Monday, March 29, 2010

Networking in the Windy City

Spring break seems to be in the distant past now, and life is extremely hectic again! But it is great to contribute again to the MBA Program Blog. Last Thursday, several Kelley MBA students boarded buses to Chicago to attend the Windy City Networking event. It is a long bus ride to Chicago, but when great classmates surround you, you get to discover something new about them every time.

It was great to visit Chicago again. It was extra special for me since I am slated to intern there this summer. We checked in at the Hyatt Regency in the evening. The Dean’s Reception that evening provided a great opportunity to meet with Kelley Alumni and I ended up having some great conversations. It was great to see how an MBA from one of the best MBA colleges can help jump-start your career.

The next morning, after breakfast, we got the opportunity to listen to the entertaining talk by Prof. Wayne Winston. I am also taking his K507 class these seven weeks and the spreadsheet modeling techniques he teaches is just one of the many reasons why the Kelley MBA is one of the best MBA Degrees in the US. You should read Dan Newton's blog entry "The Excel Wizard" to learn more about Prof. Winston. He presented his analysis on the Chicago sports teams. The Career Fair that followed was an opportunity for students to explore possible avenues for internships and full-time offers. After a sumptuous lunch, I ended up going to the Navy Pier for a couple of hours with friends. While it was quite cold, the view of the vast Lake Michigan is always breathtaking. Soon it was time to head back home.

This was the first time that the Kelley Masters of Business Administration Program organized such a networking event in Chicago. It would be a great idea to make this a permanent event in the MBA calendar. Special thanks to Allyn Curry, the MBAA team and everyone else who put in their valuable time toward organizing this event.


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