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By Max Bielenberg
For today’s alumni profile, I met up with Jude Lieberman (MBA ’13). Jude works in internal communications at Nike.
Q: Thanks for meeting with me today, Jude. To start off, can you tell me a bit about your background before you began the MBA program at PSU?
A: My undergrad is in Sociology and French from Pitzer College. I had about ten years of diverse work experience: I taught English in France, worked with a political consultant, managed a handmade photo album studio and worked for a cell phone sales company in the corporate office. All those companies were very small, so I had to do a little bit of everything, including marketing, operations and employee engagement.
Q: What led to your decision to go back to school and to PSU specifically?
A: I was interested in going back to school to further my career potential. I definitely wanted to do something practical rather than academic. I decided the issue I felt most passionate about was sustainable business and the triple-bottom-line concept. In thinking about driving change through business vs. nonprofit vs. government, it was business where I could see myself plugging in and adding value.
I didn’t want to relocate, so I looked into all the local programs including Willamette and Bainbridge. I debated between part-time and full-time. Ultimately for me, going full-time and being in a physical classroom was important to get the most out of the experience. The program’s strong reputation, particularly in sustainability, appealed to me as well.
By Jodi Nelson
Every year we track the career status of our graduates from the full time MBA program. We use this information for benchmarking, we submit it to publications and we answer questions from prospective MBA students about what they can expect in terms of employability.
We recently compiled the data for graduates between July 2013 and June 2014. Nearly half of all graduates (48%) had accepted a job by graduation. By three months post-graduation, that number rose to 68%. Usually by six months post-graduation, over 90% of graduates are employed.
By Abby Messenger
The title says it all – after updates to our 2014 application, our Graduate Business Programs application is now live for 2015 admissions!
Whether you are ready to accelerate your career, have discovered a new field and want to make a career change, or have dreamed of obtaining an MBA to achieve your long-term educational goals, you can get started today!
Before you do, here are some of the exciting changes to our 2015 application:
Unofficial Score Report Upload: To ensure faster processing of your application, you can now upload the unofficial copy of your GMAT/GRE and TOEFL/IELTS score reports (for international student applicants) while our office awaits the official copy of your score report from the testing center.
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.
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.
By Jodi Nelson
Students 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.”
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.
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.
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 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.
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.