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A Model for Disruptive Innovation in Action - The Opus College of Business recently hosted an event bringing together students, alumni and others in the community to share in a classroom experience. Led by John McVea, Ph.D., associate professor of entrepreneurship and program director for the Executive UST MBA program, the attendees worked their way through a case study on Trader Joe’s and heard from panelists on the relevance of disruptive innovation to the health care... http://ow.ly/2W9vIh

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Making a Flap With the Media - While attending a recent media training (run quite expertly by former television news reporter Bob McNanney, now with PadillaCRT), one of our faculty consented to participate in a mock interview. Having been involved in many similar sessions over the years with senior level people, I know it presents an unusual risk and some courage to do this kind of thing cold – especially in front of a group of peers. Watching and listening carefully, i... http://ow.ly/2W357H

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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 of the highest order. They have launched companies and rebuilt them; they lead our cities; they’ve shaped and saved lives. Three Tommie Alumni were among this year’s 40 Under 40: Jill Prevost ’10 M.B.A., Jill Renslow ’10 M.B.C. and John Stern ’08 M.B.A. In addition, UST Law Professor Nekima Levy-Pounds ... http://ow.ly/2VMXqP

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The Barriers and Burdens to Hiring Foreign Nationals - Educating highly principled global business leaders: the “global” component of our mission was a significant factor in bringing me to the Opus College of Business’ full-time MBA program. Having had opportunities to study overseas and work with people from around the world, I know that a global mindset and perspective is essential to being successful in business. I came to St. Thomas with a professional background in... http://ow.ly/2VBvdH

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One Big Idea: Meaning is the New Currency - Now more than ever organizations are committed to offering their employees something more than a place to put in the time and collect a paycheck. Anytime Fitness is no different, focusing on helping its employees and members alike live active, healthy lives both inside and outside the club. Co-founder and CEO of Anytime Fitness, Chuck Runyon, recently spoke to a group of graduate business students, alumni and community members... http://ow.ly/2VxegT

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Power Lunch: the Sales vs. Marketing Showdown - In almost every part of the globe, large and small companies often struggle with making the relationship between sales and marketing departments work. It is ironic, but true, that even though both sales and marketing are jointly responsible for securing new customers, growing a firm’s existing customer base, and improving the overall company revenue and profitability; they do not work well with each other. We often observe... http://ow.ly/2VqRrZ

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Taking the Plunge in Support of Special Olympics - On January 31, UST Executive MBA Cohort 65 took the Plunge – the Polar Bear Plunge in support of Special Olympics. Led by Mark Laliberte ’99, Eric Matuska and Erica Roland, Team UST joined thousands of fellow Minnesotans who braved the frigid waters of White Bear Lake to inspire support of Special Olympics athletes. The EMBA program’s initial foray into what they hope will become an annual tradition was a smashing succe... http://ow.ly/2VgdQq

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Get Hired: Set Yourself Up for Success with Recruiters - On Thursday, February 19, the Opus College of Business hosted Career Insights: What Recruiters Want to help those searching for their first job or their next challenge find out how to best present themselves to recruiters. Our panel, moderated by Joe Reardon ’78, ’93 M.I.M., a 20-year veteran of the finance and accounting industry, featured Melanie Martz,senior recruiter for Green Tree Financial, Raelyn Trende, di... http://ow.ly/2VayaD

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A Young Leader Emerges - Concepts of leadership, including the many theories and practices, are subjects of considerable discussion. 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 are key in devel... http://ow.ly/2V4h0M
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