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On Friday, Sept.12, the Boeing Institute of International Business at the John Cook School of Business hosted the event “Scotland is Open for Business.” The keynote speaker was Donnie Jack, a senior diplomat for the Scottish government and the Scottish Affairs Counsellor for the Americas. Mr. Jack’s visit to the Cook School was very timely given the vote today to determine whether or not Scotland will become an independent nation.
On a whim, I reached out to Dr. Jerry Katz, an incredibly impactful SLU professor, one of the most intriguing people I’ve ever known, and a resource I would occasionally call on in a moment of crisis (“Dr. Katz, I have an interview with Bear Stearns in NYC next week--what’s the best way to travel with a suit...and should I wear a pocket square?”).A few years of hustling in New York City for Bear Stearns and Goldman Sachs created in me a desire to find a way to connect with...something. Something from my past. My “roots,” for lack of a better term. In other words, I wanted to do that proverbial “giving back” thing so often touted, not so often executed.I considered everything from being a Big Brother to coaching youth basketball. Neither of which seemed to work with my schedule: gym by 5:30 a.m., office by 7 a.m. home by 7 p.m. (on a good day).
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.