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After some exciting announcements about the Billiken Angels Network earlier in the week, Director Jerome Katz Ph.D. hosted a workshop detailing where to find startup funding in St. Louis and how to raise money for your project...
Not many people can say that they danced with the Emberá tribe or swam in a waterfall in the rain forest. Everyone who studies abroad says it is one of the most amazing experiences of their lives – and I have to agree. Travelling to Panama on SLU’s all-business school Immersion Trip was incredible, and I encourage anyone and everyone to take the opportunity and study abroad while they have the chance.
On December 3, SLU’s Center for Entrepreneurship hosted its first “St. Louis Shark Tank Survivors” event at Wehrenberg Ronnie’s 20 Cine. Featuring each of St. Louis’s four contestants who have appeared on ABC’s Shark Tank, the entrepreneurs described their experiences with their appearances on the show, watched their individual episodes with the crowd, and answered questions about their “most exciting moment” and “which shark was the toughest.”
A grueling four-hour car ride with her younger brother and older sister gave Lachlan Johnson her first taste of new product development.Returning home from a relaxing day at the beach, the siblings’ backseat bickering compelled their mom to try redirecting that energy into a more productive activity. “If you could have any toy right now to keep you entertained, what would it be?” she asked.Almost immediately, the petty arguments turned into an ad-hoc brainstorming session that centered on creating the ideal toy.
More than 320 people registered for the 2014 Emerson International Business Conference held at Saint Louis University’s Busch Center Ballrooms on Friday, November 21. The event is held annually with topics changing each year to address current global business issues. The Conference Committee, comprised of members of the Boeing Institute of International Business Advisory Board (BIIB), was chaired by Kevin Carr, managing director of Marsh USA. They assembled a Cybersecurity Panel, secured the Deputy U.S. Trade Representative (the U.S. Trade Representative’s Office highest ranking career employee), and a highly recognized entrepreneur and philanthropist to discuss corporate social responsibility.
Laura Burkemper (MBA ‘94) began her career working for two of the world’s largest startups: Coca-Cola and McDonald’s Corporation. Though both companies are global enterprises, they started humbly, with the seed of a good idea. “During its first year, Coca-Cola sold a modest nine servings per day in Atlanta,” she said. “And a salesman named Ray Kroc sold eight multi-mixer shake machines to a small restaurant run by the McDonald brothers in 1954. A year later, Kroc founded McDonald’s Corporation, and he soon bought the exclusive naming rights.”Burkemper is currently CEO at The Catalyst Center, a consulting practice she launched in 2011 to help businesses strategically align, position, market and grow their brands.
For the past two summers, undergraduate international business students in the John Cook School of Business have been invited to apply for the Boeing Future Leaders in Thought & Experience program (Boeing FLITE). It is a 10-week internship designed to create world-class, inclusive thought-leaders. Students work 40 hours a week with four days focused on their internship duties within a specific business unit and one day with the other FLITE interns participating in FLITE school. FLITE school gives the students an opportunity to reflect on their experience at Boeing, continue to develop their business and professional skills, discuss real world work environment issues, and learn more about the organizational structure of The Boeing Company.
As a society we are obsessed with metrics. We feel good when a milestone is achieved. When most of us think about milestones, we generally view them as marking progress toward a destination. A journey if you will, along a road from where we are to where we want to be. However, a road is often a two way street, and milestones on that road are sometimes viewed very differently by travelers passing one another in opposite directions.
While working at MasterCard, Meghan Minnear was also planning a path to achieve her career goal of transitioning into an overseas assignment. An advanced degree would certainly make her a better candidate, so she began researching degree programs available to her. She attended an information session about the Executive Master of International Business (EMIB) program at Saint Louis University’s John Cook School of Business and immediately new the program was a perfect fit for her. She could obtain a master’s-level degree that would help her focus on an international career. Additionally, the executive-format—with classes every other weekend for 21 months—would not infringe upon her work or personal commitments.
Our One-Year MBA class at Saint Louis University is currently taking part in a study abroad trip to Hong Kong. Here’s a little of what we’ve done so far: