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Site Visit to Monsanto: Forward-Thinking Agriculture

One of the best things about being a Crosby MBA student is the interaction we have with various companies. Staff, faculty, and alumni have connections all over the country and, occasionally, current students will have the opportunity to visit companies and get a sense of how they operate.

Early last month, a few students visited Monsanto’s corporate headquarters in St. Louis. While there, we spoke to an HR representative to learn about the company and various career paths. Monsanto has over 20,000 employees in countries throughout the world, and many positions are available in marketing, operations, accounting, research, and engineering.

After having lunch with a Mizzou alum, we were given a tour around Monsanto’s offices. This was my favorite part of the day! We were able to learn about the company’s rich history, and observe some of the grow houses. Each of these houses are set up to emulate an environment in different a part of the globe. The company wants to see how well its technology fairs before using up resources implementing them in the actual fields. The house we were able to go inside was tailored to Brazil’s climate, so it was very bright, warm, and humid. I enjoyed learning more about Monsanto’s forward-thinking mentality. (more…)

How my Crosby MBA Developed Me as a Service Leader

Integrate, defined as “to bring together or incorporate (parts) into a whole.”

I came to Mizzou my freshman year striving to build something out of infinite components and limited instructions. Each year added to my University of Missouri experience has connected those disconnected fragments of knowledge and moved me in a forward direction. Numerous mentors, faculty, friends, and Columbia community members pushed me to be better, to connect the pieces and weave them into a singular thread that ultimately leader on Mizzou’s campus. When I started the Crosby MBA program, I was provided me the opportunity to integrate my classwork and skill sets I had been developing throughout my undergraduate career.

I currently serve as one of two graduate assistants for Mizzou Alternative Breaks, or MAB. MAB is a student-led program that sends groups of students across the country and internationally to volunteer during all academic breaks. It promotes the idea that grassroots service is something greater than a week or an event– it is a global movement. MAB is the largest alternative breaks program in the country. We run an over a half a million-dollar fundraising campaign, and operate similarly to a non-profit organization. (more…)

Briefcase to Backpack: Five tips for leaving full-time work for a full-time MBA

I have always been the type of person who loved school. But when I considered entering the full-time Crosby MBA Program in January 2016, I was petrified. I had just spent four years working in the sport apparel industry and earned an education in exercise and sports science. My resume certainly contained meaningful educational and professional experiences, but I had no formal “business” exposure. Fast forward two years and two months, I am proud to say that I am nearing graduation from the Crosby MBA Program.

The decision to leave the workforce and pursue an MBA was one of the best decisions I have ever made.

In light of my previous apprehension about going back to school, here are five lessons that I hope will inspire others to confidently leave the workforce and enter a full-time MBA program.

  1. Do not let a non-business degree deter you from earning your MBA

I admittedly had some insecurities about making the transition from science to business. What I did not realize is how my scientific education refined universal critical thinking and analytical skills. Although my experience teaching human cadaver labs did not necessarily help me understand discounted cash flow models, it certainly fueled my inquisitive nature to master a concept. Truthfully, any form of formal education can translate to gains in the MBA realm. The trick is to make associations and utilize your unique background and skill sets. (more…)

Crosby MBA Elective Course Highlight: Turnaround Management

Turnaround Management with Scott McNair

Over the course of my last semester as an MBA student, I have been taking a Management elective course called Turnaround Management. Not only is it a wonderful course, but it also provides interesting insight into how a company undergoes a strategic turnaround. This course is taught by Professor Scott McNair, a professional turnaround expert with a specialty in the food industry. Every week, students are assigned a business case that we read and write a report on, which is then discussed with the help of discussion leaders in the class. The past two weeks, we have had a couple of guest speakers who helped us to gain a deeper understanding of this concept by discussing the various sides of turnaround management consulting.

One especially impactful speaker was Mike Juniper from CR3. CR3 is a turnaround management consulting firm that helps businesses and companies during crisis situations. To give a bit of a background on Mike Juniper, he has a BBA in finance from University of Arkansas and got his MBA from Washington University. He got into the turnaround business by accident, after witnessing his first restructuring in Pretium Packaging in St. Louis and his first bankruptcy in Southern Products Company, also in St. Louis. (more…)