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Willamette | MBA | Atkinson Graduate School of Management

February 2014
administrative news
Message from the Dean

Dear Willamette MBA Community,

The snow has fallen in Oregon and the spring semester is off to an exciting start at Atkinson. This edition of ATKINSONews includes a number of announcements and events. A few items to note:

  • The MBA for Professionals welcomed a new cohort of students to the Portland Center in early January. The class represents a diversity of organizations from the business, government and not-for-profit sectors. We are now recruiting for fall cohorts in Salem and Portland and welcome your referrals through our MBA for Professionals alumni referral program.
  • The MBA for Life program officially kicked off this semester. A number of alums are taking courses in Salem and Portland as part of this exciting new benefit. Look for a message in April announcing available courses for the summer semester. Read more about the program online.
  • We will again sponsor the Portland Business Journal’s “Forty Under 40” awards later this month. Congratulations to Serilda Summers-McGee (MBA ’11) on being named to this impressive list of professionals.

We look forward to connecting with you – virtually or in person – in the near future. As always, thank you for all you do to support our efforts.

Best Wishes,

Debra J. Ringold
Dean and JELD-WEN Professor of Free Enterprise

alumni news
Justin Hanseth MBA'12 met his fiancée, Hannah Harper '11, while hanging out with friends from Atkinson at The Ram. Hannah graduated from Willamette undergrad and worked in research at OHSU and in Ghana while Justin completed the MBA program. "Our first date was at Willamette Mission State Park, and we're getting married this Summer," writes Justin. "Thank you, Salem!"
Family Additions
On August 19, 2014, Alden Baxter Seibert was born to Minda (Hedges) Seibert '94, MBA'08 and Bob Seibert '94, MBA'08. He was an 8 pound 11 ounce boy, 20 3/4 inches long, with a head full of dark hair, and has one doting 5 year old big brother, Will, who loves him very much. Alden's middle name is to honor the dorm building where Bob and Minda met as freshmen.
Kristy Bolsinger MBA'09 was named one of the Top 25 Women that Rocked Social Media in 2013 by Top Rank Online Marketing. The article states "Kristy was doing the social media, SEO and marketing performance optimization thing long before it was a "thing." I mean, when someone gets their first name as a Twitter handle, you know they were there early." Read the full article here.
Zakiya Jackson, MBA'12 now works for RDV Corporation, in the Foundations where she works with the DeVos Urban Leadership Initiative, training urban youth workers nationwide. Living in Grand Rapids, Michigan, she is a new board member of the Baxter Community Center, helps train small group leaders at Madison Square Church, supports small business development through Partners Worldwide and serves on the Finance Committee of the board of a national community development organization, Christian Community Development Association.
Noreen Murdock '05, MBA'11 is starting as Development Director at Chamber Music Northwest in Portland on February 10th. Now in its 44th season, Chamber Music Northwest is one of the nation’s leading chamber music presenters, producing 80 events annually through their summer and winter festivals and more. Noreen makes the transition after six years as executive director of Salem Chamber Orchestra.
Dan Mahoney MBA'00, a senior housing real estate broker with Marcus & Millichap, recently received the Rookie of the Year award for the firm and achieved the National Achievement Award for his sales efforts in 2013. Dan says, "I had a great first year and could not have done it without the support of his wife and most demanding business partner ever, Angela Mahoney '94, MBA'00."
Joel Bruner MBA'11 relocated to Chicago to be a management consultant at the Chicago Transit Authority.
Sydney Sadowski MBA'02 recently published her first novel "Krakow Rising" on Amazon.com (electronic form - soon to be published in paperback). She lives in Cracow, Poland with her daughter and is in the process of completing a doctorate in theology at the John Paul II Pontifical University in Cracow.
VanDyck Silveira '95, MBA'98 was featured in an article in America Economica about his new role as CEO of Executive Education at IE, as well as his new venture under the same organization. Read the full article here.

atkinson news

Willamette Alumni Shine in the Portland Business Journal's "Forty Under 40" Awards

Each year the Portland Business Journal honors the best and brightest young professionals in the Portland-metro area. This year two Willamette alumni, Serilda Summers-McGee MBA'11 and Jamie Howsley JD'01 made the prestigious list. Serilda, who completed her Willamette MBA through the evening program in Portland, works for Kaiser Permanente as a diversity talent planning manager. Jamie works as an attorney at Jordan Ramis PC in Lake Oswego.

Willamette MBA Hosts Partners in Diversity for Education Discussion

A packed house of business leaders joined Willamette MBA staff members at the Portland Center for the quarterly Partners in Diversity "Breakfast of Champions" event. Leaders from Willamette University, Portland State University, Portland Public Schools and Beaverton Public Schools discussed strategies and programs to create a diverse future workforce. In particular, panelists urged the business community to get actively involved in the schools in their neighborhoods and offer staff members for mentoring and coaching programs.

For more information on Partners in Diversity, visit: http://www.partnersindiversity.org/


Research Focus: Professor Gary Knight Studies the Next Wave of Globalization

In addition to his many publications, Dr. Gary Knight, the Helen Simpson Jackson Chair in Global Management, takes his MBA courses in globalization on the road. He's currently organizing a series of brief international study trips for Willamette's current and past MBA students. In Spring, 2013, Dr. Knight led a group of students on an inaugural trip to Brazil. In December, 2013 he led a group to Chile, and in March, 2014, he'll escort a group to China.

"We launched those trips because the US needs to participate more in the global economy. We need to approach our participation with increasing sophistication," explains Dr. Knight. "We're developing these programs with the goal of giving our students greater exposure to global management, and a certain degree of credibility with globally oriented employers."

Read more: http://www.willamette.edu/mba/research_impact/2013/knight_globalization.html
Interested in learning more about the International Study Trips? Contact: mbaglobaltrip@willamette.edu.

Upcoming International Study Trip Locations Announced

Willamette MBA is happy to announce the upcoming International Study Trip locations for the next few semesters, including India, Japan and Brazil. As part of the MBA for Life, alumni of Willamette MBA programs are eligible to participate in the International Study Trips. In addition to reviewing the upcoming trip locations, please take this opportunity to let us know of your interest in the international trip locations and future trip destinations. The survey should take just 5 minutes to complete.

Review upcoming International Trip Locations here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/wumba_intlstudytrips.

The information being collected on the survey is only to gauge interest. It does not, in any way, commit you to participating in any upcoming international trip. Additionally, the location and timing of each of these trips is subject to change.



Upcoming Events

Willamette MBA Preview Day - March 1

The Early Career and Career Change MBA is once again hosting Preview Day on March 1st, 2014 for prospective students and their families. Students are invited to the Salem, Oregon campus, connect with current students, experience a sample class, meet Willamette MBA alumni and have questions answered about life in the Willamette Early Career and Career Change MBA program.

Please encourage anyone you know interested in the program to check out this great event. If you are interested in serving as a volunteer at this event or other recruiting events, please email Aimee Akimoff (aakimoff@willamette.edu).

Learn more about Preview Day

International Dinner, Hosted by the International Graduate Student Association

The IGSA International Dinner is an opportunity for students, faculty, staff and alumni to enjoy the global diversity of Atkinson through food, entertainment and cultural representation. This year's event includes a global potluck, a fashion show of traditional dress and entertainment provided by Atkinson students.

International Dinner
Sunday, March 16, 2014
6:00 - 9:00 PM
Willamette University - Cat Cavern

For questions, contact Sophia at schen@willamette.edu.

Feb 28
NW MBA Career Fair
Mar 1
Willamette MBA Preview Day 2014
Mar 7
First Annual NW Finance Career Fair
Mar 13
Early Career/Career Change MBA Prospective Students: Virtual Information Session
Mar 16
IGSA International Dinner
Apr 9
Early Career/Career Change MBA Prospective Students: Virtual Information Session
alumni events calendar
atkinson events calendar

career management
Update from Director of Career Management: Beth Ursin
Seattle Trek: The Career Management Staff arranged company visits for 26 students to talk with executives and alumni at Alaska Airlines, T-Mobile, Amazon, Theo Chocolate, Bank of America, Nordstrom, Microsoft and The Gates Foundation. Alumni really help make this possible and spend time talking  

with students about their careers and answer questions about the company culture and recruiting. We're usually joined by recruiting staff and have a tour of the facility. The goal is to help students who plan to work in Seattle area gain networks and learn about the business community. We also hosted a Thursday night gathering for alumni near the spaceneedle and had a great turnout. Read more about the trek here.

Chile International Study Trip:
Professor Gary Knight taught an international business course on Chile fall term, which culminated in a visit to meet with businesses in Chile. Several students in addition to our Director of Recruitment, Aimee Akimoff MBA'11 attended the visit. Companies visited included two Oregon based companies: Intel and ESCO along with local companies including Foreign Investment Committee, Banco Santander, Fundacion Origen, Invener, Start-Up Chile, Viňa Veramonte and La Bicicleta Verde. Start-Up Chile, a program created by the government that seeks to attract early stage entrepreneurs to Chile visited Willamette in February.

On Campus Interviews: Nike and Intel interviewed on campus this month for internships.

Power Lunch: Greg Shortreed MBA'99, Director of Procurement Administration and Logistics Management for Mercy Corps International joined students for a Power Lunch. He spoke with students about his career and some of the challenging and exciting experiences he's had. Greg was very inspirational and has had some amazing experiences since leaving AGSM.

Employer Spotlight: Target Distribution Center visited on January 29th to talk about opportunities in Albany for logistics and supply chain students.

Mentorship Spring Luncheon: Students and mentors reconnected at the Portland campus for lunch on January 31st. Mentors provide a unique experience for students to have one-on-one coaching outside the classroom from alumni, executives and professionals outside the school.

Resume and Executive Writing Workshop for MBA for Professionals: January 31st was the first of a series of workshops in the Career Management and Coaching Certificate program designed to help students move up in their careers. This workshop focused on clear, concise and effective writing techniques.


executive development center
Leadership and Management for Attorneys in Business

The Executive Development Center is pleased to once again offer a special program developed for attorneys who work with business clients or serve as in-house counsel.  The Leadership and Management for Attorneys in Business program provides the tools, resources and concepts to increase the value and productivity of any attorney working within a company.

Session Dates: May 4-8, 2014 – Willamette University Portland Center (905 NW 12th Avenue, Suite 110, Portland, Oregon)

Learn more about the program and upcoming topics on the program website

Certificate in Public Management Program – New Modules Available

Willamette University’s signature Certificate in Public Management program is now offered through a series of 2.5 day, topic-based modules offered throughout the year. Check the website for upcoming modules and sessions. For more information you can contact Susan Wilson, CPM program director, at cpm@willamette.edu.

CPM Website: http://www.willamette.edu/cpm


faculty news

A study authored by Rob Wiltbank was featured in the Daily Reckoning in an article titled, "How To Turn $50,000 Into $50 Million." The study conducted by the Kauffman Foundation is the largest study ever conducted on the returns of angel investing. The study of 539 individual angels and 86 U.S. based angel investor groups found that on average, angels achieved a 27% internal rate of return. Read the full article here.


staff news
Staff Celebrates MLK Day of Service


Willamette University marked the Dr. Martin Luther King Holiday with a weeklong celebration of events and activities around a central theme: “Behind the Dream." Along with a number of lectures and events on campus, staff and students volunteered their time and “took to the streets" through a national day of service. The Willamette MBA Portland Staff volunteered with p:ear, a Portland-based non-profit focused on mentoring homeless youth. Along with cleaning and tidying p:ear's drop in center in Old Town, the staff cooked several large pots of soup for future meals.

Learn more about p:ear online

New Face in the Executive Development Center

Kristen Iseri has joined the Executive Development Center as the Assistant Director. She will be jumping in with both feet beginning Monday, Feb 17th. Some of you may already know Kristen from her work at Willamette's Graduate School of Education where she has worked since 2007, most recently as the Director of Business Operations. Kristen has a long relationship with Willamette; she was an undergrad here and has recently completed her MBA program at AGSM. She grew up in Salem and has two children aged 19 and 7. Kristen brings with her a great reputation as a hard worker and a wonderful colleague.


student news
Students Successfully Pass Six Sigma Exam
Seven second-year Willamette MBA students -- Jonathan Bednarski, Robert Caballero, Szu-Yin Chen, Scott Cohen, Douglas Cox, Amy King, and James Raymond -- took the ASQ Certified Six Sigma Green Belt (CSSGB) exam in early December 2013. All of them successfully passed it and are now certified by ASQ. They demonstrated their integrative knowledge of accounting, finance, HR, marketing, operations management, project management, statistics, team management, etc. that they have been learning at Atkinson. They also demonstrated their capabilities of using various analytical tools, analyzing business requirements, identifying problems in business processes, making continuous improvements, and maintaining high performance in organizations.

Early in the morning on December 30th, current MBA student Lloyd Fobi (Willamette Men's Soccer Coach) and his wife Brittany welcomed their new son, Malix Nchinda Madiba Fobi. Malix weighed in at 8 pounds and 15 ounces. Congratulations to Lloyd and Brittany and sisters Brooklyn and Tatyana, and welcome Malix!

"The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy."
Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Mission: As an effort to foster one of Atkinson's significant purposes - to establish a close community - the mission of ATKINSONews is to provide an accurate and timely forum for disseminating current news and events involving the school and its current and former community members.

Acknowledgements: I thank the following contributors for this month's issue: Russell Yost, Beth Ursin, Justin Hanseth, Minda Seibert, Zakiya Jackson, Noreen Murdock, Dan Mahoney, Joel Bruner, Sydney Sadowski, VanDyck Silveira, Melinda Rogers and Henry Bi.

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