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The Weekly Update – Professional & Online MBA: September 24, 2015

Program News & Announcements

Important news for December graduates!

There are some important housekeeping items which must be completed no later than Thursday, October 29th, 2015 if you plan to graduate in December 2015. Full, step-by-step details are located here on our website.

Innovative Women’s Conference – November 13

IWC_logoThe 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.

14th Annual Careers in Sustainability Series

The UNC Kenan-Flagler Net Impact chapter invites NC State Jenkins MBA students to participate in the 14th Annual Careers in Sustainability Series.  This series of events focuses on sustainability careers in the areas of Operations and Supply Chain, Impact Investing, Consulting, Entrepreneurship, and more.  To learn more about each panel and to register for your choice of panel(s), visit

Save the Date: SCRC Partners Meeting

The Supply Chain Resource Cooperative (SCRC) will hold its semi-annual partners meeting on December 7-8, 2015 at Talley Student Center. The theme of this meeting will be “Predictive Procurement Analytics”. Registration will open in October for this meeting. More details to follow.

Join us for MBA Town Halls with Dean Allen

This semester’s Town Hall events with Dean Allen are coming soon.  Please plan to attend so you can offer feedback on your Jenkins MBA experience and hear important program news and updates. Food will be provided.  We hope to see you there!

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

Supply Chain Career Fair

There will be a Supply Chain Career Fair Thursday October 1st from 6-8PM at Mckimmon center. Students interested in supply chain positions should attend. To get the up-to-date list of attendees, contact Lauren McGuire, Supply Chain Club president, at

Coming next Friday:  B Corp Clinic!

Join the Business Sustainability Collaborative on Friday, Oct. 2 from 2:30 to 4 p.m. for the launch of NC State’s B Corp Clinic.  This program is designed to connect students to aspiring B Corporations, including local entrepreneurs.  The B Corp Clinic offers students a chance to learn while increasing their knowledge of sustainability. Join us for the launch event, and a chance to work with one of three aspiring B Corporations this fall.  Click here to RSVP.

Academic Advising

Start Planning for Spring ’16

Spring registration is coming soon! Our advisors have set aside times for drop-in, group, and individual advising sessions beginning the second week in October. For details on these sessions and how to schedule an appointment, please visit our website with Spring 16 Advising and Registration information. This site will continue to be updated over the next few weeks, so please keep an eye out for more details. And remember – until you sign your advising syllabus, you will have a hold on your account and will not be able to register for classes, so we encourage you to do that as soon as possible!

Career Management Center

Case Interviewing Workshop, hosted by Deloitte Consulting

Learn the best practices, tips and tricks on how to ace your case interview. The workshop will entail an interactive case discussion session (mock interview) and detailed guidance on how to best prepare for case interviews.  In addition, meet current Deloitte practitioners to:
  • Discuss what qualities Deloitte looks for in a candidate
  • Learn about Deloitte Consulting and opened career opportunities
  • Hear personal experiences about the Business Technology Analyst (BTA) program in Deloitte.

The workshop will be held Monday, September 28,  from 3 to 4:30 p.m. at NC State’s Main Campus, Nelson Hall, room 2405.

Please RSVP on Joblink (Events>Workshops) by 11:59pm, Sunday, September 27, 2015.

Fall Career & Internship Fair on Friday, Oct. 2

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.

Poole College of Management Etiquette Dinner.

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 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 pm.

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, Norfolk Southern and others.

This event is sponsored by the undergraduate College of Management CMC – however, all professional and full-time MBAs are invited.

CMC Upcoming Events:

September 28 – Deloitte Case Interviewing Workshop (RSVP on JobLink by Sunday, Sept. 27)
October 2 – Poole College Career & Internship Fair
October 14
 – Business Etiquette Dinner (RSVP on JobLink by Friday, October 9)

Meet a Jenkins MBA:  The Weekly Spotlight


NAME:  Lindsey Caraballo
EMPLOYER & JOB TITLE: Wells Fargo, Mediations Underwriter 1
PREVIOUS: Bachelor of Science, Finance from University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Q: What’s the most fun and enlightening experience you’ve had in the MBA program so far? 
A: I would say the 360 Assessment completed as part of a 1-hour Saturday class with John Hutchings was the most beneficial and enlightening experience of my MBA career so far. I would like to think that I am a very self-aware person, but hearing the thoughts and opinions of my colleagues and managers solidified the areas of improvement I already knew existed. But surprisingly, I was overwhelmed by the admiration and respect that they expressed for me. It reassured me that I am on the right track, both personally and professionally.

Q: If you had 5 minutes to teach someone something new, what would you teach?
A: I am the queen of decorating by using Command strips and hooks rather than drilling holes into the wall. So, given 5 minutes, I could teach anyone how to decorate a whole room, including window treatments, using only Command strips and hooks.

Q: What’s the best piece of advice anyone has ever given you?
A: My favorite quote is, in an adapted version of Thoreau’s actual words, is “Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.”  So many times I find that people are hesitant to go after the things we desire for a variety of reasons; fear, complacency, or lack of direction. One of my longtime mentors urged me to physically sit down and determine what I really want and what would truly make me happy. I do that process often and it has guided me through many hard times in my personal and professional life.

Q: What’s your dream job / career goal?  How is the MBA helping you get there?
A: My dream job would be to earn an income by simply lounging on a tropical island while enjoying drinks that come with little pink umbrellas. But something tells me not only is this not possible, but I would probably get bored. So my current career goal is to move into upper level management within the Consumer Lending department at Wells Fargo. With all of my industry experience being earned with my current employer, I decided to earn an MBA to gain a better sense of how business make strategic decisions and how to contribute more to the big picture and strategic goals of the company, rather than the day-to-day functions I am currently doing. I would love to be in a position where I can positively impact the policies and procedures used in those day-to-day duties to make the unit as a whole more effective.

Dates to Remember/Upcoming Events

October 2Poole College of Management Career & Internship Fair
October 8 – Fall Break begins
October 9Online MBA Town Hall
October 12Professional MBA Town Hall – RTP Campus
October 13Professional MBA Town Hall – Main Campus
October 14 – Business Etiquette Dinner (RSVP on JobLink by October 9)
October 14 – Wells Fargo Series with Mark Templeton, President & CEO of Citrix
October 16 – Last day to withdraw or drop a class
October 16 – McLauchlan Leadership Series applications due
October 20 – Registration for Spring 2016 begins
October 21Fall Mix & Mingle Networking Event
November 13Innovative Women’s Conference
November 25 – Thanksgiving Vacation begins
December 4 – Last day of classes
December 7-8 – Supply Chain Resource Cooperative Semi-Annual Partners Meeting

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