The MBA Hub

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.”

0 comments | Read More »

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

School of Business - 6th Annual Golf Tournament

By Kelly Doherty


The 6th Annual School of Business Golf Tournament presented by Noble Americas Energy Solutions will be held on Wednesday, September 17th, 2014 12:00PM at Langdon Farms. This annual tournament raises funds for the School of Business scholarships.

Registration is now open for individuals, team participants and sponsors.

0 comments | Read More »

Tags: Alumni, alumni golf tournament, MBA alumni, Portland State University School of Business Administration, scholarships

Our 10 Tips and Tricks for Your Resume and Cover Letter

By Jodi Nelson and I-Ting Chen

Portland State MBA students benefit from our numerous Career Management Resources. Our objective is more than simply helping students find a job after graduation — we also prepare them for long-term success.

The Career Management team offers comprehensive career services through a range of programs, events and resources designed to help students succeed professionally and academically.

One of our key approaches is to coach students as they become an active participant in their own career development and take advantage of resources provided in order to be successful and move forward in their careers.

Having a compelling resume and cover letter are key components for advancing your career — for today's post, we're featuring our top 10 tips for optimizing these important items:

0 comments | Read More »

Tags: career management, Career Services, current students, MBA Students

Applying for Fall 2014 – The Two-Week Turnaround

By Abby Messenger

As we near the end of our admissions cycle every year, we begin receiving frantic phone calls and e-mails asking “I want to be considered for Fall 2014 but haven’t taken the GMAT or GRE yet – is it still possible for me to apply?”

So, as a follow-up to my previous post “Fall 2014 Admissions – Am I Too Late?”, I have included tips to submit the most time sensitive component of our application process as we near the end of our admissions cycle:

0 comments | Read More »

Tags: admissions, mba admissions, MBA Students

MBA Orientation Week

By Jodi Nelson


Every September incoming students converge on the PSU campus for Orientation week.

Orientation is a time for incoming MBAs to connect with their future classmates, as well as faculty and staff.

Students will also prepare for the MBA program by learning about curriculum, international experience trips, career resources, and more.

Finally, incoming MBAs have the opportunity to engage in the campus and student groups, such as the popular Net Impact and Outdoor Industry Women Coalition groups.

0 comments | Read More »

Tags: Career Services, current students, MBA Students, networking

MBA Questions? Ask an Ambassador!

by Kelly Doherty


Recent posts on the blog have included profiles about and guest contributions from Andrew Nelson, Dan Keefe, and other current MBA students who serve as Graduate Business Programs Ambassadors.

These Ambassadors play a key role in fostering dialogue between prospective MBA students and the Portland State MBA program.

Are you wrapping up the admissions process but have some last-minute questions?

Want to chat with a part-time MBA student on fitting school into your busy lifestyle?

Or do you want to talk to speak with an international student enrolled in the program?

Starting the conversation is easy — simply visit our online Ambassadors portal and initiate an inquiry with one of our current MBA students. You can also connect with students from the Master of International Management and Healthcare MBA programs.

0 comments | Read More »

Tags: admissions, current students, MBA Students, student ambassadors

Faculty: Dan Rogers Co-Authors Article on Hedging and the Airline Industry

Dan RogersDan Rogers

By Kelly Doherty

Dan Rogers (with S. D. Treanor, D. A. Carter, and B. J. Simkins) co-authored an article titled “Exposure, Hedging, and Value: New Evidence from the U.S. Airline Industry” published in the July, 2014 issue of International Review of Financial Analysis.

For a variety of reasons, the U.S. airline industry is a natural sample to analyze the relation between corporate risk exposure, hedging policy, and firm value.

First, the authors find that airline exposures to fuel prices are higher when fuel prices are high or when they are rising.

0 comments | Read More »

Tags: Faculty, Faculty News

Alumni Venture My Street Grocery Partners with Whole Foods

My Street Grocery Founder Amelia Pape. Photo: Oregonian.My Street Grocery Founder Amelia Pape. Photo: Oregonian.

By Kelly Doherty


Last August, we featured Portland State MBA alum Amelia Pape (2011), founder of My Street Grocery.

During her time at PSU, Amelia discovered her love for social enterprise, and developed a business concept to make fresh, healthy food more accessible to underserved communities. She then took the concept to market after graduating from PSU's full time MBA program.

0 comments | Read More »

Tags: Amelia Pape, MBA alumni, social entrepreneurship, Social Innovation

MBA Students Land Positions at SAP, CBS Corporation and Portland Product Werks

By Jodi Nelson


Summer is an exciting time for us in the Graduate Business Programs office. We are preparing to welcome a new class of students in September, and it is also a time when we hear from students and recent alumni as they start their internships and jobs.

Today I will share the stories of two recent MBA graduates – Brigid and Jacob – and one current MBA student – Priyanka.

Brigid ColverBrigid ColverBrigid Colver started the MBA program with a broad range of interests – organizational development, communications, sustainability and more. In order to refine her interests and goals, Brigid quickly got involved in career building activities outside the classroom, such as serving as a student leader in Net Impact and working in two internships. She found one of those internships through building relationships with faculty.

She got to know Professors Dr. Talya Bauer and Dr. Lauren Simon and they connected her to an opportunity at SAP. She started the internship in the summer after her first year, continued it through the second year and recently accepted a full time position as an Engagement and Alignment Specialist at SAP.

0 comments | Read More »

Tags: Alumni, Business Connections, career networking, Career Services, careers, MBA alumni, MBA Students, networking

PSU’s Impact Entrepreneurs: Responding to a Demand for Training in Social Innovation

Impact Entrepreneurs Co-Founder Carolyn McKnight leads a group through a planning exercise using the Human Centered Design methodology.Impact Entrepreneurs Co-Founder Carolyn McKnight leads a group through a planning exercise using the Human Centered Design methodology.

Around the world individuals, teams, and institutions are building systems that cultivate and strengthen change leaders. The US government is investing in social innovation with programs like, and companies like Virgin are incentivizing employees to launch their own products and ideas.

It follows that students are demanding the skills that will make them successful leaders in this new economy. Particularly, they’re looking for institutions that in addition to entrepreneurship education will provide training in skills like empathy and human-centered design that make the most successful social innovators thrive.  

PSU’s Impact Entrepreneurs is stepping squarely into that space. The program that started in PSU’s School of Business Administration with leadership courses and a social innovation incubator has grown to include social enterprise field studies, an annual social innovation summit, and most recently, a majority-online certificate in The Business of Social Innovation, open to grads, undergrads, and community members alike.

0 comments | Read More »

Tags: Entrepreneurship, MBA Students, social entrepreneurship, Social Innovation, Social Innovation Incubator

About the Blog

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.