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Every fall, students in professor David Steele's Introduction to Business course head to New York City for an immersion learning experience designed to provide history, background and exposure to the financial community.

Professor Barb Flynn began her professional career as an elementary school teacher after graduating with her undergraduate degree in psychology.

As a hospitalist, Mahdi Ajjan, MD, MBA’17, is accustomed to solving problems. His specialty itself sprang from the need to alleviate primary care physician burnout in the early 1990s, when these physicians were shuttling back and forth between practice offices and hospitals to treat admitted patients.

“Embrace change,” Nolan Taylor, clinical assistant professor of information systems explains. “Some things you learn today won’t be the same in five years -- even a year from now... We are constantly learning and adapting.”

This is the first in a series of blogs featuring the Venture Club, written by Evening MBA student Kelci Dye.

Since the first event with just 1,000 attendees, the IUPUI Regatta has grown into an event that attracts over 10,000 people and awards $10,000 in student scholarships every year.

“If you are going to fall in the water, get back in that boat, be resilient, and finish the race. There will be another race... They may not be first; they may not be second, but they know how to come back. Those comebacks are set-ups for success.”

Driving home the weekend after Hurricane Harvey made landfall, Aaron Williams, BS’08, felt compelled to help. He’d seen the images from Houston, heard the stories, and says he immediately wondered what he could do.

Open yourself up to new opportunities. Seek out challenging courses. Try something new. These are just a few of the messages Christine Mears, chief operating officer of Nasal Glucagon at Eli Lilly & Company, hopes to share with Kelley School of Business students at IUPUI.

“Don’t take the easy way out; take the relevant way out. Find the professors and classes that will take you somewhere. That’s what you’re here for. That will develop your skills, as well as your character.”

As the assistant director of Graduate Accounting Programs, Sara Wrightsman serves as the main advisor, recorder and event planner for GAP students. What you may not know about her is just how much she loves her Cincinnati Reds.

As the undergraduate admissions specialist who reviews all the applications, grade changes, petitions, transfer credit evaluations and other records for the program, Laura Watson can be considered the “gatekeeper” at Kelley.

As an academic advisor, LouAnna Eichrodt helps students—specifically international students—navigate the waters at Kelley. Next year, she’ll be experiencing Kelley from a whole new angle: as a Kelley parent.

As Recorder for Kelley Indy, Deb Moore is like the gatekeeper to graduation: students don’t graduate without her approving their transcripts. And she’s seen plenty of transcripts in her 29 years at Kelley (including 12 years at the front desk), making her the longest-serving current staff member at the school.

The Kelley School of Business alumni network is one of the largest business school networks in the world – connecting business professionals around the globe.

Kelley alum Jesse Coraggio, BS’16, is using his marketing degree as an aspiring musician.

Get to know one of Kelley’s newest team members, Le’Joy White, and how her experiences in community and early education shape how she advises Kelley students.

An academic advisor at Kelley Indianapolis, Loren oversees Kelley orientation, handles students’ internship-for-credit process and manages the technology tools for the advising team. She’s been an advisor for University College and Kelley, but initially, she’d planned to help youngsters in another field: social work.

Each year, a student at the Kelley School of Business on IUPUI's campus is chosen to receive the most prestigious award bestowed on an undergraduate, the J. Dwight Peterson Key.

This is the latest in a series of spotlights on our Kelley staff at IUPUI. Watch for a new spotlight each week.

The Leadership Lunch was designed to engage Indianapolis leaders by discussing the advancement of leadership in organizations and throughout the community.

Meet Eric Raider, Associate Director of Student Engagement for the Undergraduate Program at the Kelley School of Business on IUPUI's campus.

Pursuing the extraordinary. That was Dr. Mae Jemison’s subject for the April installment of the Kelley Business of Medicine Physician MBA Program Lecture Series.

ESLO, a new shoe venture started by IUPUI alumni, wants to harnesses 50+ years of authentic shoe crafting experience to provide children with leather made Chukkas, Oxfords, and Wingtips that support and nurture their growing feet while simultaneously being modern, sleek and stylish.

Students share their thoughts on this year's record-breaking Jagathon event.

Emily Brooks, BS'18, shares a bit about what has made her experience at Kelley Indianapolis special.

Clara Starkey, BS'18, shares a bit about what has made her experience at Kelley Indianapolis special.

Judy Wright realized early on: If she wanted to get ahead and move up within her company, she needed to be the best candidate. The candidate who was standing there, waiting and ready. The candidate they couldn’t look away from.

I am incredibly excited for the opportunity the Kelley School of Business has provided us to be about to work with small business owners from (literally) across the globe.

Anna Bruick, BS'17, explains what has made her experience at Kelley Indianapolis special.

Marjorie Lyles has spent her storied global career blazing trails and breaking barriers for women in business.

It’s that time of year when the crowded halls dissipate as students leave campus for spring break.

Amrou Awaysheh, assistant professor of operations management, focuses on sustainable operations in his research, considering the link between sustainability activities and firm performance.

You know them from class and pass them in the halls. They’re renowned faculty, experts in their fields of supply chain, finance, entrepreneurship, marketing, management and accounting, who conduct research on important topics and establish business trends.

The Kelley School of Business Indianapolis has created accountants, marketers, managers, entrepreneurs and c-suite executives to name a few.

As a marketing professor, Mark Mayer brings his professional experience as a brand manager into the classroom at the Kelley School of Business Indianapolis.

If you’re at work or school today, or if you’re one of the lucky ones to be able to take the Monday after the Super Bowl off (“Smunday,” as Kraft Heinz would like to call it), we thought we’d share some Super Bowl commercial thoughts from a few of our IU Kelley School of Business Indianapolis professors.

Spring semester is well underway here at the Kelley School in Indianapolis. We decided to catch up with a few of our newer Kelley faculty members, to see how their first semester went.

Our body language, including things like where our feet point or how our arms are positioned, say more about our interest in the person we are talking to than our words do.

Corporate sustainability is a long term strategy to protect the natural environment while accounting for every dimension of business operations including social, cultural and economic factors.

"This is probably one of the most anticipated increases with futures traders putting close to a 100% probability that the Federal Reserve would raise rates."

Networking is a term that’s consistently preached to students at Kelley Indianapolis. After all, Kelley Indianapolis is located in the twelfth largest city in the country, and surrounded by a number of Fortune 500 companies.

"No matter what your skill-set is, or what you like to do, there’s a job for you in supply chain.”

The Kelley School of Business at IUPUI is located in the center of Indianapolis—the twelfth largest city in the country and a major transportation hub. This setting creates many significant opportunities for students studying supply chain management.

On this Veterans Day -- and every day -- we honor and thank those who have served in the United States military, especially our Kelleys.

It’s one thing to learn a lesson from a classroom case study that you can apply in your daily job; it’s another thing to consult with a multinational company to solve an actual challenge within its operations.

During the October 6 meeting of the Venture Club, several of the restaurateurs responsible for my favorite local eateries served on a panel for a series of food and beverage start-ups pitching their products and services.

Throughout the year, in addition to their teaching responsibilities, professors conduct research, submit papers to top-tier journals, edit papers written by their peers, and present at academic and professional conferences and workshops across the country and, often, around the world.

Throughout the year, in addition to their teaching responsibilities, professors conduct research, submit papers to top-tier journals, edit papers written by their peers, and present at academic and professional conferences and workshops across the country and, often, around the world.

Shortly before I began my Evening MBA Program at the IU Kelley School of Business Indianapolis, I found myself unexpectedly seeking employment.

An assistant professor of accounting, Tiras teaches accounting and financial statement analysis to Evening MBA and MS Accounting students at Kelley Indianapolis.

It’s said: Mathematics is a universal language, used to transcend boundaries. The same may be true for accounting, the language of business.

How do you get where you’re going? It’s a question we strive to answer every day. Sometimes, it’s a straight line from A to B. But, oftentimes, the line zigs and zags all the way to Z.

Pursuing your passions can lead to great results -- especially if you figure out a way to combine two of them.

I may have been born and raised in Indiana, but I’m a big city girl at heart. This summer I got to pursue my dream in the Big Apple.

Do you want to travel the world? Meet new people? Then sign up to study abroad at Kelley Indianapolis.

“I had a mentor who told me once, ‘time passes by either way, and it’s what you do with your time that can become rewarding.’ I decided in the summer of 2009 that it was the right time.”

If an estimated employment growth of 11 percent and generous salaries aren’t enough to get accountants excited, a recent study may do the trick.

It started with boxes and boxes of ultrasound probes. Boxes full of potential, just waiting in David Trogden’s garage. That equipment was just the beginning.

Opportunities to volunteer. A family atmosphere, with connections around the world. These are just a couple of the reasons Clara Starkey has stayed involved with Kiwanis International since her freshman year of high school.

The next Steve Jobs might be a business student. Or an art major. Or a nursing graduate. Breaking through stereotypical barriers of background, age or discipline is an important way to invite new ideas.

On Sunday, May 29, 2016, the world will hear the most famous words in racing, “Start your Engines” for the 100th time as part of one of the most historic sporting events many of us will see in our lifetime.

The most exciting month of the year is right around the corner for Indianapolis, the Racing Capital of the World. Along with the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 in May is the accompanying 57-year-old tradition of the 500 Festival Princess Program - an ambassador, scholarship and professional development program for college-aged women.

I had been considering getting involved with a charity for a while. And, honestly, I made a lot of excuses not to get involved – too busy, not the right cause, not enough time, too complicated, nothing excited me, etc. Mostly what was missing was passion for a cause or organization. That was, until I met Chrissy Vasquez, IU Kelley School of Business Indianapolis alum and Executive Director for Back on My Feet Indianapolis.

When you last heard about my experience attending Venture Club Luncheons as a Kelley MBA Student, I was excited about all the intriguing ventures and people I get to meet at these events. After my event, I can confirm that they keep getting more and more intriguing and inspiring!

Jack of all trades, master of none. When it comes to presenting a new business idea in front of a room of potential money guys, talented executives, and savvy professionals, you don't want to be a Renaissance Man.

What is it like to be a leap year baby? Kelley student, Brady Baue tells us that while he may only be 6 years old in leap years, he makes the most out of every birthday.

Super Bowl 50 is now in the books, and the fans in Indianapolis (and Denver) are smiling. Every conversation at work, on social media, on TV, and on radio is analyzing the game (Von Miller deserved MVP; Peyton is sheer class. The old saying “offense sells tickets but defense wins championships” is true) and the commercials.

How can Kelley Indianapolis students make an impact in Swaziland, the African nation hit hardest by the AIDS pandemic with a young population eager for enterprise?

According to research, there are approximately 2.2 million homeschooled/home-educated students in the U.S., with a growth of an estimated 2-8% per annum just over the past few years. Elizabeth Ziegler is one of those students. After graduating high school from her homeschool in Center Grove, IN, she chose to pursue her academic interests at Kelley Indianapolis.

A special thank you to Developertown's Michael Cloran and Mike Kelly for steering the discussion and exercises on the oft-maligned process of testing your new business ideas.

At first, it may not be clear what kind of business learning opportunities might be available in Swaziland, Africa for Kelley School of Business students.

We are rapidly approaching the eighth annual Kelley Career Fair, which is sponsored by the Kelley Indianapolis Student Government and the Kelley Indianapolis Career Services Office.

The IU Kelley School of Business gives students at its Indianapolis campus a variety of opportunities to test their lessons in real-world projects and industry partnerships – using Indiana’s largest regional economy (and beyond) as the School’s largest classroom.

15 Essential Life Hacks Every Kelley Student Should Know

The American Medical Association (AMA) recently called for a total ban on direct-to-consumer (DTC) pharmaceutical advertising, saying the industry’s well-funded campaigns sway patients towards newer and more expensive drugs and away from older but affordable and effective treatments like generics.

In the near future, emerging delivery systems and payment models, such as pay-for-performance, bundled payments, and capitated payments, will stress current volume-based fee-for-service systems.

Hard to believe we're already in the 2nd week of December. That can only mean one thing - the holiday madness is in full swing. And all that celebrating is going to ratchet up the stress level even more! (Um, hooray?)

Earlier this year, I spent a week learning about US Health Policy at The Washington Campus, which provided an inside view of Washington DC, through lectures from members of congress, health policy advisors, officials from the department of Health and Human Services, attorneys from Federal Trade Commission, and numerous experts from think tanks.

Our senior strategy course (J401), with Professor Steele uses the Case Method to analyze and understand the business, financial, regulatory, market conditions and external challenges that companies must consider while executing their plans and generating profit.

The US healthcare system serves a rapidly expanding elderly population undergoing increasingly complex medical care shifted to an outpatient clinic environment. The resulting prolonged waiting time limits quality, patient and employee satisfaction, and represents waste.

Each fall, the students in my section of Introduction to Business "Honors" have the opportunity to participate in a learning experience designed to provide history, background and exposure to the financial community in New York. This trip is always in addition to the normal curriculum during the regular 15 week semester.

The sale-induced mania of Black Friday is getting pushback from a growing number of retailers, led by national sporting goods chain REI, which will close altogether the day after Thanksgiving to give its employees and would-be customers the chance to burn some turkey calories and enjoy the outdoors.

Alyssa Fox has been preparing for the dual roles of college athlete and business student for most of her life.

Alexus Laird was a regular at the IUPUI Natatorium: double practices twice a week, regular practices on other days and weekend competitions. But it’s not the only place she competed in backstroke and freestyle.

At Kelley, we talk a lot about “momentum:” Our graduates earn career momentum by using their unique knowledge and strategic insight to make a difference. But in an uncertain economy, momentum can be fickle – and Kelley experts are seeing signs of slower growth ahead.

Kelley Indianapolis Career Services, in partnership with 13 other Indiana universities and colleges, will host the second Indiana Means Business career fair this week. The event is open to all Kelley students and alumni seeking internship and full-time opportunities.

In addition to offering programs to attract and retain workers of all ages, it’s important for HR departments to facilitate smooth interactions among the generations. Encouraging employees to ditch blanket generalizations is a good first step. HR can also take several other specific actions.

Want to see intriguing and innovative products? Desire to meet and network with entrepreneurs and investors in the professional community? The Venture Club of Indiana, led by Kelley Professor Todd Saxton, is an excellent platform for satisfying your needs. I have had the privilege to attend its latest meetings thanks to Kelley and have gained a lot of knowledge and insight as a result.

Katz, Sapper & Miller released its annual Indiana Manufacturing Survey this week in collaboration with the Indiana University Kelley School of Business. This year’s survey, again authored and analyzed by Steve Jones and Mark Frohlich of the Kelley School’s Indianapolis campus, reveals growing discontent among the industrial employers who supply hundreds of thousands of Hoosier jobs.

Whether you are negotiating for a salary, the terms of a new job, or who is taking out the trash at home, negotiating is as much art as skill, and it can be learned.

Joining the IUPUI Regatta Steering Committee truly changed my world! I can feel the impact the event made on the IUPUI campus and surrounding community having seen the day-of come together regardless of weather delays and all other obstacles.

he seventh annual IUPUI Regatta is this Saturday, September 19. If you’ve missed the buzz on campus, let me give you the top five reasons to clear your schedule, or at least stop by the race for a little while.

Calling all Kelley's! The time has come....for the 24 hour challenge! On Friday, September 18 at 9:00 a.m., the campaign will kick off to raise $2,000 in 24 hours. To do this, we need YOUR help!

Julie Barker, director, Field Human Resources and Recruiting, Appirio, and a 2005 graduate of the Kelley School of Business Indianapolis, was recently honored as Human Resources Professional of the Year, receiving the Award for Professional Excellence from the Indiana State Council of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).

We think being an urban campus is a huge advantage to our students here at Kelley Indianapolis, but why take our word for it when you can hear it from one of our students. Here are ten reasons Sophomore Sierra Lee is happy she made the decision to join us.

First, let me tell you that Spain is absolutely breathtaking. Before going, I was a little nervous because the language is obviously different. In Madrid they speak Spanish; where in Barcelona they speak Catalan, neither of which I spoke.

Governor Mike Pence joined executives from Tilson, a Professional Employer Organization (PEO) that provides human resources and benefits solutions, to announce the company’s plans to expand its operations here, creating up to 245 new jobs by 2020.

Two weeks ago, a list of “The Top Five Reasons to Love Kelley” was posted on our Instagram page. Now this may just seem like a marketing tool to get others to love Kelley as well, but I am here to give a firsthand account of why these reasons are absolutely true! As a matter of fact, it is going to be difficult to contain my love for Kelley to one small blog post.

The Indiana Chamber of Commerce recently released an update to its Vision 2025 report — a "report card: for the state's economic progress that measures an array of data, from electricity prices to educational achievement. This "Vision" is generally an optimistic one, but there is one sobering area.

You are in a staff meeting. When your group's leader asks for input regarding a bold, new initiative, the silence is deafening. You look around the room. You see affirming nods and smiling faces, as far as the eye can see. But you also see something else.

For those who do not know me, I aspire to work in art administration and hopefully as an art curator one day. I have found effective communication and successful coordination are key skills for this career path, as in most professional settings.

In the first semester of my freshman year, I heard about amazing opportunities the Kelley School of Business offers, including study abroad programs that will enhance the knowledge and skills we have learned at IUPUI.

Kelley School of Business Dean Idie Kesner recently sat down with the Financial Times' business education editor Della Bradshaw to talk about how the school has customized online learning. Kesner attributed the growth in online learning not solely on the advances in technology, but the desire from students to have an experience that meets their personal needs and desires.

When I was a child, I used to write story after story for my parents (and anyone else who would read them). Somewhere along the road to adulthood, my passion for writing was lost. Or should I say, it was merely dormant as I’ve found my passion again while writing my blog and have maintained it for nearly five years now.

Our first week in China was certainly a whirlwind experience. Thankfully everyone arrived in Beijing safely but not without a few delays with some flights. Our schedule was quite busy over the first few days, but it has been a very rewarding experience.

Commencement season is over for Indiana's colleges and universities — caps and gowns have been returned, graduation speeches shared or satirized. On campus, the frenetic pace of spring semester has slowed to the meander of summer classes.

Hello, I am currently a student enrolled in the Kelley School of Business Evening MBA program in Indianapolis. I began my Kelley career in August 2013 and am planning on graduating this upcoming December. Throughout this time, I have gained a significant appreciation for the number of decisions that must be made in the business world.

While I was on the road conducting project management training for several different companies this spring, I heard the same question at all of the sites I visited: “How can I fit it all in? That is, how can I manage multiple projects while also juggling my day-to-day job?”

All of us need to understand the importance of branding. We are CEOs of our own companies: Me, Inc. To be in business today, our most important job is to be head marketer for the brand called You.

In April, I attended the 10th annual Angel Capital Association meetings in San Diego. The conference draws mostly angel and early-stage investors, along with entrepreneurs, economic developers, professional service providers, consultants and even a few academics. Its growing attendance mirrors the growing importance of angel investing to nurturing innovation.

An earlier BizBlog post chronicled the story of Joseph Cook, Kelley School of Business Class of 2015 from the Indianapolis campus. Cook chose Supply Chain Management as his major and quickly discovered the field’s broad implications for business — opening the door to a wealth of career opportunities, close to home and across the globe.

More than a dozen Kelley School of Business faculty members were recognized for their contributions in the classroom at this year’s commencement ceremonies on Mother’s Day. Associate Professor of Finance Catherine Bonser-Neal was awarded an Evening MBA Teaching Excellence award for the ninth time, while associate faculty member John Snell, who teaches a pair of undergraduate real estate classes, was honored with the Schuyler F. Otteson award for the eighth time.

Although you may be sad to leave the Kelley School of Business, rest assured that post-college life is awesome. You will love the freedom that comes from making your own money and having more control over your own fate.

I’d intended to post weekly while studying in Strasbourg, France last summer … time, coursework, weekend travel, new friends, and the World Cup took up more time than I’d anticipated – and looking back, I see that I only shared my first week’s experience.

Kelley Evening MBA students Shawn Dellinger and Ryan Kowalewski spent the final weekend of April running a $100 million business in direct competition with other top students from around the world. The Kelley team was one of six to make the finals of the 2015 Spring Capstone® Business Simulation Challenge, finishing third overall.

Chances are when you click “Buy” on that economy size bag of socks from, you don’t care much where the socks are made, which warehouse they ship from, or the route they took to your doorstep. But questions like these are turning into a promising career for future Amazon employee and soon-to-be Kelley Indianapolis graduate Joseph Cook.

The Kelley School of Business Indianapolis held its 32nd annual Scholarships and Awards Breakfast on Friday, April 24, at the IUPUI Campus Center. This year, 47 students earned scholarships on behalf of 36 scholarship funds, with a total value of more than $91,000.

Having now lived on the sixth floor of University Tower at IUPUI for a full academic year, I could not be more pleased with my decision to live in the Kelley House for my freshman year of college. Although it may sound cheesy, living in the Kelley House for my first year at IUPUI was one of the best decisions I've ever made.

On Thursday, April 23, Indianapolis recognizes World Trade Day — an annual opportunity to highlight the impact of global markets on the regional economy, and encourage more local companies to pursue customers and partnerships in international markets.

Very few people succeed in business without at least a small dose of confidence. And if you aspire to the C-suite, it's critical that you believe in yourself — because it’s almost impossible to make it to the top level in any multimillion dollar company if you don't.

London. The land of kings and queens, castles and cottages, fish and chips, and the home of the Kelley Business students from March 13-21. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves, and I know that I can speak for everyone.

Can you believe April is almost over already? Where did the year go?! The spring semester here at Kelley is coming to a close and what better way to end the year than with Commencement Celebration Week. We have lots of fun activities planned throughout the week of April 20-24, which concludes with our annual Scholarship and Awards Breakfast.

Though the personal journeys of Kelley graduates John Reed and Matthew Pope have been very different during the past four years, their civic-minded approach to life ultimately led them to the same destination earlier this week.

In life, there is sometimes a game-changing moment. That one point beyond which everything is forever different. For Kelley School of Business alumnus Marcus May (BS’03), that moment came during his senior year, when the IUPUI men’s basketball team won the Mid-Continent Conference tournament, earning the school its first trip to the NCAA Tournament.

Following the successful launch of its newly-developed “INvesting in INdiana” professional development series in early February, the Kelley MBA Alumni Council has scheduled its second presentation for Saturday, April 18.

It has been a whirlwind of a week. I have been trying to soak in as much as I can while drinking off the fire hose. We arrived in São Paulo on Saturday, spent some time touring the city, and got some rest for the week ahead. While a memorable week for me, this has been a historic week for Brazil.

The day has finally come where I am able to study abroad for a second time in my college years. I traveled to London and Paris last year, and on Saturday I will be boarding a plane heading to Spain where I'll explore Madrid and Barcelona.

James M. Motter is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Law & Taxation at the Kelley School of Business in Indianapolis. Originally from Fort Wayne (Indiana), Professor Motter obtained his B.S. in Accounting and MBA degrees at the Indiana University Kelley School of Business. During his time as an accounting student at the Kelley School, Professor Motter had an internal audit internship at John Deere France and an audit internship at KPMG.

Tomorrow I leave for Brazil. I will be joining six classmates from the Kelley School of Business Evening MBA program and our professor. Starting Monday at Cummins in São Paulo, we will be meeting with executives, traveling to different locations, and visiting two businesses a day.

For the past several years, one of the hallmarks of the Kelley Evening MBA program has been the opportunity that students have to hear business executives and successful alumni speak about their industries and careers. As part of the Enterprise Lecture Series, students are regularly exposed to leaders from all walks of the global economy.

Eleven Kelley School of Business juniors and seniors have been recognized by the IUPUI Office of Alumni Relations in the 16th annual release of the Top 100 students. Kelley’s 11 student representatives are third most on campus behind the School of Science and the School of Engineering and Technology.

On the first Friday of every month, there is a phenomenon occurring in Indiana: First Friday. The event consists of several art galleries and studios throughout the state welcoming anyone in the community to experience creations of local artists.

Dance marathon is a nationwide movement of colleges and high schools that raise funds for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. In 1991, the first dance marathon started at Indiana University in memory of Ryan White.

The Kelley Indianapolis Career Services (KICS) office will cap a busy February on Wednesday when it holds its final workshop of the month. The Kelley Internship Workshop will take place from noon to 1 p.m. in the BS2010 multipurpose room.

Last weekend, a group of Kelley EMBAs got up early to meet at Freewheelin' Community Bikes at 34th & Central Ave. in Indy to help the interim Executive Director with needs that many non-profits face: a lack of resources to help organize, research, and coordinate efforts surrounding donor management and volunteer tracking.

Indiana University Chancellor’s Professor Dr. Richard Gunderman explored leadership lessons from Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein as part of the Kelley School’s Business of Medicine MBA Friday Lecture Series in January.

Last December I found myself on an unexpected adventure to Doha, Qatar. If anyone were to tell me six months prior that I would be swimming in the 2014 Short Course World Championships, I would have never believed them.

I just returned from another trip to the Dominican Republic where I'm working on a new project. This time, along with a friend in the MBA program, I'm developing an international branding, marketing, and distribution plan for a female-owned chocolate co-op called Chojoba located in Joba Arriva, DR. It's my capstone project for my MBA, and I'm thrilled to end on such a high note.

As the IUPUI men’s basketball team prepares for an upcoming game at its new home — Indiana Farmers Coliseum at the Indiana State Fairgrounds — Bud Melton (BS’73) steps out onto the newly painted court. He is reminiscing about the program’s initial milestone.

As a member of the Kappa Sigma chapter, I can vouch that Delta Sigma Pi is an absolutely awesome professional organization to belong to.

We all define success differently, so of course this quote should mean different things to different people. To me, success IS being of value; I strive to be someone others look to for pragmatic, empathetic, and trustworthy actions and advice.

Kelley professor Todd Saxton will serve as president of the Board of Directors for the Venture Club of Indiana in 2015, the organization has announced. Saxton, an associate professor of strategy and entrepreneurship, spearheads the entrepreneurial education and engagement efforts of the school’s Indianapolis campus.

When you think about innovation and entrepreneurship, what scenery comes into your mind? It may be the suburban garage, where visionaries like Bill Gates and Steve Jobs started as tinkerers on their way to becoming tech titans. Or maybe a state-of-the-art laboratory, where biotech breakthroughs cause venture capitalists to swoon.

Delta Sigma Pi – Kappa Sigma is the only co-ed professional business fraternity on IUPUI’s campus. Our fraternity is comprised of business students who do more than just sponsor and organize professional events.

Well, I am sometimes late to the party. Yes, I heard about Sheryl Sandberg’s best selling book Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead in late spring 2013. The book by the Facebook COO sparked a lot of controversy among both men and women.

When Leonardo Kim took his first accounting class while pursuing his online MBA through Kelley Direct, it’s safe to say he never envisioned himself working as an auditor for the Indiana Department of Revenue.

Kelley students are known for their commitment to professional development and academic progress. The value of Kelley students in the community is exhibited every day as students go to their full-time careers to put in practice the lessons learned in the classroom. One of the defining advantages of the Kelley Evening MBA program at IUPUI is the location of the program in the heart of the active, growing Indianapolis urban community.

Can you believe Facebook is NOW just about to turn 10 years old in February of 2014? Each and every day, millions of users log on to the popular social media site to check up on friends, add new photos, or post a status on what they're up to.

Supply chain management majors Aaron Buchanan, Samantha Bredhold, and Tessa Kulhawick, along with accounting and finance major Courtland Jackson, were among 80 students from 20 schools who competed in the fourth-annual supply chain case competition sponsored by General Motors.

There are a whole lot of new things happening at Kelley Indianapolis Career Services. First and foremost, there’s our name. For years, the office has been known as the Career Planning Office, and we were tucked away up on the fourth floor. However, with our move to BS2010 (the second floor of the Business/SPEA building), we now share space with Kelley Undergraduate Programs. With the new space came a new name to reflect this more integrative space and approach, Kelley Indianapolis Career Services or KICS for short.

As a retail store manager, I spend a lot of time talking to my staff about sales and ways to improve in their selling approach. It recently occurred to me that a lot of the sales techniques I find most effective link back to concepts I learned while studying marketing.

Last semester, the wife/husband of Jenni (Edwards) and Michael Burton shared their combined decade+ experience in digital marketing with the Kelley Business of Medicine MBA marketing class. Jenni, up first, set the tone by suggesting that the way to think about digital marketing is as a way to create digital connections.

On Monday, September 29, the IU Kelley School of Business will be joining our IUPUI community in observing World Heart Day. We invite you to lace up your walking shoes and join Dean Cochran, faculty, and staff of the Kelley School of Business, as well as students, faculty, staff and alumni from all around IUPUI, as we walk an easy 1 mile route from campus to Monument Circle.

A special event hosted by the IU Kelley School of Business Indianapolis at the Indianapolis Children’s Museum explores China’s role in Indiana’s economic future, along with a look at artifacts from its distant past: “Great Walls to Global Markets” features an expert panel discussing international business trends, followed by a tour of the ‘Terra Cotta Warriors’ exhibit.

As I begin my senior year at Kelley, I am often asked by fellow classmates why I chose to apply for Kelley Honors. I am always pleased to explain that the Honors Program is active and our administration is committed!

Bullfighting, MotoGP, Futbol (soccer), Flamenco dancing, sailing, Royal Palace, and herding cats. What do these things have in common? They are, or will be, fond memories from Spring 2015’s BUS X255: The Business of Sport.

August 25th not only marks the beginning of the 2014 Fall Semester here at Kelley Indianapolis, but it also kicks off the 40th Anniversary Celebration! This year marks the 40th year that IU Kelley has had a major presence in our state's capital.

A recent cover of National Geographic caught my eye. "The New Food Movement" was the theme of the issue. Partly, it caught my eye because I can see the ball rolling faster in support of Indy’s Local Food Movement. But, I also just finished reading the Jan/Feb 2014 issue of MIT Technology Review that proclaimed “Buy Fresh, Buy GMO.”

My first year in the Kelley School of Business opened my eyes to the business world that I cannot pull myself away from. Professor David E. Steele enlightened me to the addicting world of sales, marketing, management, networking, entrepreneurship, and the list continues.

Any Kelley School of Business student who has successfully completed M303 Marketing Research is more than qualified to conduct interviews for the purpose of gathering primary market data.

Earlier this month I had the pleasure of participating in the Innovation Showcase. For those not familiar with the event, the Innovation Showcase brings together today’s and tomorrow’s entrepreneurs, investors, service providers, and others for education, pitching, networking, and celebrating the entrepreneurial spirit.

Three years ago, Kelley undergraduate alums Peter Brasovan and Jared Byczko took the leap into entrepreneurship by opening the first CrossFit location in downtown Indy. The old storefront on Delaware Avenue clearly needed some work. But it was a start.

If you’ve ever met Chrissy Vasquez, you know why she’s a great alum to get to know. But for those who don’t, let me tell you how she’s turned her moment into momentum. The first time I met Chrissy was in the Effective Brand Positioning course I taught back in 2006. Chrissy’s vibrant personality, clear passion for marketing and creative approach to solving marketing problems made her a standout contributor to class discussions.

For the three weeks prior to my arrival in Strasbourg (as I mentioned in my last post), I traveled from Berlin, Germany, to Prague, Czech Republic, and finally to Vienna, Austria, with 14 other students on Herron's study abroad program entitled "Exploring Art in Central Europe."

On July 10, investors, entrepreneurs, and others in the venture community will convene at the Dallara Indycar Factory in Speedway to pitch, learn, and network. Initially started in 2009 by the Venture Club of Indiana, The Innovation Showcase has grown in scope and reach.

We are screaming! We are tweeting! We are watching … soccer???? Yes, the FIFA World Cup has captured America’s attention as the USA has emerged from the most difficult group in the first round to proceed to the "knockout" round.

Momentum, what a great sounding word. It sounds a lot like its definition: "force or speed of movement; impetus, as of a physical object or course of events: The car gained momentum going downhill. Her career lost momentum after two unsuccessful films."

After three amazing days of China, we are finally getting settled in! The weather, slightly musty, is great – not too hot, not too cold! Hengrui, the Chinese generic drug manufacturer that we are consulting with in Linyungang, has been a great host!

As of June 2014, I can officially say I’m a Kelley graduate! I’m really excited to start the next journey of my life. I have been looking forward to starting my first career and I could not be more pleased to have the Kelley name to back me up.

For most of us, the journey began on Friday morning (Indiana time), and ended on Sunday Morning (China time). There were a few bumps along the way, but we all made it in one piece and with most of our belongings – I left my newly purchased iPod on the third flight of our trip.

After chatting with many customers shopping for backpacks in Nordstrom in a high-end fashion mall, one thing stood out over everything else in my research findings: When asked what price range the customers had in mind upon coming into the store, about 38% of respondents admitted to having no price limitations for this product.

My first week at the IU Kelley School of Business is officially complete! I couldn't be happier that I took this job and am really looking forward to getting everything rolling. My first week I was thrown right into meetings, introductions and learning all about Kelley.

A 2013 summer internship with diesel engine manufacturer Cummins has led to a full-time position for 2014 Kelley School of Business graduate Rishi Chandra. The accounting and supply chain management major recently accepted a position as a financial analyst at the company's headquarters in Columbus, Indiana.

In the world of accounting, there is no bigger accomplishment than joining the exclusive club of Elijah Watt Sells Award winners. Established in 1923 by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the award is given annually to the top performers on the Uniform CPA Examination.

The past few months a friend and I have been working on this idea, which molded into Foodraisers. Since we didn't blog during Season 1, we’ll have to do a "Here's what happened last season..." post. So, here's what happened last season (few months)...

Kristin Pierce, a senior marketing major at the Kelley School of Business Indianapolis, was awarded the J. Dwight Peterson Key Award at last week's Scholarships & Awards Breakfast. The award is given to the outstanding KSBI senior on the basis of scholarship, extracurricular activities, leadership, and character.

The Kelley School of Business Indianapolis held its 31st annual Scholarships and Awards Breakfast on Friday, April 25, at the J.W. Marriott. This year, 45 students earned scholarships on behalf of 36 scholarship funds, with a total value of more than $75,000.

Last week I found myself in back-to-back sessions with multiple entrepreneurial teams, hearing wonderful descriptions of how their businesses would delight customers. All were getting ready to pitch concepts to an investment fund. Their enthusiasm and passion were contagious, and I left the sessions inspired.

The Johnson Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation in Bloomington hosted the 7th Annual IU Entrepreneurial Connection Day on Friday, April 11. The purpose of this event is to connect students, alumni and entrepreneurs.

The London Eye. Notre Dame Cathedral. Big Ben. Now what do all of these have in common? They are all checked off my bucket list on sites to see as I just returned from a study abroad trip in London and Paris.

Almost every morning since the start of 2014, I think back to a discussion that I had with a good friend on New Year’s Eve about our resolutions for the year to come. While New Year’s resolutions have become cliché and somewhat overdone, I have always thought it to be good practice to give yourself goals and, for most, a new year is the great starting point for something fresh.

After the Emerging Economy class trip to Liberia wrapped up, many of us sat on our trans-Atlantic flight trying to process everything we saw and accomplished while in Africa. There are few words which can accurately describe the experiences, but the lessons will stick with us for some time now.

Brose McVey was the spotlight presenter at the March meeting of the Venture Club of Indiana. McVey is the CEO of Expedite, a direct primary care clinic solution in Indianapolis. During his presentation he addressed some gaps he sees in the Affordable Care Act.

Quietly, life in Monrovia has become a routine as a week has come and gone. The team unconsciously acquired the customs and habits in Liberia, from their food to their signature handshake.

Yesterday, a group of twelve MBA and Nursing doctorate students landed in Monrovia, Liberia to work on a project with the John F. Kennedy Medical Center, where my team’s goal is to create a short- and long-term strategic plan for the hospital that allows them to deliver more health care services to more Liberians.

I am in my final semester in the Evening MBA program and wanted to always take a class on Emerging Economies with Prof. Lyles, which I always thought would be a great experience to have and learn more about management consulting in developing countries.

I recently had the pleasure of serving as a judge for the 2014 campus wide "Ideas Solving Social and Economic Challenges" (ISSEC) idea pitch competition. This competition is sponsored by the IUPUI Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research with a goal of rewarding IUPUI students for their innovative ideas to solve social and economic challenges facing the nation and the world.

Today was our first up-close look at the JFK Medical Center (JFKMC). We received a tour of the facilities from two of the head administrators (Mona and Dr. McDonald). Both Mona and Dr. McDonald continued to be gracious and welcoming – something that our group has experienced throughout our brief stay in Liberia.

Whew. This year has been full of surprises with the weather being the main culprit. Antarctica at this point is laughing at Indiana. But, luckily, it's about that time to hit up the sunny beaches and get away from the bitter cold that we've all been forced trudge through.

On March 3, I was an invited speaker at the 20th Annual International Deming Research Seminar at Fordham University in New York City. My paper and presentation was developed from my 25 years of studying Deming's work and applying it to corporate strategies.

Early and often in my Indiana University Kelley School of Business Evening MBA courses, I heard of the opportunity to take a class that included a trip abroad.

An old adage states "All good things must come to an end." As I finish out my last semester with the Kelley Evening MBA program, it is my hope that this does not hold true all the time.

Well we are about halfway through the second semester and all I have to say is so far, so good. Actually it’s been more than good. Everything about college has exceeded my expectations: the classes, the friendships, the activities. Being involved in the Kelley School of Business at IUPUI was the best decision I have ever made.

This is my third year of college. Over the past two and half years, I’ve figured some things out – for example: learning what things are necessary to being a successful business student, and what things that are necessary to being a successful art student.

When Oscar Reyes first attended the Kelley School of Business Indianapolis, he thought accounting and finance would be his career choice. Then, he took Integrative Core (I-Core), which exposed him to supply chain management and changed his path forever.

When you think of IUPUI, you think of commuting, and when I say commuting, I'm referring to the constant stress of trying to find a reasonable parking spot. When I officially decided to become a Jaguar, I didn't want to be a part of the daily commuting mess.

I was asked to address the graduate accounting cohort orientation last month. The idea was to be practical and prospective. I set-up the talk with identifying four key areas that I believe students should consider as they engage their graduate studies and advance their careers.

While we all know that metrics and monitoring performance are good. In fairness, most of us hate to see what the numbers say. Every time I think about metrics, I picture "The Biggest Loser" and the dreaded moment when each person finds out how much weight they've and agonizes as to whether or not they made the cut. At least, that's how it feel to me - have I/we made the cut?

This week, President Obama announced that he would push to see the minimum wage raised to $10.10 per hour, and would use his executive powers to raise wages on new federal contracts. There are economic and political arguments both in favor and opposed to raising the minimum wage.

You know that wonderful relief when you realize that all your Christmas shopping is done with time to spare? Yeah, I don’t either. This year I did pretty well until I remembered I needed to get some ‘stocking stuffers’.

The start of the new year and the new semester is a good time to take stock of what you have and consider what something different would be like. It's especially true this year, having just returned from a trip to the Dominican Republic (DR).

One of the key strengths of the Kelley School of Business Evening MBA program is the opportunity to participate in enterprise experiences that allow for course work projects to be done as partnerships with real world companies.

When I first started getting settled into the college environment at IUPUI, the majority of the Kelley meetings or presentations that I attended had some sort of theme about networking and getting your name out there. In all honesty, this surprised me.

At the beginning of the fall semester, I was excited to start my last year here at Kelley. Despite knowing this is the second-to-last semester of my academic career (well…at least until I start my MBA) I am thrilled to start the next chapter of my life. That next milestone is (you guessed right!) starting my career.

For a follow-up event to the inaugural Global Leadership Academy, GLA Alumni at Cummins invited the membership to a CEO Luncheon.

I love my group! Aside from being great people, I really appreciate their desire to have things done ahead of schedule, to work in the most efficient manner possible, and to really understand the material we are working through.

Recently Professor Todd Saxton wrapped up class with a discussion of interesting strategy trends. Of course popular topics, such as expanding business into BRIC countries, made the list. Then one topic leaped out at me – government as the sixth force. My blogging inspiration came to life.

ince I have been here in Indianapolis, two of my best memories are experiencing the IUPUI Campus and spending time with my two American roommates. I am sure you know Maria Lopez; she is so famous in Kelley!

This past Friday, I had the pleasure of welcoming the first Business of Medicine MBA cohort to the Indiana University Kelley School of Business family. The cohort is composed of 40 practicing physicians from almost all medical specialties and a variety of leadership positions.

The term “personal branding” rubs some people the wrong way – and in one sense I can understand why: the term “brand” reminds us of products, and people certainly aren’t emotionless commodities to be consumed by others.

The first week of freshman year is an exciting and scary time. The biggest concern I had coming into IUPUI as a first year student was the sheer size of the campus. I was sure that I would get lost in a campus of 30,000 students that is located in a bustling urban setting.

This entry is not about studying abroad but it relates because this could happen to YOU while you travel. When I travel internationally, I try to not develop expectations because I want to be prepared for the unexpected.

With the new ruling by the NFL, professional football teams will now install cameras throughout their locker rooms. For security? No. To enforce league behavior rules? No. Then why? For your entertainment value.

Everyone pursuing a degree at the Kelley School of Business has one major common fear: I-Core. If you haven’t heard the stories yet I will give you a basic rundown: I-Core for me and the older Kelley students was a block of 3 courses that consisted of Finance, Operations, and Marketing.

Whether you are negotiating for a salary, the terms of a new job, or who is taking out the trash at home, negotiating is as much art as skill, and it can be learned.

My journey with Delta Sigma Pi began before I even understood what it was or what it meant. One brother would always talk up her Fraternity. I’m not sure of my exact thoughts at the time. I’m sure it was something along the lines of “I don’t want to be part of a Greek organization…”

According to Inc. Magazine, a mentor is “a person with more experience in business, or simply in life, who can help you hone your abilities and advise you on navigating new challenges. A mentor can be a boon in a broad range of scenarios, whether he or she provides pointers on business strategy, bolsters your networking efforts or acts as a confidante when your work-life balance gets out of whack.”

You can't peruse an article on job-hunting without reading the adage "It's not what you know, but who you know." As overused as this mantra is, it's dead on, especially nowadays when the competition is at its fiercest. The reality is networking takes time, and it can be a challenge with everything on your plate.

At the end of every semester, I like to look back and think about the feedback I’ve given our marketing degree students. This semester, I noticed that I’ve written the words – “Dig Deeper” quite frequently. Putting myself in my marketing students’ shoes, I imagine getting that feedback could be confusing. So, let me explain what I mean.

As a marketing professor, I am always keeping my eyes open for examples of strong marketing. At the same time, I try to think of ways to help my marketing degree students experience these examples for themselves rather than having me just tell them about it.

In my last post, I mentioned how much I love snow skiing and shared my latest downhill ski adventure. I also love cross country skiing. Over Spring Break, I was out for a long, long cross country ski when it hit me that successful marketing ends up being a blend of these two types of snow skiing. How so? Well, let’s see what all three have in common.

On Friday March 2nd, Kelley hosted its 66th Annual Business Conference in downtown Indy. I always look forward to attending this conference as it gives me a chance to take a deep breath and think about something more than what’s going on in my classes.

An article in the Indy Star a week or so ago caught my attention. The headline reads: Gum may not stick around. My first thought was, “What are they talking about? I love gum.”

As I argued in my last blog post, transportation in the U.S. has only experienced modest and incremental gains over the last 50+ years. However, I think that will change in the next 10-15 years. The reason will be the rise of the driverless (or autonomous) car.

Like any other field, business has its own language, cultural references, and media. If you want to speak the language and get the inside jokes, you need to spend some time immersing yourself in the ideas. So I humbly present to you the "B-List", which is my recommendations of books, movies, websites, media, and general stuff that may be of interest to you.

Why are we still stuck driving to work and school everyday? In my lifetime, we've had enormous change in so many aspects of our lives, but I still get where I'm going in the same way I did 20 years ago.

Edward De Bono is a business management consultant whose primary focus is in fostering creativity in businesses and indivduals.

Was the Indianapolis Super Bowl an economic success for the city? This question seems to be asked a lot these days, and the opinions are all over the place. My answer is a qualified "Yes".

One of the key ideas I share in my marketing MBA and undergrad courses is that marketing is much broader than advertising. Yes, we use a lot of examples of advertising to help key concepts come alive.

I expected to use the skills I've acquired through four years of study in a new job. I hadn't expected these very skills to be so critical in the application process.

In November, I had the privilege of traveling to Hanoi, Vietnam to discuss how IUPUI and Vietnam National University (VNU) can create collaborations to benefit both universities.

One of the great things about being a professor at the Kelley School of Business is seeing dreams become reality. It is one of the primary reasons that many faculty members go into academia and for me it is one of the great rewards of our profession.

Accounting Meet the Recruiter is always an important event for those pursuing an accounting degree or even finance degree. A flock of top accounting firms and some corporations in the Indiana area come to this event looking for top students.

This week in my evening MBA marketing course, we discussed the idea of customer-perceived value. I always start this discussion by suggesting that people are value maximizers - that is, when they make a choice, it’s the one they think will maximize the value of what they are spending.

Wow, I'm not really sure where the the time gone since I last blogged. Apparently, managing a 40 hours/week internship and 6 credit hours worth of online classes is difficult. It was all worth it though.

Okay, you need to figure how and why people are behaving the way they do towards your brand. So, where do you start?

I have a confession to make. I love Apple products. I know, I know. How hypocritical of me.

For the first time ever, I was able to experience a recuiting-like situation from not the perspective of someone wanting a internship/job. Since I am interning at Ernst & Young this summer, the recruiter asked our intern class and the winter intern class if we wanted to attend a reception for the EY Emerging Leaders Program.

What next? You've got your diploma in hand or maybe you are in between semesters. What are you doing to connect with your city? What are you doing to grow professionally? Networking can sometimes seem overwhelming.