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Congratulations to Mitch Louch on being named this year's recipient of the Neil Seitz Leadership Award. Established in 2002 to honor Dr. Neil Seitz, Dean of the John Cook School of Business (1993-2002), this award recognizes a student who has best exhibited the qualities necessary for the type of value-based decision making that were a hallmark of Dr. Seitz’s deanship and continues to be a cornerstone of his life Mitch was nominated by his fellow classmates for his strong work ethic, integrity and respect for others. This Saturday , Mitch will receive a MBA with an emphasis in Marketing.
The John Cook School of Business was honored to have SLU alumni and faculty mentioned in St. Louis Small Business Monthly's "100 St. Louisans You Should Know" issue in April.
Attending the One-Year MBA program at SLU has been a great experience. I started the program in June 2013, which was 10 years and a month after I completed my under graduate degree at Central Missouri State University. Fortunately our class of 42 was very welcome to having an “old” guy such as me in the program. It didn’t take me long realize we had a great group of professionals who enjoy making class a fun event and blowing off steam by “McCarty-ing” throughout the world.
...I fully expected to be the minority since I did not have formal business experience and had a graduate degree in another field. What I found was a classroom full of people like myself, who came from very diverse careers and held fascinating jobs across numerous industries. This not only made for a lively discussion in class, but professors often looked to our experiences to help each other.
The MBA courses constantly challenged us to step beyond our comfort zone and explore new ways of thinking. As a law student with a political science degree, I was unfamiliar with group work and was frightened by the words “linear regression model.” Nevertheless, I found myself actively engaging in group projects during nearly every class and regularly delivering presentations, one of which included several linear regression models.
“Individuals may have multiple mentors in their lives who will provide views from a variety of perspectives,” said Barb Gradala, director of the Valerie A. Davisson Career Resources Center at the John Cook School of Business. “I think mentoring relationships can work with a lot of different structures, but there are some key elements that maximize successful outcomes.”Productive mentoring relationships can take many forms and occur at all stages of a person’s life and career.
Congratulations to Jennifer Ehlen for being honored with an Innovation Award from the St. Louis Business Journal, in recognition of her work with Thompson Street Capital Partners. Jennifer is a SLU Alumni, and was formerly the director of our Center for Entrepreneurship.
I started thinking about my MBA about a year ago when implementing a major initiative in my current role. This implementation involved executive leaders and front-line associates from several operational functions of our health system. I found myself wanting more knowledge about the connections between the functions, such as how supply chain practices interact with revenue cycle and ultimately the hospital’s bottom line.
The SLU One Year MBA program puts great emphasis on both integrated business knowledge and career focus. The Career Resources Center has been instrumental in refining my brand and helping me acquire my current job at World Wide Technology. The program began last May by featuring a large amount of varying guest speakers and companies from around the St. Louis area, giving the students an idea of what industries or companies would be a good fit for them.
The One Year MBA at Saint Louis University was definitely a transformational experience for me. Being exposed to a new culture I learned a lot about people, relationships and myself. This exciting discovery coupled with an intense academic program enabled me to achieve professional and personal development.