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Why A Growth Mindset is Good For Business

Ryan Neal graduated from the Crosby MBA program in December 2013. He works in the St. Louis area

Ryan Neal, Crosby MBA 2013

Ryan Neal, Project Specialist – Immunophotonics, Crosby MBA 2013

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 have always been amazed with people who overcome adversity. Einstein’s discovery of relativity blows me away. For four years, he was completely segregated from academia. Then, poof like magic, as a patent office clerk, he revolutionized physics. Churchill’s naval defeat in World War II should have ended his career, but it didn’t. He joined the British Army starting from the bottom. A couple years later, he was the prime minister of the UK (perhaps the greatest prime minister). How did these men not only recover from setbacks, but become stronger because of them? What makes these great people so resilient? (more…)

Business School: So Much More Than Hard Skills

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Students got together to play cricket as one of this past year’s International Week events.

Kyle Swartz is originally from Dixon, Illinois. He is in between his first and second year in the Crosby MBA program and pursuing a concentration in marketing analytics. He is currently interning in the Financial Planning and Analytics Center in the corporate office of Schnucks this summer. He will serve as president of the MBA Association for the 2015-2016 academic year.

My passion for data and analysis spurred me to pursue an MBA, and I came into the Crosby MBA program focused on obtaining the skills necessary for a career in marketing analytics.

Having completed my first academic year, though, I realize that there is much more value in the “MBA experience” than just learning hard skills. The following are a few insights about making the most of the all-too-brief time as an MBA student: (more…)

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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