Name: Nina Keidel
Program: Full-Time MBA student, Class of 2016 and MBA Student Association Vice President
Previous Education: North Carolina State University, BS in Biochemistry
We interviewed Nina as part of our Jenkins MBA Weekly Update, an electronic communication published for the Jenkins MBA student community. A member of the Jenkins MBA community is featured each week.
Q: What’s your dream career, and how is the Jenkins MBA making it a reality?
A: I want to be a supply chain professional in the global healthcare industry doing something like international logistics or being a Global Category Manager. The Jenkins MBA program is helping me become competitive in the job market with intense coursework, professional development events, and opportunities to work on supply chain projects with corporate partners through the SCRC.
Q: What’s the most fun and enlightening experience you’ve had in the MBA program so far?
A: Ken Cochran, VP of Supply Chain Development at Polo Ralph Lauren, came to speak to my MBA 541 class in the fall. He was so passionate about his work and had a ton of experience with global supply chain development, business acquisitions, and supply chain operation improvements. It was really great to see the concepts we talked about in class were key points in his work experience.
Q: If you had 5 minutes to teach someone something new, what would you teach?
A: Key shortcuts in excel – for example: To select an entire column, simultaneously hold Ctrl + spacebar. To select an entire row, simultaneously hold Shift + spacebar. To enter the current date, simultaneously hold Ctrl + ;. To switch between two excel spreadsheets, simultaneously hold Ctrl + Tab.
Q: You’re trapped on a deserted island with one book. What would it be?
A: Survival Handbook by Colin Towell. If I’m going to be on a deserted island, I want to enjoy my time there – so I don’t want to eat some poisonous plant and die a long, painful death.
Q: What’s the best piece of advice anyone has ever given you?
A: To put minute tapioca in an apple pie instead of flour to thicken up the filling.