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Conversations from 40 Under 40

The Opus College of Business was proud to sponsor the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal's 2015 40 Under 40. These are high-achievers who have launched companies and rebuilt them; they lead our cities; they've shaped and saved lives.
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Taking the Plunge in Support of Special Olympics

"Our ethical lives can’t just be molded in our classrooms or through gaining the knowledge of what not to do. An ethical individual – an ethical business person – is crafted through attentive and active charity."
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A Young Leader Emerges

While there has yet to be a single definition that encompasses the totality of leadership, we do know that the majority of leaders share certain characteristics. Leaders are responsible for effectiveness. Leaders must be charismatic. Leaders are obligated to provide and maintain momentum. Leaders must offer perspective and be key in developing, expressing and defending values.
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“Oh, you got your MBA. What are you going to do with it?”

"Getting a master’s degree doesn't flip a magical switch that automatically enters you into a new job, status, or an upgraded lifestyle," writes Jake Turner '13 M.B.A. "I’d argue though that the act of going through school increases potential all along the way."
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Plan, Execute, Win in 2015

If we don’t plan, we have no shot at winning in the year ahead, says guest blogger Patrick J. Stroh '03 M.B.A. And if we don’t execute against that plan in 2015, we will certainly fail.
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The Entrepreneurial Spark All Organizations Need

Graduate Business Career Services hosted their Corporate Partner Reception last month, and recognized their champions, each of whom are a part of helping the Opus College of Business in developing global business leaders.
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Tom Horner: A New Agenda for Business

We reached out to Tom Horner ’72, president of Horner Strategies for his insights on this year’s election. If Minnesota is to be successful, he writes, all future workers must be educated, healthy and able to focus on their jobs. Poverty takes a lot of energy and attention away from work.
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Costumes Q&A—They’re Not Just for Halloween

The National Retail Federation estimates $7.4 billion in Halloween retail sales, up from the $6.9 billion in 2013. Sales of everything from decorations to candy to costumes were up this year as the holiday fell on a Friday. Alicia Johnston, ’11 MBC, shares more about Halloween, the costume industry and first Official Costumes’ pop-up store in Woodbury.
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A Million Dollar Idea A $55 Idea

At the urging of one of his professors, Aaron Engler ’12 M.B.A., entered a restaurant ranking idea into the Fowler Business Concept Challenge. He won the graduate division competition in 2012.
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A Real Incarnate of a Horatio Alger Hero

With poverty comes fear, stress, and a shift of priorities. Poverty can shape who a person is and what a person can become. Recent graduate Vernon Rowland ’14 M.B.A. knows this firsthand, and is shaped by it. But he never allowed it to be an excuse.
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Fowler Business Challenge is for all Tommies

The Fowler Business Concept Challenge is an entrepreneurial competition, but "it’s not just for students who study entrepreneurship. Many of the competition’s best ideas come from students across campus, who see a better way of doing something in their field of study,” says David Deeds.
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Creative Solutions to Tackle Youth Unemployment

"I was amazed to see what the power of bringing together young entrepreneurs—those who are in the trenches—could do to come up with the most of course creative solutions to tackle youth unemployment," said Solome Tibebu ’12.
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Take Note: Lessons from the Target Breach

As Target begins to emerge from crisis mode, yesterday the company named its new CEO. A recent graduate of UST’s Master of Business Communication (MBC) program working at Target shares her key takeaways from the retailer’s recent data breach.
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Alumna Represents U.S. at G20 Young Entrepreneurs Summit

Solome Tibebu '12 has been selected to represent Minnesota among 700 global leaders and young entrepreneurs at the G20 Young Entrepreneur’s Alliance Summit in Sydney, Australia. Summit participants agreed to push for action in eight areas to create growth small and medium enterprises and reduce youth unemployment.
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A More Reflective Leader in the Making

Although Kamaj Bailey traveled halfway across the United States to join the Full-time UST MBA program in fall 2012, her geographic relocation has been the least transformative aspect of her MBA experience.