long time to lead the world in any area, and to do so in entrepreneurship education—a field that is constantly evolving—requires regular innovation. Olin Dean William Lamb explained it this way: “Entrepreneurial thinking is at... Read more »

Last Updated Mar 22, 2017 by

The Potential Impact of Brexit on U.K. Schools

British Prime Minister Theresa May has announced plans to invoke Article 50 of the European Union Lisbon Treaty on March 29th—triggering the start of the United Kingdom’s two-year process of exiting the bloc of nations it has been part of for four decades. Given this, it seems a good time to look at the impact of Brexit on U.K. schools. According to a 2017 GMAC Brexit-U.S. Survey, 45 percent of respondents claimed that Brexit would make them less likely to study in the United Kingdom. But what does that figure mean? Are U.K. schools expecting fewer applications from top international... Read more »

Last Updated Mar 20, 2017 by

New Entrepreneurship Opportunities at UW’s Foster School

Entrepreneurship plays a vital role in the U.S. economy. Forbes estimates that approximately 543,000 new businesses are launched each month and, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, three million jobs were created in 2015 by businesses less than a year old. So, it makes sense that entrepreneurship is assuming a more prominent role in business school courses and programming. Samantha Ogle, the assistant director of the Buerk Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of Washington’s Foster School of Business, reports that roughly 40 percent of that school’s incoming full-time MBA students indicated that they chose UW “because of our... Read more »

Last Updated Mar 16, 2017 by

The Foster School Ranks Highly as Research-Focused Business School

Research universities ask questions, generate knowledge and solve problems. According to the Association of American Universities, research-focused universities perform more than half of the nation’s basic research, the results of which are applied to real-world problems every day. Why does a school’s research agenda matter for MBA candidates? According to a 2014 Financial Times article by Paul Danos, then-dean of Dartmouth’s Tuck Business School, it’s one thing that all great MBA programs have in common: a strong representation of outstanding researchers. The reason for this is that part of the value of earning an MBA from a leading school is... Read more »

Last Updated Mar 10, 2017 by

Cambridge Judge Empowers Women to Become Rising Leaders

Currently, only 26 women serve as CEOs of Fortune 500 companies—roughly 5 percent—and only one in six board members are women (17 percent). While the numbers are up from 12 years ago when there were no women CEOs and only 10 percent of board members were women, there’s still a lot of work to be done. Cambridge University’s Judge Business School is among the MBA programs working to further bridge the gap with its Cambridge Rising Women Leaders Programme. Cambridge Rising Women Leaders Programme The program, scheduled for March 23-24, 2017, will welcome high-potential women in junior and mid-level managerial positions... Read more »

Last Updated Mar 9, 2017 by

Social Impact at the Marshall School of Business

When talking about career paths one might pursue after an MBA, most people think of areas like finance, consulting or marketing. Over the past several years, however, MBA students have grown increasingly interested in the business of social impact; according to Business as Unusual, a 2014 Net Impact survey, 88 percent of MBA students report that they’re interested in learning about businesses with social missions and environmental emphases. That’s one reason why the USC Marshall School of Business recently hosted its second annual Social Impact Careers Panel. Social Impact Careers Panel The event—hosted by Global Brigades @ Marshall in partnership... Read more »

Last Updated Mar 1, 2017 by

New Smith School of Business Program Inspires Fearless Leadership

The development of leadership skills is heavily emphasized by many MBA programs. In fact, it’s often a selling point. At the University of Maryland R.H. Smith School of Business, leadership development is a core part of the UMD Smith MBA experience, reflected in the recent launch of a new program to help encourage fearless leadership in its students.  About the Leading Fearlessly Program The new semester-long Leading Fearlessly Program was designed to provide a personalized and individualized experience for each student. It relies on experiential learning and teamwork to take leadership development outside the classroom. The program is divided into four... Read more »

Last Updated Feb 16, 2017 by

SMU Cox’s Maguire Energy Institute Honors Top Energy Leaders

Texas consumes more energy than any other U.S. state, both per capita and as a whole. In addition, several major oil companies have TX headquarters, including BP, ConocoPhilips and Exxon-Mobil. Because Texas is a global energy leader, many of the business schools in the state maintain connections to the industry through clubs, MBA concentrations, faculty and course work. Each year at the SMU Cox School of Business, the Maguire Energy Institute honors one of the top leaders in the energy industry with the L. Frank Pitts Energy Leadership Award. The award—created in 2010—recognizes an individual who exemplifies a spirit of... Read more »

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