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The Weekly Update – Full-Time MBA: March 3, 2016

Program News & Announcements 

Annual Poole College Student Leadership and Innovation Showcase: April 21st

Jenkins MBA students are encouraged to enter their practicum and other applied learning projects from either the fall 2015 or spring 2016 semester in the Poole College of Management’s 8th Annual Leadership & Innovation Showcase. Teams will submit a one-page project summary and poster, and will do two 90 second presentations to a team of judges comprised of business leaders, alumni, and Poole faculty/staff, for a chance to win up to $5000 in awards. To register and for more information, please visit the PCOM website.

Career Management Center

Inside the Mind of an Executive Search Recruiter: Panel Discussion, Q&A, and Reception – March 18th, 6 – 8 pm

For a seasoned professional, Executive Search can advance your career and give you access to thousands of vacant positions in the hidden job market. But how do you connect with executive search consultants? How does the process work? Join the CMC for a panel discussion, Q&A, and networking featuring professionals from executive search firms who will discuss their work and share best practices of working with executive search. Panelists include Ingrid Sanchez, CEO,; Shawn Warren, Executive Recruiter, Ajilon Supply Chain and Logistics; and Cristen Vaughn, Accounting and Finance Consulting Services Director, Vaco Raleigh, LLC. This event will be held 3/18 from 6 – 8 pm in 1130 Nelson Hall, and is open to Jenkins Professional Evening and Professional Online MBAs and second-year full-time MBAs. Dress is business casual.

Student Clubs & Campus Events

May Graduates: Take the Inaugural MBA Oath!

Join the first Poole College of Management MBA class to sign an MBA Oath. Started by students in 2009 at Harvard Business School, the MBA Oath has been spreading ever since. Similar to the Hippocratic Oath for medical students, the MBA Oath is a commitment to ethics, social responsibility, and the pursuit of honest business practices. Join Net Impact for an open meeting from 2 – 2:30 on March 21st in Talley Student Union Room 5111 to be part of the early discussions, or contact Chris Morse at with interest, ideas, and questions in the meantime.

Women in Leadership & Science: New Student Organization at NC State

Women in Leadership and Science (WILS) is a new graduate student organization dedicated to advancing women into leadership roles in the industry through building professional networks. They are hosting an informal lunch event on March 14th with Kristen Eads, Self-Service Delivery Specialist at GlaxoSmithKline, at the Frontier in RTP. For more information or to RSVP, please visit their website. Questions? Contact Madeline Cambo, President and Founder of WILS, at

Professional Events & Networking

Raleigh Chamber’s YPN Event: Professional Development through Volunteerism: March 24th – ONE TICKET LEFT

In today’s world, young professionals are so busy with their daily lives that it can be difficult to find time to volunteer and serve the community. Following a TED-style format, three dynamic speakers will:

  • Help you determine what volunteer and service opportunities best suit your career, personality, and interests
  • Explore the resources available to young professionals who want to volunteer or serve on boards
  • Share how community service and volunteerism have led to success in their own careers.

Speakers include Will Barfield, Frankel Staffing Partners; Allison Warren-Barbour, United Way of the Greater Triangle; and Cailin Williams, Bank of America Merrill Lynch. RSVP to Claire Jefferies for your free ticket (limited availability) by March 17th. This event will be held at the PNC Arena on Thursday, 3/24 from 7:30 – 9:30 a.m.

Upcoming Dates to Remember:

March 4: Wolfpack Your Lunch: Strategic Thinking
March 5 – 6: Extended Moodle Maintenance
March 7 – 11: Spring Break – no classes
March 11: Women’s Leadership Conference 2016
March 14: Women in Leadership & Science Event
March 24: YPN Event – Professional Development Through Volunteerism
March 25: Spring Holiday – no classes
April 21: 8th Annual Student Leadership and Innovation Showcase
April 26: Reading Day – no classes
April 27 – May 5: Final Exams
May 5: Jenkins MBA Graduation Reception
May 7: Spring Commencement

Meet a Jenkins MBA: The Weekly Spotlight 

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Name: Amy Jespersen, 2nd Year Full-Time MBA Student
Hometown: Kansas City, Missouri
Previous Degrees & Institutions: B.A. in English, Avila University; M.S. in Counseling, NC State

Q: Tell us something we might be surprised to find out. 
A: I’ve been a makeup artist for almost 20 years. I started at a department store when I was in college and moved to freelance, and finally moved to L’Oreal/Nordstrom working for YSL and Armani. I was fortune enough to be able to travel around the country doing events, publicity, education, photography, shows, and more. I have alway called this my hobby, although it’s much more of a second career.

Q: What’s the most fun or enlightening experience you’ve had in the MBA program so far? 
A: By far, the best moments of this program are those spent with the career counselors. This amazing staff’s entire job is to help us succeed. They do so much more than career coaching. They offer us an ear for listening, insightful discussions, and a caring demeanor.

Q: If you had five minutes to teach someone something new, what would you teach?
A: I’m an MBA student, so an extra 5 minutes sounds like the perfect power nap…but I know how to fold towels perfectly and make an amazing Old Fashioned.

Q: What’s the best piece of advice anyone has ever given you?
A: “Don’t take yourself too seriously. Let go of linear thinking and don’t pigeonhole yourself. You’re capable of much more than you realized, but you’re also human and will make mistakes. Be the first to say ‘hello’, keep your eyes and ears open to opportunity, and be genuine and observant. Speaking with quiet confidence will always beat screaming with obvious insecurity.” – Hattie Collins Moll

Q: What’s your favorite song to cheer you up get you pumped up, or ready to face the day?
A: Picking one is a really ridiculous task, but “Everlong” by the Foo Fighters.

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