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Each year, Portland State University recognizes leading donors and alumni at its annual Simon Benson Awards Dinner.
Last week's 2013 gala attracted a record 1,800 attendees and raised a record $1.2 million.
As reported by the Portland Business Journal, the event answered a lingering question in the philanthropic community: Who made the anonymous $8 million gift to Portland State's business school this spring?
For today's post, recent MBA graduate Michelle Pagès shares her experience gaining a position at The Clymb after graduation, and talks about how her MBA has helped her excel in her new position.
Q: How did this opportunity come about? What were the steps to being hired?
A: I was in Lauren Beitelspacher's Marketing in the Athletic and Outdoor Industry class this past winter, which I loved because she had industry professionals from different Athletic and Outdoor Industry (A&OI) companies come speak to us every week.
One evening, two speakers came from The Clymb: Cec Annett (co-founder) and Brett Cassidy (buyer and PSU MBA alum). They told the story of how The Clymb, a Portland-based outdoor e-commerce company, came to be. I was absolutely enthralled. It was the first time I felt that I could be truly passionate about every aspect of a business: particularly its mission, product, and culture. Lauren, knowing my passion for the outdoor industry and travel, interrupted their presentation to say: "Oh my gosh, I am going to send you Michelle's resume!" At the time, I was taken by surprise (and slightly embarrassed), but was mostly thrilled for the opportunity to connect with folks at The Clymb.
Celeste Trapp (MBA 2000) founded HairM in 2003 after working in marketing for over 11 years.
With no salon industry background, she left her job as VP of Business Development for a marketing agency and opened one of the country's first male grooming shops. Celeste studied marketing and business at the University of Oregon and Portland State University, receiving her MBA here at PSU in 2000.
Besides being the founder of HairM, and a partner in modern day barbershop Y-Chrome, Celeste has served as President for the Portland chapter of Entrepreneurs' Organization (EO).
I recently had a chance to catch up with Celeste for an informative Q &A session...
A couple of months ago I wrote about some of our amazing MBA alumni and students: Ian Skelly (MBA ‘13) who is now at Hitachi Consulting, Meghan Rupp who is at Nike (MBA ‘13) and Jacey Marushia-Laurain (MBA Class of 2014) who is interning this summer at Blount International. Today I want to tell you about a few more students and their path to success.
I shared with the class that the biggest thing I would be taking with me is presentation skills. I have developed a genuine fondness for public speaking throughout my two years and countless presentations in the Portland State MBA program. In fact, it’s now hard for me to believe I was once absolutely terrified to speak in front of a group!
I've gained so much more than that from getting my MBA, so I thought I would share my Top 3 with you in this "farewell" post:
With her varied management and retail experience, she knew that joining a large corporate retailer would be a great next step in her career. Deciding to get her MBA gave her the skills and knowledge to take that next step.
I recently caught up with Amy to find out more about her experience in the MBA program, her job at Nike, and how she is spending her free time after graduation…
For Yulia, the MBA gave her the confidence that she could do anything and helped her move into positions and roles that would have otherwise taken years to achieve.
This year, she made another jump in her career and launched an e-commerce consulting firm, CommerceBrain.
With CommerceBrain, she brings her extensive experience in marketing and user experience to companies to enhance the shopping experience on a global level (click here for a video about CommerceBrain).
LinkedIn recently recognized Portland State University in a blog post about the million-plus LinkedIn members who have included the "Volunteer & Causes" section in their professional profile. LinkedIn pointed to PSU as among the top institutions for these LinkedIn "do-gooders" ("Top Colleges and Universities They Attend").
Volunteerism and fostering strong communities is definitely a focus among many of our MBA students. While in the program, they have numerous opportunities to get involved in events, organizations and resources focused on social innovation, social entrepreneurship and building community.
While Kylene's experience as a sales rep gave her a strong foundation in business fundamentals, she ultimately wanted to find a career that fueled her passion for food systems and sustainability.
To make this shift, she decided to pursue her MBA, knowing that the experience would give her a head start as she transitioned into a new industry.
The deadline for MBA students applying for the study abroad program in Nicaragua is fast approaching — Monday, April 8!
The program takes place in late August, and explores micro-finance, micro-enterprise, and micro-renewable technologies through travel to Managua, Nicaragua and surrounding areas. The program is led by Gregory Price (MBA '09), who has worked for many years in the renewable energy sector.