• Reflections and Favorite Moments

    As May comes to a close, we’ve now had time to tuck our textbooks and notebooks away and enjoy the feeling of accomplishment having successfully completed the first year of our MBA program. My classmates have been busy in these past few weeks after finals – some have traveled abroad, others participated in the week-long Kogod Global Management Institute (KGMI), and others have prepared for a myriad of summer internships that are kicking off over the next week or two.

    Now that I’ve had time to relax – and breathe a sigh of relief! – after finals, I can’t help but to reflect on the past year and everything our class has experienced in our program. I thought I would share a few of my favorite moments with all of you, so without further ado and in no particular order…

    MKTG 612 Client Pitch
    Our Marketing Management class this semester culminated in presentations given to a live client. Early in the semester, our class was split into teams of 5-6 students and we were tasked with creating a marketing plan for a local boxing gym located up the road in Rockville, Maryland. On the final day of class, we presented our research findings and our marketing recommendations to management of the gym (as well as our fellow classmates!). After the pitches, my fellow classmates and I walked out the room absolutely impressed by the performance of all of our classmates. It was awesome to see the quality of work delivered and the experience provided us the opportunity to realize and appreciate just how far we’ve come over the past year.

    Competing in the 21st Annual Kogod Case Competition
    In early February, Kogod students break off in teams and compete in the Kogod Case Competition. I would be lying if I said the competition wasn’t stressful as we spent a seemingly endless amount of hours locked away in breakout rooms in Kogod, but it was an incredibly fulfilling experience. After three days of prep, we were given the opportunity to present our case analysis and recommendations to over sixty DC-area professionals. It was nerve-wracking, but those feelings were possibly amplified due to the lack of sleep in the days leading up to the competition and the amount of caffeine consumed the morning of!

    The 3rd Annual Red Dress Benefit hosted by Kogod Women in Business
    I’ve talked about the Red Dress Benefit here before but I can’t help but mention it again as it provided the backdrop for one of the most enjoyable evenings for Kogod students, faculty and staff. The benefit, held in February, raised money for the American Heart Association. It was a lovely event held at the Darlington House in downtown DC, complete with live music, several moving speeches and a raffle. The benefit this year has been the most successful to date and KWIB was happy to announce that the event raised over $3000 for the American Heart Association. I know I’m already looking forward to the benefit next year!

    There are several other moments I’d like to highlight but I’ll save those for another post. In the meantime, I’m going to keep enjoying summer and not having to think about homework that is coming due!