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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.
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.
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.
I 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.
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: