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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
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