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Learn Here, Lead Anywhere: Nicaragua Consulting (Part 1)


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Skills in understanding an international business market are becoming increasingly important for MBA graduates. That is why the Crosby MBA program is creating opportunities for students to get real-world experience outside the United States.

In January 2017, ten students, one faculty member, and one Mizzou alumna, traveled to Nicaragua to consult with a women’s coffee cooperative. They spent one week gathering information, strategizing and finally presenting to the leaders of the community. Their objective was to grow revenue for the coffee-growers while gaining international business experience.

This initial trip was designed to lay the groundwork for future expeditions. The following is a video based on a presentation given by the two project leaders.

To hear from participants themselves read parts 23 and 4.

MBA Nicaragua Consulting Group

From left to right: Serdar Poyraz, Michael Logan, Justin Plassmeyer, Megan Babyak, Josh Ellis, Kelsey Ollis, Maria Magner, Debrielle De La Haye, Matthew Wunderlich, Bryce Cullen, Katie Wehmeyer, Morgan Steward

Special thanks to Mizzou Alternative BreaksPanorama Services Expedition, and supporters of the Crosby MBA Program.

maria magner

Post and video created by Maria Magner. Maria is a first-year student at the University of Missouri-Columbia pursuing her Crosby MBA with an emphasis in Marketing. Earning a journalism degree from the University of Iowa, Maria came to Mizzou with ten years of business experience in media and marketing. Passionate about brand management, video production, and content creation, Maria is complementing her professional experience with leadership and business training. 


  1. Andika says:

    This is a great post…Thank you…Do you have any option to subscribe to your blog to get regular updates?

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