• An International Perspective

    Understanding the student experience is what the Insider Blog is all about. A few weeks ago I interviewed Neha Tyagi, FTMBA ’15, to get a more in-depth understanding of what it is like to be an international student here at Kogod. First, a little background on who she is and where she is from… Neha: I originally hail from India. After obtaining a Bachelor of Technology in Electronics & Communication, I went on to work with Accenture as a Software Engineer in the Telecom domain. Having seen the demand for managers who would understand both the business and IT systems, I decided to pursue an MBA. A curious soul, I strive hard to educate myself and share knowledge that I possess with others around me. Continuous learning keeps me going!   Q: Was it easy to find housing?    A: NO! It was still easier for me as three of us...
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  • Design Thinking (for MBAs and beyond)

    On Tuesday, February 18th, I attended my second LEGO SERIOUS PLAY WORKSHOP hosted by the unbelievable Kris Ostergaard from Dare2 (an innovative company based out of Copenhagen, Denmark). The workshop followed this agenda: Part 1: Build your current situation Part 2: Build your aspirations Part 3: Acknowledge your “must win battles” and develop action steps I first became aware of Design Thinking over the summer when I was tapped to begin the Global Consulting Project alongside Aalto University. Our team had to go through a crash course on the topic to understand it more thoroughly so that when we arrived in Helsinki we understood what the design students were saying and the processes they were using. The idea of Design Thinking (DT) is not new, but the acceptance of DT as a legitimate form of consulting and problem solving is new. Most corporations have been taking a wait and see approach. Some companies...
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  • Kogod Case Competition

    Over the week of February 4th through the 8th, Kogod School of Business hosted its annual case competition.  Every year, teams of between three and five students from graduate and undergraduate programs compete against each other to propose a solution to a business problem in the same way a consultant might pitch a solution to a business.  I participated in the graduate student only Wisconsin Division on a team of five students from the MS Sustainability Management program. This year’s case was on Fiji Water and boiled down to the question of: how to make Fiji, a company that ships bottled water 5000 or more miles from a small island in the south pacific to the US, Australia, and a number of other markets around the world, more sustainable and maintain growth of the company? As students in the Sustainability Management program, this case presented an opportunity, but was is...
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    • Laura Denton

    • January 29, 2014 in MBA, Other

    Counting Down

    My fellow Graduate Insider Blog co-editor, Nick, and the rest of our FTMBA ’14 classmates will graduate on Saturday, May 10, 2014. While that might seem like an arbitrary date to most of you, that date means we are exactly one hundred days away from graduation… not that we’re counting, of course! And on yet another chilly winter day in DC, the warm spring days and cherry blossoms can’t seem to get here fast enough.     However, as I look ahead at the semester as we race towards May 10th, I can’t help but to feel a bit overwhelmed with all of the work that needs to be done. In our final semester, full-time MBA students are required to take KSB 613: Strategic Decision Making. This is our capstone course where we split into teams of 4-5 students and work as consultants to local businesses in the DC metro...
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  • The City Game – IBUS 744 Chile

    IBUS 744 Chile: Students develop a deeper understanding of the international dimension of management through a combination of class preparation and study abroad. The travel component includes company visits and structured meetings with business executives and experts, and provides an important experiential element to the study of international business environments. Once everyone from the IBUS Chile course had arrived from the airport and settled into their seats in the conference room, our country hosts told us that for the rest of the day we would embark on a scavenger hunt across the city of Santiago. Initially, most of  us gave an emphatic eye-roll to the suggestion of wandering around. Everyone was exhausted from their travels and daydreamed about taking a nap in our humongously awesome hotel beds. Too bad. We chose to be in Chile. Teams were formed. Grad students versus Undergrads. Ten minutes later we (the grad students) met...
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  • Kogod Research: Women and Corporate Boards

    One of the many things I enjoy about Kogod is number of opportunities that present themselves outside of the classroom. Late last spring, one of those opportunities popped up. I was sitting in a Kogod Women in Business (KWIB) meeting discussing the year end wrap up and one of my classmates mentioned a summer research position for a project that is a collaborative effort between a local organization in DC, Women in Technology, and Kogod. Women in Technology (WIT) runs a program called The Leadership Foundry which helps to prepare executive women for corporate board service through training sessions and networking. Additionally, WIT releases a research report that is conducted by the Kogod School of Business. This research tracks the number of women serving on corporate boards of publicly traded companies in Maryland, Virginia and Washington, DC. I’m sure you can see where this was going! I was fortunate enough...
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    • Ed Carley

    • November 5, 2013 in Other

    Sustainability Careers Networking at the Net Impact Conference

    When I started my graduate program this August I knew that I wanted to be as involved as possible on campus.  American University provides a number of ways to do this, one of which is through clubs like Net Impact. Net Impact is a non-profit group dedicated to helping business professionals make a positive social or environmental impact in their careers.  Each year they host a conference in a different city and bring together groups of professionals, jobs seekers, and students. This year the conference was held in San Jose, California, a.k.a. Silicon Valley.  This was the first time attending a professional conference for me, as such I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect.  The conference turned out to be very educational and a lot of fun.  We heard from a diverse group of keynote speakers, from CEOs of large multinational corporations such as the Campbell’s Soup Company, former Governors-...
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  • Helsinki In Ten Days

    On Thursday, September 19th, on behalf of Professor Mark Clark and the Kogod School of Business, Chelsea Smith, Nazgol Zand, and I headed off to Aalto University in Helsinki, Finland for our Global Consulting Project. For ten days we were enveloped by Aalto students and faculty in their futuristic design factory. We learned the inner-workings of the Inter-Disciplinary Business Management course and set the stage for a successful outcome for our client. By far, the best result that came out of the trip was that we built strong relationships with our amazing teammates: Alex, Hanna, Ilari, and Sooa. Here is a Quick & Dirty recap of our adventure: Day 1 Arrived in Helsinki at 11 a.m., went to our apartment, took a taxi to the Aalto Design Factory, met-up with Professor Clark and Aalto professor Daniel Graff, heard company pitches to the students, IDBM teams were announced, met Alex, Hanna,...
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  • The Art of Conferences

    Today we are featuring a post by a guest blogger and one of our fellow classmates, Chika Umeadi. Originally from Chicago, Chika is a Full-time MBA student who worked at an education non-profit in DC before he started the MBA program. With an interest in technology and innovation, Chika is pursuing a career in world domination/product management after graduation. Take it away, Chika! My favorite part of flying is that I get to catch up on my personal reading list. My flight to Houston for the 35th annual National Black MBA Association Conference and Exposition presented a great opportunity to get books off my list, but instead I decided to re-read one of my favorite classics, The Art of War by Sun Tzu. The Art of War, read by students at West Point, business professionals, and sports coaches alike, is one of the most influential books on military strategy ever...
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  • First Impressions

    This is my first post for the Kogod Grad Insider blog so I’d like to talk about a few of my experiences as a new Kogod student.  I attended the Kogod Center for Career Development (KCCD) Careerpalooza event on September 7. We had interesting presentations from City Year, Uber, CSC,  Freddie Mac, and Deloitte, and almost all by Kogod alums. When I was considering applying to the Masters of Sustainability Management program, one of my biggest questions was about the career development support provided for students. This was important for me because I’m (and I hate this term) a Millennial. You know, that generation that graduated right into the Great Recession. So when I decided to go to graduate school for what is basically a brand-spanking-new field, career support was extremely high on my list of “Important Things”. I’m happy to report that from what I’ve seen, Kogod takes this...
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