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The Weekly Update – Professional & Online MBA: September 17, 2015


Program News & Announcements

Planning to Graduate in December?

If so, you must complete some housekeeping items by Thursday, October 29th, 2015. You can access everything – step by step, we’ll walk you through everything! – here on our website.

McLauchlan Leadership Series

Join us for a new leadership development program designed to support professional, graduate-level leadership education through experiential learning. McLauchlan Fellows have unique access to corporate executives and community leaders, and receive specialized coaching and professional development to further their careers. Applications are due October 16; the series will be delivered during the spring 2016 semester. Click here to learn more!

Interested in Sustainability? Join us for the B Corp Clinic!

Interested in working on a consulting project with entrepreneurs who use business as a force for good? Join us Friday, Oct. 2 from 2:30 to 4 p.m. for the launch of NC State’s B Corp Clinic, designed to connect students to aspiring B Corporations in order to help them improve their environmental and social impact. The Clinic will provide an opportunity to embed students in the local entrepreneurship community and engage students in a unique experiential learning opportunity. Join us for the launch of the Clinic and an opportunity to work with one of three aspiring B Corporations this fall.  Click here to RSVP.

Innovative Women’s Conference – November 13

The Innovative Women’s Conference capitalizes on the power created when bright, innovative minds come together to learn from one another. The conference is specifically designed to bring together women in the Triangle area – from graduate students to entrepreneurs to corporate executives – to encourage discussion and hands-on learning in the areas of business innovation, science, technology and entrepreneurship.  You will leave this conference inspired and better prepared to effectively lead people and organizations in a technology-rich, global marketplace.

The conference will be held at the Talley Student Union on November 13 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., with a networking social the evening before at HQ Raleigh, November 12 from 6 to 8 p.m.

Students can purchase tickets (which include both events) for $15. Non-student early bird tickets are on sale for $40 until October 31, 2015.  Tell your friends and family to purchase early for great savings!

Proceeds from the event will be donated to Women for Success.

Tickets are now on sale at the conference website.

Call for Nominations: 2015 Outstanding Graduate Faculty Mentor Award

Nominations are being accepted for the 2015 Outstanding Graduate Faculty Mentor Award. This award honors outstanding mentors who have the best interests of their students at heart and who make assisten them to create a pathway to success their primary goal.  Nominees must be members of the Graduate Faculty.  If you would like to nominate a Poole College of Management graduate faculty member for this award, please contact Claire Jefferies,

Save the Date: Town Halls with Dean Allen

Join us for this semester’s opportunity to give Dean Allen feedback on your Jenkins MBA experience.  The Town Hall is also a chance for Dean Allen to share important program news and updates. These are casual events, and food will be provided.  Please make plans now to attend – we want to hear from you!

October 9 – Online MBA, 4 to 5:30 pm
October 12 – Professional RTP MBA, 5 to 6 pm
October 13 – Professional Main Campus MBA, 5 to 6 pm

Academic Advising

Spring ’16 Registration Coming Up – Begins October 20th

Spring registration is coming soon! In the next few weeks, we will be releasing information about deadlines and registration, and our academic advisors will have some drop in hours for our online, professional, and main campus students (virtually, at main campus and RTP, and through phone calls) to share with you so you can prepare for next semester. To get ready, if you haven’t done so already, we need you to read your academic advising syllabus and, after reading it, sign the Academic Advising Contract Form confirming that you have read and understand expectations. Please note that your advising hold for spring will not be lifted until you complete and submit this form. 

Career Management Center

Webinar for Professional MBA’s:  “How to Network Without Feeling Slimy”

The term “Networking” brings up negative feelings for many people: “self-promote-y,” “not true” and “fake” are some terms that people use.  But the fact is, 80% to 90% of jobs at the Professional MBA level are obtained through networking!

Attend this webinar to:
1. Learn how to reframe how you think about networking so that it feels less “sales-y” and more authentic
2. Take away important tips to network comfortably at an in-person event
3. Learn how different your approach should be when networking in-person vs. online

Wednesday, October 7, 2015, 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Delivered via WebEx (attendance capped at 12).
Please RSVP on Joblink (Events>Workshops) by 5:00pm, Monday, October 5, 2015. WebEx log-in information will be sent to you after registering. Because attendance is capped, the CMC no-show policy will be enforced (please cancel within 24 hours if you must).

Corporate Finance Business Executive Alumni Panel (Lunch Provided)

Friday, September 25, 2015, 1:00pm – 2:15pm
Nelson Hall 2405
Please RSVP on Joblink (Events>Workshops) by 5:00pm, Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Hear from very successful NC State alumni business leaders who have entered corporate finance careers for global companies. These panelists are traveling from New York and Atlanta to meet with you. They’ll provide invaluable leadership insight into the business and professional world, and share their personal experiences and advice about building a successful career in corporate finance.  Our alumni panelists are:

David Fox, ’94, Managing Director, Goldman Sachs and Company
Grant Johnston, ’95, ’03, Vice President, Formation Capital
Dan Judge, ’91, Managing Director, GIC Asset Management
Paul Mark Kelly, ’91, Managing Director, JP Morgan

All Professional and Full-Time MBAs are invited to this event, which is sponsored by the undergraduate Poole College of Management CMC.  Please RSVP on Joblink.

Business Etiquette Dinner – All College of Management MBAs Invited

Business dining manners matter. Dining in a fine restaurant can be intimidating if you don’t know the etiquette involved. Learn all the finer points of dining by participating in the 5th Annual Poole College of Management Etiquette Dinner, featuring certified etiquette trainer Sharon Hill.

The event will take place at the NCSU McKimmon Conference and Training Center from 5:30 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, October 14. You will receive etiquette training, a four-course meal, and an opportunity to network with employers.  Participating employers include PNC Bank, Fidelity, Cisco, Vanguard, Travelers, NetApp, Enterprise, E&J Gallo Winery, and Norfolk Southern, plus others!

Please RSVP on Joblink (Events>Workshops) by 5 p.m. on Friday, October 9, 2015.

This event is being sponsored by the undergraduate College of Management CMC – however, all Professional, Online, and Full-Time MBAs are invited.

Fall Career & Internship Fair

The Poole College of Management Career & Internship Fair will be held on Friday, October 2 from 10 – 3 at the McKimmon Center on NC State’s Main Campus. Over 100 employers will be in attendance and MBA students are invited to attend. To view a list of participants, click here.

Meet a Jenkins MBA:  The Weekly Spotlight

Cox, Amanda headshot

Name:  Amanda Cox, First Year Full-Time MBA Student
Employer: Graduate Assistant, Poole College of Management
Hometown:  Kerrville, Texas
Previous: Bachelor of Arts, Journalism-News Writing, Texas State University

Q:  What’s the strangest job you’ve ever had?
A:  In my first year of college, I worked at a survey research center and had to call people and conduct 30-45 minute surveys on a variety of topics. It was really difficult to get anyone to agree to take the survey, and it was really awkward because the surveys took so long to get through. I definitely wouldn’t wish that job on anyone.

Q:  If you could meet a famous person (living or dead) for coffee or a beer, who would you want to meet? What would you want to ask them about?
A:  I’d be super interested to meet with Richard Branson. He has been incredibly successful as an entrepreneur and has managed to build a net worth of about $4.9 billion while still giving back to worthy causes. I’d love to ask him about his biggest failures and how he has overcome them.

Q:  What’s your dream job / career goal? How is the MBA helping you get there?
A:  I’m still unsure of EXACTLY what I want to do, but I’ve always dreamed of working for Nike as a marketer. I think they do an incredible job of making sure that they are ingrained in the consumer’s minds. The MBA is going to give me the hands-on experience necessary to be successful outside of the program.

Q:  If you could have any superpower you wanted, which one would it be?
A:  I’m a huge animal lover, and so I think I would love to be able to communicate with animals. I’m sure my Pomeranian would have some interesting things to tell me.

Q:  What’s the best piece of advice anyone has ever given you?
A:  I had a journalism professor at Texas State University who used to be the speech writer for Ted Kennedy, and he always told me that the most important thing in life is to be thoughtful.

Dates to Remember/Upcoming Events

September 19 – Service Saturday at Unleashed, 7414 Creedmoor Rd., Raleigh
September 25 – Corporate Finance Business Executive Alumni Panel (RSVP on JobLink by Sept. 22)
October 2Poole College of Management Career & Internship Fair
October 7 – Professional MBA Webinar: “How to Network Without Feeling Slimy” (RSVP by Oct. 5)
October 8 – Fall Break begins
October 14 – Business Etiquette Dinner (RSVP on JobLink by October 9)
October 16 – Last day to withdraw or drop a class
October 16 – McLauchlan Leadership Series applications due
October 20 – Registration for Spring 2016 begins
November 13Innovative Women Conference
November 25 – Thanksgiving Vacation begins
December 4 – Last day of classes

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