Over 1000 business leaders will converge on the Minneapolis Convention Center on November 6 to celebrate many notable players in Minnesota’s tech-based economy. The 2013 Tekne Awards will recognize innovation and achievement from a set of 12 categories ranging from information technology, healthcare and advanced manufacturing, to Edtech, digital-learning and start ups, to name a few. This year’s finalists include a Who’s Who of Minnesota companies including Ecolab (Advanced Manufacturing), Mayo Clinic (Healthcare Delivery), and Digital River (Mobile Technologies), as well as some up and comers like UpNet Technologies (Software) and Custom Control Systems (Start Up).
Why is any of this relevant to you, a UST MBA student? Simply put- the Minnesota High Tech Association represents one of many examples of the rich programming and networking opportunities available to a next generation business leader through Minnesota’s wide and varied list of membership-based industry associations. The University of St. Thomas is a member of the Minnesota High Tech Association (and so are over 300 other companies). One look at MHTA’s list of board members and you realize that MHTA is a real powerhouse in Minnesota.
MHTA delivers a wide-range of programming including quarterly member-only networking events, the MHTA Spring Conference, Women Leading in Technology and the newly emerging Robotics Alley– an organization co-founded by Alan Bignall ’85, CEO of ReconRobotics. To connect the dots further, Alan Bignall is the recipient of the 2011 University of St. Thomas Entrepreneurship of the Year Award and his company, ReconRobotics was awarded a Tekne award in 2012.
The Minnesota Tekne Awards gives us a reason to get to know our Minnesota businesses, their accomplishments and contributions, a whole lot better. While most of us are quiet familiar with the products and services of Minnesota’s Fortune 500 entities, how many of us can say that we have a clue about what ByteSpeed (Computer Hardware & Electronic Devices) or CogCubed (Healthcare Delivery) have to offer their customers?
Ask yourself- is there a UST grad connected to one these organizations or someone else you should make time to get to know? Who knows-perhaps one of this year’s Tekne finalists will find themselves on your short list of hopeful future employers!
I plan to share more information on Minnesota’s industry-association offerings in the weeks ahead and ways you can get involved, make connections, and stand out as you work to advance yourself in the marketplace. Go for it. Get out there.
I wanted to share my pleasure and pride at the very positive responses I’ve been hearing regarding Friday’s tour at Great River Energy. I understand the tour went very well, from both a logistical and a learning content perspective, which was great to hear. But what really impressed me is the feedback I heard from my staff as well as our hosts at GRE about you, our student ambassadors:
“Your students look like young executives…they are as well dressed as our top leadership. In fact, today’s Friday, so they are better dressed than our top leadership.
“The questions your students asked were surprising in their depth and in their grasp of our business. They really did their homework…these are the kinds of questions I get from my colleagues.”
These were the observations of Gary Connett, Great River’ Energy’s Director of Environmental Services and Member Services. I understand that 62 first year students were in attendance, that every one of you were in appropriate, business professional attire, and that nearly everyone contributed a thoughtful question or observation during the Q&A.
You may not have realized it at the time but in addition to what you learn at these opportunities, these are also opportunities for you to teach the business community about the UST MBA, and what this brand stands for.
Thank you for your contribution to building our brand!
Article from Yahoo Finance
by Russ Britt
Thursday, December 4, 2008
Minneapolis-St. Paul, far and away, remains where it’s at for business.
For the second year in a row, the Twin Cities region stayed at the top of MarketWatch’s list of best metro areas for business, based on results from a variety of sources. While a number of other players shifted around in the standings, and a couple fell out of the top 10, Minneapolis-St. Paul lost a little bit in the scoring. But the area still outdistanced its closest competitor, Boston, by more than 20 points.
It has been six months since I graduated from the UST MBA Program and my career has taken an unexpected turn within that short time. In April I received and accepted a job offer with Miller Brewing Company in a regional sales office in Irvine, California, otherwise know as “The OC”. Immediately after graduation in May, I packed up my apartment in downtown Minneapolis and drove back to my home state of California to start my job as a Chain Sales Analyst in one of the most exciting CPG industries- the beer business. From the beginning, I loved the relaxed culture and perks that included professional sports tickets, special events, and daily happy hours. The conference room even had a keg that was always flowing!
Thanksgiving is a time to give thanks for great food and great company. Our very own Kate Herzog and the International Students Club make it possible for all students to enjoy the holiday with friends, even those who aren’t able to make a trip home.
For the second year in a row, Kate’s family shared their home and amazing food with UST MBA students and staff for the holiday. More than 20 MBAs stopped by!
Several students brought dishes from their home country. Kate’s family friend Michele (who studied culinary arts in San Francisco) also helped create some traditional Thanksgiving dishes with inspired twists. And just to be sure there was no shortage of amazing food as the celebration wound down, Kate’s husband Phil brought out his incredible homemade cheesecake.
The evening ended with four intense rounds of Catchphrase and quick game of Pass the Pigs. It was a special holiday for all of us. As Kate told me when we were leaving, “Not everyone has a home or a family here. But everyone should spend the holidays with friends and good food.” I am grateful to have had the chance to spend Thanksgiving with such great company in such an inviting home. But I am especially grateful to Kate Herzog for being so giving of her cooking, her home, and her holiday spirit.
Click the link below to see more photos.
Article and photos submitted by Chris Cook
As I’m writing this, it is almost finals time and I realize just how nice it is to no longer have to study for finals; how it’s refreshing to have weekends and nights to myself rather than class or group projects. I have also realized how spoiled I was to be able to sleep in during the week, only have 3-4 hours of class a day, or go out on a random Tuesday night—almost makes me miss school a little…almost.
I found my job through a friend of mine from undergrad. He referred me to a Human Resources person at Deloitte and I got an interview for an internship from that referral. I interned at Deloitte during the summer of 2007 and accepted a full-time job offer upon completion of my internship. I found it truly was who I knew that helped get me a job.
The annual full-time UST MBA holiday celebration was held on December 5th at Pracna on Main. Two hundred UST students, faculty, staff, alumni, families and friends enjoyed a great night of food, entertainment, and dancing. The photo booth was a big hit, as were the variety of musical performances by students and professors. “I’ve watched this celebration grow over the years,” said Dean Puto. “And this has been the best one yet.” The evening also kicked of the UST MBA Toys for Tots drive, and party guests generously filled the donation bin with toys for underprivileged children.
Thank you to everyone who attended and helped to make this event a success! Special thanks go out to Professor Combs, Laura Malwitz, John Lee, Miles Levy, Mike Austin, John Kamman and Chris Cook for providing entertainment, and to Eleana Johnson for organizing a great party!
Click below for more holiday party photos. Pictures from the photo booth can be found at www.thetravelingphotobooth.com, event code H5N6C
The following article on workplace diversity and UST’s Multicultural Forum was featured in the November issue of Twin Cities Business Magazine:
How to recruit and retain a diverse work force has long been the central theme of the Multicultural Forum on Workplace Diversity, the annual conference co-hosted by the University of St. Thomas Opus College of Business and the Twin Cities Chapter of the National Black MBA Association. Since the forum’s inception, sessions and seminars have largely focused on ways to find and keep employees of various races, genders, cultures, or sexual orientations as a means of advancing diversity in the workplace.
This year’s Halloween celebrations at UST were better than ever! Students enjoyed a fun night out at the first ever co-sponsored MBA/Law School Halloween costume party on October 30th. The party was a huge success and hopefully will become an annual tradition. Prior to the party, students participated in a pumpkin carving contest and, of course, wore costumes to class!
Thanks to everyone who took a break from their studies to celebrate Halloween! Click the link below for more pictures.
Just as the first-years are remembering what it’s like to be a student again, so are the third-years re-acclimating to working life. It’s so freeing to have evenings and weekends to myself again, although I miss a good UST MBA happy hour.
I found my job through Indeed.com. Maybe 75 percent of folks get jobs through personal connections, but you can’t dismiss jobs posted on the Internet. I spent a bittersweet month unemployed following graduation – enjoying aimless summer days but nervous about finding a job. I accepted an offer in mid-June and moved to the Chicago suburbs over the Fourth of July.