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Good Design is Good (Fun)

danz, medoraBlu 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.

RSVP to attend »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.

Agenda
4:30 p.m.: Social time
5:15 p.m.: Presentation
5:45 p.m.: Q&A
6:00 p.m.: Social time

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Master’s Pub: Moms Make the World Go ‘Round

Graduate business students and alumni are invited to attend Master’s Pub with presenter Megan Tamte, co-founder and CEO of Hot Mama.
Hot Mama is  a chain of clothing boutiques catering to contemporary, fashion-loving moms.  Tamte co-founded Hot Mama in 2004 with her husband, Mike. Together, they are on a mission to build a national brand that “empowers moms.” Tamte is passionate about motherhood and believes that all moms need to think about their beauty, pursue their passions and remember their dreams in order to be the best moms they can be. Currently, Hot Mama has 30 stores in 11 states, with plans to have 50 stores by 2015.Join fellow graduate business classmates and alumni for business conversations. Free beer, wine, soft drinks and pizza will be available.

Date: Friday, November 2, 2012
Location:  Minneapolis Campus, Opus Hall, Room 201, 4:30-6:30 p.m.

Agenda
4:30 p.m.: Social time
5:15 p.m.: Presentation and Q&A
6:00 p.m.: Social time

 

RSVP to attend »Attendance is free, but advance registration is required. Please register by October 31.

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.

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Dirt is Always in Style: Building a premium brand in household cleaning

jpegCaldrea is a company devoted to creating luxurious, fragrant and earth-friendly household cleaners through two distinct brands – Caldrea for the specialty retail market, and Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day for the mass market.

Monica Nassif founded the Caldrea Company in 1999. As chief executive officer, Nassif built a team to grow the company to more than 15,000 stores across the U.S. In April 2008, Nassif sold her business to S.C. Johnson.

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Graduate business students and alumni are invited to attend Master’s Pub with presenter Monica Nassif discussing how she built a premium brand in household cleaning. Continue Reading

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Erik the Bike Man at Master’s Pub: Friday, Sept. 23

Erik the Bike ManGraduate business students and alumni are invited to attend Master’s Pub with presenter Erik Saltvold, Founder and CEO of Erik’s Bike Shop.

Master’s Pub
Friday, September 23, 2011
4:30 – 6:30 pm

Opus Hall, Room 201
Minneapolis campus

Come network with Opus College of Business students and alumni. Pizza, beer/wine, and soft drinks will be served.

Please RSVP by Wed., September 21

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Follow The Road to a Successful IPO in the New Economy (at the UST Master’s Pub)

Kim NelsonIn April 2010, SPS Commerce (NASDAQ: SPSC) became one of the first successful IPOs since the recession began. The Wall Street Journal heralded SPS as an “obvious hit with investors” as its stock closed up 13%, selling more shares than expected. Days later, Kim Nelson and the executive team at SPS Commerce were ringing the closing bell at NASDAQ. Months of preparations had paid off, but as Nelson will share, it wasn’t easy.
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Paul Douglas – Weathering the Storm: Surviving the Internet Age

pauldouglas2UST Business graduate students and alumni are forecasting an interesting night later this month with nationally respected meteorologist Paul Douglas at the Master’s Pub on Friday, February 25.

My goal is to share my love of weather and entrepreneurial zeal with organizations and corporations, showing how I turned my passion for meteorology into a string of successful, satisfying businesses.  Weather is an apt metaphor for life – and business. Is your company ready for the Internet Storm? How can you encourage entrepreneurial-thinking within an existing business, literally reinvent your business before would-be competitors do it for you? The only constant, the only thing that can be predicted with 100% accuracy: change is coming. Are you ready?

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Bust to Boom: The Evolution of the Minnesota Twins’ Advertising Campaigns

TwinsGraduate business students and alumni are invited to attend Master’s Pub with presenter Patrick Klinger, vice president of marketing for the Minnesota Twins.

Klinger, TwinsPatrick Klinger, the vice president of marketing for the Minnesota Twins. Mr. Klinger is starting his 12th season as vice president of marketing for the Twins with the organization coming off its third-best attendance mark ever. He has managed unique events such as an Opening Day ceremony featuring Minnesota soldiers tossing the team’s ceremonial first pitch live via satellite from a Kuwaiti desert, which was a tribute to late Twin’s great Kirby Puckett. The Twins 2008 advertising campaign was widely recognized as one of the best in professional sports. “This is Twins Territory” picked up regional Emmy awards for best campaign and best commercial spot. Continue Reading

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What do a business school and a rock concert have in common?

On a rainy morning like this, it is an opportune time to look forward to sunnier days, and we’re hoping for just that in just over a week at Rock the Garden 2010. Hosted by the Walker Art Center and The Current radio station, the event is dedicated to enlivening the culture of the Twin Cities.

The University of St. Thomas has been an active supporter of Twin Cities arts, culture and entrepreneurial endeavors since its founding in 1885.

“We are delighted to participate in Rock the Garden, primarily because it allows us to make a meaningful contribution to the vibrant culture of the Twin Cities community,” says dean Christopher Puto, Ph.D. “One hallmark of a good business – or a good business school – is its commitment to the communities and societies in which it operates. This event gives us a unique opportunity to honor this commitment.”

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Twin Cities Professional Associations

Cross posted from The Evening News

Joining a professional association is a great way to learn more about your industry and network or build relationships with other professionals. Keep reading for information about these associations, membership and upcoming events:

  • National Association of Women MBAs
  • National Society of Hispanic MBAs – Minneapolis/St. Paul
  • National Black MBA – Twin Cities Chapter
  • National Association of Black Accountants Twin Cities Student Chapter
  • Association of Latino Professionals in Finance and Accounting

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Wolf packs engage at Master’s Pub

Best Buy WoLF

On Friday, February 21, we had our third Master’s Pub event for this academic year.  About 125 current graduate business students, alumni, faculty and staff attended the event.  Angela Chambliss talked about Best Buy’s Women’s Leadership Forum (WOLF).

The WOLF program is intended to create awareness and drive global opportunity for women at all levels of Best Buy’s business—from Blue Shirts in Best Buy’s stores to female executives — and build business strategies to better serve female customers. Continue Reading