Hosted by the Berthiaume Center for Entrepreneurship, the four-part Innovation Challenged kicked off with The Minute Pitch on Wednesday, Oct. 25. In front of an audience of nearly 200 students, faculty, staff and supporters, 22 teams gave 60-second pitches of their venture idea. With assistance from the sponsors, EY and Bud Robertson (Isenberg ’72), $2,500 is prize money was awarded to the first-, second- and third-place teams and the audience choice selection.
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Deftly moderated by David O’Leary ’81 MBA, the panel discussion on August 30 at the elegant UMass Club on Beacon Hill in Boston was the culminating event at the annual David C. O’Leary MBA Orientation Program.* The three-day retreat for Isenberg’s 42 first-year full-time MBA students offered workshops and discussions devoted to team building, personality management, improvisatory skills, behavioral interviewing, and other career building skills. The immersive gatherings also included three days of social and networking opportunities with fellow MBA students and Isenberg alumni.
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On May 25, three UMass Amherst-based startups—all recipients of advice and technical assistance from Isenberg School of Management MBA Fellows working through the Berthiaume Center for Entrepreneurship—were among 12 monetary award recipients/graduates of the Valley Venture Mentors (VVM) Accelerator program in Springfield.
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ElectroPure, a student team and developer of a water treatment/purification device for homes, schools, and other small-scale water systems, took first-place honors in the finals of the 2017 Innovation Challenge business plan competition on April 6th.
Isenberg’s Full-time MBA program has soared eighteen places from 75th to 57th in U.S. News’ just-released annual ranking of MBA programs. Isenberg also moved up three places from 16th to 13th in U.S. News’ ranking of Part-time MBA programs.
In February, 350 students, alumni, faculty, and staff attended the fourth annual Women of Isenberg conference, which brings together women from all career levels to talk about their unique experiences and challenges as women in business.
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The Financial Times has ranked the Isenberg Online MBA program #1 nationally and #3 worldwide. That included Isenberg’s Online MBA ranking of 2nd in the world in a metric where recent graduates praised our online teaching and resources.
Isenberg is making a big, BIG, splash in Boston – and not just with our highly skilled and driven alumni. We are extremely proud to announce our first-ever, major Boston-area ad campaign. It’s about time we shout from the rooftops what you already know – that Isenberg is an iconic business school with top faculty, a talented student body, and alumni who are ready to take the business world by storm.
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For the second year running, Isenberg’s Online MBA has achieved elite status among the nation’s online MBA programs. According to U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Online MBA Programs,” the Isenberg Online MBA once again ranked 12th in a field of 221 programs.
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It was after 2:00 in the morning in a conference room in downtown Boston, a few months before the NFL season was set to kick off. Ed Shirley ‘78 was holed up in a conference room with Jonathan Kraft, son of New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft, and two teams of intractable lawyers.
Dean Mark A. Fuller recently sat down with BusinessWest editor George O’Brien for a discussion about Isenberg’s dramatically improved national reputation and our aspirations to elevate it further. In the interview—the magazine’s current cover feature—he outlined the strategic and tactical elements that we will continue to deploy in growing Isenberg’s reputational capital. He also underscored the importance of measurable execution in that pursuit.
“What are the true opportunities for cross-pollination in a world sports community? What skills and network will you need?” asked sports agent/marketing innovator J.B. Bernstein ’91 in Professor Todd Crosset’s graduate course, Social Historical Foundations of Sport. The UMass grad is best known for creating The Million Dollar Arm contest in India, which generated the first two athletes from India to sign professional sports contracts in North America.
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Over the summer, A. J. Beach ’16, who had just earned his MBA and completed his student fellowship with the Berthiaume Center for Entrepreneurship, chose to further pursue his entrepreneurial interests. Sensing a high-yield opportunity, he wrote a proposal that has generated funding and six Fellowship practicums for Isenberg MBA students on behalf of UMass Amherst’s Applied Life Sciences (IALS) Center. Beginning this fall, the students are deploying their business skills to bring new life sciences technologies to market.
Four high-ranking executives shared career insights and advice at the UMass Club in Boston with Isenberg's entering first-year MBA class. The executive panel was part of the David C. O'Leary MBA Leadership Orientation, which immerses students in workshops and team exercises devoted to professional development skills.
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On September 16, Isenberg alumni, students, faculty, and staff celebrated ground breaking for the school’s $62 million Business Innovation Hub. When the Business Innovation Hub does open in January of 2019, the futuristic building complex will add 70,000 square-feet of classrooms, labs, and student-focused spaces.
During the spring semester, Operations Management professor Alan Robinson took a group of MBA students on a trip to learn about the operations at two large and very different companies - endoscope manufacturer Karl Storz and wholesaler/distributing company C & S Wholesale Grocers.
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This year's 4th annual Isenberg Business Leadership Awards, held at the Colonnade Hotel and Boston and attracting 330 members of the Isenberg community, honored Chuck and Karen Peters of New England Wire Products and Recent Alumni awardee Brian Tino, account executive at InVision.
“No matter where we go, no matter what we do, we carry the Isenberg brand with us,” Senior Class Speaker Stephanie Berenson ’16 told an audience of over 4000—graduating seniors, their families, and Isenberg faculty and staff—at Isenberg’s Senior Celebration at the Mullins Center on May 7. “We are part of each other. We are each other’s network, and one day, as graduates, we will be a resource for Isenberg students just as alumni have been for us,” emphasized the dual marketing/journalism major.