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  • Ibrahim's Summer Internship & The OrgSync Conference

    This is a synopsis of what rising MBA2, Ibrahim Saeed, has been doing this summer.  Read more to find out about the June OrgSync conference and his internship at State Farm.

  • What, Why & How of the New OrgSync

    OrgSync creates an online community for Illinois MBA, with portals dedicated to MBA organizations, Illinois Business Consulting, and academic resources. The above is an image of OrgSync’s homepage. Head to if you want more information on what OrgSync has to offer for students and organizations alike.

    This is a link to the User Guide with step-by-step instructions of how to effectively use OrgSync.  Reach out to us with any questions regarding OrgSync, we'll be happy to assist!

  • Chinese New Year Celebration

    MBA Students ring in the New Year with a festive Chinese New Year Celebration.  Here are some snapshots of the fun event!

  • Super Bowl Party!

    Snapshots from the GMA (Graduate Marketing Association) Super Bowl Party...

  • Design for America Kick-Off

    Design for America at UIUC just kicked off the Spring Semester! DFA teams presented accomplishments from last semester, and we started forming spring semester teams and getting started on projects...

  • Photo: MBA Student Jordan Buckner pitching at SocialFuse


    If you have a startup idea and need to get people on your team, or if you are looking to meet your co-founder, want to join a startup, are interested in entrepreneurship, or if just want to network with amazing people, SocialFuse is for you!...

  • South Africa

    Having worked quite extensively with the Kola Foundation on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, I naively thought that poverty would be similar irrespective of location. However, after touring a local township and speaking with some of the indigenous people of South Africa, I realized just how wrong I had been. 

  • Columbia St. Roastery

    My visit to the Columbia Street Roastery was extremely informative.  The owner, Mark Harriott, was not shy about sharing his expansive knowledge about his coffee beans’ supply chain and the process they go through in house... 

  • Winter Gala & Festivities

    The fall semester of 2013 wrapped up with two wonderful events that provided MBA students a much-needed break from studying...


  • Team

    Africa Business Club: It's just the beginning!

    Africa Business Club: It's just the beginning!


    On Friday Oct 4th 2013, we officially launched the Africa Business Club at Illinois. The successful launch event was well attended by faculty and students across different departments at the University of Illinois...


  • Snow

    Snow. I have heard people say the word and express their feelings about it for as long as I can remember. Sadly I had never experienced it for myself...


  • OTMA SCM Career Panel

    “Companies are scrambling to hire people with supply-chain expertise. But these experts are hard to come by.” quoted from the WSJ in the opening remarks of the SCM (Supply Chain Management) Career Panel by Jimmy, OTMA’s (Operations & Technology Management Association’s) current president. As an MBA student concentrating in Operations, I was thrilled to have the opportunity to meet and network with six high profile supply chain professionals from Sears holding, McCormick, MSC and beyond...

  • Coming Full Circle

    Coming Full Circle
    Melissa Chua ‘14 MBA
    During my final week in Cambridge, I had the opportunity to meet two incredible entrepreneurs: Theo Koutroukides and Jennifer Hersch. In this episode, I highlight the work they've done in creating the first hot yoga sports studio in Cambridge. Through this, I hope to inspire young entrepreneurs at ILLINOIS and feature some of our own young business owners in Fall 2013...
  • My Last First Day Of School

    Even though I’ve just driven for two hours, dealt with a robbery at a friend’s house and gotten little sleep, I feel energized.  That can only mean one thing; the last first day of school.

    As I walk through the gradually waking campus, the sights of bleary eyed students stumbling to class along with the slowly rising temperature remind me of first days past.  I think of last year when, newly transplanted from California, I marveled at the grandiose buildings and of course BIF as I carefully approached it, wondering what this school year would hold for me...

  • Interning As A Joint Degree Student

    This summer I am the business development intern at LM Consultants, an architectural and engineering consulting firm headquartered in fantastic Grayslake, IL. The firm provides due diligence and construction administration services for commercial real estate investors and lenders. I enjoy the job because I have gained an understanding of the real estate market that I previously lacked. It has opened my eyes to a side of architecture...

  • OrgSync Connect - We've Got Swag!

    “Oh God!”, I reflexively yelled as I came out of the American Airlines terminal at the Dallas Fort Worth International airport on Thursday last week. Even at 8:30 in the night, it was 105 degrees. For the MBAA board traveling from Midwest or East Coast, it was a huge jump in temperature. However, it took us only a while to adjust to the change in temperature as we prepared to experience the sixth largest metropolitan economy in US (and in my opinion, the city with the best cuisine). Shortly after landing...

  • EnterpriseWorks Incubator

    When I told some friends in Minneapolis that I was working at EnterpriseWorks Incubator (EW) they asked, “do you grow eggs or raise baby animals?”  No, EW does not grow eggs or baby animals.  EW grows companies.  Recently named as one of three college town incubators to watch by Inc., EW is the 43,000 sq. ft. startup incubator at our university and is fully equipped with the resources to help your tech startup incubate and grow...

  • Interview With Jackie Wilson

    Jackie Wilson, Director of Admissions, is retiring.  For Jackie Wilson, what started off as a 6-week assignment turned into a 12-year journey at the University of Illinois.  In this interview, Jackie reflects on her past successes, fondest memories, and deepest challenges.  She also looks to the future, shares her future ambitions and parts with sage advice for our students...

  • May Week Fireworks

    I know, I know, it's June, not May. But as it happens, the English think differently. I'm in Cambridge, England, getting settled into an MBA consulting internship with a premier business incubator (thanks to the international consulting experiences I've gained through the Innovation Immersion Program), and Cambridge students have just finished an intense round of final exams... 

  • The (2nd) 1st Day At Work

                    After nine months of B-school and a quick trip to China, my summer officially started as I moved back to my old apartment in Lakeview (north-side of Chicago) at the end of May.  Within a week, still jetlagged, I started my LDP internship at AT&T.  I can still remember how nervous and anxious I was when I started my first day in my old job straight out of college, but this time was much different...


  • iTech: A company run by Illinois MBAs

    Over the past semester, a team of Illinois MBA students has been running a fictional company, iTech, in between classes, the internship search, and school activities. iTech produces the most innovative flash drives on the market. Through our participation in the International Collegiate Business Strategy case competition, Tian Gan, Alan Lu, Mina Rhee, Adam Smith, Nhan Vo and me have guided iTech to a large market share and high stock price after seven “years” (ten weeks) of careful management...

  • Columbia Street Roastery Tour

    “Cute” is incorrectly the word that comes to mind as one walks into Columbia Street Roastery.  The nearly claustrophobic retail space is reminiscent of a remote country wine shop designed for tourists as the green paint, gobs of metallic red bags and bright tea room welcome visitors to examine the roastery’s wares.  Having been edified in my amateur coffee snobbery and specialty roasting philosophy in queues at some of the country’s most revered (and arguably trendy) coffeehouses such as Blue Bottle (NYC, SFO), Stumptown (SEA, PDX, NYC), Intelligentsia (CHI, LAX) and Ritual Roasters (SFO), one feels that possibly this is just some small city diversion...

  • Cubs Game!

    My first thoughts upon waking up to my alarm on Sunday morning were panicked: “It’s late!  Am I late for Finance?!  We have a quiz!  I still need to study!” After my initial panic subsided, it dawned on me: today was the day of the Cubs game!...

  • Holi: Festival of Colors

    Holi, the Indian festival of colors, which is usually celebrated in March, marks the beginning of spring in India. The 'Asha for Education' organization scheduled it for the mid of April and the weather gods at the UIUC campus were still making up their minds about the beginning of spring...

  • Women In Business: Silent Auction

    Traditionally, every spring semester Women in Business hosts a silent auction to raise funds for club activities and every year, the club leadership adds their own touch in organizing the event. This year, apart from reaching out to professors, we have reached out to our very own classmates and asked for them to donate their time and skills. Items range from group dinners with professors and their families, a tiramisu cake...

  • The Kola Foundation: 5k Race!

    The Kola Foundation hosted its second annual April Fools 5k last Saturday, March 30th. The Kola Foundation is a not-for-profit organization run by Illinois MBA students with the mission of bettering the lives of the Lakota people and stimulating economic development on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation...

  • GCP Brazil: I refuse to say goodbye, so I will see you later

    How do I recap such an incredible, eye-opening, humbling, tiring, and slowly fast-paced trip? We worked so feverishly hard in small groups to create a product that highlights weeks of research, analysis, and preliminary strategies to provide value to our clients. Though each team had a slightly different interaction and amount of time with their clients, every team seemed satisfied and excited to be equipped with insights, tips, and direction to prepare their final deliverable... 

  • GCP Brazil: The name of the game is agility

    Ideally, the first two days would have gone just as planned. We would have arrived in paradise and the embrace of the sun’s rays, warm breeze, and cool waves would more than distract from the task at hand. Sure, ideally, we would all have tans by now, asked several times to participate in the upcoming World Cup and Olympics, and dined on the best steak Brasil has to offer while paying close to nothing...

  • IIP Israel: AT&T and Intel Visits

    I'm late to work. I'm really not but it feels like it as, slightly behind schedule, our bus speeds towards AT&T's Foundry, their R&D center in Israel. The understanding of how an industry giant has mobilized to stay relevant in the competitive U.S. telecom market cuts through the haze of a few hours of sleep and serves as a lesson and inspiration... 

  • GCP China - Shanghai: Our Client Presentation

    Today was the day we've spent the semester preparing for: our presentation to our Global Consulting Program client.  My team had spent many hours, and a few flights, working on our research and deliverables.  Weekly late night calls have been the norm because 9 pm in Champaign is 10 am the next day in Shanghai...

  • IDF and the President

    Sprinting up and down steep dunes with sand blowing into my eyes and 17-year-olds barking orders at me is not normally my idea of a perfect Sunday morning. Neither is transporting stretchers weighed down with 40-pound sandbags along choppy shores or burying half-naked men in sandy slopes for a cruel game of hide-and-go-seek... 

  • GCP China - 5 Fun Facts

    Beijing Olympics: 5 Fun Facts

    Our China trip team went to the 2008 Olympics site today, seeing sites from the Olympic Village to the Aquatics Center and stadium.  Along the way we learned several fun facts about the investments China made for the Olympics and how the buildings are being used now.  These facts include...

  • GCP: Brazil

    The first taste of Brazil was the warm air that greeted you the moment you stepped off the plane into the gate. Dave shared glances and Aerian high fived people - we were here. Still not real, we all confirmed father winter did not make it onto the flight with us as the exotic trees swayed in the breeze and the mountains in the distance confirmed he was no where in sight. Greeted by Meriana and Felipe, our tour guides, we converted our US dollars to Brazilian Reaies... 

  • Welcome to Israel!

    IIP - Off To Israel!

    On Friday morning, we boarded our bus at 6:45AM – many of the Innovation Immersion Program (IIP) members were sleep deprived and bleary-eyed, and a few of them were chipper from their coffee rush.  Yet all the same, there was a smile on every face...

  • En route to China!

    Update from O'Hare: En Route to China

    Growing up in central Illinois,  I always liked O'Hare Airport.  For anyone who has been delayed at O'Hare, that's likely a strange statement.  The reason why I liked O'Hare was because it meant we were en route to a new adventure...

  • MBAA/MVA: Illinois MBAs Combat Stress

    Last week the programs U.S. veterans rallied 44 Illinois MBA students -- with a great mix of first years, second years, dual degrees and PhDs -- to drive out to Charleston and spent an afternoon shooting at one another. The first of hopefully many annual paintball excursions was a great hit...

  • 2013 Alumni Banquet

    The 2013 Alumni Banquet took place on Friday, March 1st at the JW Marriot in downtown Chicago.  

  • Spring Kola Trip: Red Cloud and Little Wound

    After months of correspondence and preparation, three MBA students from The Kola Foundation traveled to the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota to promote the foundation’s higher education initiatives.

  • Illinois MBA Strategy Case Competition The Event

    The 2013 Illinois MBA Strategy Case Competition was held February 7 – 9 in the Business Instructional Facility.  Ten schools (Arizona State, Baylor, Connecticut, Hong Kong UST, Illinois, Iowa State, Michigan State, Minnesota, Penn State, and Purdue) participated in this exciting competition.  Event sponsors were Bosch, HD Supply, and Whirlpool.

  • 2013 Illinois Strategy Case Competition

    Even though the faces on Thursday night’s cocktail reception showed a little bit of anxiety for what was going to come up over the next 48 hours, the faces on Friday morning at 8:15 a.m. were a completely different story!  All the hours spent on preparing for the internal rounds were about to be put used towards a marathon of 24 hours that did not include any sleep (may be a 10 minute nap), lots of crackers and Sun Chips, and insane amounts of going back and forth discussing DropBox’s growth strategy.  The Illinois MBA Case Competition was a great experience for me.

  • Women in Business Leadership Conference

    I had the pleasure of attending the first annual Women in Business (WiB) Leadership Development Conference on Friday, February 1 at the ACES library on campus. The conference theme was “Unleashing Your Inner Potential,” featuring several sessions of speakers and workshops. The night before, a nice pre-conference networking reception was held at Crane Alley in Urbana. The lead coordinator for the conference was MBA2 student Vanessa Fuller, along with the previous WiB board (Stephanie Barry, Laura Schneiderman and Doreen Lee), the current board (Priyanka Kushwala and Christiana Laleye), MBA2 Lindsay Gross, and PMBA Krista Kimme. Over 30 guests attended, including full-time and part-time MBA students, undergraduate students in business, LER students, and several men!

  • Birthday Celebrations

    Last month the MBA program hosted a birthday celebration in the MBA lounge for all students with a January birthday.  Because this is the inaugural birthday event, the celebration was for all students with fall birthdays as well.  Between the full-time and PMBA programs, I would estimate that more than 30 people circulated through the festivities. 

  • MBA & MBAA Networking Reception Sponsored by AT&T

    This past Thursday, the first networking event  of the semester was held in the BIF Commons and was sponsored by AT&T. 

  • Wall Street Prep Professional Development Workshop

    The MBA program hosted a “Wall Street Prep Technical Finance Interview Workshop” on Friday, January 18. This session is part of the MBA Professional Development program that is open to all full-time MBA students. 

  • India GCP: The Last Chapter

    As I sit at home in Illinois writing this final blog entry, I still can't believe that less than two days ago I was halfway around the world, and that I have been on 3 continents in the last 48 hours!  Our last moments in India were fun ones, and the trip home was an interesting one for some of us, too!

  • GCP India: Chennai

    After visiting two of Asia's largest and greatest cities, many on our trip were uncertain what to expect from India's fourth largest city, Chennai.  What we've found here are friendly people, a very traditional society, and a local economy that's growing and increasing in opportunity.  And as we'd come to learn, not only does Chennai make for an interesting visit, but the rural parts of Tamil Nadu state offer much more than we expected.

  • GCP India: Mumbai and Chennai

    Wow!  It's been a few days since I've been able to sit by a computer and log an entry from our latest round of travels in India.  I've always felt that time away from my journal is the sign of a fast-paced,. active trip, and that's exactly how I would describe the last few days for the India GCP team.

  • India Global Consulting Program (GCP) Trip

    Our experience in India has only lasted 3 days, and already it's been a terrific and utterly unforgettable trip!  

    We arrived in India (via Switzerland) in the wee hours of December 31st.  Our flights to New Delhi were certainly long (8.5 hours from Chicago to Zurich, and 7.5 hours from Zurich to New Delhi), but they were otherwise comfortable and hassle-free.  Upon arrival at the New Delhi Airport, our team  disembarked from the plane ready for adventure - But first, we needed to overcome some serious jet lag!  (New Delhi is 11.5 hours ahead of Champaign, as we're literally halfway across the world from UIUC!)  After leaving the airport, we promptly headed for the Hotel Vikram, and spent the better part of the morning recovering from 18 hours of travel.  


  • Winter Kola Trip

    Kola, the non-profit organization run by Illinois MBA students sent five students to Rapid City, South Dakota over winter break to assist with the Lakota Nation Invitational (LNI) High School Business Plan Competition.  Current students Melissa Chua, Brittany Hopper, James Cantu, Aaron Kumar and Shelly Wohadlo traveled to Rapid City December 18-22nd to attend the event and judge the competition.  In preparation for the competition, Kola members created an instructional video for high school students: “How to Create a Business Plan.”  The videos were distributed to participating high schools to help students better prepare for the event.


  • Holiday Networking Event

    The MBA program hosts Networking Events once a month, giving students the chance to connect with their peers in the both the Full-time and Professional programs, faculty, staff, alumni, and corporate sponsors over appetizers and drinks!  The December 2012 Networking Event had the special theme of Holiday Traditions.  Steven Rodriguez, first-year MBA student and MBAA President Elect, brightened the festivities by dressing up as Santa Claus and passing out candy canes.  We also had a delicious spread of holiday snacks including traditional Jewish foods eaten during Hanukkah, and nuts and dried fruit typically eaten during the Persian festival of Yalda.