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The three pillars of the Crosby MBA program are community, curriculum, and careers. When the three are able to be combined for a dynamic experience, the synergistic effects have the potential to be very impactful for all involved. Realizing this opportunity, the leadership of the Trulaske College of Business collaborated with the United Way to initiate the University of Missouri’s inaugural United Way Board Fellows program. Through this program, students will act as a consultant for projects involving local nonprofit agencies and will serve as board members over the course of spring 2018. Six students in the Crosby MBA program were selected to take part in the experience: Jacob Hurrell, Morgan Steward, Satu Lantiainen, Elise Watson, Renato Rodrigues, and George Brand. They will each work with a variety of organizations, including Heart of Missouri United Way, Phoenix Health Programs, United Community Builders, Adult Day Connection, Fun City Youth Academy, and Youth Empowerment Zone. Each student was matched with an agency based on their skills and interests. (more…)
Spring break is the perfect time to explore new places and meet new people. This year, our Crosby MBA Consulting CIT traveled to the Big Apple to meet with McKinsey & Company and Goldman Sachs. We met with professionals at both companies to learn about their day-to-day operations as well as HR management and hiring practices.
For those not familiar, McKinsey & Company is a leader in the consulting industry. They have over 10,000 consultants, with some functioning as generalists, and others as practice specialists. The McKinsey Partner we met with told us about how they regularly add new specialties as client needs evolve. Some of the relatively new categories include Digital Banking, Education Reform, and Start-ups.
The HR representative from McKinsey told us that they get thousands of applications each year. That means a lot of resumes being reviewed in a very short amount of time. From a quick glance, they want to see evidence of achievement, leadership, problem solving (your major, or professional roles), and community involvement. McKinsey wants well-rounded, intelligent people that can succeed in a fast-paced environment. That success is monitored closely by regular check-ins with your career manager and the partner at your office. (more…)
“It was the perfect mix of human-centered consulting, economic development, Latin America, and coffee.”
Katie Wehmeyer, a 2016 Crosby MBA graduate with an interest in Entrepreneurship, saw the January 2017 trip to Nicaragua as an opportunity to learn by doing—an experience she grew to love and embrace during her time in the MBA program. “After graduating,” she says, “I started to re-appreciate all of the projects we had in the program, and how they exposed me to so many different industries and different problems to be solved.” Now working in a full-time position as a Biodesign & Innovation Fellow at Mizzou, she spends a great deal of her time working in the technology innovation space. By immersing herself in this opportunity and traveling outside of her comfort zone, she knew she would benefit from becoming even more well-rounded in the social sector of innovation, while also having a lot of fun. (more…)
In January 2017, ten students, one faculty member, and one Mizzou alumna, traveled to Nicaragua on a project to consult with a women’s coffee cooperative. For details on their trip, check out parts 1, 2, and 4 . The following is a reflection from one of the participants, first-year MBA student, Megan Babyak.
I Can Handle This
I knew I had to go to Nicaragua from the very first time I heard about the opportunity. If you ask those who know me, they’d tell you that I’m notorious for traveling. I live to experience new countries and to immerse myself in different cultures. Having never been south of the border, I figured this would be the perfect opportunity to learn a great deal about Central America.
Preparing for the trip was slightly stressful. Not only was this my first time traveling to a developing nation, it was also my very first time participating in a consulting project. I wasn’t sure what to expect. Our team performed extensive research on the country, its politics and people, and way of living before we left, and luckily, a consulting professor within the school of business gave us great insight on how to develop a structure and ask relevant questions. (more…)