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Entrepreneurship, Wings to Fly

From left: Guanwei Tao and project mentors Michelle Cote and Caroline Dealy. (Guanwei Tao)
From left: Guanwei Tao and project mentors Michelle Cote and Caroline Dealy. (Guanwei Tao)

My Experience with the Connecticut Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation (CCEI)

I worked for multinational corporations for 10 years. My career grew from sales to marketing. As a product marketing professional, I have launched 10 products in the last 6 years. However, I can’t stop asking myself, “What else can I do to contribute more to my career? Where is the next step to lead to a meaningful life?” Continue Reading


Winter in Israel: Day 5

And on the fifth day there was light! Up until this point in our trip, our understanding of what makes Israel’s startup culture unique was almost entirely secondhand. That all changed today with our visits to a couple of successful Israeli “startups,” and to an organization that is committed to building stronger business ties between Israeli and the US.

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Winter in Israel: Day 4

This is the start of our fourth full day in Israel. The pace is intense. By observing the culture of Jerusalem, the West Wall, and the Dead Sea we are starting to understand the nation and its people. The reoccurring sight of armed police and soldiers started to get routine until we went to the border with Jordan yesterday and witnessed the live mine fields which brought the reality of past despair, suffering, and a feeling of isolation knowing that there were three more borders (Lebanon, Syria, and Egypt) not including the chaos in the Gaza Strip and to a lesser extent the West Bank.

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The Columbia Case Competition: A Learning Experience

From left to right: Ajay Addagada (MSBAPM, Class of Spring 2017), Zhouxuan Li (MIT), Yashwanth Musiboyina (MSBAPM, Class of Spring 2017), Esha Shah (Dartmouth)
From left to right: Ajay Addagada (MSBAPM, Class of Spring 2017), Zhouxuan Li (MIT), Yashwanth Musiboyina (MSBAPM, Class of Spring 2017), Esha Shah (Dartmouth)

About the Competition

The Columbia Case competition was organized by the Columbia Graduate Consulting Club (CGCC) of Columbia University, which was aimed to expose those students who want to pursue the field of consulting and have no prior experience in it. A total of four students from the Business Analytics and Project Management program represented UConn at this competition. Continue Reading


MBA Mentor Spotlight: Adam Kirshner

Adam Kirshner, Senior Associate Producer at WWE (Georgiana Dallas/WWE)

Would you ever think that the guy who starred in a YouTube video guiding people on how to give the perfect ‘wedgie’ was the powerhouse behind the digital presence of WWE?

That’s my MBA mentor – Adam Kirshner in a nutshell. An all-rounder in the world of producing but just a humble, real guy who proudly represents UConn Nation. Continue Reading


Yes, We Now Have Insurance In Space!

Career Lab Executive Series 2/07/17
With Anne Melissa Dowling, director of Illinois Dept. of Insurance and former CT Deputy Commissioner for Insurance

Most folks think of insurance as a stagnant industry, slow to move and change. Anne Melissa Dowling opened the session with a different view of the industry, expressing that, right now, it’s changing at a fast pace. Continue Reading


The Full-Day Interview: What to Expect

(Nathan Oldham/UConn School of Business)

Today is interview day. The time is 7:20 am and I’ve just arrived in the hotel lobby. The company’s representative will meet me there at 7:30 am.

As I wait, nervously fidgeting with my leather portfolio, I notice other professionally dressed people also waiting. Could there be more than one MBA candidate attending the interview?Continue Reading


Five Ways to Make Your Connections Count

2016 NAWMBA Conference

Key Insights from NAWMBA Conference

“Today you are you, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is truer than you.” -Dr. Seuss

Connect with Confidence was the theme of this year’s National Association of Women MBAs Conference and this statement from Dr. Seuss couldn’t be more appropriate. Over three days, leaders and future leaders were inspired, refreshed and uplifted, by remarkable speakers who shared their experiences and knowledge about the best ways to connect. Attendees were encouraged to be their authentic selves, because only then, can meaningful connections flourish. Continue Reading


On Your Mark: The NBMBAA Career Fair is Not to be Missed

Ready. Set. Go!

Ok, hold on, did you say “Go?”

This was how I felt when I entered the New Orleans Convention Center to attend the National Black MBA Career Fair. Supercharged by the adrenaline flowing through my body, I was ready to deliver my elevator pitch to dozens of recruiters and land that critical summer internship for 2017. Continue Reading