It is no surprise that Minneapolis has been named one of the best cities for women entrepreneurs, according to a study conducted by NerdWallet, a financial literacy website. Here’s just a small sample of women entrepreneurs who’ve come out of the Opus College of Business and launched successful businesses.
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Blu Dot is an American design studio that creates home furnishings sold in fine design stores across the U.S. and internationally. It has won many national and international design awards, and its designs are included in the collections of numerous museums. Blu Dot is recognized for its inventive use of materials, playful sensibility and fabrication and assembly strategies determined by an economy of means. This sense of playfulness and irreverence extends to its marketing, too.
Graduate business students and alumni are invited to attend Master’s Pub with presenter Medora Danz, vice president of Blu Dot brand on Friday, February 22. Danz will discuss the company’s mission to bring good design for the masses, and the unique and pragmatic methods used to reach this goal. She will entertain attendees with a history of Blu Dot, its design process and its growth in the modern furniture market.
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Attendance is free, but advance registration is required. Please register by February 20.
Current Opus College of Business graduate students and alumni attending the event are encouraged to bring colleagues or friends considering a graduate business degree to experience the unique St. Thomas atmosphere and community.
4:30 p.m.: Social time
5:15 p.m.: Presentation
5:45 p.m.: Q&A
6:00 p.m.: Social time
Having trouble opening new career doors? Consider the ways an MBA can help. (We had a great post titled “Why You Should Get Your MBA.”) The upcoming UST MBA Forum, featuring Kaplan, helps MBA candidates learn more about opportunities to open new doors in their careers and personal lives and take the first step in preparing for the GMAT.
With a few weeks of winter still left ahead of us, it may seem like the fall semester lies far in the future. However, now is the time to begin working on your application if you’d like to enroll in one of the Opus College of Business graduate programs this fall.
Our second-most popular post of 2012 in our Opus Magnum top ten countdown was by Evening UST MBA student Vitaly Demin, a strategy consultant at Eames Management Group and co-founder of the Russian technology blog Gridder.ru. Vitaly asked, “Is Success in Management a Right- or Left-Brain Strength?” He broke down his answer by looking at some pf the major players in the electronics industry and their success in the past year.
The era of left brain success is ending. It’s not as critical for B2B organizations because success in this space is mostly determined by professional relationships and pricing. B2C companies on the other hand deal with millions of consumers worldwide and that’s where left brain executives struggle the most. They don’t understand how consumers perceive companies and brands, and they never will because that’s simply how their minds operate. If all these left brain B2C companies don’t add right brain power to their executive tier, we will soon see more business failures than ever before because the new era of right brain management is coming.
In our top ten countdown of most popular Opus Magnum Posts of 2012, our #3 post wss by Craig Pladson, M.B.A. ’10., who made a great argument of “Why You Should Get Your MBA.”
I didn’t get my MBA to say I got my MBA. I didn’t get my MBA to make more money. One reason I did decide to pursue my MBA was to earn credibility among my colleagues and leverage it in the future to open as many doors as possible. The notoriety of getting an MBA can be self-served by the person who got it (e.g., putting “MBA” in their e-mail signature, hanging their degree in their cube). People’s obsession with making more money after getting an MBA lose track of what really allows people to make more money. You don’t make more money because you have your MBA, you make more money because you’re adding more value to your organization and your boss recognizes this.
As the new year starts off, we’re looking back at the ten most popular posts on Opus Magnum from 2012. Today we’re down to #7, which takes us back to a big day for the Opus College of Business this year, when the UST MBA Program Earned its Top 25 Percent Ranking.
The Full-time UST MBA program vaulted from being previously unranked to being ranked among the top 25 percent of the nation’s accredited business schools, as published by U.S. News & World Report.
This was the first opportunity for the Opus College of Business to be ranked by U.S. News because the news outlet only considers schools that hold accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) International. UST’s Opus College of Business gained that accreditation in December 2010.
“We always believed we had an outstanding business school but there wasn’t a good way to demonstrate that,” commented Dr. Christopher Puto, dean and holder of the Opus Distinguished Chair in Marketing. “To move from being unranked to the top 25 percent is a wonderful affirmation. This initial ranking recognizes the efforts of our faculty, staff, students and benefactors. I could not be more grateful or proud of what they have accomplished.”
Deadlines are approaching–and in some cases passed–for B-school applications. The Evening UST MBA‘s priority deadline for Spring 2013 admissions was November 1, applications are still welcomed and reviewed once the file is complete. So, as you’re working on your application, how can you stand out (in a good way) to get a spot in the class?
We’ve got an old series of posts here on Opus Magnum with application and admissions advice called “Take it From Me” with some of the bad examples and recently, Business Insider published a great list of 4 Ways To Make Your MBA Application Stand Out.
One of the biggest mistakes candidates make is that “they act on what they perceive the committees want rather than reveal what’s interesting within themselves,” says Jeremy Shinewald, author of “The Complete Start-to-Finish MBA Admissions Guide“ and founder of mbaMission, a consulting firm for business school candidates. ”They try to become something that they’re not to impress the committee.” (more…)
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The fourth annual Fowler Business Concept Challenge both commenced and consummated [last Friday], with Aaron Engler’s ‘Coach app’ coming in at first place on the graduate level, earning the MBA student a $10k scholarship award.
Described as a “the restaurant managers playbook,” Engler’s idea is to provide chain restaurants with a mobile business intelligence system that aggregates all the pertinent information they need to know to optimize their venue — POS, labor, sales, product spec, service times, etc. (more…)
Not sure about what you’ve gotten yourself into with this MBA thing? You’re not alone. KJ Brooke is a veteran of the southern California hospitality business and is in her last year of an MBA program. People she talks to are often skeptical about her pursuit of an MBA, she says in an excellent essay for The Billfold, giving her looks “of bewilderment and awe, with a little bit of pity thrown in.”
But Brooke feels she’s made the right choice, which she defends with intelligence and wit in the article. Sure, she has little time for a social life, is buried with homework and puts up with resentment from her current co-workers; but when she’s done, she says, she’ll have a big bundle of new advantages, including increased self-confidence, comfort with numbers and better earnings potential. And if nothing else, she’s confident that she’ll never be caught flat-footed “by any ridiculous question thrown my way from a witty student or cocky boss.”