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Career Visioning Workshop & Upcoming Events

By Jodi Nelson

The career services team has been preparing for a busy fall season of events. Here are a few of the upcoming events:

Career Visioning Workshop - Tuesday, September 16

This workshop is designed for students seeking clarity on what career path to pursue. Participants will complete a CareerLeader assessment before attending the workshop. CareerLeader is a fully integrated approach to business career self assessment built on the premise that your interests, motivators and skills will drive your future career success and satisfaction.

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Tags: Alumni, career management, Career Services, Finance, international business, international students, MBA alumni

DeAnne Preston Joins Career Services Team

By Kelly Doherty

We're pleased to welcome DeAnne Preston as our new Corporate Outreach Specialist. DeAnne works in collaboration with Jodi Nelson, Assistant Director of Career and Student Services, to provide students with a full portfolio of career services.

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Tags: Business Connections, career management, Career Services, networking

Events: Business Briefing to Focus on Real Estate

By Kelly Doherty


The first Business Briefing Breakfast of the 2014-15 academic year is coming up on Thursday, September 25.

September's event will highlight the BOMA Real Estate Workshop student project. Each year participating students produce a development plan for a property site in the Portland or Seattle area. In this class, students form a real estate development team and produce an original development plan, including the development concept, the market analysis, the conceptual design, economic analysis, capital and operations budget, and management plan.

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Tags: Business Briefing, Business Briefing Breakfast, Center for Real Estate, Events, networking

Where to Meet Up with the MBA Admissions Team in US, Asia and India

By Abby Messenger


Fall is fast approaching, and with it, the start of recruiting fair season.

If you have been exploring our MBA program, and want to take the next step by connecting in person, check out all of our upcoming fall events below.

If the days and locations are convenient for you, please contact our office at, and we can arrange a one-on-one advising appointment in the area or have you drop by the event that we are attending.

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Tags: admissions, mba admissions

HuffPost Covers Alumni Venture, My Street Grocery

Amelia PapeAmelia Pape

Amelia Pape (MBA 2011) and her venture, My Street Grocery, are in the media again — this time, on Huffington Post.

Huffpost recently covered My Street Grocery, which has partnered with Whole Foods to run mobile markets featuring Whole Foods' 365 Everyday Value products.

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Tags: Alumni, MBA alumni, My Street Grocery, Social Enterprise, social entrepreneurship, Social Innovation

Portland State MBA on tour in Asia


It's that time of year again — the Portland State MBA program is participating in The MBA Tour throughout Asia.

Angela Wright, PSU Recruiting and Admissions Specialist, is currently traveling with The MBA Tour, meeting with prospective MBA students from across Asia. This year's itinerary inlcudes stops in:

  • Singapore - Tuesday, August 26
  • Ho Chi Minh City - Thursday, August 28
  • Jakarta - Saturday, August 30
  • Bangkok - Monday, September 1   
  • Taipei - Thursday, September 4
  • Tokyo - Monday, September 8
  • Seoul - Thursday, September 11
  • Shanghai - Saturday, September 13
  • Beijing - Monday, September 15

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Tags: admissions, Events, international students, mba admissions

Alumni Venture Lands $2.6 Million to Develop TriMet eFares

By Kelly Doherty

Congratulations to Portland State School of Business (Master of International Management) alumni Nat Parker and Michael Gray on the success of their startup venture, GlobeSherpa.

The company developed TriMet's popular Tickets smartphone app, which has faciliated nearly two million bus and train fares since the app's launch last September. According to Nat, the company's CEO, "GlobeSherpa and its servers also process more than $900,000 in fare purchases a month."

Earlier this month, TriMet awarded GlobeSherpa with a $2.6 million contract to further develop its mobile ticketing platform.

Started in 2010, GlobeSherpa provides a secure, mobile ticketing platform for transit systems interested in moving to open payments, open data, and mobile fare collection with minimal infrastructure investment. The company also creates easy-to-use mobile ticketing systems for parking, events, and local destinations.

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Tags: Alumni, Entrepreneurship, MIM alumni, Portland start-up, Portland State School of Business

Guest MBA Blogger Max Bielenberg on Mercy Corps Northwest Internship

By Max Bielenberg


Having supported myself by, among other things, teaching English abroad, picking weeds in Death Valley, and running an after-school homework center, I knew I wasn’t the most typical aspiring MBA. As I researched programs, I looked for a school that would teach practical skills, while also offering opportunities to make positive social and environmental impacts. Ultimately, I decided that attending PSU would help me learn to make a living and a difference.

Thanks to the PSU Career Forward site, the opportunity to explore my interest in social impact was not long in coming. Starting in my second term at PSU, I began a six-month internship with Mercy Corps Northwest (MCNW), the domestic subsidiary of the international aid agency. This internship presented a wonderful opportunity to learn how business skills can be translated into the non-profit and social change sectors. 

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Tags: careers, internships, MBA Students, Mercy Corps

MBA Students Travel to Vietnam and China to Study Supply Chain

Cultivating international business experience is an integral part of the course work in the Portland State MBA Program.

Portland State's study abroad programs give students the opportunity to experience international business firsthand, as well as further develop their leadership skills and cultural competency. This year, students have the option of participating in study abroad opportunities in France, Cambodia, and Vietnam/China.

Last summer, we featured guest contributions from Sarah Shannon and KT Bohren, who wrote about their experiences in China and Vietnam.

A group of students is currently on this summer's China/Vietnam trip, where they will explore the differences in business climate, regulatory environment, infrastructure, and cultures.

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Tags: international business, MBA Students, Study Abroad

Students Land Positions at Nike, Fiserv and KEEN Footwear

By Jodi Nelson

Nic MoreauNic MoreauStudents come to the Portland State MBA program to gain skills that will be relevant to employers. Recently I heard from two current students and one recent alumnus about how they have put their MBA skills to work.

Nic Moreau entered the MBA program in 2012 with experience as a college athlete and an interest in product management. He wanted to combine his interests — and because of the classes he took in the Athletic & Outdoor Industry Certificate Program, and the internships he did throughout the program, he was able to land a position at Nike.

In his role as a Category Information Analyst he is part of the product creation engine and gets to see products at all stages of the process.

Nic said, “I feel like the first year and a half of the program helped me get some really solid fundamentals, and the electives helped me specialize. For example, I took electives in Athletic and Outdoor. This helped me understand the industry but also, during my first few weeks at Nike I quickly understood the terms and specifics because I'd studied a lot of those for my last two terms.”

Nic also attributes his MBA education to helping him quickly establish his reputation at Nike: “I see things through the lens of my MBA courses now. Recently we had an offsite retreat with our team and during one of the group exercises I used one of the frameworks we were taught in Strategy with Dave [Garten]. My team was impressed and asked me to present our findings.”

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Tags: A&O, Alumni, career management, careers, Fiserv, jobs, KEEN, MBA alumni, MBA Students, Nike, student ambassadors

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Portland State's MBA program has earned numerous accolades, including a 2011-12 Beyond Grey Pinstripes Report rating of #1 in the world — for small schools — for its emphasis on environmental stewardship.