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After the tragic death of her dad, Jamie O’Brien Graf (BSBA ‘2008) stepped in to take over the family pool business.In high school, When Jamie O’Brien Graf told her dad that she planned to pursue a career in the fashion industry, he suggested she earn a business degree because it would be more practical.So she did.
The John Cook School of Business Celebrates 2017 Excellence Awards Honoring Alumni for their Commitment to Mission
The John Cook School of Business celebrated the 2017 Excellence Awards, recognizing the outstanding achievements of business school students, alumni, faculty and staff.During the annual event, outstanding alumni are recognized for their dedication to Saint Louis University and the Cook School. This year’s awardees included:
This March, Institute for Private Business members were invited to attend March's "Teach and Tour" at TechShop, a creative community with open access to DIY tools including 3D printing tech, fabrication tools, and design software. Our members took a tour of the facility before hearing from Daniel Fort, the founder of Defiance Whiskey, and his father, Garth Fort. Daniel told his story of how he got the idea for Defiance, how the name came to be, and what the future of Defiance holds.
Nepal is one of the poorest countries in the world, with the vast majority of its 27 million people living on less than a dollar a day. It is also a country with considerable strategic value because it is sandwiched between two large neighbors: China and India. Until recently, the country was mired in a civil war between the monarchy and the Maoist parties. Since overthrowing its previous king, the country has been trying to draft a new constitution for the last five years.
As program director for military outreach, Michael Bamber connects with potential SLU students from diverse military backgrounds. They range from undergraduates considering enrolling in the ROTC program to veterans and their family members.“Quite a few of our military population at SLU are dependent sons or daughters of service members who have given their post-911 GI bill educational benefit to their children,” said Bamber, a retired Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Army.
Cindy Malawy (Parks ‘78, MIB ‘93) is the vice president of marketing at Boeing. Her path to this role has been filled with mentors and leadership, which she now provides to her team.Malawy received her bachelors from Parks College and began working at McDonnell Douglas in a supply chain-related field. During the start of her career, she focused primarily on regulatory and compliance issues for product transportation. As this role developed and she began to take on a bigger supervisory role at Boeing, her work expanded into an international focus.Led by her mentors at Boeing, she was selected and encouraged to enroll in Saint Louis University’s Master of International Business, degree program. She credits the program with expanding her world view.
International Business Board Spotlight: New CEO of the St. Louis Economic Development Partnership is Ready for the Next Phase of Growth
Sheila Sweeney is a native St. Louisan. Interested in politics from a young age, she worked as an intern for Senator Eagleton and as a legal aide in the Missouri Senate. This led to a career with Citibank as a lobbyist in 49 states. She also started her own company, SM Sweeney & Company, through which she specialized in transactions for property assemblage and commercial and industrial development for private investors, corporations, and individuals. Throughout her career, she remained involved with civic operations. Sweeney was the chair of the St. Louis County Economic Council from 2005 to 2013. This County Council was merged with the economic development agency for the City of St. Louis in 2013 to form the St. Louis Economic Development Partnership (SLEDP).
For Erik Nielsen (MBA ’11), an intense desire to serve his country first emerged when he was a junior at McQuaid Jesuit High School in Rochester, NY.Though he seriously considered enlisting in the U.S. Marine Corps after graduation, his parents convinced him to enroll in college instead.After earning an economics degree from Penn State University in 1990, his desire to serve was stronger than ever, so he entered the Marine Corps through an officer-training program.“I had no direct family history in the military since the Civil War, but I saw a Marines advertisement that really spoke to me,” he said. “I wanted to take that challenge on.”
Each year, the Boeing Institute of International Business offers a global outlook conference with a networking breakfast as well as exhibitors, a morning program with several key speakers, and a seated lunch with a luncheon presentation. The 2016 program was held Friday, November 20, in the Busch Student Center Ballrooms at Saint Louis University. The annual program attracted more than 300 registrants. The following summarizes the morning speakers. To highlight the outstanding students studying international business, each speaker was introduced by students representing the different international business degree programs in the school.
Based in Maryland, Myrthil’s current assignment is the latest challenge in a diverse military career that included the opportunity to pursue her MBA degree at Saint Louis University. The military career of Major Betty Myrthil (MBA ’12) has included deployments to South Korea and Iraq as well as a journey to the front lines of the U.S. Army’s newest battlefield: cyberspace. She recently earned a coveted position as a military intelligence officer in the Army’s newly formed Cyber branch, whose aim is to defend the nation against online threats.