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Posts from November, 2012

Big Ideas for Breakfast: Skip Newberry

The Big Ideas for Breakfast event series continues next Wednesday, December 5, as Net Impact Portland and the International Society of Sustainability Professionals (ISSP) welcome Skip Newberry to the podium. Skip, President of the Technology Association of Oregon (formerly Software Association of Oregon) will speak on the Technology Economy.

The Technology Association of Oregon (TAO) has a mission of being the premiere resource for technology connection and innovation in Oregon and Southwest Washington. Its members include corporate technology leaders and professionals, entrepreneurs, start-up business owners, independent contractors, and service providers serving the technology sector. The organization provides networking, professional and business development opportunities by connecting industry leaders, innovators and professionals across Oregon and Southwest Washington.

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Tags: Net Impact, Sustainability

Organizational Management & the Portland Trail Blazers

From left: Matt Patton, Kusai Zarrugh, Kendall Tremont, Mallory Miller (all MBA 2013)From left: Matt Patton, Kusai Zarrugh, Kendall Tremont, Mallory Miller (all MBA 2013)One of the most valuable aspects of the Portland State MBA has been the networking opportunities the program has provided for me. Activities and events offered through the School of Business have many opportunities to network with  local professionals and business leaders.

From guest speakers to professors with extensive industry experience, the MBA curriculum has also helped me develop strong business acumen, a growing professional network and leadership skills.


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Tags: career networking, leadership, MBA, networking, PSU MBA program

Guest Post: PSU MBA Proves Invaluable at Startup Weekend








Last weekend I was able to participate in Startup Weekend in Seattle, a 54-hour sprint to develop a business. As a recent graduate from the class of 2012, the experience helped underscore the value I gained from the Portland State MBA.

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Tags: Entrepreneurship, innovation, MBA alumni

Welcome Abby Messenger!

Abby MessengerAbby MessengerThe Graduate Business Programs department would like to extend a warm welcome to our newest team member, Abby Messenger!

Abby will be working with the admissions, marketing and recruiting team as a Recruitment and Admissions Specialist. This role will entail processing applications, attending university fairs and info sessions, and meeting with prospective students. So if you are a current or prospective student, there is a good chance that you'll be seeing Abby around!

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Tags: Events, Faculty, networking, Portland State Graduate Business Programs

Women in Business and Net Impact "Battle for Good"













The PSU Net Impact chapter and the new Women in Business group are joining forces in a friendly competition this holiday season. Net Impact has challenged Women in Business to a donation drive to see who can gather the most donations for two great organizations.

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Tags: PSU Net Impact, Women in Business

Net Impact to Host Speaker from Grameen Intel

Kazi Huque: Image: The Daily StarKazi Huque: Image: The Daily StarNext Tuesday, November 27, the PSU Net Impact chapter will host Kazi Huque, CEO of Grameen-Intel, for a talk about social enterprise.

Grameen-Intel is a social business information technology company formed as a joint collaboration between Intel Corporation and Grameen Trust.

The company provides IT Solutions for rural people reaching remote places and trying to enhance their lives by utilizing the best technological resources available. The organizaton was founded after a 2007 visit to Bangladesh, when then-Intel Chairman Craig Barrett met with Nobel Peace Laureate Muhammad Yunus. They decided on creating a social business with a sole focus of using technology in creative ways to help the world's impoverished population find an avenue to a better life and livelihood.

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Tags: Net Impact, Social Innovation, Sustainability

Women in Business Faculty Panel Recap

I recently had the opportunity to moderate the first-ever Women in Business Career Panel, featuring a panel of distinguished female faculty with experience in a wide range of fields and roles within PSU.

The panelists, who took questions from the audience, shared their experience and insights on common issues facing women in their industries. Topics of discussion included challenges and opportunities for women, managing emotions in the workplace, establishing boundaries in your work and personal life and “having it all.”

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Tags: Alumni, Career Panel, Faculty, MBA, Tichelle Sorensen, Women in Business

Alumni Profile: Brian Federico (MBA '12)

Many of the alumni we profile here on the blog speak about the wealth of opportunities that the MBA program opened up for them. Our alumni seem to especially value the networking and business skills that help them find a job in a field of interest. And some alumni, like Brian Federico (MBA '12), are lucky enough to find their dream job right here in the School of Business.

Brian currently works as the Director of Development at the School of Business. I recently had the chance to catch up with Brian and learn all about his current position and his experience in the PSU MBA program...


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Tags: Alumni, career networking, MBA alumni, networking, PSU MBA program

Faculty News: Meiru Liu Receives Award

Congratulations go out to School of Business Administration faculty member, Meiru Lu, for receiving "The Creative and Excellent Paper Award” for her presentation on “Case Study and Analysis of Three Chinese Language Teacher Training Models: the U.S. FederalGovernment’s "StarTalk," Hanban’s "5P," and CIPSU’s Task-Based Training."

She received the award at the 11th International Conference on Chinese Language Teaching, co-sponsored and organized by Hanban (Confucius Institute Headquarters) and the International Society for Chinese Language Teaching. The conference was held in Xi’an, China on August 16-18, 2012.

She was also invited as a keynote panelist at the plenary session, and delivered a speech and answered questions on “What Kind of Chinese Language Teachers are Needed in Various Countries in the World?” at the same conference.

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Third Thursday Graduate Business Student Happy Hour

It's time to welcome back a new student favorite event – the Third Thursday Graduate Business Partners Happy Hour! This networking event, open to all current graduate business students and recent alums, made its debut this October at Rogue Brewery.

“The purpose of Third Thursdays is to create student integration across all the SBA programs and cohorts,” said Katie Bohren Healthcare MBA (’14), one of the event organizers. “We wanted to create the opportunity to build networks and foster professional relationships outside of our immediate cohorts with the graduate students you don't see everyday. You never know, anyone of us could end up working with someone we meet at one of these events.”

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Tags: career networking, MBA alumni, MBA career networking, MBA Students, Third Thursday Happy Hour

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