The Crosby MBA program strongly believes in providing opportunities for and encouraging students to enhance their professional development during their time at Mizzou. Some of those opportunities include pursuing entrepreneurship projects, participating in study abroad experiences, earning professional certificates, attending national career conferences, and doing company site visits. Because of generous donor support, we are often able to help provide partial scholarships to help students with the cost of these professional development opportunities.
In October, two groups of students received scholarships to help with the cost of attending company site visits in Chicago and Dallas, where they were able to interact with recruiters, speak with Crosby MBA alumni and be immersed in the company culture of some of the most sought-after businesses globally. Shraddha Hegde, a first-year student pursuing a concentration in Marketing Analytics, speaks to her experience on the Chicago trip where she visited Clarity Insights and FCB Chicago. Additionally, Elise Watson, a dual MBA and MA in Journalism student, discusses her time visiting with representatives of AT&T, Southwest Airlines and E&J Gallo in Dallas.
Networking, growing and learning: these are some key goals Crosby MBA students have while attending national career fairs. In September, 45 Crosby MBA students traveled to Philadelphia, Penn. and participated in the 2017 Annual Conference and Exposition presented by National Black MBA Association and Prospanica, The Association of Hispanic Professionals. According to their website, “The Career Exposition is the largest diversity career fair in the country, attracting public and private corporations, non-profits, and government entities who are actively recruiting top-notch ethnic diverse talent, offering internships to executive-level positions. This two-day event highlights on-site exhibits and interviewing facilities that allow our Corporate Partners to actively recruit and source premier talent, while offering attendees access to career opportunities and professional connections.” The Crosby MBA students networked with these corporations and most students completed interviews with more than a few. Mizzou’s Crosby MBA program was very well-represented.
Crosby MBA students, Renato Rodrigues and Tyler Hanley, recount their experiences at the National Black MBA Association Career Fair and Crosby MBA Career Fair Networking Event, where more than 30 employers attended to specifically recruit Crosby MBA students. (more…)
Megan Babyak, an Eastern Illinois University business school graduate, is using the Crosby MBA program as an opportunity to continue to build her skills in marketing analytics. She has taken on leadership in the Mizzou Analytics Society, serving as the President, and represents the Crosby MBA program as a Student Ambassador. When reflecting on her decision to join the Crosby MBA community, she said the following: “I chose the Crosby MBA program because there are many opportunities to grow. The coursework has refined my analytical skills; my involvement in student organizations has strengthened my communication skills; and the community has given me a place to try new things without fear or judgement!”
As part of the Marketing Analytics Certificate, the Crosby MBA program offers a class called Research for
Marketing Decisions. This course is taught by Dr. Marsha Richins, the Bailey K. Howard World Book Chair of Marketing. I was fortunate enough to take Dr. Richins’ Applied Statistics for Marketing course the previous spring, so I was excited to have her in class again. (more…)
Acquiring an MBA from the University of Missouri requires you to become proficient in analyzing problems and identifying solutions in a constantly changing world. Those with an entrepreneurial spirit have the unique drive to take those ideas and work from the ground up to make them a reality. Bringing Up Business: Mid-Missouri’s Innovation Week, which took place Oct. 6-13, 2017, provided Crosby MBA students with an opportunity to showcase their skills learned in the classroom to their real-world startups. Riley Coy, dual MBA/JD student, coordinated with a team of veterinary students, law students, and local web designer to make their startup, House Collars, come to life. They then used the Columbia Startup Weekend as an opportunity to spend the weekend with 125 other individuals who have the same goal. Meanwhile, Crosby MBA Students and student athletes Eric Laurent, Jacob Hurrell, and Kristen Rivers were granted the opportunity to pitch their startup, Stor, “Shark Tank” style to key local entrepreneurs. Through the events of Bringing Up Business, both teams found success.