Monday, December 6, 2010

Silicon Valley Welcomes Kelley High Tech Club

For two gadget-filled days, Kelley students descended on Silicon Valley to meet business leaders in the tech industry. The trek was put on by the Kelley High Tech Club, an organization that helps MBA students learn about business roles and make contacts, in this dynamic industry. 20 Kelley 1st-years and 2nd-years made the trip out to the San Francisco Bay Area.

After enjoying delicious ethnic food in downtown Mountain View, the group kicked off the company visits with a stop at Intuit. There they met with the creator of Intuit Brainstorm, an idea-sharing social network that has rapidly accelerated innovation within the company and is now making waves in firms across the US. After that, they headed up the road to tour Facebook's headquarters in Palo Alto. Built out of an old warehouse, the HQ was a scene of complete openness mixed with a heaping spoonful of creativity. After learning all about the culture and the structure that makes the company tick, the group stopped for photo ops by The Facebook Wall, waved goodbye to Mark Zuckerberg, and prepared for the next day.

Day Two began bright and early at Brocade's brand-new facility in San Jose. There students heard from experts in product management, marketing, finance, and human resources to learn about many of the roles that MBAs play in the leading provider of business networking solutions. The trek's host at Brocade, a Kelley alum, even arranged to have IU's fight song play as the group arrived. Following that session, the students headed back to Palo Alto to have lunch with Cooliris, an exciting startup that developed the must-have browser add-on of the same name and that just launched a new photo-sharing application called Liveshare. The company's CEO, as well as members of the marketing and engineering departments, talked with the group about working in a fast-paced startup and gave them hands-on demos of their latest creations. After that, the trek continued in downtown San Francisco at CBS Interactive, developer of online content and hosting for the media giant's family of websites, which includes favorites such as,, and The company's lead recruiter gave the group a tour and a presentation on the ins-and-outs of the corporate structure. To cap off the trek, students headed out for happy hour in San Francisco, where they met with a representative of Genentech to get a perspective on the bio-side of technology.

After all was said and done, the trek participants were ready to relax after an intense but incredibly valuable two days in the center of the technology world.

Guest blog post entry by Jason Fletchall, 2012 Kelley MBA candidate.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Kelley undergraduate heads to 2010 Business Today International Conference

Kelley School of Business honors student and junior majoring in Finance and Business Economics & Public Policy, Evan Kaufman, was one of 160 students selected to attend the prestigious 2010 Business Today International Conference, Nov. 21-23 in New York City.

Evan was selected from more than 1,000 applicants and was invited to attend an all expenses paid trip to participate in the conference representing the finest business leaders of tomorrow.

This 36th Annual International Conference brings together 70 executives with up-and-coming student business leaders from around the world for three days of keynote speeches, heated panels, executive seminars, and case studies to balance high-profile events with personal interaction and teamwork.

Evan will hear from keynote speakers such as Steve Forbes, President and CEO of Forbes; Bill McDermott, Co-CEO of SAP; and Gaston Caperton, Former Governor of West Virginia and President/CEO of College Board over the course of the conference entitled, "The New Rules of the Game."

The speakers will address topics such as the evolving political environment, the competitive international landscape, and new definitions of success.

Evan is a member of the Kelley School Investment Banking Workshop and is president of the IU Rugby Club team.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Ernst & Young names Justin Greis (BS’03, MBA’04), winner of Chairman’s Values Award

Justin Greis (BS’03, MBA’04), a Senior Manager in the Information Technology Advisory Practice of Ernst & Young, was recently named one of Ernst & Young's three Chairman's Values Award winners in the Americas at a reception hosted by Chairman and CEO James S. Turley.

Justin was recognized for his inspirational personality, his strong passion, and his willingness to devote his time and talent to helping students achieve their best. He serves as professor of information systems at the Kelley School of Business, where he teaches IT Governance, Risk and Controls in the Master of Science in Information Systems (MSIS) and Master of Business Administration (MBA) programs.

He and his wife Katharine founded the “Ernst & Young, James E. Buckman Memorial Fellowship” in memory of Katharine’s father. The fellowship is focused on providing post-graduate technology educational opportunities to students in the Kelley School of Business MSIS program at Indiana University.

Justin specializes in Strategic Technology Advisory, with a focus on IT governance, helping clients manage risk and realize higher value from their IT investments. Justin has over 10 years of executive and entrepreneurial leadership experience in information technology that includes IT strategy, information security advisory, IT risk advisory, program management, IT governance, and strategy design. As a recruiter at Kelley, he has led more than forty MSIS students to E&Y.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Net Impact shows corporate social responsibility is now mainstream

"Anyone who thinks that they are too small to make a difference has never tried to fall asleep with a mosquito in the room." Gary Hirshberg, CE-Yo of Stonyfield Farm shared this Gandhi quote with the attendees of the 18th Annual Net Impact conference in Ann Arbor this weekend. It perfectly captures my sentiments when the Kelley Net Impact Graduate chapter was recognized as the chapter with the highest increase in conference attendance nationally! In addition, The undergraduate IU chapter was also recognized as a runner up for the undergraduate chapter of the year. Despite smaller in size when compared to other MBA chapters, the efforts, passion and commitment of the Kelley Net Impact members have certainly shown great results!

The conference consisted of over 350 speakers, several keynote sessions, multiple tracks and a career expo. I was personally impressed to see the diversity of firms in attendance including BCG, Microsoft, Walmart and Teach For America; these distinct organizations were all recruiting to attract socially aware and focused business leaders. The conference was not only inspiring but also empowering and I walked away with some incredible contacts whom I hope will become mentors in the future. Net Impact and its mission has transitioned from questioning whether businesses should care to how to enable businesses to care about social causes. Similarly, growing from an idea that attracted a few students, it has grown to be a powerful movement that attracted 2500 students and professionals to the conference. Rather than something on the fringe, corporate social responsibility is now a mainstream concern. The conference provided me with several opportunities to meet fellow Net Impacters, practitioners, recruiters, new hires and CEOs! I was blown away by this amazing network of passionate individuals all working to create a better sustainable world.

It was an amazing experience and I look forward to the next conference, October 28-29, 2011 in Portland, Oregon. Thanks to all the Kelley Net Impacters who attended and made the 2010 conference such a success!

Guest blog entry by Neha Kale, 2011 Kelley MBA Candidate, President MBA Net Impact Chapter

Scrubbing Bubbles in the slums of Nairobi

I’ve just completed my first breakout session at the 2010 Net Impact Conference and it was fantastic. It definitely gave me a better understanding of the role that MNCs play in developing the Base of the Pyramid (BOP). It was an awesome, interactive discussion, entitled, “Engaging the BOP: A Closer Look at Business in Africa”. Essentially the S.C. Johnson & Son, Inc. company, maker of consumer cleaning products under such brands as Scrubbing Bubbles, Mr. Muscle, Windex and Pledge, is engaging in development efforts in the Kibera slum in Nairobi , Kenya with mixed success. Apartments in the slum have communal bathrooms on each floor that are otherwise pretty squalid. The company is working to train teams of cleaners who would market their cleaning services to the residents of the apartments and would use S.C. Johnson cleaning products. The idea is to help these cleaning teams grow their business to the level that S.C. Johnson can meet its fixed cost investment in training and marketing the groups and begin to turn a profit. They challenged us in the session to identify ways that the company can make this venture more advantageous for the people of Kibera AND make it profitable for the company in the reasonable short-term.
Jimmy Bettcher, Rob Herrick and I paired up with two students from the University of Oregon and one student from Yale to brainstorm key issues. We considered innovative ways for the cleaning services to advertise; whether the pricing structure for the services (and for the S.C. Johnson products) needed to be adjusted; whether the residents of the Kibera apartments needed more education on the health benefits of clean/hygienic toilets; whether the ability-to-pay and willingness-to-pay of the residents is adequately understood; and whether there is an adequate linkage between the services provided by the cleaning teams and the S.C. Johnson brands that are being used by the teams. Once we all reconvened to share our questions and ideas, the S.C. Johnson representative really took all of our comments to heart and complimented the new ideas that we all came up with.
In addition to this case example, S.C. Johnson also has an effort in Ghana to improve pest control and reduce the spread of malaria. The company offers several consumer product solutions for pest control, like Raid and Off. We didn’t have enough time to brainstorm ideas on this business issue, but the key issues they are dealing with in this effort are: not trumping or harming the progress that NGOs and agencies like USAID have already made in the area of mosquito netting; the location and distance between villages in Ghana complicates distribution and limits the impact of “Word of Mouth” advertising; and making sure solutions offered are truly affordable and that the products get used in the appropriate way (since they are chemicals with active ingredients that have specific methods of use).
It was so interesting to hear about the efforts of an MNC in the area of building the BOP and hearing about the challenges they face. While the company is ultimately involved because they believe there is untapped market potential in Africa, I appreciated the company’s sensitivity to really trying to find a win-win solution in these societies to enable them to develop and grow through entrepreneurship. This session was a great way to kick-off my experience at the Net Impact Conference. I am so excited to see what else I’ll learn!

Guest blog entry by Debbie Papiernik, 2011 Kelley MBA Candidate, Indiana University

Thursday, October 28, 2010

2020 Vision for a Sustainable Decade

Today, Thursday, 10/28, is the big day—the day when the largest-ever contingent of Kelley MBA students treks to the national Net Impact conference ( Net Impact is a national organization with local chapters, including Kelley, whose mission is to “inspire, educate, and equip individuals to use the power of business to create a more socially and environmentally sustainable world.” In short, Net Impact is for students and professionals who want to do well in business (or non-profits, government) but also do some good. MBA students form the core of the membership ranks, and speaking as a member of the Kelley MBA Net Impact leadership team, we’ve worked hard to raise the profile of Kelley as a place where MBAs looking for more than just a paycheck are adequately supported.

This is a special year for Kelley Net Impact because the national conference is a) within driving distance, in Ann Arbor (about 6 hours away), and b) not happening during 1st year Case Comp week. I wrangled a couple of school vans and got a group hotel rate to make it easier for students to attend—and we don’t even have to miss any classes. The combined result: 19 MBA students (and 3 Kelley undergrads) are going to the conference.

So many educational panels and seminars are being offered this year that it’s really hard to decide which ones to attend. (To make it a little easier, each is separated into one of eight themed tracks.) And while this is typically more of a networking and education event than a recruiting event, I was surprised to learn that companies at the conference are looking to fill over 150 jobs, ranging from big employers like Deloitte and DuPont to non-profits like KIPP Foundation and the National Park Service. Note to self: pack business cards and resumes.

We’ll be sending out tweets from the conference and updating this blog with perspectives from other Kelley MBA attendees during and after the event, so stay tuned.

Guest blog entry by: Karim U. Khan, 2011 Kelley MBA Candidate

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Net Impact, Environmental Defense Fund, and The Kelley School

The Kelley School of Business has a long history with the international nonprofit, Net Impact. Kelley MBA, Nirupam Khanna, interned this summer at Alcatel-Lucent with the Environmental Defense Fund/Net Impact as a Climate Corps Fellow. As two dozen KSB students depart for the annual Net Impact conference on Oct. 28, here is a guest blog from Nirupam, the Kelley School's first Climate Corps fellow.

Climate Corps fellow at Alcatel-Lucent saw the light…and recommended solar films | September 22, 2010 | Posted by Climate Corps Fellow in EDF Climate Corps, By: Nirupam Khanna

The fact that you are reading this blog online is a testament to how my host company, Alcatel-Lucent, has impacted the way you and I behave on a daily basis. Little did I know, on the last day of my EDF Climate Corps training that I was on my way to becoming a champion of energy efficiency at a place so steeped in history.

With numerous inventions and Nobel Laureates, the Alcatel-Lucent (Bell Labs) headquarters in New Jersey houses a jaw-dropping, two million square-foot space lined with labs. To date, I had only seen such a place in sci-fi movies. The vast areas of office spaces with little nuggets of history everywhere represented a great challenge for me.

With large projects such as a cogeneration plant and solar plants already in the pipeline, the opportunity for uncovering low-hanging fruit was quickly ticked off my list, as most of them had already been implemented by the facilities team. Nonetheless, this 60-year-old building presented some unique opportunities.

After snooping around the building and seeking opinions from everyone I spoke to, I stumbled upon over-lit areas and no sensory monitors to shut lights off when they weren’t being used. Talking to vendors and contractors, researching best practices and tapping into EDF’s rich information-support system, I was able to find logical solutions for these issues.

After losing my way one too many times in this huge maze of a building, I resorted to asking directions from co-workers to get back to my cubicle. Though at first I was embarrassed, I realized many of the people giving me directions were just as unsure as I was about whether or not they were guiding me the right way. This lack of directional clarity came with a silver lining though, because it often forced me to discover new areas in the facility and, consequently, new energy efficiency opportunities.

For instance, wandering through corridors where the sun’s hot rays would stream in and battle against the air conditioner’s attempt to cool the facility triggered an idea for solar films in parts of the building. These solar films could lead to substantial savings for the HVAC system in the building, resulting in savings of thousands of dollars per year. In addition to clear financial benefits, solar films have a couple other fantastic advantages:

1.Solar films can reject up to 60% of the solar heat coming in through the windows during summer, in some cases helping to retain heat within the building during winters.
2.Solar films can also keep the harmful UV rays out, protecting employees and preventing sun damage within the building.
Putting these proposals on paper with financial models and clear numbers proved that reduction in operating costs and carbon footprint will help the organization expedite these solar film projects, giving it a needed competitive edge.

For a building as diverse as this, its energy density varies greatly. All office spaces and labs have specific air condition requirements and power consumption levels. In collaborating with various stake holders and experts, my biggest challenge has been to get everyone on the same page while simultaneously figuring out the best strategies to reduce the building’s carbon footprint.

As an EDF Climate Corps fellow at Alcatel-Lucent, everyday leads to a new discovery – taking me to new parts of the facility and unraveling new opportunities. Furthermore, the direct descendant of the apple tree from which Newton got his inspiration stands right outside this building, inspiring me to find realistic solutions for the people here at Alcatel-Lucent.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Habitat for Humanity/Whirlpool Corporation first-ever campus build

Outside of Indiana Football’s Memorial Stadium, near the intersection of Indiana 45/46 and Dunn Street, Habitat for Humanity has been building a house since Thursday, September 23. Habitat is partnering with Whirlpool Corporation on the build. It is amazing how much progress has already been made. The build should be completed on October 2. Today, Kelley School of Business’s Dean Smith was on site helping out. Many IU students are volunteering to help build the house, including many students from Kelley and the Undergrad Civic Leadership Development group and the MBA Kelley Cares group. Indiana Bloomington’s Provost and Executive Vice President Karen Hanson was also helping out today.
The house is being built for Trish Vosekas, who has been living in Bloomington since 1985. Trish is very excited about her new house and is very thankful to everyone helping out. The student volunteers wrote messages to Trish on the walls of the building. When asked about the messages Trish stated, “They all were heart filled and extremely touching. By signing the house I feel the messages that the students wrote to me. Now my walls can talk.” Trish is on site everyday – building and making sure that the area near the build site doesn’t create pollution, by taking it upon herself to clean up all the stray trash, nails, packaging, etc. She wants even her temporary yard to be neat!
By Oct. 2, Indiana University will have the first completed Habitat for Humanity/Whirlpool Corporation build on a college campus. This really says a lot about how Indiana University gives back to its community. It is setting a standard for other universities around the country. Trish is so thankful to the college students that are taking time out to help build her house. Other schools should definitely join IU by bringing a Habitat for Humanity build to their campus!

Guest Post submitted 9/27/10 by IU junior, Matt Kamenitz.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Social Impact through women entrepreneurs

After spending nine days in Fiji, I am convinced this experience has changed my life forever. 

I can highlight so many things about this trip, but the best was being part of this amazing project whose main objective is to make a positive impact in the life of women entrepreneurs and their families. That’s definitively one of the things I always wanted to get from my MBA, and it happened!

We met our goal; we interviewed 101 women who never stopped surprising us with their stories. They were so open to share their ideas, their culture and even welcome us at their homes. I am so impressed with the enormous potential that this country has, not only because it is so rich in terms of material resources but also because its people are great – including all the organizations that are willing to help and improve the life of these communities. 

Throughout these days, we gained a better understanding of the importance of the role of culture in Fijian microfinance and the huge need for projects like SPBD’s to make a real impact in the life of these communities.

I can’t wait for SPBD to start operations and know how the life of these women and their families is being changed.

Guest blog entry provided by Rocio Ortiz, 2011 Kelley MBA Candidate, Indiana University

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Fijian Salt Entrepreneurs

The past two days have been invaluable to our project. Yesterday we were able to meet with a group of women in Ba who make a variety of traditional crafts, primarily for Fijian events such as weddings and funerals. The women make the majority of their crafts by hand, and it was amazing to see the time and effort that went into their work.

We were then able to meet with “friend” an organization in Fiji which works with women on income generation initiatives. Generally, the women friend works with are more interested in making a business out of their work, and it would appear these women would make excellent use of a microfinance opportunity.

Finally, we met with a village that makes traditional Fijian salt. This was our most productive visit to date. The women of this village are extremely entrepreneurial and are anticipating turning their salt into a real commercial product. The village will be a place where tourists can come and watch the traditional salt being made…for a price of course. Upon leaving, tourists will be allowed to buy the salt, known for its restorative properties…again, for a price.

These big plans all come at a cost though, and this is where microfinance could really help. Additionally, these women could benefit from advisory services which an MFI could provide.

Today we’re in Suva, and have several meetings on the agenda. We’ll be sure to keep the blog up to date as we conclude our time here in Fiji. As much as we’re all missing Kelley, it will be hard to leave the people and island of Fiji.

Guest blog post provided by Matt Hutchens, Kelley MBA 2011.

I Have No Dignity, But I Have My Costume…

After a successful Friday working with Microfinance West and vendors in Lautoka and Veisese, we decided to spend another day learning from entrepreneurs at the Lautoka market.

This time Dr. Sharma, our new friend and dean of the UniFiji business school, escorted us there and helped us track down a man called the Market Master. Before today, we weren’t really aware that the market had a master, but apparently all the Fijian town markets have them; Lautoka’s Market Master is Ponsamy Mudaliar. He was kind enough to spend about an hour talking to us, explaining his role and his perspective on how the market operates. As the master, his primary responsibility is to collect daily market fees, but he also sees himself as the person who the vendors can come to for help with whatever needs they may have. (Luckily for the market vendors, he’s a benevolent master.) As yet, he hasn’t been involved with any of the microfinance companies in operation, but given his prominent position in the market he is definitely a useful connection for anyone wanting to work with small business owners who sell at the Lautoka market.

Mr. Mudaliar introduced us to an amazing woman named Makareta Rika, who has worked in the market for 41 years, and who currently serves as President of the Lautoka Market Vendors Association (an organization comprised of about 1,200 small business owners). She is a gracious and kind woman, and she knows just about everything about anything that goes on or has gone on in the market. She introduced us to several handicraft vendors who we then interviewed for our microfinance study.

After we put in a few hours speaking to women in the Lautoka market (we’ve spoken to about 40 women so far), our driver Ravin took us to a beach he knew about on the west side of the island. It was down a long dirt road and there weren’t many people there, but we did run across a group of boys who were busy burying one of their friends in the sand. They claimed they had killed him, but his breathing betrayed their story. Since they weren’t killers, we talked to them for a while, and Melanie in passing asked if they could climb the trees by the beach. Not only could they climb the trees, as it turned out, but they could also throw down coconuts, produce machetes seemingly out of thin air, and cut the coconuts open for us to drink. When we finished drinking coconut milk, they cut the coconuts open, fashioned spoons out of the coconut shells, and gave them to us to eat. I felt pretty silly and useless as a sheltered American at that moment, but it didn’t stop me from enjoying the coconut.

Walking back along the beach, we met a group of young men who called us over to where they were sitting. We told them what we were doing in Fiji, and, taking us to be business experts, they asked us a lot of questions about how credit cards work. The idea that a person could take out a loan with a card and instantly use it to pay for something like a vacation was fascinating to them. We tried to warn them about the dangers of consumer debt, so hopefully they won’t fall into the trap that most of America fell into.

As we were leaving, one of them got the idea to trade T-shirts with me. I have no idea where he got the shirt he offered me (he wasn’t wearing it himself, and it was purple with pink lettering), but I went ahead with the trade. The exchange might have been Fijian “kari kari” in action, but I’m not really sure. In any case, now he’s got a Kelley School of Business t-shirt and I’ve got a T-shirt that is about two sizes too small and says, “I have no costume, but I have my dignity.” In a nice pretty script. Wearing the shirt back to the hotel, I doubted if either of those assertions was true. In fact, the opposite was probably more a lot more accurate.

I plan to present the T-shirt to Dr. Powell as evidence of our Fijian cultural immersion, so feel free to stop by his office and check it out. We’ll write more soon!

Guest blog post provided by Jacob Hiatt, Kelley MBA 2011.

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

The village of Viesese

Today was another great day! Ever since we arrived to Fiji I have been thinking that this project was one of the things that I wanted to experience during my MBA, and I still can’t believe my dream came true.

Our day started very early. It was 7:15 am when Ravin, our driver, picked us up at the hotel. After our meeting with Dorinda Work at Microfinance West Offices, we were ready to start our research. In order to cover more ground we decided to split into two teams. Jacob and his wife visited one of the Fijians markets in order to gain more knowledge about how women in these kind of businesses benefited from micro-loans; and Matt and I visited a Fijians Village, called Viesese.

Before getting there we were advised about how respectful we must be about their traditions, but really these women were very helpful and warm with us. They were anxious to share their stories with us and after an hour of conversation learning about their reasons for being involved in these kinds of loans we were offered a cup of coffee and a piece of homemade bread. They really wanted us to spend more time with them. I felt it was through coffee, bread and a nice conversation how they opened up to share a piece of their lives with us.

Guest blog provided by Rocio Ortiz, Kelley MBA 2011.

First day in Fiji

With only 10 days to investigate what type of micro-finance product would best serve women entrepreneurs in Fiji, and how to market said product, our team had little time to waste on our first day. Arriving at 4:50am we hit the ground running.

First we acclimated ourselves to the lay of the land. Our taxi driver took us to a local beach were we observed some local fishermen. We then took a drive along the west side of the island to get a better idea of the physical geography of Fiji. Lastly we took lunch at “Chicken Bites” a restaurant that in the USA would likely serve hot wings and chicken tenders, but in Fiji serves delicious Indian curries.

Alas the day was not all site seeing and merry making. At 2pm we headed to, what I can safely say is, the World’s Newest MBA Program at the University of Fiji (UniFiji). The program which launched on Monday August 16, 2010, has 40 students – mostly executives from Air Pacific, Fiji water and several Duty Free shops on the island. At UniFiji, which itself was started in 2004, we met with Professor and Dean of the MBA program KL Sharma, who talked to us about the business and economic climate in Fiji. He was happier to meet with us than the attached picture might let on.

We took several more meetings at the University and had the opportunity to meet our first female entrepreneur which was extremely informative! We ended the day with lecture on Global Supply Chain Challenges and how they impact Fiji.

Today we’re off to meet with a current micro-finance organization on the island which will introduce us to women business owners they currently serve. It should be another packed day and we’ll be sure to update the blog with more information as soon as we can.

Guest blog post from Matt Hutchens, Kelley MBA 2011.

Fiji project gets under way

This afternoon we left Indy at 5 p.m., we have been traveling for 17 hours and the good news is that in three more hours we’ll be landing on Nadi, Fiji. I’m so excited about this opportunity that I can’t hardly wait to be in this incredible place and start learning from this culture.

Our mission, as Greg Casagrande said last Friday in our phone call, is to talk to at least 100 women entrepreneur in different villages and learn about how a micro-loan can improve their business as well as their quality of life. We’ll be visiting Nadi, Lautoka and Suva trying to reach as many women as possible and make a positive impact in their communities. The most interesting part is that while doing this we’ll be also exposed to their culture and traditions which will make our experience even richer by opening our minds towards different realities and perspectives of life.

Being a member of the Kelley family has been one of the best experiences of my life, and opportunities like this have been a very important part of it. I remember that while we were talking with Greg Casagrande the only thing I could think about is how unique this opportunity is and what an amazing adventure it will be. I am sure this is going to be a life changing experience.

Our first stop after landing in Nandi will be Fiji University….stay tuned for more.

Guest post provided by Rocio Ortiz, Kelley MBA 2011

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Aid to Artisans MBA intern travels to Ethiopia

Greetings, I am back from Ethiopia and happy to report that my trip was exciting and successful. After landing in the capital, Addis Ababa, my colleagues and I took a 12 hour trip south in a 4x4 Land Cruiser to the Konso Community. The journey consisted of mainly dirt roads, beautiful scenery, and an abundance of livestock. I quickly found out that Ethiopian law states that donkeys, cattle, and goats have the right away. As I am sure you can imagine, this greatly increased travel time! Along this trek, I was also surprised to learn that ping-pong was a popular means to pass time. In just about every community we passed through, small or large, a couple tables with people actively playing could be spotted.
From Konso, we then spent the next nine days visiting mainly rural communities on our way back to the capital. Each of these towns had an artisan group (10-70 members) that specialized in weaving and/ or basketry, along with shop and lodge owners, that I met with in order to understand tourism in the area, outlets for distribution, and the group’s handcraft capabilities and business knowledge. My means for obtaining this information was acquired through questioning that was unique in each community. Part of my challenge was to come up with creative questions to withdraw pertinent information. To make this even more challenging, I had to work through a translator, as the common language in Ethiopia is Amharic. This form of research definitely tested my patience and persistence.
Of the eight communities we visited, Tulo Gudo, an island in Lake Ziway, was my favorite place based on story value and attraction. To arrive, a tourist needs to take a metal motor boat that resembles more of a tank than a floating device on a 1.5 hour trip. Lake Ziway like all the other lakes found in Ethiopia’s Central and Southern Rift Valley is blessed with an abundant amount of wildlife. As we pushed off the bank, I immediately saw three hippos and shortly thereafter my first African Eagle. Tulo Gudo, along with being a stunning place to visit, also has religious significance. During the Islamic Crusades in Ethiopia the original Ark of Covenant was hidden on this island for 40 years. Many of the artifacts brought with the covenant are still housed in the island’s church and can be viewed by tourists.
When we arrived back to Addis, we then spent the next three days organizing a craft event to display the products of the artisan groups we visited. Hotel, lodge, and shop owners, as well as ex-pats, from all over Ethiopia were invited to provide suggestions, purchase items, and place orders. The event was also attended by a representative from each artisan enterprise, the US Ambassador to Ethiopia, and local media. I am proud to say that the event was a huge success with about 50 people attending and showcased the valuable support that Aid to Artisans is providing in the country. During the bazaar, many of the products were bought and orders were placed, and most significantly, constructive feedback for the artisans was provided.
Now that I am back home, I am tasked with taking the data that I obtained to formulate a market study on tourism and handcraft, and a business plan for each artisan group. My work will be used by ATA to increase the profitability of each enterprise. Further, now that I have been exposed to the African continent, I am even more excited about my next visit to Ghana as part of GLOBASE Ghana.

Follow-up guest blog entry provided by Blake Grosch, Kelley MBA, summer intern with Aid to Artisans.

Laying the foundation for market research in Fiji

Greetings from Fiji … or “Bula” as the locals say. 

As MBA Program Chair, I’m here for a quick trip laying the foundation for a team of three MBA students who will arrive in two weeks to a complete a market research project for the South Pacific Business Development Foundation (SPBDF), a nonprofit micro-lender to women, who has operated for 10 years in Samoa and now wants to begin operations in Fiji. 

Greg Casagrande, the SPBDF’s founder (whose efforts in poverty amelioration are so successful that he was highlighted on the "Making a Difference" series on NBC News), called me, asked the Kelley School MBA Program for assistance, and we have obliged.

During their 10-day visit, the student team will survey women micro-entrepreneurs about their credit and savings needs, speak with banks and government agencies about current micro-credit offerings in Fiji, and recommend how the SPBDF can position its brand and products to insure a sustainable nonprofit business model

This fuels a larger strategic effort by the Kelley MBA Program to expand experiences for students in emerging markets. For example, the program’s Global Business and Social Enterprise (GLOBASE) spring break course that has been in Peru for two years will expand to Ghana and India in Spring 2011. 

These experiences are designed not only to expose students to global markets, but to accelerate development of micro-social and leadership skills that will make students effective executives in companies and organizations. 

The uncertainties and unfamiliarity of completing a Kelley School project in a developing country prepares students well for unexpected challenges in corporate America.

Guest blog entry provided by Phil Powell, Professor of Business Economics and Public Policy and Faculty Chair, MBA Program at the Kelley School of Business, from a planning trip in Suva, Fiji.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Aid to Artisans MBA summer internship

My name is Blake Grosch and I’m a second year MBA student at the Kelley School of Business. This summer I’m working for a non-profit called Aid to Artisans located in Hartford, CT. ATA provides business training, product development, and market access to handcraft groups located in developing countries. My project is to support the development of 8 artisan enterprises in Ethiopia.

In a few days, I will take my first trip to Ethiopia and even Africa. I feel very fortunate and lucky to have this opportunity. This will be a great chance to utilize the business knowledge I developed at Kelley this past year in an international setting, as well as the skills I learned as a Peace Corps Volunteer. I’m not entirely sure what to expect, but from what I’ve heard, the country is beautiful and the people are open and friendly.

I will land in the capital Addis Ababa and from there travel south to the Konso Community. My primary objective while in-country is to conduct market research on handcraft applied to the tourism sector. I will be visiting various communities in both the southern and central parts of Ethiopia to interview members of the 8 handcraft groups, shop owners, tourist guides, and hotel owners. It is my goal that the information I obtain helps expand the distribution and sales of these groups.

Apart from my work in Ethiopia, I’m extremely excited to experience the culture and customs of the communities I plan to visit. I have a feeling that this trip will be both eye-opening and extremely educational, and a trek that I will soon not forget! This journey will definitely put me in a better position for my full-time job search in marketing and will aid my student leadership role for GLOBASE Ghana at Kelley next fall.

Upon my return in three weeks, I look forward to posting an entry detailing my trip.

Guest blog entry provided by Blake Grosch, Kelley School of Business second year MBA student, Globase Ghana leadership team member.

Friday, July 16, 2010

Kelley Globase goes to Ghana

As I reflect on my March and June visits to Ghana, I consider myself extremely lucky. It's been a privilege to travel and learn alongside Kelley School of Business faculty scholars, staff and students, to push my personal limits, and challenge what I know, or thought I knew, about the global economy.

The March trip to Accra with the Kelley School of Business Undergraduate Emerging Economies class proved to be an excellent introduction to the business and cultural nuances of a developing country and its economy. Meetings with The Ghana Cocoa Board, Cummins-Ghana, SEND-Ghana (an NGO that focuses on poverty-related research), and others, provided first-hand exposure to food, culture, climate, and diverse viewpoints regarding the advantages and complexities of living and conducting business in West Africa.

The June planning trip was a full-immersion experience. Although I find the diversity of thought and energy of a big group stimulating, there is real benefit to traveling with a small troop. Numbering just three, the agility of the Globase Ghana Leadership Team allowed us to be flexible with our schedule and take full advantage of the introductions and gracious hospitality provided while in-country. In essence, our ability to build meaningful relationships with potential partners was greatly enhanced. And isn't that really the foundation of global business?

Guest blog entry provided by Kate O'Malley, Kelley School of Business Office of Marketing & Communications, Globase Ghana leadership team member. Follow the Globase Ghana team at

Friday, July 9, 2010

Kelley School finalist for GMAC's TeamMBA Institutional Award

The Kelley School of Business MBA Program was one of three finalist business schools for the GMAC's TeamMBA Institutional Award (2009-2010). This is the first time the Kelley School of Business MBA Program reached the finals for this award.

Team MBA is part of GMAC (Graduate Management Admission Council) and is the global initiative for community service by students in graduate management programs. Since GMAC launched Team MBA in 2005, hundreds of students, staff, and faculty from scores of schools have donated thousands of volunteer hours and raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for charities and community organizations: more than $500,000 raised for charity and more than 25,000 volunteer hours as of 2009.

The annual TeamMBA Award program recognizes schools that exemplify a commitment to social responsibility through the actions of their students and the school's demonstrated support of these efforts. The awards are presented in June during a ceremony at the GMAC® Annual Industry Conference. Entries are reviewed by a committee composed of business school professionals.

The overall institution award recognizes a school for its commitment to promoting and supporting social engagement by its students through school-led programs, services, institutional culture, and more.

Friday, May 21, 2010

Winners of International Case Comp on Strategic Value of IT Management Announced

CA Technologies, the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University, the School of Business Administration at Oakland University, and Eller College of Management at the University of Arizona announced May 19, 2010 the winners of the second International Case Competition on the Strategic Value of IT Management. The winners were chosen and announced at CA Technologies’ user conference, CA World 2010, in Las Vegas.

The International Case Competition on the Strategic Value of IT Management brought together students from business and information technology disciplines to demonstrate and evaluate the strategic value of IT management for an organization. Twelve teams participated from different regions around the world. The teams included three graduate students with at least one student pursuing a degree in information technology (IT) or information systems (IS).

The winners of the competition were:

• First Place: Stephan Brostrøm, Theis Malmborg and Christian Øhrgaard from Copenhagen Business School were awarded first place and $10,000.
• Second Place: Ankit Jagwani, Bethany Lipton and Bedanta Talukdar from Texas A&M University were awarded second place and $5,000.
• Third Place: Priyanka Chandrasekaran, Jelanna Olivera-Morgan and Dan Resnick from Indiana University's MSIS Program and Ian Cruickshank, Kenneth Lee and Jason Robertson from University of British Columbia were tied for third place and both teams were awarded $2,500.

Prior to arriving at CA World, the students were presented with a business challenge similar to what today’s CIOs face. In this particular case, the “CIO” of a global financial services organization was concerned about the value proposition of moving an in-house application to a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) model in a cloud environment. The students were asked to analyze the proposal, the security and data issues inherent with such a move, and provide a recommendation for action. The featured case study and judging support was provided by Citigroup, Inc.

“We were incredibly pleased with the quality of work and dedication demonstrated by the winning students,” said Connie Smallwood, senior director of Innovation and University Programs at CA Technologies. “It is critical to the technology industry that we engage students early on and give them the experience of confronting real-world problems that are similar to ones they may face after graduation.”

“Today’s students are tomorrow’s business leaders,” said Antonio Di Caro, senior vice president, AXA Technology Services North America. “The competition presented significant lessons that will be beneficial to the professional growth of the students and their ability to link IT and its strategic value to business.” Mr. Di Caro, along with other industry professionals and academic leaders, participated on the judging panel for the competition.

For additional information on the International Case Competition on the Strategic Value of IT Management, please visit

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Visit with the Sage of Omaha

This is a guest post from Travis Selmier, visiting clinical professor of finance and Investment Management Academy co-director.

Members of the Investment Management Academy and their fellow MBAs visited the Sage of Omaha, Warren Buffet, in early April. Mr Buffet was in rare form, offering wisdom on topics ranging from Coca-cola ("bathe in it, as long as you use it") to See Candy ("Mirror, mirror on the wall, how much should I raise the price this fall") to progressive taxes (he said he pays a riduculously small amount of income in taxes) to aging (wisdom is worth the price of aging). We all benefited from WB's quote of IBM founder Tom Watson Senior: "I'm no genius, but I'm smart in spots, and I saty in those spots".

Thursday, April 29, 2010


On Tuesday, April 17th at 7:30pm, in the Indiana Memorial Union's Whittenberger Auditorium, a screening of the Universal Pictures movie MacGruber was held. An hour before the movie even started, a huge line of people were anxiously waiting out front, hoping to get seats to this event. These fans were not the only people attending; two of the movies stars, Will Forte and Ryan Phillippe were on hand, joined by director and writer Jorma Taccone and writer John Solomon.

You may be wondering, how was this SNL skit, turned motion picture, held in IU before its May 21st release? It was all made possible by Kelley student Jerrod Jeffries. Jerrod is the campus rep for Universal Pictures. When speaking to Jerrod he told me,"I enjoy giving students the opportunities for entertainment." With his help Indiana University was chosen as one of the five schools that would screen MacGruber and the four stars would go to. The other schools are North Carolina, Arizona, Colorado and UCLA. Universal Pictures is doing these screenings to get the buzz started for their movie.

The screening was a huge success. The movie was hilarious and the crowd was laughing the whole time. It was the first time I heard cheers for a movie that wasn't a sequel. Obviously they found the perfect target audience for their movie in college students. When speaking about SNL Ryan Phillippe stated "it is closest to a live show for an actor. It was a little terrifying but exhilarating." Somehow the movie was shot in 28 days, which is very short for a movie to be filmed. Based on the reaction of the IU audience, I believe this movie is going to be a huge success and I recommend it to everyone.

Attending the Kelley business school helped Jerrod get his position as the campus representative for Universal Pictures. Jerrod did an incredible job putting this event together. Not only did over 400 students get to see a movie three and a half weeks before it came out, but they also got to meet some of the stars that helped make the movie so great. Remember attending Kelley isn't just about going to classes. Take advantage of all opportunities you can including, internships, clubs, and committees or even become a campus rep. Maybe you can be the next Jerrod Jeffries and you too can help bring Hollywood to Bloomington.

MSIS students take first place in SUIT Showdown case competition

This is a guest post from Christina Cooper, associate director of student relations for Kelley's Information Systems Graduate Programs.

First place accolades were earned by a team of MS in Information Systems (MSIS) students from the IU Kelley School of Business while competing in the first annual Strategic Use of Information Technology (SUIT) Showdown case competition. The case competition was designed for graduate students majoring in management information systems from across the US. The competition was held on April 9 and hosted by the Center for the Management of Information Systems and the Department of Information and Operations Management in the Mays Business School at Texas A&M University. Scott Brier, Sanjay Joshi, and Cerena Olsen, all current MSIS students at Kelley, beat out 9 other teams that hailed from Texas A&M University, University of Illinois-Chicago, University of Arizona, University of Oklahoma, University of Texas at Dallas, and University of Washington.

Sanjay Joshi recounts his experience, “We were exhilarated to win first place in the competition! In their feedback, the judges applauded not just the content of our presentation, but also our presentation style as a team. I attribute a lot of this to the MSIS program, which focuses highly on inculcating skills that help us bridge the technology-business divide.” Cerena Olson echoes Sanjay enthusiasm for the experience and describes the attributes that helped the team win: “The judges emphasized the impact of the cohesiveness and compatibility of our team as we worked together to convey our presentation. My team and I were very honored to have won the case competition, as we were competing against world-class universities and very talented teams.”

The SUIT Case Competition focused on recommending a strategic revamp of a web media company using IT. The case allowed the students to utilize the skills they have learned in the MSIS program. As Joshi recalls, “Our team, did not turn it into a purely technical case. We focused on analyzing the ‘business pain points’ described in the case, did a root cause analysis of both strategic and IT misalignments, and finally exhibited how technology could fix those pain points both in the long and the short term. I think this proved to be our differentiator against other teams, most of which focused on technology implementations alone.” This case competition was the first of its kind to bring together graduate student studying management information systems from around the country.

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The Master of Science in Information Systems (MSIS) at Indiana University's Kelley School of Business is an innovative, professional graduate degree program that prepares students for rewarding and engaging careers as business technologists. Business technologists emphasize the management of--not just creation of--technology. The market-driven curriculum integrates a core of information science knowledge, business foundations, and specific technical skills and knowledge that lead to a career in both traditional and emerging fields. Career paths include general information technology (IT) consulting, IT governance and controls, and corporate IT leadership development programs.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Kelley MSIS students take second place in Vancouver case competition

This is a guest post from Christina Cooper, associate director of student relations for the Kelley School of Business' Information Systems Graduate Programs. You can read more about the programs at  

Three Kelley students took second place at the CaseIT Case Competition, sponsored by the Management Information Systems Association at Simon Fraser University. The competition was held March 31 – April 3, 2010 in Vancouver, Canada. Joe Castor, Ben Cowles and Michael Sobota competed against 16 other teams which came from four continents: North America, Europe, Africa and Asia. Ramesh Venkataraman, Chair, and Christina Cooper, Associate Director of Student Relations for the MSIS program, were the team’s coaches.

The students had 24 hours to deliberate on the case before presenting it to a panel of 12 esteemed judges. The case focused on IBM Canada’s desire to implement a global strategy to reduce costs and improve customer service. The judges were impressed with the Kelley team’s deliverable and overall presentation. The team remained poised under pressure during the crucial lightening round which only the four finalists participated in.

Ben Cowles speaks to the value of the experience: "As an accounting and finance major, competing in a MIS case competition provided me with many opportunities to learn more about how technology and business are related. Specifically, we had the opportunity to discuss cloud computing and its future in the business world with various Canadian executives from IBM and SAP. Learning about these topics has sparked my interest in the role technology plays in business.” Joe Castor and Michael Sobota, both incoming MSIS students at the Kelley School of Business, agreed that it was the ability to work well as a team that contributed to the success.

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The Master of Science in Information Systems (MSIS) at Indiana University's Kelley School of Business is an innovative, professional graduate degree program that prepares students for rewarding and engaging careers as business technologists. Business technologists emphasize the management of--not just creation o--technology. The market-driven curriculum integrates a core of information science knowledge, business foundations, and specific technical skills and knowledge that lead to a career in both traditional and emerging fields. Career paths include general information technology (IT) consulting, IT governance and controls, and corporate IT leadership development programs.

Read about the MSIS experience as described by student bloggers at

Friday, April 23, 2010

Kelley MBAs help out Habitat for Humanity

This is a guest post from Kelley MBA student Blake Grosch.

On Saturday, April 17th, Kelley Cares hosted the first-ever Team MBA Day in the Bloomington community.

A group of roughly 20 full-time MBA students assisted with service projects at the Restore Center run by Habitat for Humanity, at the Boys & Girls Club on Lemon Lake, and at Moores Creek. At these locations, students helped move furniture, picked up sticks and trash, and demonstrated a willingness to lend-a-hand. In total, the Kelley student body donated 75 service hours.

Team MBA Day is part of a month long service competition called Team MBA that Kelley is participating in with other national MBA programs.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

2010 Entrepreneurial Connection

On Friday, April 16, the Kelley School of Business hosted the third annual IU Entrepreneurial Connection event, featuring keynote speaker Dr. Mark Albion, founder of the social entrepreneurship organization Net Impact. This year's Entrepreneurial Connection coincided with World Entrepreneurship Day.

Entrepreneurial Connection is organized by current MBA students in the Entrepreneurship Program to bring together current and past Kelley students to form a supportive network of entrepreneurs and innovators. Each event features a keynote speaker, a panel discussion, and formal and informal networking opportunities.

The William L. Haeberle Entrepreneurial Legacy Award is also presented as part of this event. This year's award was presented to the Cook family. You can read the details of this award in this news release.

Keynote speaker Dr. Mark Albion a successful entrepreneur and author, spoke about choosing a career based on something you enjoy and really want to do. He said working just to make money isn't the move because if you enjoy what you are doing you having much better chance at being successful. He quoted Warren Buffet on how wrong people are when they first work to make money and then work on something they are passionate about. Why not work n what you are passionate about from the beginning? Mark also asked audience members. "What is it that makes you come alive?" He said it is important to set that spark off in one another.
Mark also remarked that success is different for every person. He showed the audience an inspiring animated movie called The Good Life. It's available for free on YouTube, and only a few minute long. I highly recommend it to everyone- it's very eye opening despite being so brief.

After Mark spoke Kelley entrepreneurship professor Donal Kurtako (known as Dr. K) introduced the panel and started a discussion about social entrepreneurship. In addition to Mark Albion, the mother members of the panel were Jeff McMullen, and Siri Terjesen both professors of management and entrepreneurship at the Kelley School of Business; and Susan Maupin, Director of Marketing for Stonyfield Farm and an MBA graduate from Kelley. During the panel discussion Mark noted that one lives life forward but understands it backward.

I found, to be the most meaningful, when he recommended that students develop as many experiences as they can. Students should get different types of internships and broaden their horizons. This is because doing as many different things as you can, will help you find your true passion and discover what makes you come alive.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Kelley senior and Universal Pictures Rep invites IU campus to a free movie preview

Kelley Senior Jerrod Jeffries is the IU campus representative for Universal Pictures. A management and entrepreneurship major, Jeffries hopes to work in the entertainment industry or for an overseas medical firm post-graduation and believes that his role with Universal has helped him develop some of the skills necessary to launch his career.

Jeffries has helped to organize and promote a number of movie previews on campus. The next preview will be of the movie Macgruber, based on the Saturday Night Live skit. The event will be Tuesday, April 27 at 7:30 pm in the Indiana Memorial Union's Whittenberger Auditorium. Afterward, the film's stars will be available for a Q&A session. Tickets can be obtained from the IMU bowling alley.  

Questions about the preview can be directed to Jerrod Jeffries at

Monday, April 19, 2010

Are "going green" and "sustainability" the same things?

This is a guest post from Kelley senior lecturer Benjamin Schultz, a member of Kelley's business communications faculty.

Is Going Green the same as making a business sustainable? BUS-Z355 Topics in Management: Sustainable Businesses will examine the issues related to sustainability, focusing on the factors that businesses need to consider to brand themselves as sustainable. Students will spend the first half of the semester learning about these topics, and the second half of the semester working in teams with area businesses to create a sustainability report and plan tailored to their assigned business. Clients will receive both an oral presentation and a written plan.

As an architect and builder, and as a restaurant owner, I have been interested in sustainability issues for many years. And since coming to the Kelley School I have been involved with several sustainability advocate groups, both in the Kelley School and at the campus level. I was appointed by IU Vice President Terry Clapacs to the Sustainability Task Force in the spring of 2007, charged with drafting a report for Administrators and Trustees on where we were and where we should be going on incorporating sustainability initiatives and policies into campus practices and teachings. As a result, IU last year created an Office of Sustainability and hired its first Director of Sustainability, Bill Brown.

I developed Z355 Sustainable Businesses to meet a need to introduce students to business interests with sustainability, and to offer them an opportunity to work with area business as consultants, helping them create sustainability plans tailored to their specific fields and operations. The course will be offered during Fall semester 2010, in part as one of Kelley’s contributions to IU’s Themester initiative. Each fall semester, departments campus-wide offer classes and seminars, bring in guest speakers, and coordinate a variety of activities related to a specific theme. The Fall 2009 theme was Evolution, Diversity and Change. For Fall 2010 the theme will be sustain.ability: Thriving on a Small Planet.

Interested students are encouraged to contact me with questions about the course (

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Kelley MBA Class on Social Entrepreneurship Impresses Students

This is a guest post from Karim Khan, Kelley MBA Class of 2011.

This has been a fun semester for me at Kelley—incredibly busy, but fun—thanks in large part to the variety of courses I’ve been able to take. In the first half of the Spring 2010 semester, I balanced out my numbers-oriented cost accounting and marketing fundamentals classes with an introductory entrepreneurship course and a new offering called X572 – Social Entrepreneurship, taught by Professor Jeff McMullen. Instead of memorizing formulas and frameworks, we read the essential literature on social entrepreneurship, social business, and doing good for people by harnessing market forces. It’s a lot of reading; probably more reading than in any other course I’ll take at business school, and a lot more writing as well (I’m talking papers due every class and essay tests—yes, essays in b-school).

What I like about Jeff’s approach is that he asked us to read everything and trust nothing. It’s common for him to assign one piece of material that is a much-cited work in the field, followed by another that is a scathing critique of the first. It’s up to us to decide where we stand. Jeff will gladly share his opinion, but he’s most interested in students defending their own. We read through Yunus, Prahalad, DeSoto, and Bornstein—Google these names and “social entrepreneurship” and you’ll find out who I’m talking about, if you don’t know already—as well as a number of other authors and many articles.

In addition to having to write about our reading for each class, we learned from each other by creating presentations for class. Each student teamed up with one or two others (our class was about 20 people) to deliver a presentation on a topic covered by the reading assignment, and half of each class was devoted to these. The class, by design, was about equally split between Kelley MBA and SPEA graduate students, so the variety of perspectives kept our discussions engaging and more enlightening than they’d be in a room full of only MBAs. (SPEA, IU’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs, is one of the most prestigious graduate schools of its kind in the world.)

After X572, I have a much better idea of what my options are post-MBA for starting an organization (for-profit or otherwise) with a social goal. The field is young, evolving, controversial, and resists definition. Our generation has the unique opportunity to be pioneers among MBA graduates. I do believe that historians will look backward and mark this time as the point when increasing numbers of emerging business leaders began to ask, “Is this all?” Unlike our parents’ or grandparents’ generations, a large portion of us in school now want our profit-maximizing organizations to take a more holistic view of their reason for being. Social entrepreneurs will be driving some of the change in what we expect from capitalism and the free market system; financial profit is only one among several returns that citizens and employees want from corporations.

Currently I’m taking X573 – Sustainability, Jeff’s follow-on class to X572. Likewise, it’s challenging and thought-provoking.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Mark Albion, social entrepreneur and author, speaking at Kelley Friday, April 16

This Friday, Mark Albion, founder of the social entrepreneurship group Net Impact, will speak at the Kelley School of Business at the annual Entreprenuerial Connection. The event is free and open to IU students, faculty, staff, and alumni.

To register, click here.

Read the news release here.

The Business of Life Sciences Club

Most people don't usually associate life sciences with business. In school, business majors usually have different plans for the future. Accounting majors want to land a job with the Big Four; finance majors want to either work for a brokerage firm, a hedge fund, or a bank; marketing majors want to either work in the media industry or for a big name product manufacturer; and the list goes on. An entrepreneur just out of college isn't looking to open up a new hospital.

The truth is, 3 out of the top 10 industries with the largest employment are in healthcare. There are great jobs out there in the health care industry for all business majors. Last summer, I worked in the Marketing and PR Department at CentraState Hospital in New Jersey. Before working there I had never even considered working at a hospital since I was a marketing major. But it was actually really interesting being behind the scenes in the hospital and seeing how it operates. I gained a ton of experience and also learned a lot.

The Business of Life Sciences Club brings together Indiana University Bloomington students, faculty, life science companies, and corporate partners to promote knowledge about healthcare careers. I definitely suggest everyone check this club out. If you know what you want to do after school or not you should still go to a meeting and see if The Business of Life Sciences Club sparks your interest.
Just because Life Sciences and Business aren't usually said in the same sentence doesn't mean they aren't a good fit. This is a tough job market, but hospitals and healthcare institutions are still hiring. Learn more about working in the healthcare sector by attending the next BLSC meeting which is Wednesday April 14th at 7pm in BU102.

For more information, visit the group's website. You can also email questions to

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Need career guidance? Free webinar for alums

Kelley grads are eligible to receive a number of free career-related services from the Office of Alumni Relations, including webinars like the one being offered on Tuesday, March 23, 2010.

Joe Baker, an experienced leadership consultant and executive coach with PeopleResults, will present "From Expert to Leader," which will help managers transition from being an expert to being a leader. Many leaders achieve initial success by becoming technically or functionally competent and getting results. But to get to the next level in effectiveness, most leaders need to learn a new set of skills and approaches that help them achieve results through others.

Baker has a BS degree in Finance from the Kelley School (1987), a Master’s degree and professional clinical license in Counseling, and extensive professional coach training from the Coaches Training Institute and other corporate coach training institutes. He is a Registered Corporate Coach (RCC) with the Worldwide Association of Business Coaches and a Professional Certified Coach (PCC) with the International Coach Federation.

Register online at There's no charge to participate, though you must be a graduate of a Kelley program (membership in the alumni association is not required, however).