• Thankful

    “Gratitude can transform common days into Thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.” -William Arthur Ward ‘Tis the season of Thanksgiving! Nestled between midterms and finals, this holiday is an important reminder to take a moment and reflect on the things around us that make us smile. I’d like to dedicate this blog to one person I am especially thankful for at Kogod, Jen Murphy. Jen is the Associate Director of Career Management at the Kogod Center for Career Development (KCCD). An important part of the Kogod MBA experience, this integrated career services approach offers students targeted coaching on their chosen career path. Each semester we enroll in a course structured with topics that range from personal branding to social media presence, resume formatting, cover letter writing, interviewing, networking, etc. Sarcastic but serious, Jen is the instructor for the Kogod Full-time MBA career course. She makes us laugh while pushing us to...
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  • Impactathon

    4:30 a.m. wake-up calls are not my favorite. I always set three different alarms a few minutes apart to ensure I don’t snooze through those pre-dawn hours. Last Friday, exhausted from a long week of classes and still recovering from a trip to the Net Impact conference the week before, I set four alarms. One of the things that I’ve learned in b-school is to function at a high level on less than the desired amount of sleep. I keep that endurance up by accepting challenges outside of my normal day-to-day class schedule, and so last Friday I traveled up to Philadelphia to participate in an Impactathon. “What’s an Impactathon?” you may ask… An Impactathon is a one-day design competition that brings together teams of students and professionals, challenging them to create innovative solutions to social problems related to entrepreneurship and education. Created through a partnership between SAP and Net Impact, this German tech...
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  • Kogod To Do List: Attend an Affinity Fair….Check!

    I sat in the KCCD conference room for our pre-conference briefing and as Jen was giving us tips and advice, I felt the pressure of attending the nation’s largest MBA affinity fair – The National Black MBA Association Conference & Career Expo – begin to overwhelm me. I second-guessed my readiness, my preparedness, I had school work to finish, I still had to research employers, I had to print out my resume, and….OH MY GOODNESS I still had to pack! I literally had a moment where I thought…”why am I doing this again?” Now fast forward to my post conference reflections and I am definitely glad that I decided to take advantage of the opportunity. I was able to engage and network with employers, secured an interview, an amazing offer, got inspired by Magic Johnson, built relationships with colleagues, and had a great time in Atlanta! I think that everyone...
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  • Business as UNusual at Kogod

    When I was on my journey to graduate school, I spent a lot of time debating why I would quit my job at an organization I loved, take on thousands of dollars of debt, and lock myself in a room for hours on end to practice accounting problems. Yuck! I wanted to gain the quantitative and leadership skills promised by an MBA, and agreed it offered a positive ROI based on salary projections…but I also knew I wanted—and needed—something more. Ultimately, I came to graduate school to contribute and make the world a better place—for myself, my community, and yours. Luckily, I found Kogod, a business school that offers something a bit unusual…a business school with a mission based on creating and investing in positive community impact both here in the nation’s capital, and around the world. At Kogod I found a tight-knit community led by faculty and staff who encourage enthusiastic students to...
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  • AND I get paid for this?

    For the past few months, I have been part of an on-campus research project that has turned into quite the professional experience! This position is similar to other graduate student positions at Kogod in that it provides an opportunity to add dollars to those scant student bank accounts, and, more importantly, to work closely with faculty and staff in their respective fields and crafts. I jumped on board with this project because it involves fields I am enthusiastic about: women’s executive leadership, talent development, and organizational culture. A little about the research project… Since 2010, Kogod has partnered with Women in Technology (WIT) to track gender diversity on corporate boards of publicly traded companies headquartered in this region. The study has garnered attention in the region and among the growing body of research touching workplace diversity because the study uniquely presents findings specific to Washington, D.C., Virginia, and Maryland. Kogod’s Jill...
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  • Start Off Strong!

    This week our blog introduces two of our newest Full-time MBA classmates: Oluseyi and Steve. Each new class at that comes to Kogod brings a new set of expertise and enthusiasm. This infusion of fresh faces is exciting and I look forward to meeting the rest of the 2016 cohort! Before they share their experience over their first few weeks at Kogod, here is a bit about their backgrounds: Seyi was born in Nigeria but raised in Los Angeles. Her passions are a mix of those cultures: LA fashion and African dance. She built a personal style blog, InFashionITrust.com, and stays active through African dance, as well as traditional ballet, modern, and tap. Before graduate school she worked as a negotiator in the media/advertising industry. Steve comes to Kogod as a local Washingtonian, having earned Mechanical Engineering degree from The George Washington University and a career in the Federal Consulting industry. He is a competitive triathlete who prefers cycling, and is running his...
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  • Welcome!

    The 2014-15 school year has begun! I’m excited to be back on campus, catching up with classmates and meeting new ones. To start this new year of blogging, I’d like to introduce the incoming class to the President of our GBA (Graduate Business Association), Harrison Wagenseil. Assigned to the same orientation case comp group last fall, Harrison has been a close friend throughout my time here at Kogod. He is a fantastic leader and I think you will find the insights on his blog quite useful! While he shares pointers mostly intended for the new class, I also found them to be a great reminder to us “Second Years” as we transition back from summer internships to another year at Kogod. Make sure you read them all; the last one is my personal favorite.  Welcome to Kogod! As the president of the Graduate Business Association (GBA), our graduate student governing body...
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    • Carl Morrow

    • August 20, 2014 in Other

    Peaceful Coexistence

    When I first came to Kogod’s MBA program, I was taking a chance. I am headed to a career in higher education administration, and pursuing a business degree is not the typical route one takes to become a dean. However, I have had enough exposure to what happens at a college to know that the knowledge acquired by studying business would be valuable. Even so, I was unsure how well higher education and business would merge. I mean, business is about the bottom line, and education is about developing the whole person. These two things can’t peacefully coexist, can they? Because of this cognitive dissonance, I initially struggled with the notion that profit and purpose are not at odds. I was convinced that non-profit and for-profit leaders spoke totally different languages and held vastly different views of the world. And while I was convinced that business training could help me...
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  • Don’t Miss Your Moment

    It was April. I had no internship and I still found myself debating whether or not I should actually attend the Spring Career Fair. Truthfully, I didn’t feel like it would make a difference. The frustration from so many denied internship applications and resume submissions incited a level of discouragement that was hard to shake. After contemplating how illogical it was for me to not attend this fair, considering I had no other opportunities pending, I decided to go for a few minutes, just to say I tried. I printed a few copies of my resume and, “dressed for success,” I grudgingly headed over to Bender Arena. I entered the building and started in the direction of the infamous federal government agencies, an area always over populated with young eager college students trying to land a coveted internship with the federal government. I paused in front of the Department of...
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  • Interning for an African Start-Up

    This summer I traveled across the Atlantic to work for a Ghanaian hospitality start-up company.  After leveraging my strong network in DC, I am working with a former colleague from World Wildlife Fund who is now the CEO of ECGL: Ecolodge Company Ghana Limited. When I began my internship search last winter, I knew I wanted to work for a mission-driven organization and have been dying to travel to Africa for years. ECGL is a perfect match: an ecolodge company building its first lodge in a national park in Ghana! I contacted Andy, my boss, last January after returning from the International Dimensions in Management course trip to Santiago, Chile. After a short negotiation, I began working remotely for ECGL in late January, establishing the company’s social media presence and developing their brand, Zaina. Having a few months of lead-time before I landed on the ground here was incredibly valuable....
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