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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

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

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

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.

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

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.

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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.

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

Alumni: Dan McDonald of PECI

Dan McDonald (MBA 1991)Dan McDonald (MBA 1991)Dan McDonald is an outstanding MBA alum who has continued his engagement and involvement with Portland State University in a very meaningful way.

Dan works for PECI, which designs and manages energy efficiency programs for utility providers, government organizations and other clients. PECI has earned "Best Green Companies to Work for in Oregon" recognition every year since 2009.

I recently caught up with Dan to talk about his role at PECI and his experience with the Portland State MBA program.

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Tags: alumni connections, Intel Finance, MBA alumni, PECI

Social Innovation Entrepreneurship Event

I decided to attend the Portland State Alumni Association's Social Innovation Entrepreneur Event earlier this month because I wanted an opportunity to network with other PSU alums and learn from the speakers. I was not disappointed in either category.

The event was held in a private event room at Bridgeport Brewery in the Pearl District, and was packed with interesting Portland State alumni.

Speaker Panel: From left to right: Cindy Cooper, Jacen Greene, Amelia Pape, and Justin StanleySpeaker Panel: From left to right: Cindy Cooper, Jacen Greene, Amelia Pape, and Justin Stanley

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Tags: alumni connections, Carolyn McKnight, Cindy Cooper, Impact Entrepreneurs, MBA alumni, Social Enterprise

Alumni: Jason Kallingal & Life of Pie

Jason Kallingal (MBA 2011) began his new restaurant, Life of Pie, out a passion for making excellent wood-fired pizza available to local neighborhoods.

Jason has extensive experience in the restaurant business, beginning with a family-owned establishment in Guam, to managing Paccini's on the Portland State campus, and now serving excellent wood-fired pizza at Life of Pie on N. Williams Avenue.

The pride of Life of Pie — and source of tasty pizza — is the Italian-made, 700-degree, wood-fired pizza oven, which cooks pizza in 2-3 minutes. The pizza smelled amazing the minute I walked through the door! Jason has hired a dedicated staff with pizza-making and restaurant experience so customers receive the best experience along with the best pizza.

Life of Pie uses ingredients from local farmer's markets (like the meats and mozzarella), and serves local wine and beer.

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Tags: Alumni, Jason Kallinghal, Life of Pie, MBA alumni, pizza, Portland

Panel Discussion: Careers in Consulting

2013 Careers in Consulting Panel2013 Careers in Consulting PanelI attended the Careers in Consulting Panel at Portland State University on November 13. At this session, the panelists discussed their backgrounds and how they got into consulting, how the career path affects their lifestyle, the challenges they face in working with clients, and how interested students can prepare for a career in consulting. 

Many business students go on to become consultants after completing business school. The goal of the panel discussion was to provide business students with an inside look at what it means to be a consultant. 

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Tags: Alumni, alumni connections, career management, Career Services, Careers in Consulting, MBA alumni, Portland State MBA

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