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From Washington to Utah and back again, Danielle’s journey has been filled with a search for meaning (and sushi). This search for meaning originally manifested itself in her undergraduate studies at Utah State, where she graduated in 2010 with a BS in Anthropology. After completing her studies, Danielle and her fiancé moved into the Central District in order to be close to Seattle University’s Law School. From here, it could be said that the Bridge MBA was a program of convenience for Danielle, but it is not the case.
For Danielle, the program offers her a chance to take her degree in anthropology and apply it to the human condition within business practices. With her interest in Human Resources, the program has become the gateway to get a job that fulfills her interests, as is the case for all of us in the program.
More specifically, her favorite class (so far) has been Economics, taught by Erin Vernon. The information gleaned has helped Danielle in understanding supply and demand on both a micro and macro scale but it has also pushed her to question the relationships between the consumer and the economy. It is, ultimately, these theories that remind her that she loves both the personal and analytical, thus solidifying career interests that she has long held.
Outside of classes, the program has also worked to bring fun and excitement into her daily life. In our interview, she noted that both the supportive students and the dedication of the faculty have been distinctively beneficial. Not only are the professors working to ensure their individual classes mesh in relevant and topical ways, but they work in tandem so critical assignments never put too much pressure on the cohort. This translates to all of us having time to engage with each other, both in relation to studying and blowing off steam.
For Danielle, the program will bring her to the next step in her life story. With a marriage in the works and new job opportunities opening up, she’s set up for a life in which hard work is paying off.General Advice:Seattle: “Seattle is full of cool stuff, especially during summer. I love going to catch a Sounders game or exploring all of the different parks. Definitely get yourself out there and see what’s going on.”To Parents: “This is for the younger students’ parents. Don’t think that it will be easy just because it’s a one-year program and know that the program really does set someone up for the future.”To Prospective Students: “Take advantage of every opportunity even if you think it’s lame. Those opportunities give you so many chances to explore, learn, and potentially connect with someone or something that can guide your life. This program is all about growing your opportunities. Just do it!”Have a question about the Bridge MBA program? Want to chat in person? Feel free to send an e-mail to any of us below!John Merle (Program Director): email@example.comBen Porter (Blog Coordinator, Bridge MBA Student):firstname.lastname@example.org Eric Madison (Photographer, Bridge MBA Student):email@example.com
“Show, don’t tell.” It’s a common phrase you’ll hear in creative writing seminars. You’re supposed to immerse the reader in a world, crafting dialogue and other elements that bring them straight into the story. However, the “telling” portion of any story is still an important tool. It works to create shortcuts, to move a story along and ensure your average novel doesn’t get stuck in just one place.Unlike most authors, universities often employ a “tell” model. It’s a sort of necessary evil, in which educational institutions need to cover a plethora of topics and cannot place students in every environment where “showing” is an option. This is where the stress of graduation comes into play, and why internships are so heavily encouraged. You may learn about supply chain management in a classroom, but you won’t know if it’s the right job until you’ve been shown how such a topic functions in the real world.The Bridge MBA works to employ a hybrid of the show/tell model that emphasizes an education which helps students to find the jobs they’ll flourish in. For the cohort as a whole, this intersect can be found in Seattle University’s Executive Speaker Series and Mentor Program. The Executive Speaker Series, as the name suggests, is a string of events that bring CEO’s, CIO’s, CFO’s, and the like to Seattle University. With companies like PACCAR, Holland America Line, Blucora, and Columbia Bank, the Speaker Series engages in the best kind of telling. It gets students up close and personal with those who have gone down the path many of us are currently on.Enter Seattle University’s Mentor Program. Every student in the Bridge MBA is assigned a mentor based on a meet and greet event where both full-time professionals and students mingle. These mentors offer guidance in potential job fields and can even set up job shadows within their own industry. The combination of a one-on-one relationship with a mentor allows students to take the lecture-esque Speaker Series and get real advice from someone dedicated to helping them succeed.The professors within the Bridge MBA also realize the importance of a balanced dynamic between showing and telling. In Operations and Supply Chain Management, taught by Greg Magnan (syllabus here), we are encouraged and required to visit a company in the PNW in order to understand and grasp the reality of supply chain management. Thanks to Danielle Hall’s mentor, my group was able to set up a tour of PACCAR’s Kenworth facility in Renton. That same week the CEO of PACCAR, Ron Armstrong, spoke at an Executive Speaker Series and I found the opportunity to ask him about supply chain strategy. The combination helped our group to create deliverables and provided us with the opportunity to grow in our understanding of supply chain management.
Jay Lambe, who teaches Marketing Strategy, goes a step further. Not only has he set up a marketing project with a local PNW company, more on that in a post coming soon, but he regularly brings in members of the community who have been engaged in various marketing ventures. In the last month alone, we have been fortunate enough to have met and heard from Todd Olsen, Product Development Lead for Golazo and Robbie Bach, the former President of Entertainment & Devices at Microsoft. Both of these speakers spent over an hour presenting, answering questions, and giving us an inside look into how data utilization and creative thinking function in the world of marketing.Todd Olsen posing with some of the cohort.Photo Credit: Eric Madison.So, there you have it. All of these experiences bring us closer to an understanding that goes much further than skimming a textbook or taking a test and the Bridge MBA provides that solid network which keeps us on task academically while allowing us to veer off into whatever field seems to be calling our name.In the next post we will be discussing the internship process our cohort is going through, the Harriet Stephenson Business Plan Competition, and how some of our limited free time is spent in Seattle.Have a question about the Bridge MBA program? Want to chat in person? Feel free to send an e-mail to any of us below!John Merle (Program Director): firstname.lastname@example.orgBen Porter (Blog Coordinator, Bridge MBA student): email@example.comEric Madison (Photographer, Bridge MBA student): firstname.lastname@example.org
Student interest pieces are designed to give you a glimpse into the wide array of people that are engaged in their yearlong journey with the Bridge MBA program. Each week I, Benjamin Porter, will interview a student and compile a profile that highlights who they are, what they’re all about, and what advice they have for parents and students alike.Hailing from the suburbs of Chicago, Kourtnee Moore is our first student to be featured. She prefers dogs over cats, loves the color baby blue, and wholeheartedly misses Chicago “deep dish” pizza. In 2014, Kourtnee graduated from DePaul University in Chicago with a B.A. in psychology. Kourtnee was attracted to Seattle University because of its “pacific northwest vibe” and proximity to a plethora of activities in Capitol Hill and other prominent neighborhoods. Additionally, she felt that the Bridge MBA delivered a platform for her to use her knowledge in psychology and apply it to business practices and projects.
So far, Kourtnee’s favorite class has been Fall Quarter’s Organizational Behavior. Taught by Colette Hoption (syllabus here), the class focused on the study of the self and others in relation to team cohesion, the management of organizations, and emerging business development strategies implemented by companies such as Microsoft, Google, and Yahoo. For Kourtnee, this class solidified something she had felt but not known. She found that she already held the knowledgeable capital needed in the business world, but could now apply it in quantifiable terms ready to be highlighted in a resume or explored in an interview. It is one of Kourtnee’s favorite parts of the program, that ability to unlock old information and apply it to relevant business structures.
Within the cohort itself, Kourtnee’s emotional intelligence can be found in her quick wit and empathy towards students who are struggling with certain concepts or decisions. While her biggest hope is to find a company that invests in her as much as she invests in them, our cohort can say from experience that her attitude will lend itself quickly to those forward-thinking environments.
General Advice:Seattle: “Seattle has so much going on, just get out there and explore. I love going out with people and studying or letting off steam in places like, Pike and Pine St., Café Vita, or the library on campus.”
To Parents: “Take a load off. You wouldn’t believe how involved the Albers Placement Center is. The program also does mock interviews, resume reviews with companies like Geico, individual meetings with the program director, and more…”
To Prospective Students: “Study hard on your own. We took classes online in order to prepare for the classes but you can really set yourself up to learn more and figure out what you love by seeing what sticks on its own. Also, learn to network!”
Have a question about the Bridge MBA program? Want to chat in person? Feel free to send an e-mail to any of us below!
John Merle (Program Director): email@example.com
Ben Porter (Blog Coordinator, Bridge MBA student): firstname.lastname@example.orgEric Madison (Photographer, Bridge MBA student): email@example.com
Welcome to “Bridging the Gap”, your number one source for everything related to Seattle University’s Bridge MBA program. Over the next few months, Eric and I will take you through the opportunities and adventures afforded to us through this program.In a nutshell, the Bridge MBA is a 12-month graduate program designed to give non-business majors the opportunity to explore and develop business acumen. It’s a broad program, one that will give you a breadth of knowledge to guide your future career decisions and provide an entrance into a sometimes complicated and confusing world.
An unconventional example of that breadth of knowledge comes from the first day our cohort met each other. We were all dressed up, unsure of what to make of each other, and not at all sure what the day had in store for us. Within an hour, we were instructed to dive through hula hoops, perform trust falls, and generally goof around. These activities, while a little silly, broke down barriers between strangers and revealed the similarities and differences between us. That first day, we learned something businesses like Microsoft and Amazon pay a lot of money to learn, you have to be supported by a good team of people in order to accomplish even the simplest tasks.
I’ll provide another example of the odd but necessary learning that has taken place for me over the last five months. When I got into this program, I couldn’t tie a tie. This is a confession that I will gladly put out onto the web because it illustrates an important point.
The program offers almost 24/7 guidance on effective networking techniques, where to find tutors, and how to build a resume. The program does not offer a seminar on how to tie a tie. Enter Patrick Popovici, one of the many friends I’ve made in this program. He was my style savior. Having worked in a law firm for a few years before joining our cohort in the Bridge MBA, he had an extensive knowledge of corporate dress and the kindness to teach me that one minuscule but essential task of tying a tie. That’s the beautiful thing about this program. Your skills are developed and grown everywhere, whether that be in a classroom, a workshop, or in a bathroom mirror 10 minutes before an internship fair. It sets our program apart and makes the whole being a professional adult thing a lot easier.As you’ll see in the student interest pieces we will go on to publish, the strength of this program comes from the diverse background of students all pursuing a common goal. There’s a constant convergence of knowledge, one that helps to inform students in the connection between supply chain management and informational technology, as well as the little things we often don’t think about while pursuing a degree.
Next week we will dive into the academic benefits of the Bridge MBA program by covering Seattle University’s Mentor Program, the Executive Speaker Series, and a trip we took to PACCAR for our winter quarter class, Operations and Supply Chain Management. In the meantime, click HERE to get a bird’s-eye view of what the class of 2015 looks like.
Ben Porter (Blog Coordinator, Bridge MBA Student): firstname.lastname@example.org Eric Madison (Photographer, Bridge MBA Student): email@example.com
Welcome to our first issue of Bridge Banter. Rather than overwhelm you with lots of emails, I will try and keep that number down by sending you an update every two weeks with critical announcements, updates, and “gossip.” Bridge staff, faculty, and alums will also be kept updated on what is going on in the program. If you would like me to add anything to the newsletter, just email. I will also post to the Bridge Canvas page. (I just took a Canvas course, so I am eager to try all the tools!)
One of the more important events this week is the Albers Mentor Fair on Friday, October 3. Please go to the Albers Placement Center webpage at http://www.seattleu.edu/albers/programs/mentor/. There is important information about how to participate and a list of the mentors. You can filter to see which of the mentors have specifically requested Bridge MBA students. As of last week, there were 19 Bridge mentors from a diverse selection of industries and functional areas.
Back by popular demand is Professor Bryan Ruppert. Next Tuesday and Thursday, October 7 & 9, Dr. Ruppert will be presenting the mandatory Fall quarter Business Communications Seminar. Employers tell us that communications is one of the most important skills that students should develop before they start their professional careers. The seminars are 10:30-noon. Tuesday is in CHDN 143, and Thursday is CHDN 144. Attendance is required at both sessions. We won’t be able to provide lunch, but you will have plenty of time to run over to the Student Center before your afternoon class.
Several students have asked about completing the EXCEL certification exam. It is a great resume addition. We are a certified testing center. You can find out more about the certification exam at http://www.seattleu.edu/albers/undergraduate/resources/excel/. It is on the undergraduate website because Albers requires that all Albers undergraduates be EXCEL certified before they graduate. Many graduate students also want this opportunity.
Don’t forget to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and set-up an appointment to discuss your experiences and any challenges you might be having in the program.See you Friday at the Albers Mentor Fair!Best,Susan WeihrichAssociate Dean and Bridge MBA Director
In my entire academic career (this includes
everything prior to grad school) I have never had to take summer classes. This
has changed since the start of my summer quarter in the Bridge MBA program.
With this quarter being all that stands in the way of me obtaining my master of
business administration degree, I can honestly say I have no problem spending
my summer inside the classroom for the first time. This will be the last
quarter I will spend with my classmates, which makes me a little sad as I have
grown close to these people over the course of the year. This is not to say I
am not also excited to complete the quarter as it is the final stretch before I
cross the finish line. I am sure when August 16th comes and I will
be graduating, it will be quite the bittersweet moment.
Often summer classes have a stigma to them which can
be negative. People usually take them to make up for credits, or because they
have to in order to graduate on time. The last thing someone wants to be doing
over summer break is to be taking more classes. For me, this is not true this
time. There is no place I would rather be than on campus learning from Seattle
University’s amazing staff of business professors. Though there will be days
when I look outside and wish I was outside, I will be happy in knowing that
what I am learning is essential in my future success and to completing my
degree which is less than two months away. This quarter I will be working with
a group of four other students as we partake in our Capstone which is a
consulting project for a startup. The Capstone focuses on strategy and Michael
Porter’s five forces. I am looking forward to taking the knowledge I gain from
this course and applying it to my future career one day.
This quarter I expect my cohort to become closer
with one another than we already are. With the end in sight, we know we won’t
be spending as much time with one another and we are planning on hanging out
much more outside of the classroom. The nice weather will make this easier.
There is no more beautiful place to spend summer than in Seattle even if it
will be inside for some of the time. Who knows, maybe we can convince some of
our professors to lecture outside every once in awhile.
By: Roger Pierce, 2014 Bridge MBA candidate
Throughout the Bridge MBA program, students are
required to partake in “co-curricular activities” which are business related
activities that must be completed along with our courses in order to graduate.
One of these co-curricular activities was an Executive Speaker Series put on by
the Albers School of Business and Economics in which prominent figures of a
company (most of the time the CEO) come and give a one hour lecture to a large
audience. During winter quarter I wrote a blog reflecting on my experience at Ray
Conner’s Executive Speaker Series who is the CEO of Boeing Commercial
Airplanes. This past Tuesday marked the last of the Executive Speaker Series. I wanted to use this blog to reflect on my
positive experiences with the event and how I believe it has been a great asset
to my Masters in Business Administration.
Throughout the year, my classmates and I have
attended seven lectures from prominent business figures in the Northwest. My
personal favorite was hearing from Brad Tilden who is the CEO of Alaska
Airlines. Not only did I enjoy listening to him because we graduated from the
same high school (shout out to Highline High), but I also enjoyed how genuine
and honest of a person he was. Now, I could write a great amount about each
speaker, as they were all phenomenal, but I wanted to focus more on the
benefits I have gained from attending this series. The first benefit is the
exposure I have received from hearing about different industries and how they
function. I will be honest, there were some lectures where I decided right then
and there that industry was not for me, and I would not have known that had I
not attended. Also, getting to see a CEO speak in person is pretty cool
exposure too. It is not every day you
get the chance to listen to the head of a company in person.
The second benefit I have gained is more specific to
each lecture. Every speaker gave a piece of valuable advice that I know I will
take with me as I enter my career. Mr.
Conner’s advice that I still hold with me is to “be nice to everyone you meet.”
It is such a simple gesture; yet, so hard to do sometimes. The final benefit I
have gained from this series was more time to get to know my classmates. The
lecture series did not start until 5:30 which gave our cohort two hours to hang
out, grab a drink if people wanted to, and talk about other things besides
class. It gave us more time to bond and
grow closer. At the end of the summer when I reflect on my degree, the
Executive Speaker Series will definitely be an aspect I’ll look at as one of
the more influential.
By: Roger Pierce, Bridge MBA candidate 2014