More than 250 alumni, students, faculty, and friends from the industry attended the HTM Annual Awards Dinner in Boston, which was preceded by an hour of convivial networking. Alumni represented every age group in the program’s history and every subsector in the hospitality industry.
The third annual Women of Isenberg Conference took place on February 28th in the UMass Amherst Campus Center. Put on by student organization Isenberg Women in Business, the event attracted 310 attendees and offered a full day of speakers, panel discussions, and networking
At the second annual McCormack Future Leaders Conference, industry speakers advised McCormack students on career avenues and issues. In separate sessions, specialists helped students explore challenges in marketing, sales and sponsorship, event and facilities management, finance, and athlete representation.
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“For many of our students, risk-free feedback from recruiters can be a valuable learning experience and confidence builder,” observes Melissa Salva, Director of Recruiting and Operations at Isenberg’s Chase Career Center. “That is why we bring students and recruiters together twice each year for practice and advising through our Employer Resume Review & Practice Interview Day.”
In a new partnership with the J.League, Asia's premier professional soccer league, the McCormack Department of Sport Management will teach online courses in sport marketing and finance. "We aim to share the best in sport management practices in the U.S.," remarks McCormack professor Steve McKelvey.
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Four Isenberg finance professors who recently attended a showing of “The Big Short” applauded the movie for its accurate portrayal of the run-up to the 2008 financial crisis and for its clear explanation of complex financial concepts. In a discussion following the movie, several of the professors expressed approval for regulations that focus on interrelationships among different segments of the financial system.
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The current expansion of the Massachusetts economy appears to be on firm footing, notes Isenberg economist and professor Robert Nakosteen. While the overall picture is positive, risks like the strong dollar and less than all-out consumer confidence somewhat cloud the picture.
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The campus-wide Innovation Challenge business plan competition's new seed pitch component is propelling student teams, through mentoring, workshops, and targeted financial seeding. “We introduced the new phase to elevate and accelerate the larger event’s already high level of competition," notes Isenberg professor William Wooldridge, executive director of Isenberg's Berthiaume Center for Entrepreneurship, which coordinates the Challenge.
In a visit to WEBS, "America's Yarn Store," students in Marc Weinberger's class, Managerial Perspectives on Marketing Strategy," talked business strategy with owners Steve and Kathy Elkins. Founded by Steve's parents, Art '57 and Barbara Elkins, WEBS is the nation's largest retailer of knitting supplies and services.
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HTM’s annual NYC Reception on November 12th at the InterContinental New York Times Square Hotel attracted an enthusiastic gathering of alumni, students, faculty, and industry leaders. Ashley Goodhue '08 was honored with alumni award for her work at her successful start-up Ashley G. Productions.
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Five alumni set the record straight in a panel discussion about careers in sales. In technology industries, sales have evolved to a partnership with clients that calls for strong listening and problem-solving skills. "They turn to us as a trusted advisor," said one of the panelists.
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An MBA faculty panel on gender challenges in the workplace and the sports industry recounted obstacles in mobility and biases in interpersonal relations. The panel also noted progress, including leveraging gender allies and advocates.
Recently retired director of USD swaps at J.P. Morgan Gary Cameron '89 explored financial cycles, trading tactics, and financial bubbles in a talk with Isenberg students. A derivatives trader throughout his career, he also examined the psychology and skill sets of successful traders.
In an address to the UMass Amherst campus, McCormack Executive-in-Residence Val Ackerman described her leadership challenges and successful start-up strategies for the WNMA and the rebirth of the Big East Conference. In 2016, the WNBA will enter its 20th year. With Ackerman at the helm, the Big East has secured a basketball-centric future.
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John F. Smith Professor of Operations Management Anna Nagurney was one of 34 top academics invited by Amazon to attend its first faculty conference devoted to supply chain optimization. During her visit, she attended a variety of "ops talks" by Amazon cognoscenti. She got a first hand look at the company's operations at a sprawling fulfillment center and introduced Isenberg to Amazon officials and visiting scholars.
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Finance grad John McMullen '81 has placed retirement on hold to serve as CFO of one of America's iconic companies, Eastman Kodak. McMullen is working with the the company's technology developer to leverage its still robust technology prowess. He is also responsible for corporate development, controlling costs, procurement, and Kodak's substantial real estate portfolio.
During her day-long visit to Isenberg, HTM graduate Victoria Vega ’88, a division vice president with the food and dining management firm Unidine, explored human resources and food management issues, in the classroom. In a schoolwide presentation, she shared insights in and personal stories devoted to crisis management.
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Thirty students in the Isenberg course, Ubuntu & Business in South Africa, visited Johannesburg, Pretoria, Cape Town, and Soweto during a three-week class trip to South Africa in May. The students explored business and cultural venues and participated in several community service projects during their stay.
More than 300 alumni attended the third annual Isenberg Business Leadership Awards gathering on June 17. The event, at the Colonnade Hotel in Boston, was proof positive of Isenberg’s increasingly influential footprint in Greater Boston and beyond.
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