During her 15 years at Hewlett-Packard, Amy Stroud, an executive with the high-tech giant’s business strategy and development unit, watched as employee engagement sank at the company known as the “godfather of Silicon Valley.”
I spent 2 years after undergrad
working for my family’s agricultural company launching a new
product line. I basically worked as a one person startup company
establishing the legal entity, the marketing and branding (naming
the product, creating the graphic design of the label, etc), and
doing sales. I realized that my liberal arts background wasn’t
sufficient for the hard skills I needed to be in business beyond
my ‘guess and check’ method of trying things to see what worked,
and abandoning those that didn’t.
During spring break, I went to Switzerland as part of my International Study Trip class. Our group of 35 started from Zurich, moved on to Basel, crossed the country’s capital city, Bern, and then ended up at the international organizational hub, Geneva.
First and foremost, congratulations are in order. You’ve been granted the opportunity to earn a degree only two percent of the population holds. Perhaps more interesting is the fact that many of you will also be getting your first summer vacation in years.
The halls of the the Graduate School of Management are
filled with a nervous excitement as the internship-hunting season
is in full swing. With some classmates getting positions early at
Intel, Wells Fargo and
As a student Ambassador in my second year of b-school, I get asked a lot of questions. From responding to email inquiries from around the world, to hosting the casual visitor during class, to having lunch with nervous prospective students right before their big interviews with Earl, I can safely say I’ve heard it all.