The Weekly Update – Professional and Online MBA: February 18, 2016

Program News & Announcements

Professional and Online MBA Social: February 27th at Nickelpoint Brewing

Join professional and online MBA students at Nickelpoint Brewing in Raleigh from 5 – 7 p.m. on Saturday, February 27th for an evening of socializing and networking. You should have received an Eventbrite invitation earlier this week from Brian Neal; if you did not receive an invitation, please email him at bkneal@ncsu.edu. This event is being organized by the PMBA Leadership Board. Hope to see you there!

Apply to Graduate by March 15th!

All students planning to graduate in the spring, you have some steps you need to take. Your deadline for completing the first two steps is Tuesday, March 15th. All the steps to graduate are detailed on the NCSU MBA website, (under Current Students/Graduation) along with a comprehensive list of FAQs. Please visit this site with questions; if you have others that can’t be answered here, feel free to contact Sarah Pickel (Online MBA) or Deborah Waller Wilkins (Professional Evening MBA). And save the date for our graduation reception the evening of Thursday, May 5th at the Carol Johnson Poole Clubhouse on Centennial Campus!

Poole College Business Sustainability Collaborative

Net Impact Lunch and Learn: February 22nd

Grab some lunch and learn about Net Impact’s upcoming activities and leadership opportunities, including FoodCon committees, leadership roles, and the 2016 Net Impact Conference in Philadelphia! Please RSVP by emailing netimpactncsu@gmail.com so enough food will be ordered. This event will be held from 12 – 1 p.m. in the 3rd floor boardroom, Nelson Hall.

Professional Events & Networking

Women’s Leadership Conference 2016: March 11th

Join hundreds of professional women at this half-day educational and networking conference which features a keynote from Claire Shipman. Shipman is a regular contributor on Good Morning America and other national broadcasts for ABC News. She is the co-author of two New York Times bestsellers: “The Confidence Code: The Art and Science of Self-Assurance – and What Women Need to Know” and “Womenomics: Work Less, Achieve More, Live Better.” The event will also offer a panel discussion and breakout sessions further exploring executive presence. The conference includes a continental breakfast, lunch, and book-signing. RSVP here by March 4th in order to attend.

Raleigh Chamber’s YPN Event: Professional Development through Volunteerism: March 24th

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:

February 24: 2016 Carolina MBA Connection Networking Event
February 24: Net Impact’s SBSI Conference
February 25: Food Waste and Hunger Forum
February 27: Women for Success Lift Benefit
March 2: Drop/Revision Deadline – last day to drop a course/withdraw, without a W grade!!
March 2: Well’s Fargo Speaker Bill McDermott of SAP
March 2 – 3: High Five Conference
March 4: Wolfpack Your Lunch: Strategic Thinking
March 5 – 6: Extended Moodle Maintenance
March 7 – 11: Spring Break – no classes
March 10 – 12: Raleigh Residency
March 25: Spring Holiday – no classes
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 

Corrina Knight photo

Name: Corrina Knight, Professional Evening MBA
Employer & Job Title: Sr. Manager – Workplace Operations, Red Hat
Hometown: Springfield, MO
Previous Degrees & Institutions: NC State University, B.S. in Middle Grades Education

Q: Tell us something we might be surprised to find out. 
A: I’ve been struck by lightning…that always raises an eyebrow or two.

Q: What’s the most fun or enlightening experience you’ve had in the MBA program so far? 
A: I’ve loved connecting with my classmates. I’ve had the opportunity to work and learn with some really smart and passionate people. It’s one of the reasons I decided to pursue my MBA, so I’m glad it’s delivering.

Q: If you had five minutes to teach someone something new, what would you teach?
A: How to give a “good” interview question response. I think it’s so important for a candidate to be able to describe the actions they took to execute something, or describe their specific contributions to a project. Sorry, but as a hiring manager, I cringe when I hear, “I did what I had to do to get the job done.”

Q: What’s the best piece of advice anyone has ever given you?
A: There are two ways to live, out of fear and out of love. I try to operate out of the second one, being mindful when the first tries to creep in.

Q: What’s your dream job or career goal? How is the Jenkins MBA program helping you get there?
A: Recently, I was listening to a TED Radio Hour on NPR called “Disruptive Leadership.” One of the presenters, Sanjit “Bunker” Roy, teaches women from remote villages around the world to be engineers and change agents for their villages – talk about a dream job! I would love to empower women leaders with knowledge and skills to change the world. How is the Jenkins MBA going to help me get there? I’m not sure, but if it does, it will probably be through a network or connection made while going through the program.

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