Friday, December 30, 2011

The Beginning is Almost Here!

This photo from the 2011 trip embodies the excitment the students are about to experience

Guest post by Scott Hartlieb
Second-Year MBA
It’s hard to believe that we are less than two weeks away from the start of our 7 week classroom experience that will prepare us for our trip to Ghana in March.  A lot has transpired over the last month as we have finalized the projects and Ghanaian partners that we will be working with.  We have also assembled the student teams that will be working on these projects.
We have chosen very diverse projects and partner groups, which makes for an exciting and well rounded experience for everyone involved.  We have decided to work on four projects this year:
1.   A micro finance project for a company that is researching the viability of additional investment vehicles to expand their loan services.
2.   A cement block building project for an organization that wants to use the proceeds to fund its child slavery shelter.
3.   An inventory management project for a small wholesaler that supplies general consumer products to the people of Accra.
4.   A project working with an organization that is looking into the manufacturing and sales of affordable off road vehicles.
Because these projects touch on all aspects of business from finance to marketing to supply chain, our student teams will be able to utilize their past experiences as well as learn and grow as leaders as they help solve these business challenges.  I personally am very proud of the work that has been done so far however this is only the beginning.  I can’t wait to see the faces of the 21 student participants as they enter their first class in January and we prepare to embark on a journey that will transform our lives forever.

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