October 28, 2019

An Eye-Opening Trek to the West Coast

By: Parv Sud

Over fall break, I had the opportunity to travel with some of my classmates to the San Francisco Bay Area. The trip was part of the Innovation Trek, a newly founded program through the Weatherhead School of Management with the help from Weatherhead alumni Anand Swaminathan, Laura Swaminathan, and Joe Mandato. 

The trek was designed as a discovery visit to help students interested in Innovation and Entrepreneurship see first-hand the opportunities that exist, and to help strengthen the alumni-student relationship in the Bay Area. During the course of our trip, we visited the offices of several major businesses: from small scale ventures founded by CWRU alum such as Apartment List and KiwiCo up to large companies like Facebook, LinkedIn, and eBay!

As a senior chemical engineering major minoring in business management who is looking to work in the Bay Area post-graduation, this trek was a remarkable experience. Having the opportunity to interact with a variety of businesses gave me an insight into the work culture each one of them had. More importantly, however, meeting with alumni that run successful ventures in the area was a rewarding experience. Interacting with them in a smaller groups and have them answer our questions allowed for a unique perspective to help visualize future career opportunities.

Out of all of our experiences, KiwiCo and the Mayfield Fund stood out to me. Meeting Sandra Oh Lin, CEO of KiwiCo and CWRU alumni, was an insightful experience. Hearing about the experiences that lead her to where she got to today was incredibly inspirational. Tejas Maniar, from the Mayfield Fund and a Weatherhead MBA graduate, helped me get a better understanding of the venture capital side of Silicon Valley and introduced me to a new potential career path.

To end the trip, a few students on the trek and I were asked to be on a panel for an alumni event in the Bay Area. Being able to answer questions posed by alumni and help them get a better understanding of the amazing work being done at the university was gratifying. 

October 10, 2019

WATCH: Rob Relief, MBA '19, Discusses the Key Business Practices he Learned at Weatherhead

Recent graduate Rob Relief, MBA '19, discusses how Weatherhead gave him the opportunity to feed his competitive spirit by participating in several case competitions. He also defines the three key business practices he learned during his time as a student in the MBA program. Rob is now an Associate Digital Product Manager at Lowe's. 

September 25, 2019

One Month Down: Life of a Graduate Student

Classes are in full swing, assignments and events are filling your calendar, and your career search (should be!) moving along. School is officially back in session!
After a month of being back on campus, we reached out to a few students to see just how 
Weatherhead has already made an impression on each of them.

Manpreet “Preeti” Kaur, MSM-Finance Candidate 2020

What is the most interesting aspect about Cleveland?
I think the most interesting aspect of Cleveland are the plethora of things to do here, from sports matches to the theater district and all the nature aspects.

What did you like about orientation?
Some of the aspects that I enjoyed about orientation were meeting my fellow cohorts, being introduced to the staff, and the free lunches! It was great meeting people who are in the same boat as me, it helped me feel less alone, having moved about 400 miles away from home. The faculty and staff at Weatherhead are incredibly amazing and listening to their backgrounds was awe inspiring.

What clubs did you join and why?
 I joined all the clubs, because they all seemed so impressive and I wanted to learn as much as I possibly could from my peers. NETWORKING!

What are you most excited for in this coming year?
I’m most excited to the Speaker Series! This is something new for me, I have not been exposed to industry experts before and I’m always blown away by the talent that enters the walls of Weatherhead.

What has been most surprising to you since coming to Cleveland/joining the program? 
Not only are the faculty impressive here, but the students are incredible. The knowledge these students have and are willing to share with me is kindness that I did not always get in New York. Being in the Midwest is a different but good vibe. People are nice here. It’s refreshing.

Suman Bramhacharya, MSM-Business Analytics Candidate 2021

What is the most interesting aspect about Cleveland?
There is still a lot to explore for me. I would say the variety of industries. I see a lot of banking and financial industries around. Cleveland Clinic, one of the top hospitals in U.S is here. So, there are a lot of career opportunities for us.   

What did you like about Orientation?
During orientation, we were given information about academic integrity and policies, campus safety, health and services, career management resources, sexual misconduct etc. which I liked a lot. This information is vital to students so that they know how and where to get help when needed. During separate orientation, specific to my MSBA program, I got to meet people form Cleveland Cavaliers team and learn how analytics is being used to improve their business.   

What clubs did you join and why?
I joined multicultural club, marketing club, operations club, global associations of risk professionals club and design club. I wanted to get more engaged in club events and it is a nice way to build new connections, meet new people and develop professional skills. 

What are you most excited for in this coming year?
I'm most excited for meeting new people, making connections and building up my professional network.  

What has been most surprising to you since coming to Cleveland/joining the program? 
Diversity. I have never seen such a huge population of international students on campus before. 

Gina Moss, MAcc Candidate 2021

What is the most interesting aspect about Cleveland?
 Diversity. In the one month that I've been here, I've met so many people from so many different counties. Diversity is also seen in food options. I've been exposed to Asian and Indian food along with frog and octopus.

What did you like about Orientation?
The best part of orientation was getting to know my new classmates and other people in my program.

What clubs did you join and why?
So far I joined Beta Alpha Psi. I saw this as a great opportunity to network with the professionals and build relationships with fellow students. 

What are you most excited for in this coming year?
Graduation. Although I'll be sad to leave, I'm looking forward to my family and friends flying in to celebrate this milestone with me.

What has been most surprising to you since coming to Cleveland/joining the program? 
The amount of support and resources available. Joining the program I thought I'd be alone and left to navigate the university on my own. Everyone is extremely nice and willing to help. Also, there is literally an office for everything with tons of people eager to help. 

Learn more about the Career Management Office at Weatherhead School of Management.