As spring creeps slowly into Minnesota, the graduating class of 2013 is looking ahead to limitless opportunities and the list of leading organizations that turn to St. Thomas as a resource for top talent continues to grow. Minneapolis and St. Paul house 12 Fortune 500 companies and Minnesota is home to almost 20. As these leading organizations seek out top talent, the University of St. Thomas continues to be a great source for recruiting.
Local employers such as Cummins, Ecolab, U.S. Bank, Thrivent Financial for Lutherans and Target all have completed on campus recruiting sessions or interviews this year. These sessions provided summer internships and full time positions, including roles in change management, marketing, product development and finance.
UST graduate business alumni have helped to put 5 Minnesota-baesd companies on The Ethisphere Institute’s annual list of the “World’s Most Ethical Companies.” Twin Cities Business reports:
St. Paul-based Ecolab, Vadnais Heights-based H.B. Fuller, and Plymouth-based The Mosaic Company were listed in the chemical company category. Meanwhile, Minneapolis-based Target Corporation appeared in the retail category, and Minneapolis-based Thrivent Financial for Lutherans was one of the financial services companies that made the list. This year’s list included 138 companies. Ecolab, Mosaic, Target, and Thrivent also appeared on the 2012 “World’s Most Ethical Companies” list, which also included Richfield-based Best Buy Company. The 2011 list included Ecolab, Target, Best Buy, and Golden Valley-based General Mills.
So, where are the UST business alumni? Here’s our count from this year’s list:
|James White, executive vice president and president, Latin America, Ecolab, Inc.
|Christopher O’Leary, executive vice president and international chief operating officer, General Mills
|Eric Buss, executive vice president for Life Time Fitness, Inc.
The Opus College of Business recently hosted a panel of top executives who discussed themes PwC’s annual global CEO survey. The executives shared a great deal of advice on succeeding in the ever-changing job market — and traits they look for when hiring. This post is a compilation of reflections on the event from Ben Carlson, Kirsten Haukoos, Maura Hinken, Shanthi Kelaart and Bonnie Wu, students in professor Christopher Michaelson’s undergraduate business ethics course.
The discussion was opened up by a few questions and statistics and one that stuck out was the fact that in 2012 most CEOs are planning on increasing their hiring and headcount. Eric Buss, from Life Time Fitness, is in charge of human resources, corporate development, risk management, and education functions. James White of Ecolab, is in charge of the daily operations in Latin American countries with an Ecolab presence. Chris O’Leary, from General Mills, oversees the businesses outside of the U.S., with responsibility for nearly 14,000 employees in more than 100 countries. The speakers gave the students attending a good idea of how the business world is changing, and the important qualities of successful employees:
By Ujin Han, M.B.A. ’12
Family. Sports. Traveling. These are three things that Ryan Cathcart is passionate about – besides marketing and business, of course. He is currently enjoying his second year in the Full-time UST MBA program as the president of the Net Impact Club, which focuses its efforts on “businesses leaving positive social and environmental impact.” Cathcart recently organized a club event for the UST MBA students with Pentair at Target Field, where they discussed corporate responsibility with Todd Gleason, the president of the company’s integration and standardization team.
A Minnesota native, Cathcart returned to the Twin Cities working for the Hartford as a sales representative after attending Trinity University in San Antonio. After three years of working at the Hartford, he was presented with an opportunity to move forward with the company in sales. It was then that Cathcart decided to pursue his MBA and dream of becoming involved in strategic marketing role.
For the first time, the Opus College of Business sent a team of 4 Full-time MBA students to the National Black MBA Association/Chrysler Case Competition this year. The event was held September 27 and 28 in Indianapolis. What follows is a recap of the experience from one of the student participants, second-year MBA student Boubakar Jalloh.
The Case Competition team with Dean Puto, Assistant Dean Woodson and Professor Arnold.
As a team, we were honored to represent the University of Saint Thomas at the National Black MBA Association Chrysler Case Competition and are very grateful for the support and sponsorship Ecolab has provided to us in this journey. We were able to utilize the knowledge we have accumulated as MBA students at UST,as well as our experiences and diverse backgrounds, to bring substance and an actionable plan to the case.
In preparing for the case competition our strategy was to allocate responsibilities largely based on our individual strengths and expertise. This approach was most effective because it also provided a learning opportunity for all members, as we observed the thinking process that goes into every decision. Joelle Allen, for example, has a strong background in marketing and advertising, so we looked to her to guide a marketing mix campaign directed toward our target market. Similarly, Lissette Prendes’ strong background in finance means we relied on her great insights into the financial analysis of our case.
Case analysis is an important learning technique used in graduate business schools and other graduate studies programs. Similar in many ways to law school mock trials, business school cases are drawn from real world scenarios. These cases provide students with an opportunity to apply knowledge from across several different disciplines, often within a single case, and find solutions to real problems faced by corporate executives and organizational leaders.
Each year, St. Thomas participates in a number of MBA case competitions, and has proven to be competitive at the regional (see results of our 2011 Minnesota ACG Cup Competition) and national level (see results of our 2010 NetImpact Case Competition).
This fall marks the start of my fifth year as a part of the St. Thomas community. I can honestly say that of all of the projects and programs I’ve been a part of during my tenure, the Promises Kept Tour has been one of the most fun and engaging. This was made so primarily by our outstanding alumni – the hundreds who attended the events and especially those who hosted our team at the various locations we visited.
The Promises Kept Tour was a celebration of the Opus College of Business’ recent AACSB accreditation, which has put the UST graduate business programs on the global map by joining the 5% of business schools worldwide with this distinction. The tour was also a time for sharing the other developments at the university, including new buildings, a dramatic increase in the number of tenure track faculty and a sharpened focus on earning international recognition for our programs.