What do top ranked faculty and an alumni network of over 20,000 mean? Engagement in making a difference in the community.
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.
...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.
“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.
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.
R.J. Sak received undergraduate and graduate degrees from the John Cook School of Business. He works for the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis and is a member of the John Cook School of Business Alumni Board
The St. Louis Business Journal has announced their annual "40 Under 40" awards, showcasing local business leaders in the St. Louis area. Several Cook School alumni were recognized this year.
After spending 8 years out of school and on numerous military deployments to South Korea and Iraq, I was nervous about jumping back into the academic environment. I wanted a school that didn’t treat me like a number but a person. I chose SLU because they offered a small classroom environment, lots of one-on-one personal assistance, and a diverse faculty and staff with real-world experience.
I'm always asked, "Was it worth it?" For me, that's an unqualified yes, but I need to explain. Firstly, entrepreneurs don't generally go for the advanced degree (many don't even have an undergraduate degree, gasp!). Some, after they've sold a company, do precisely that: take some time off and find out what student life is like. Others eschew it. Josh Kaufman wrote an excellent book advocating the learning of b-school lessons outside of formal classroom instruction (yes, you should read it, even if you have an MBA already, you know-it-all).
SLU Master of Accounting alumna Nicole Doeschot is a graduate of our Master of Accounting and shares the following thoughts on why she believes SLU has made a difference in her life personally and professionally...