Monday, January 26, 2015

Shaking it out: An interview with the freshmen who won the National Diversity Case Competition



Earlier this month, we welcomed 140 students from 35 schools to the Kelley campus to compete in the fourth annual National Diversity Case Competition. The energy in our building was hard to describe.

As faculty liaison Mikel Tiller recently put it: "These bright, energetic young minds, bringing their own unique perspectives to bear, are a huge source of energy and direction for us. How can anyone ever learn anything by embracing sameness?"

We're proud of our all-freshman team, Vineyard Consultants, for taking 1st place. They were up against upperclassmen in teams from Yale, Berkeley, NYU, and Wharton, and they didn't take that lightly. They spent time building their case over winter break, and just before presenting they went into an empty room and danced out their nervous energy.

In the case, Vineyard Consultants were asked to identify a fashion-forward brand that Target should partner with to target Hispanic shoppers. They landed on a brand partnership with Julia y Renata, a growing Mexican designer brand that is well-known in Mexico, Spain, and parts of Latin America.

Vineyard Consultants are:
  • Maya Caine, Information Systems and Business Analytics major, French minor
  • Mica Caine, Information Systems and Security Informatics major, French minor
  • Thomas Dougherty, Economic Consulting and International Business major, Chinese minor
  • Keiondre Goodwin, Economic Consulting and International Business major, Chinese minor

Three team members sat down to reflect on the NDCC, their first case competition and certainly not their last.

Why it's important to stay in touch with the people you turned down (and how to do it effectively)

Mike Schmeckebier
Associate Director,
Graduate Career Services
When a job search ends, I always love getting the phone call that the person has not only received a job offer but that they’ve received multiple job offers.

I can only think of a few things that make you feel better than knowing more than one organization wants you and your talents on their team. After I share words of congratulations, give high fives, and we talk through deciding which offer to accept, I always end with a surprising question:

How are you going to stay in touch with the people you turn down?

When I’m on the phone with a client, the dialogue after that question usually goes something like this:

Client: silence

Me: Hello, hello, are you still there?

What do I mean by staying in touch with the people you turn down? 


And why would they want to stay in touch with you? You’re turning them down, after all, and that step is hard enough.

Keeping in touch with the people you turned down isn’t as crazy as it sounds. An interview process that leads to an offer is intensive. You share a lot with the people who interview you. Chances are high that good relationships were formed.

These people liked you enough that they were willing to make you a colleague, which means they probably like you enough to stay in touch.

Employers understand the hiring process. They understand that you can only work at one place. They understand you are making the best decision for you. If they’re upset about anything, they are disappointed they didn’t get you.

Some of those people might leave that company for a new position. You can figure out all the reasons why that might be good for you. They wanted to hire you now, so chances are very good that they will want to hire you again in the future.

All of this is under the assumption you turned down the offer in a professional way. If you fail to do that, then all bets are off.

So, how do you stay in touch with an employer you turned down? 


My best advice after you professionally and properly turn down the job offer is to do the following:

1. Connect on LinkedIn with every person you formed a relationship with during the interview process, if you haven’t already done it.

2. Once you do that, send them another brief note expressing gratitude and wishing good luck.
Let things lie for 5-6 months and enjoy your new job.

3. After about six months, identify a couple key people from the interview process and send them a note with an update on how things are going for you and asking how they are.

4. Once you get past the one year mark in the new job, and if you live or work in the same area as those job offers, invite those same people out for lunch, coffee, or a drink just to catch up. Do this once or twice a month, individually, until you’ve hit everybody. If you don’t live in the same area, make it a phone call or email exchange instead.

5. Once you complete that cycle, those people are officially in your network and you should treat them accordingly going forward.

Too often we leave out this vital pocket of people to add into our network. Take the time to do it, because turning down an offer might one day turn up a job.

Monday, January 12, 2015

What do losing weight and finding a new job have in common?

Kendell Brown
Associate Director of Professional
Development in Graduate Career Services
Happy 2015!

Since it’s the start of the new year, I’m relating this post to the tradition of making resolutions. My annual resolution is to lose weight—shocking, considering it is the #1 resolution made by American adults. Perhaps it’s yours, too. The #2 resolution for American adults is to get a new job, and since you’re still reading this post, you obviously have an interest in some aspect of career management.

There is a lot of overlap between my resolution and various aspects of career management. I’ve been all over the Internet picking up tricks and tips that will help me lose the weight this year. And I’ve got to tell you, every website, celebrity trainer, and P90X success story says the same thing: Make a public commitment, set measurable goals, plan ahead, and make a lifestyle change.

Let’s take a closer look and compare a successful weight loss plan to a job search.

Making a public commitment


Weight loss: From what I’ve read, the first step in deciding to lose weight is revealing my weight loss goals to family and friends. A public announcement will make me accountable to others and create a stronger commitment to the resolution.

Job search: If you’ve resolved to get a new job this year, you should also let family and friends know.  If your brother-in-law’s company is hiring, how will he know to pass your resume along, if he doesn’t know you’re looking? And if you want to make an internal move, don’t be afraid to tell your boss.  She knows your skillset and what’s happening around the organization.

Setting measurable goals


Weight loss: If I skip lunch and dinner today, the scale reading will be less tonight than it was this morning. But a more helpful goal is: Lose 1 pound each week by eliminating soda, working out 3 times each week, and switching to Meatless Mondays.

Job search: Apply to lots of postings on Indeed.com—Yes, this is a goal, but it is one that will likely cause you frustration. Instead, try goals like:

  • Re-read performance reviews. This will help you understand your strengths and weaknesses.
  • Conduct two mock interviews weekly, so you’re prepared for the inevitable.
  • Research five companies per week, so you have some idea of where you’ll fit and where you won’t.
  • Create a posting for your perfect job. If a real posting doesn’t align with at least 80% of what you’ve written, don’t apply.

Friday, December 19, 2014

Happy holidays from the Kelley School of Business



From all of us at the Kelley School of Business in Bloomington and Indianapolis, we wish our Kelley family and friends a warm, safe, and peaceful holiday season.

Spread the joy by sharing this video with anyone and everyone whose holidays can be made brighter by IU's beautiful sights and sounds.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Q&A with CareBand and SwapBeat: What makes a winning idea?

Startup Weekend Bloomington gave teams 54 hours to launch a startup that would change the world.

Two of the three winning ideas were led by IU and Kelley School of Business students. The 1st place winner, CareBand, is a wearable wandering management solution for people with dementia. The 3rd place winner, SwapBeat, is a social commerce platform to buy and sell instrumental music between producers and recording artists.

CareBand and SwapBeat have moved on to the Regional track of the Global Startup Battle, and voting will determine which two ideas in the US Central/East region will move on to the global competition.

Voting ends tonight.


CareBand is a wearable wandering management solution for people with dementia. The CareBand team is Scott Trepper, Andrew Jones, Claudia Maria, Adam Sobol, Vince Rowold, and Chris Chu.

Vote for CareBand


SwapBeat is a social commerce platform for buying and selling instrumental music between producers and recording artists. The SwapBeat team is Mary Catherine Burns, Askar Akhmetshin, Sanjana Nayak, Chris Williams, Natalie Lamm, and Francis Mejia


Vote for SwapBeat


CareBand's Adam Sobol and SwapBeat's Christopher Williams sat down to answer a few questions about how ideas are born, and what makes a winning idea.


Monday, December 1, 2014

Extremely motivated: Kelley School's champions in the National Diversity Case Competition


These four students will represent Indiana University and the Kelley School in next month's National Diversity Case Competition on the Kelley campus.

The IU Kelley team is:

  • Maya Caine, Information Systems and Business Analytics major, French minor
  • Mica Caine, Information Systems and Security Informatics major, French minor
  • Thomas Dougherty, Economic Consulting and International Business major, Chinese minor
  • Keiondre Goodwin, Economic Consulting and International Business major, Chinese minor

The competition to get here was tough. They competed against other bright and talented teams in the IU Diversity Case Competition to qualify. In that competition, students were asked how they would attract and retain more women in business. The student teams came up with solutions ranging from high school student outreach to advocating for more reasonable maternity and paternity leaves.

The IU team says their greatest strength is extreme motivation: "Although we are all freshmen, we are dedicated to producing quality work."

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

It runs in the family

Jeff Rowe, MBA'16, and Natalie Rowe, MBA'13,
took turns pursuing Kelley MBAs while visiting one
another as far as 2,000 miles away.
Jeff and Natalie Rowe grew up together and moved 2,000 miles to the Midwest for MBA degrees at Kelley. They did it separately: Jeff worked in California until Natalie graduated in 2013, and now Natalie works in Louisville while Jeff pursues his Kelley MBA.

They're working as a team to accomplish their individual career goals. It's the perfect Kelley story.

Sometimes, being a Kelley just runs in the family. Or, the personality traits that made you choose Kelley happen to align perfectly with someone else's personality traits that drew them here, too.

Last week we posted this photo and asked how Kelley runs in your family. We got some great responses. Siblings, parents, spouses, fianc├ęs, and generations of Kelleys sent photos and stories.

Here is what you said.

Do you have Kelleys in your family? Share your story in the comments.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Kelley genes: Do you have them?


Earlier this week, we posted a photo of this baby to our social media channels. Her name is Emma, and she is the granddaughter of Jeff Fettig, Kelley BS'79, MBA'81, CEO and Chairman of Whirlpool. Her uncle, Jay, graduated with a Kelley MBA last spring.

Naturally, people loved this photo. The baby is wearing a Kelley School of Business bib. She is literally drooling on the Kelley School of Business.

The Kelley alumni network is one of the largest business school networks in the country. And within that network, there are children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and siblings who follow the same paths of relatives who have degrees from the Kelley School. Or, in this case, infants who haven't yet decided on business school, but have the look of determination that all Kelleys have, already at two months old.

Think about it this way: Being a Kelley means something more than a degree—it's more like a personality trait. If you're a Kelley, it's likely that you're self aware, mindful, and straightforward. You know that challenges only bring you closer to success, and that every moment is an opportunity. So you work hard, you keep your goals in check, and you work toward them every day.

These are the types of personality traits that run in families. It's genetic. And so, year after year, families pass down the tradition of Kelley, a place where drive, determination, and self discovery are nurtured.

Do you have Kelley genes in your family? Generations of Kelleys? Perhaps you share the gene with your spouse or partner? Tell us about it. Include a photo. We'd love to prove our point here. 


Emma and her older cousin Kennedy, another granddaughter of Jeff and Marcia Fettig, and daughter of Jay Fettig, MBA'14.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

National Diversity Case Competition: Highlights


The 2015 National Diversity Case Competition will be held over the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend on the Kelley School campus. The NDCC is an opportunity for underrepresented minority students on university campuses nationwide to compete in solving diversity-related business challenges, network with corporations that value diversity, and share ideas. It's a prime networking event that connects top students with top companies, right here at Indiana University.

Hear what recruiters and students are saying about the NDCC, and learn how you can get involved:

Information for Visiting Students
Information for IU Students
Information for Corporate Partners


Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Who are you? A workbook to discover your personal brand


When was the last time you nurtured your personal brand?

The Kelley School of Business hosted a panel yesterday at the Indiana Governor's Conference for Women to a packed room full of great questions. How often should you groom your social media profiles? What do you talk about, if you have limited experience in your career? How can you use your personal brand to inspire and lead a company or organization?

Who are you, and why does it matter? 

If you missed yesterday's breakout session, you can download the interactive workbook and start answering these questions for yourself. The workbook is based on Me, Inc. curriculum created by the Kelley School's Graduate Career Services team, and includes tips on how to talk about yourself online, strengthen your LinkedIn profile, and define what makes you different.

Download The Power of Your Personal Brand


More highlights from yesterday's session, after the jump.