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Shark Tank – Find the Value Proposition to Find Success

Last week many fans of the popular TV series Shark Tank saw the presentation of a not-so-new concept by a woman named Jessica. Jeska Shoes specializes in the development and design of women’s shoes with interchangeable heels and other accessories. She offered a 30% stake for $70,000 equity in her company but she ended up giving away 70% of the company for that same amount to Daymond John.
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Snow Day?

My daughter is not a fan of “snow days," she got up, put on winter gear and said “Let’s go, Mom!” Snow days? They can wait.
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Health Care UST MBA Profile: Wade Blomgren

What does it take to be a leader in health care? For Wade Blomgren, regional business manager at Roche Diagnostics, the answer lies in the ability to collaborate across all facets of the healthcare system.
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Minneapolis Named #4 City for Women Entrepreneurs

It is no surprise that Minneapolis has been named one of the best cities for women entrepreneurs, according to a study conducted by NerdWallet, a financial literacy website. Here’s just a small sample of women entrepreneurs who’ve come out of the Opus College of Business and launched successful businesses.
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Would you like context with that?

On February 14, I was taken aback while watching the press conference announcing the new president of the University of St. Thomas, Dr. Julie Sullivan. Not by anything she or the other participants said or did, but by a question from a reporter. He asked: “How will your role as wife and mother influence, if at all, your presidency?
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Bad Habits = Bad Employee

Forbes lists the top 14 habits employees have that could end up costing any employee his or her job. While nail biting, gum chewing and knuckle cracking are annoying, they aren’t necessarily pink slip worth. Read through the list below to see if you need to make some changes to any traits you may have inherited over the years that could lead to your demis
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Is Email Undermining Your Image?

"How do you sign your business emails? Some keep it simple: name and contact info. That's short and sweet enough. And then there are the more expressive types who include favorite URLs, famous quotes, and emoticons. How you conclude your email can affect how you're perceived," said Barbara Bogaev.
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UST Team Takes Home ACG Cup in Case Competition

A team of MBA students from the Opus College of Business bested competing teams from the U of M Carlson School and U of Iowa Tippie School in the 2013 ACG Cup case study competition last week. The team that took first place and an award of $4,000 included first-year MBA students Ryan Nelson, Jeff Hawkes, Adam Lawrence and Anthony Anderson
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Meet Braydon Andrews ’11 M.B.A.

One of the most amazing experiences in my Evening UST MBA was a J-term study abroad trip to London, U.K., writes Braydon Andrews '11 M.B.A. The course was Risk Management in Global Firms, and we enjoyed being taught by a different instructor each day.
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Good Design is Good (Fun)

Graduate business students and alumni are invited to attend Master’s Pub with presenter Medora Danz, vice president of Blu Dot brand. Danz will discuss the company’s mission to bring good design for the masses, and the unique and pragmatic methods used to reach this goal.
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Ask the Consultant

UST Faculty regulary answer questions in the Star Tribune‘s Ask The Consultant column. Here’s a round-up of a few recent questions.
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The Best and Worst of the 2013 Super Bowl Ads

Super Bowl Sunday has become more than just a day of (great) football and partying with family and friends. To businesses, it’s a $3.8 million investment in a 30-second spot and hoping that somehow the message will be delivered in the midst of the clutter. To consumers, it’s about which ad is the funniest or most memorable.
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14 Tips to Find Passion and Purpose in Your Work

For many, an occupation is just that, a job and a paycheck. The majority of the population will have to work 40+ years, for some even longer, before the possibility of retirement is an option. But for those who have found occupations that offer meaningful challenges, opportunities for growth and play up an individual’s passions, counting the days until a possible retirement seem far less important.
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Creating A Mindset for Change

An engaging group of more than 100 people heard Laura Goodrich’s presentation on “Creating A Mindset for Change” at the Master’s Connection last month. Goodrich touched on the elements of change within organizations as well as how we as individuals adapt to change.
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How an MBA Can Open New Doors

Having trouble opening new career doors? Consider the ways an MBA can help. The upcoming UST MBA Forum, featuring Kaplan, helps MBA candidates learn more about opportunities to open new doors in their careers and personal lives and take the first step in preparing for the GMAT.
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2013 Winter Carnival Queen of the Snows is UST MBA Alumna

Melissa Hoffbeck '10 M.B.A. was crowned the 2013 Aurora, Queen of the Snows of the St. Paul Winter Carnival last week. For Hoffbeck, 35, a senior financial analyst at Best Buy, the recognition was the realization of a longtime dream,
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How are “Fun” Companies Created: Google

Remember when Netscape, Buena Vista and Excite were our options for internet searches and we had to dial up to get to the internet? Then, we were introduced to the Yahoo yodeler and heard from a talking dolphin in the 2002 Superbowl ad touting the fact he learned to talk using Yahoo. Yahoo grew through acquisition, but much of that growth was in response to the more rapid growth of a company called Google.
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Consider Shadowing Someone in Your Career Exploration

The Graduate Business Career Services Department organized Shadow Day experiences with 40 professionals from General Mills, Target, UnitedHealth Group and many other local organizations. The Job Shadow experience provides MBA students an opportunity to interact as well as see the world of a leading professional.
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Intersections Discussion Explores the Vikings Challenges and Opportunities in Brand Marketing

Did you know that during the NFL season the average football fan spends 12 hours a week interacting with NFL brands? That goes beyond just watching a game on Sunday, said Minnesota Vikings CMO Steve LaCroix at the Intersections in Brand Marketing event at the Opus College of Business last night. LaCroix was joined by associate professor of marketing John Sailors, Ph.D., for a wide ranging discussion of the marketing challenges and opportunities of the Minnesota Vikings
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Full-time UST MBA Profile: Joelle Purvis-Allen Profile

As an entrepreneur, a seasoned marketing professional and a mother, Joelle Purvis-Allen has her plate full as a first-year Full-time UST MBA student. In the thick of final projects, papers and final exam preparations, she took a break over lunch to share her background and aspirations.