May 3, 2019

How to Wear Your Cap and Gown

Calling all graduates! 

Congratulations! Now that you have mastered the quantitative skills required to manage finances and developed the emotional intelligence to lead people and organizations, there is one more difficult, yet important task for you to learn: How to put on a graduation cap and gown! Don't worry, Weatherhead is here to help!

Before you step inside your graduation regalia on commencement day, take two minutes to watch our video on how to wear a cap and gown.

April 19, 2019

Portugal Spring Break 2019

Each year, a different country around the globe is chosen to explore during spring break and learn about entrepreneurs and leaders of businesses across the globe. This year, students had the opportunity to study in Portugal including Lisbon and Porto for the International Institute MBA course. 

Hear what students have to say about their experience.

Jonathan Lerner, MBA ‘19
Going to Portugal was a pretty amazing experience.  Throughout our time in Lisbon and Porto, it was fascinating to learn about the entrepreneurial ecosystems being developed and how larger corporations and schools are aiding in their development.  My favorite aspect of the trip was touring the future site of the Lisbon Creative Hub, one of the largest entrepreneurial hubs in the world.  I loved learning about how these hubs do not only impact business in the city, but also the culture and day to day lives of the people.  Overall, the people of Portugal were very nice and accepting, and I am very excited to go back soon!”

Shanelle Smith, MBA ‘19
Portugal was an amazing experience, and in particular, I loved meeting with a local start-up at their office on Oeiras Beach in Lisbon.  One of the best parts of our trip was immersing ourselves in Portuguese business culture and history. We got a chance to visit Palacio Nacional Da Pena in Sintra which told the rich history of the Portuguese royal family, and we visited Amorim Cork, a cork manufacturer. At Amorim, we learned how they are leveraging the sustainability of their product to grow their business beyond cork stoppers but into other industries. For example, Amorim is using cork to create shock pads for artificial turf with the hopes of lessening athletic injuries. I also did a little shopping in Porto, Portugal and bought jeweled headpieces for my wedding in October. I can't wait to have a little of Portugal with me on that day.”

Bailey Capelle, MBA ‘20
"During Spring Break 2019, we, as Case Western Reserve University MBA students, visited three cities in Portugal: Lisbon, Sintra, and Porto. Within those cities, we had to opportunity to observe a US/Portuguese acquisition in-progress as well as to learn about local start-ups and other entrepreneurial endeavors taking place throughout the country. The companies we interacted with and the people we met were simply amazing. None, however, we quite as amazing as Cozinha Popular da Mouraria.

The company our group was to focus on is Cozinha Popular da Mouraria, and we were fortunate enough to see the organization in action: we had the privilege of experiencing lunch as their customers. The experience was humbling, and I wish we could have spent more time hearing about the company’s missions and programs. The founder is truly an amazing woman.

The overall mission of the non-profit is to empower refugees and former prisoners through gastronomy, and the organization stays true to its mission by hiring the unemployed within its own neighborhood. Every chef that works in the kitchen has roots in the area, making the organization feel more like a family than place of employment. When the founder was discussing her desires to grow the organization she followed her goals with the idea that, although they want to grow to be able to help more people, they “cannot lose their soul” in the process. Therefore, they have implemented a slow growth model in hopes of maintaining a people-centered organization.  

The food reflects the multicultural traditions of the neighborhood, which does more than simply fill people’s stomachs. The connecting of cultures on the table creates an equalizing space. In this space everyone eats together, regardless of experiences and backgrounds. As foreigners, we felt this love first hand; we were immediately accepted, and were served amazing food (Feijoada, Bacalhau à Bras, Cálso Verde, and more!). 

The beauty of this non-profit does not stop with the restaurant. The organization also spearheads urban gardening projects within the neighborhood. Currently, there is a group of employees that monitor the fruit trees within the city as well as within citizens’ backyards to ensure that no ripe fruit is wasted. The founder alluded to more projects to come. I hope to soon learn more as we continue to support and follow their growth." 

Learn more about the MBA program at Weatherhead.

March 20, 2019

Spring Break 2019: Finance Trek in Chicago

Fifteen students in the MSM-Finance program enjoyed an eventful Finance City Trek in Chicago on Thursday, March 14th and Friday, March 15th. City treks give students an internal glimpse of American business operations and the opportunity to network with peers and potential employers for future jobs and internship opportunities.

The group started the trek at Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) with a tour of the trading floor and seeing the action in the trading pits.  They also learned about cyber security directly from a member of the team, who is an alum of Weatherhead, and who protects one quadrillion dollars of trades. Trading Technologies was next on the agenda. Students were given a tour of the office and learned about the leading software tech company conducting the electronic trading. They ended the day in style with alum Jim Treleaven who hosted students at the Union League Club of Chicago.  

Friday included a trip to Morningstar where students learned about their investment research, career opportunities and held a Q & A session with four employees currently in the Morningstar Development Program.  The students ended the trip at TechNexus, a company that ‘aligns startups and enterprises to drive commercial activity that solves real world problems’ – similar to  think[box] at CWRU.  What a great way to spring into their Spring Break!

Hear from students who attended the trek:

A group of us MSM-Finance students had an opportunity to go to Chicago during Spring Break as part of a city trek experience. The group varied based on concentration, length of program, and plans after graduation, but I think we were all generally brought together by a curiosity to know more about what the world of finance has to offer and a willingness to travel over spring break to learn more firsthand. 
Between visiting a variety of locations ranging from the CME (Chicago Mercantile Exchange) to Morningstar, my favorite part of the experience was seeing the different career opportunities available to us as finance students. I think often times we associate finance managing books or working in a bank, but every aspect of our daily lives is touched by financial systems to some extent, so the possible avenues one can take within finance are equally overwhelming- and that's an exciting thought. After the corporate tours and the interactions with former alumni from wide academic backgrounds whom have had successful careers in the Chicago area, more than anything, I gained the insight that adaptability and willingness to seize opportunities are more important than any technical skills, because you never know when a chance encounter today might turn into a new career tomorrow. 
~ Laert Fejzullari, MSM-Finance ‘19

This Chicago trek broadened my horizons. I saw the open outcry on the CME trading floor, enjoyed the networking dinner at the Union League Club of Chicago, was impressed by the company culture of Morningstar, and listened to the founder of Tech Nexus talk about the company story. We even celebrated Pi Day with employees at Trading Technologies. I got a lot of inspiration from employees of these companies and feel better about company targeting in my job hunting.
~ Lan Lin, MSM-Finance ‘20

Learn more about the Finance Program at Weatherhead.