December 9, 2019

Beyond Silicon Valley – Connecting Students in Cleveland to Entrepreneurs in Venezuela

Sydney Wagner, a junior accounting major at Weatherhead, is participating in the Beyond Silicon Valley course taught by Associate Professor Michael Goldberg. The course is part of Case Western Reserve University SAGES, which is an undergraduate seminar program.  This semester, the course partners students with entrepreneurs in Venezuela to learn about their ventures and how they are building their business in the struggling economy.  

Q: Describe the entrepreneur from Venezuela you were paired with. What does he/she do, what challenges does he/she face?
My entrepreneur was Daniela Court. She and her business partner, Valentina Gordon, started Bee∙nené, a clothing brand for ‘nenés’ that transforms babies into little mini adults with a European style. In the face of the crisis, they have experienced electric failures, water shortages, and spotty internet that has halted their business and the businesses that work for them. These changes have created an entrepreneurial environment susceptible to failure, but Daniela and Valentina have not slowed down on accomplishing their dreams. They are even starting to see some great trends in their business this year. Amazingly, Daniela and Valentina provided their own capital from past jobs to start Bee∙nené which is often one of the most challenging parts.

    Q: What is one thing you learned from this class so far that has surprised you or interested you the most?
I loved learning so much about a country that I knew nothing about before. Venezuela is a topic that you just keep learning about. And we learned so much more than just Venezuela’s entrepreneurial ecosystem. We got to learn how Venezuelans  survive and the struggles they face. Mostly, I think this class has taught me how interconnected we are as people. The speakers and Venezuelan entrepreneurs were so considerate to talk to us about their passions and the struggles they’ve faced. It was also amazing to have a group of Venezuelan Cohorts available so we could teach each other about our countries.
   Q: What new concepts have you learned in the class and through this project that might stick with you the most or carry with you?
I think I will focus on the tools and resources that entrepreneurs could use to build their business. I think most of the time, entrepreneurs do not always know the resources available but throughout this semester, we have gone through types of assistance for entrepreneurs. As a future entrepreneur, those resources will stay with me until I need them. We also got a chance to network with many different professionals and that experience will stick with me throughout my entire professional career.
   Q: Why has this class been such a unique experience for you?
It’s such an interactive class. The speakers were always a highlight for me. The speakers were diverse and all highly educated professionals that just motivated me to get to a point like that someday. The things that this class does is just so inspiring. It’s amazing that this class and Professor Goldberg can bring together a diverse and inviting community. I think we all feel a little bit of a connection to Venezuela after this class and will be rooting for a bright future for the country.

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.

September 11, 2019

#WhereIsWeatherhead Roundup

Welcome back to a new semester!

Weatherhead students were busy this summer. From South Africa to Charlotte to right here in Cleveland, our students completed internships in a variety of industries. To share their stories and showcase their accomplishments, we created the hashtag #WhereIsWeatherhead. Here’s a snapshot of their experiences.

Zach Hennessey traveled to Portugal, where he worked as a consultant for the REDAngels investment network. Zach, a senior with dual majors in International Business and International Studies, consulted with the firm’s various startups and helped discover and manage current and future investments for the portfolio. 

Allison Zmozynski spent her summer in the Bank of America Consumer MBA program, product and strategy track. The Consumer MBA program is a 10-week internship at Bank of America’s headquarters in Charlotte, North Carolina. Allison assisted with business strategy development, data analysis and process improvement. She will graduate from the full-time MBA program in May 2020. 

Karina Husodo, a student in the ORSC program, was an intern at Moen this summer, Karina worked in the supply chain department on the Center of Excellence Team, where she worked to improve the demand forecasting algorithm.  
Sean Chen, a student in the MSM-Finance program in the Big Data track, has been a Data Analyst Intern in the Cleveland Clinic Investment Office since January 2019. He works in the Operational and Risk department and is focused on developing sufficient analysis and data visualization to find data quality errors quickly.

Vaibhav Khurana interned with the Cleveland Clinic's Payment Innovation Team. As the Cleveland Clinic Weatherhead Healthcare Scholar, he is involved with researching and evaluating the hospital’s position on healthcare payment and policy reforms as well as assessing proposed value-based healthcare models such as CMS’ proposals for Oncology Care, Radiation Oncology, End Stage Renal Disease Models and other episodic payments. Vaibhav graduates in May 2020 with dual MBA-MSM Finance degrees focusing on healthcare and operations. 

Michael Volkening worked in South Africa for Zlto, a FinTech startup that uses blockchain technology, paired with its own currency, to combat the youth unemployment rate – currently at 55%. Michael is a junior studying business finance and will pursue a MSM-Finance degree at Weatherhead. 

June 19, 2019

Keep Weatherhead on Your Calendar This Summer

Summer break provides a great opportunity to unwind after spring semester ends. But it’s also one of the best times to network, improve your interview skills and search for job or internship opportunities. Here are some ideas to get you started.

  1. Join the Cleveland Professional 20/30 Club. Socialize with other members at events around town or take part in volunteer opportunities. You get to network with other young professionals and have fun doing it.
  2. Visit Handshake often for job and internship opportunities. Not familiar with this search tool used by thousands of employers? Learn more here.
  3. Take an alumnus out for coffee. Search Weatherhead’s alumni group on LinkedIn for graduates whose careers align with your interests. Have plenty of questions ready and be prepared to listen for some great advice.
  4. Practice your interview skills.  The Career Management Office is open for the summer (Monday – Thursday, 9 am – 5 pm & Friday, 9 am – 3 pm). Make an appointment for a mock interview with our staff, who can help you anticipate interview questions and come up with great responses.

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. 

February 19, 2019

International Alumni Panel

Every year, the Career Management Office hosts an  International Alumni Panel and Luncheon where international alumni share their past experiences and how they landed positions in the United States. 

This year, an alum traveled from New York City and Chicago. Several alum working in Cleveland came as well. We had a wonderful response with 15 alumni back on campus for the annual event in early February.  This event is an effective way to get first-hand knowledge on the career search as an international student.

We caught up with WSOM graduate students who shared their thoughts on the event.

What was the best advice you heard during the International Alumni Panel?

“The best advice received was to keep moving forward and not lose hope in this process. Keep yourself motivated. You have the skills.” Divyesha Kadlag, MSM-Operations Research/Supply Chain Candidate 2020

 “To keep the faith. At the very end, there will be something good waiting for each one of us.” Hugo Bonetti, MBA Candidate 2020

Actually I heard a lot of useful advice from this panel. For me, the one touched me most is to stick to one thing that you think is right. This piece of advice is given by Kun, the AVP of Credit Risk Methodology at Deutsche Bank in New York. She shared the story of her friends who insisted to find a position in NYC and tried everything she could to finally make it. This story gives me the confidence to strive in the future.” Lili Fu, MSM-Operations Research/Supply Chain Candidate 2020

Did you learn anything surprising or new?

“We should keep applying and networking because you never know which process will end up bringing the opportunity. Every person has a different story. There is no right or wrong way. The right way is the one that works.” Divyesha Kadlag, MSM-Operations Research/Supply Chain Candidate 2020

Every international student passes through this painful process, it is normal for us. Another big takeaway: the majority of available places for internationals are technical companies. It does not mean we need to change everything and try to follow this path for our entire lives, but it means we have better chances to at least get inside any company in technical positions.Hugo Bonetti, MBA Candidate 2020

Yes, I learned a lot. I learned how to reach out to a person on LinkedIn. I learned how to use Global to check the sponsoring history of a company.  I learned that I might need to apply to 100 or 200 positions before really getting one because everyone is experiencing this process, the job will not fall from the sky.” Lili Fu, MSM-Operations Research/Supply Chain Candidate 2020

Would you recommend this event to incoming international students?

“Definitely. I was about to give up on the job search, but this session kept me going.” Divyesha Kadlag, MSM-Operations Research/Supply Chain Candidate 2020

Definitely. An exceptional opportunity to hear the histories and advice from the ones who have already passed through what we are experiencing.” Hugo Bonetti, MBA Candidate 2020

I would definitely recommend this to others.  It is true that you always can learn from others who are older than you because everything you experience, they already have before. So don't be shy or hesitate to reach out to them for help!” Lili Fu, MSM-Operations Research/Supply Chain Candidate 2020

We highly recommend that students attend next year, and every future opportunity that involves alumni. Remember to frequently check CareerLink to see what Workshops and Information Sessions will be happening next!

January 25, 2019

Beat the Winter Blues with Student Experience!

The Student Experience (STEX) team is excited to have our students back on campus and hope that everyone’s semester is off to a great start! We know that with the colder temperatures settling in, it can certainly be tempting to hibernate; but with the great activities that STEX is planning for this semester, you’re not going to want to stay in and miss them!

Our biggest event of the semester is quickly approaching! Experience Weatherhead Casino Night on Saturday, February 16th at the Museum of Natural History for an evening of casino games, dancing, and exploring the museum’s exhibits with your fellow students, area alumni, faculty, and staff! Tickets are on sale now via Campus Groups ($25 for the first 150 tickets sold; $35 for all other tickets)!

There are a number of other events in the planning stages for this semester including a friendly basketball game against the Law School and a Cleveland Indians game! 

Still looking for ways to get involved? The Graduate Student Business Association (GBSA) will be holding elections for the 2019-2020 academic year in February! If you have interest in running for office, contact current President Chris Blanchard or the STEX team for more information.

To stay up to date with STEX events, join the Weatherhead Student Experience page on Campus Groups and follow us on Instagram @stexwsom.

January 18, 2019

CMO Spring 2019 Checklist

The Career Management Office welcomes you back to campus! We hope you enjoyed your break. Now it is time to start focusing on your summer internship or full-time job prospects. The first objective is to start expanding your network and actively apply to positions.  We have outlined a checklist to be sure you are on track to reach your career goals. We look forward to connecting with you this semester! 

1.       Update resume with new class projects or internship information
2.       Schedule a CMO meeting to practice your storyline, pitch and individual career strategy
3.       Review your LinkedIn profile and make updates
4.       Outreach to two networking contacts a week; schedule two informational interviews
5.       Check CareerLink and Handshake weekly for job postings and employer events

1.      Outreach to three networking contacts a week; schedule three informational interviews
2.      Schedule a CMO meeting for mock interviews; practice your pitch with five people
3.      Identify your top employers and conduct informational interviews; seek and apply for positions
4.      Check CareerLink and Handshake weekly for job postings and employer events

1.      Outreach to four networking contacts a week; schedule four informational interviews; follow up with connections
2.       Schedule a meeting with CMO to review email communication, mock interviews and career strategy
3.       Meet with two professors about your career goals and ask for advice
4.       Identify and attend two networking events
5.       Check CareerLink and Handshake weekly for job postings and employer events

1.     Outreach to five networking contacts a week; schedule informational interviews; follow up with connections
2.     Schedule a meeting with CMO to review email communication, mock interviews and career strategy
3.     Check CareerLink and Handshake weekly for job postings and employer events


Express Advising Spring 2019: 
Tuesdays from 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. and Wednesdays from 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

CMO Open House – enjoy hot cocoa and refreshments while we catch up on your career search!
Wednesday, January 23, 2019, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. in PBL 160

Friday, February 1, 2019, 10 a.m. to noon in PBL 203 - Register on CareerLink

Saturday, February 2, 2019, 9 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. in PBL 201 - Register on CareerLink

Monday, February 11, 2019, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. – Register on Handshake

Tuesday, February 12, 2019, 2 p.m.-4 p.m. – Register on CareerLink

Saturday, February 16, 2019, 8 p.m. – 12:00 a.m. – Register on Campus Groups

Friday, March 29, 2019, 10 a.m. – noon in PBL 203 register on CareerLink