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Bringing Investment Theory to Life Thanks to Warren Buffett

  • Crosby MBA students Colin Mouse, Hien Nguyen and Phuong Ta (far right) traveled to Omaha, Nebraska, for the annual Berkshire-Hathaway shareholder meeting. The students appear here with their host.

Berkshire Hathaway recognized its golden anniversary at this year’s annual shareholder meeting, and four Crosby MBA students joined the celebration.

Finance professor Andy Kern took three Crosby MBA students, Colin Mouse, Hien Nguyen, and Phuong Ta, to the event. Jake Kreinberg and Michael Stacy, too, attended with a contingent from the journalism school, which was arranged by Professor Randy Smith.

Saturday’s meeting followed a reception open to all on Friday.  Attendants also could browse exhibits of Berkshire Hathaway’s many subsidiaries at the CenturyLink Center. The 18,000-seat venue that was filled beyond capacity, with many standing for the duration of the famous Chairman’s six-hour talk and question-and-answer session.

Such a big event contrasts with the trip Professor Andy Kern and Crosby MBA students take during the Investment Strategy of Warren Buffett course, when more students take the trip to Omaha and get to meet the man whose work they’ve spent the semester studying.

Returning to School After Years in the Workforce

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Kyle Swartz has been elected president of MBA Association and works as a teaching assistant and serves as a member of the Crosby Ambassador Team.

Kyle Swartz is originally from Dixon, Illinois. He is in his first year at the Crosby MBA program and pursuing a concentration in marketing analytics. He will serve as president of the MBA Association for the 2015-2016 academic year.

Eight months ago I drove into Columbia, Missouri, with my car hitched to a moving van that contained all my worldly possessions. I was taking a huge step with this move – I was reinventing myself. I was filled with apprehension about whether I was making the right decision. However, as I reflected upon the events that led to this dramatic shift in my life, I was reassured about returning to school.

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Managing Creativity the Pixar Way

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The iconic lamp and ball of Pixar Animation Studios

Ryan Neal graduated from the Crosby MBA program in May 2014. He works in the St. Louis area as a project specialist with Immunophotonics. His new year’s resolution was to read and review one management book every week.

This post was originally published by Neal on LinkedIn.

I was really excited to read this week’s book Creativity, Inc. by Pixar President Ed Catmull. My favorite movie is Wall-E, a Pixar production released in 2008.

I don’t know what it is about that robot. Perhaps it is his quiet suffering, his love for Eve, or his earnestness. Whatever it is, I relate to Wall-E as if he were a real human character. That’s a huge accomplishment. Thousands of hours went into illustrating Wall-E’s eyes and his wheels and animating the way he moves and perfecting his storyline, not to mention financing, marketing, and developing the technology.

For Wall-E to come to life, every part of the company must be working toward the same goal. (more…)

Public Speaking Tips for MBA Students and Professionals

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Guest speaker Michael Kennedy addresses MBA students during professional development seminar.

Krissy Tripp is in her first year at the Crosby MBA program. Her concentration is marketing analytics. She graduated from the Missouri School of Journalism in 2011 with a degree in Strategic Communication. She was recognized as one of the best presenters at the Trulaske College of Business’ annual case competition.

Unlike the general population, MBA students don’t tend to fear public speaking. In fact, I think the biggest problem they have with public speaking is overconfidence in their abilities to wing it.

Why wouldn’t we be confident?

It’s not as if business presentations are known for ‘wow’-ing crowds.

When the bar for presentations is mumbling about a bullet-point-filled PowerPoint presentation, excelling seems simple.

Great presentations are more than that.
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