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On Thursday, June 4, Seung Kim, Ph.D., director of the Boeing Institute of International Business at Saint Louis University’s John Cook School of Business, was presented with the 2015 International Educator of the Year award by the World Affairs Council of St. Louis. “This is the first year that the World Affairs Council of St. Louis is awarding the International Educator of the Year,” stated Robert A. Fischer, executive director, World Affairs Council of St. Louis. “It couldn’t be given to a more deserving individual than Dr. Seung H. Kim, who has led the global education initiative in the Saint Louis region for several decades.”
Born and raised in the Boston, Massachusetts area, I had spent the past four years living and working in Washington, DC in support of the U.S. Department of State. I had reached a point in my career when I knew it was time to go back to school and get my MBA. I wanted to learn new skillsets and focus on a possible career transition out of public sector financial management and into private sector strategic planning, brand management, and business development.
Given his passion for higher education, community service, and collegiate sports, it didn't take long for Mark Higgins to feel right at home at Saint Louis University.When he stepped foot on campus to learn more about the dean position at the Cook School, he discovered a welcoming environment with an abundance of assets: talented faculty, loyal alumni, respect within the institution, a vibrant business community. “I began to look at what SLU had to offer – and it was a lot,” Higgins said. “Everything just added up and it was a good fit for me. It’s the total package.”
Of course it does. But the very next question we want to ask is "How much better?"Let's do a little thought experiment using the Bayesian analysis that you would have learned had you attended the Harvard Business School and been awarded that MBA.We will make some assumptions. By all means, change them if you don't like them or if you stumble across the precise data. The Bayesian analytic technique will be the same even if the numbers change.
On Tuesday, June 2, Andy Taylor, executive chairman of Enterprise Holdings, shared his insights about “The Enterprise Way – Building A Global Culture of Customer Service” as part of the 2015 Boeing Distinguished Guest Lecture in International Business. Over 400 reservations were accepted for the event, which was held in the Anheuser-Busch auditorium in Cook Hall at Saint Louis University’s John Cook School of Business. Dr. Seung Kim, director of the Boeing Institute of International Business that hosts the annual event, opened the program and served as moderator. After welcoming the record crowd, he introduced the Saint Louis University Vice President of Academic Affairs, Dr. Ellen Harshman, who provided a university greeting. The welcome from the Cook School of Business, and the introduction of Mr. Taylor, were provided by the Dean, Dr. Mark Higgins.
Twenty companies joined the John Cook School of Business One-Year MBA Class of 2016 for the 10th annual Firmapalooza, a speed networking event hosting by the Career Resources Center. Our MBA students participate in a professional development and career skill building “Nexus” curriculum over the summer in which they explore and clarify career interests, develop an MBA resume and work to hone their marketing message or “elevator pitch”.
It has been one year since Claudia and Erick began the evening MBA program at SLU. In addition to enrolling into the program they have had the opportunity to join the World Pediatric Project as volunteers.World Pediatric Project (WPP) is a non profit organization with the mission to heal critically ill children primarily from developing countries and build healthcare capacity in the world. WPP addresses these issues from different perspectives, from sending surgical and diagnostic teams to provide treatment to those countries to bringing children in need of especially complex care to U.S.-based facilities. The St. Louis office of World Pediatric Project is one of two offices in the U.S. The other location is in Richmond, Virginia. Both offices partner to fulfill WPP’s mission to heal critically ill children and build healthcare capacity in the world.
The 2015 Allsup Summer Academy, part of Saint Louis University's Summer at SLU program, welcomed over 60 high-school entrepreneurs from across the United States. Participants met with startups owners, toured tech-hubs and coworking spaces, and competed in a best pitch contest for real funding.
Business professionals in the Executive Master of International Business program (EMIB) recently completed a whirlwind two-week Asian business global immersion study abroad developed through funding from Monsanto. The course is offered to EMIB students every year, with the Asian course alternating with a Latin American business course.
The Cook School recently hosted a round table dialogue about business’ role in fostering the common good with the initiator and facilitator of this dialogueSister Simone Campbell, the executive director of NETWORK National Catholic Social Justice Lobby.