Monday, January 29, 2018

Four things to consider when visiting full-time MBA programs

Andy Pyon 

Having taken the GMAT, you know you'll have to make decisions with incomplete, and often imperfect, information. The same holds true when selecting a full-time MBA program. You're not going to know everything until you jump in, but to aid your decision, here are four questions to consider during your visits.

What is the quality of the faculty? 
Top business schools will naturally be the home to top faculty. Before visiting, research the instructors who will transform you into a business leader. Do the top faculty teach MBAs? More importantly, do you get the sense they enjoy teaching MBAs?

While visiting, talk with the professors and see if they're just as excited to be there as you are. You want to find a program where the professors are willing and driven to invest in your success, like John Hill, Clinical Assistant Professor of Operations and Decision Technology at Kelley, who happily dedicated his time to help a business analytics major in the Consumer Marketing Academy nail a supply chain internship offer.

Dr. Kuratko - aka "Dr. K"- has an infectious passion for
entrepreneurship.  Find out if your MBA program gives you access
to excited and inspiring professors during your visits.
Does the school embrace different personalities and learning styles?
You know yourself best, and finding an MBA program where you feel accepted and comfortable is most important to your success. For example, I knew I didn't fit the mold of a traditional business student. They all seemed outgoing, charismatic, and super confident. But when I first met Jonlee Andrews, Clinical Professor of Marketing, at an event in Indianapolis, she saw my insecurity struggles right away and said she'd help remove any barriers between me and my goals. I realized right away that Kelley isn't going to ask me to change who I am, but would embrace and enhance my strengths through coaching and development.

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

The Power of Self Observation

Ray Luther
Executive Director
Partnership for Coaching Excellence and Personal Leadership

Many years ago, I led a small team at a large firm-a spoke in the wheel as they say. While I came from a military background, this was one of my first opportunities to lead in a corporate environment and I was excited. My team of five young, capable leaders was responsible for providing strategic insight to a $1 billion-plus business. It was a great opportunity for me to prove myself as a leader.   

When I first took over this group our division had just launched a major new product, and by all accounts, it was not going well. Not at all. Our volume was off and we were missing across most key metrics for success. A young manager on my team, let's call her "Sarah," was responsible for the business tracking and strategic insights for this new product launch. She regularly reported results to senior management, and she felt the stress of the situation.

As I coached Sarah during our one-on-one meetings, I would try to provide my best advice, make suggestions on how to analyze data in different ways, and be as supportive as possible. I thought I could be a source of humor to relieve some of the daily tension from all the senior management "help" we were getting. I would often try to laugh at the absurdity of the situation with her, which for me included a bit of cynicism at what was happening around us. I figured if anything she would know that I had her back and we'd be a team in getting through this.


Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Kelley MBA's Succeed Together

Jennifer Solomon
1st Year MBA Student

“WE SURVIVED THE CORE." The four words I heard the most throughout the night after our final case competition, which was the conclusion of our first semester at Kelley. There were tons of cheers, hugs, and smiling faces between first and second-year students, all of whom were decked out in their ugliest of holiday sweaters.

The Core is designed to stretch your capacity to learn, network, manage your time, and define who you are and where you are headed. With a finite number of hours in the day, and a personal limit for how many consecutive hours can be spent in a cohort room, it was apparent very early on that the key to success would involve checking your ego at the door and learning to rely on others for help, feedback, and moral support.

The idea of Kelley being a collaborative program is not a new notion but truly came to life in the past four months. I had classmates who spent late nights at school to help me study in subjects that I was struggling in and our Blue Cohort morning “breakfast club” of early risers who I’m convinced came early in part to do homework, but in part just to spend time together. There were countless group projects with my amazing core team that included late nights and plenty of Mother Bear’s pizza and trips to conferences and company visits where lifelong friendships were born. It’s quite evident that the people of Kelley are the reason why I was successful in completing The Core, and I couldn’t be more grateful and honored to have shared this experience with so many intelligent and talented classmates.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Become the Person You Were Meant to Be

by Eric Johnson, Executive Director 
Kelley Graduate Career Services

George Eliot* has been credited with saying, "It's never too late to become the person you were always meant to be."

This is good news for people like me, who aspire one day to be Matthew McConaughey.

I reflect on this quote every morning, without fail. It’s part of my daily practice of morning meditation and mental preparation. I feel inspired afterward because it keeps my value of continuous improvement alive and it reminds me that today presents a new opportunity to evolve towards the best possible version of myself.

I have also found that Eliot’s quote helps me give hope to others. In my job as a career and leadership coach, I assist young leaders in their pursuit of their best selves, particularly as it relates to navigating personal transition. Remembering that our past does not forever define who we are is an extremely important step in that process.

Monday, December 11, 2017

How MBA Alumni Can Get Involved in Academies

The innovative Academies are an integral part of the Kelley MBA experience. Academies have continued to evolve over the years to meet student and industry needs. Alumni play a critical role in the success of Academies. They speak at Academy Days, host students at their companies, and sponsor student projects.

Are you a Kelley MBA alum who wants to get involved with Academies? Please fill out this short form and we'll work with you to find the right opportunity.

Click on each first-year Academy to read its newsletter and discover more mays to connect.

Monday, November 20, 2017

Program Update for Kelley MBA Alumni

Kyle Cattani
MBA Program Chair
It has been my pleasure to have been teaching in the Kelley Full-Time MBA Program since 2005, with many of those years in the core teaching Operations Management. From Benihana, to Timbuk2, to The Goal, I’ve enjoyed sharing my passion for OM with smart, engaging students. For the last few years—ever since the retirement of the legendary Wayne Winston—I have been teaching spreadsheet modeling. I’m no Wayne Winston, but I’ve learned a few Excel tricks.

As many of you know, I was appointed Program Chair of the program in July 2016, taking over the reins from Jonlee Andrews. I am honored and thrilled to be in this position. Jonlee left a great legacy and I have been doing what I can to build on her efforts.

It has been a busy year! Last year, Professor Scott Smart and I chaired a faculty task force to review the MBA Program and we are working to implement the task force recommendations which fall into four broad categories:
  • Develop a Pipeline of Strong Students
  • Refresh Course Offerings
  • Enhance/Reinforce Kelley’s Strength as a Collaborative/Supportive Environment for Career Switchers
  • Engage MBA Alumni
Sarah Nagelvoort, MBA'15
MBA Alumni Director
I am pleased to report that in response to the last category, we hired a full-time MBA Alumni Director, Sarah Nagelvoort, MBA'15. Sarah focuses solely on full-time MBA alumni relationships and acts as a liaison between the MBA Office, the Alumni Office, and Graduate Career Services. She strives to increase alumni awareness of benefits as well as keeping our alumni informed about current MBA initiatives. MBA alumni can expect to hear from Sarah often as she keeps you informed on our progress—this is the first of what we plan as a quarterly alumni email.

I appreciate all that you do for the MBA Program. It is great to see you on campus interviewing and participating in alumni events. Please stop in and say hello when you are here!

Kyle Cattani
MBA Program Chair, Kelley School of Business
Associate Professor and E-II Faculty Fellow
Operations & Decision Technologies

Honor Outstanding Kelley MBA with Kelley Coin

The Kelley Coin honors Kelley MBA students, alumni, faculty, and staff who embody Kelley's values.

Dustin Brown, MBA'18
Challenge coins, or coins to honor acts of duty, have been used for centuries, all the way back to ancient Rome as a formal means of recognition. The first examples of these coins in the United States date back to World War I, as a bronze medallion that had had the flying squadron’s insignia stamped on the front. In modern times, these coins are still used by many government branches and the use has extended in to the public sector with firms like Ernst & Young adopting them to recognize exemplary employees.

Following the lead of the Kelley Undergraduate Program, the Kelley Full-Time MBA Program will soon have their own version of the coin. The Kelley Coin will be given to students, alumni, faculty, and staff who exemplify the Kelley values of excellence, professionalism, collaboration, leadership, and integrity.

Nominate a Kelley MBA for the Kelley Coin >>

Once an individual has been nominated for a coin, the nomination will be passed by the Kelley Coin Graduate Committee for review. The committee consists of a member of the MBAA slate, a CRC (Conduct Review Committee) member, the MBA Program Chair, the Executive Director of the MBA Program, the Director of Student Services, the Associate Director of MBA Outreach, and a member of the Graduate Career Services Team. If a nomination passes through the committee, the individual will be presented with a coin.

Any Kelley MBA student, alumni, faculty, or staff member can nominate another Kelley at any time. The committee will meet quarterly to review submissions and ultimately award the coin after submissions are discussed and evaluated. The Kelley Coin will officially be introduced on December 13 at the final TTAC (Third Thursday After Class) social event of the year.

To learn more about the Kelley Coin, please email for details or watch the Undergraduate Program video.