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Terry Schnuck,PMBA’80, takes center stage in a feature article in this week’s St. Louis Business Journal. (article behind paywall). Since Schnuck left the family grocery business to become a theatrical producer, he has had a knack for picking winners on Broadway. Fun Home, the musical that swept the Tonys this year was backed by Scnhuck and fellow St. Louisan Mike Issacson.

In 2012, The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess won the Tony for best musical revival and Clybourne Park won best play—both backed by Schnuck.  2011’s revival of Hair and the 2006 debut of Spring Awakening also earned Tonys for the veteran producer.

Schnuck told Olin Business Magazine in 2012 what makes a play a good investment, “If it does not hit me emotionally in some way then I am usually not interested. The exception might be a piece that I believe has some commercial potential and there is someone connected with with, be it a lead producer, director, actor/star, etc. Musicals, in particular,
are tricky as you may love the musical score, but if it doesn’t have a good book or story the show is not going to be a success.”

Schnuck said being the lead producer on a play or musical is like starting up a new business. “You have to have a product to sell, you have to raise the capital to pay for the production, you have to assemble a team to help you market and sell the product, you have to understand financials, you have to be good at investor relations, you have to have a plan, and you have to be able to collaborate and work with a team, among other things.” And he credits his Olin education with playing an influential role in each production.

Image: The St. Louis Business Journal.

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The St. Louis American profiles Tamiko Armstead, EMBA ’06, president of Cardinal Ritter College Prep High School in its July 17, 2015 edition, “Grooming excellence in black students is now Tamiko Armstead’s business.”

Armstead who was honored this spring in the first class of Olin Emerging Leaders tells the newspaper that she feels her life experiences over the last 20 years have prepared her for her new role in education – including her training at Edward Jones and the Executive MBA program at Washington University.

Tamiko Armstead is pictured above with Dean Mahendra Gupta at the Emerging Leaders event at Olin.

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Julie Thiessen, EMBA 43, said she realized how valuable the program was soon after taking Financial Accounting. She said, “I was at lunch with some of the financial analysts, and they were talking about an issue with the way things were being accounted for that was affecting reporting. I stopped the conversation and said, ‘Hey, do you know what is happening right now? I not only understand what you’re talking about, but I’m participating.'”

JThiessenWhen Julie started the EMBA in Fall of 2013, she was an IT Program Manager with limited exposure to many aspects of business operations.

Soon after graduating this past May, she was named Vice President for Strategic Initiatives at Prologis, a role in which she will be responsible for the business operations of the leading owner, operator and developer of industrial real estate, with global and regional markets across the Americas, Europe and Asia.

Although her trajectory was in progress when she started her MBA, she credits the program with helping her to hone the interpersonal elements of her management style that made her new position a good fit.

I talked to Julie after a few months into the program, then again after graduation. Early on, she was effusive about how much she was gaining personally from the program:

“I absolutely love it–the whole experience. I love the instructors, I love my classmates. I’m learning not just book material, but I’m growing from a personal perspective.  During “GO Week” we were one of the groups that struggled to get along, but I would not go back and change it. Yes, we still have butting heads, but now we can call each other out comfortably. We have learned how to really overcome such a huge hurdle. ”

After graduation, when asked if she had gotten out of the program what she hoped to, Julie hadn’t lost much enthusiasm, although she did admit to some senioritis. “I got more out of the program in some areas, and less in others.  To a certain extent that was self inflicted after ‘senioritis’ set in, but for me, what changed is my understanding of interpersonal dynamics. I am more aware of other people’s differences and am not as judgmental and dismissive.”

In her new role, Julie is taking on business operations responsibilities. “As the Brits say, I’m ‘minding the gap’, ” she said. “I’m working on those issues that come up that are business annoyances for them, and have downstream effects, but there is no one working on resolving the problems–the types of things that people complain about for years. I am identifying them, then prioritizing them for resolution. I’m not necessarily feet on the ground, but I’m figuring out how to fix them.”

Julie was working as a consultant at Prologis when the Director of the PMO she was working in asked what she planned to do after graduation. “I said I hadn’t had a lot of time to think about it, but that I wanted to move on beyond consulting and project management into the next step in the path to COO.  She said she could open a door for me in business operations, and within six minutes I’d heard back from the Senior Executive in charge that he was interested in talking to me.”

Did the EMBA make that happen? Julie isn’t sure, but credits the program with her improved people skills. She said, “I think it could have happened without the piece of paper, but possibly not at the level they hired me at. I might also have left the company last year without the training I got in interpersonal dynamics.”


The data crunchers at Poets & Quants have a new chart that shows where the MBA Class of 2014 got hired by school and industry. Consulting is still the number one destination for newly minted MBAs. Finance, Tech, Consumer Products and Healthcare are also top employers. Check out the stats for the top 25 business schools on the Poets & Quants site.


After four standout seasons at Washington University in St. Louis, Melissa Gilkey, BSBA’15, will continue her basketball career in Denmark. Gilkey majored in economics & strategy, and marketing.

Gilkey has signed a one-year contract with the Virum Vipers, a team that is based out of a suburb of Copenhagen, Denmark. The Vipers are competing in the Danish Women’s Professional League after spending the last two seasons in the second tier of Danish Basketball.

“I am so thankful to have the opportunity to play professional basketball,” Gilkey said in an interview from Ecuador. “To be a professional athlete has always been a dream of mine, and to be able to play for a year in the top division in Denmark is extremely exciting.”

Gilkey earned first-team All-America honors in 2014-15 after leading the Bears in scoring (19.1 ppg), rebounding (8.9) and blocked shots (45). She also earned first-team all-Central Region honors and was named the UAA Player of the Year.

Gilkey recorded 11 double-doubles and scored in double figures in 25 games this past season. She also topped the 20-point mark in 13 games as a senior, including 30 or more points in three career games. Gilkey was one of 10 finalists for the 2015 Jostens Trophy.

“One of the most competitive, driven and dedicated players I have ever coached has earned the opportunity to continue her career professionally. We couldn’t be more proud of Melissa,” said WashU head coach Nancy Fahey. “We knew that she had more basketball to play. I am confident she will represent Wash U and Division III women’s basketball extremely well!”

Melissa Gilkey basketball

Gilkey on Senior Day 2015.

One of 13 players in school history to surpass 1,000 career points, she finished her career second on WashU’s all-time scoring list with 1,707 points. Gilkey also ranks third in career rebounds (876), fourth in blocked shots (144) and sixth in free-throw percentage (.785).

“The experience I had at Wash U has more than prepared me for this and I feel so lucky to have such an incredible support system behind me through this whole process,” Gilkey added. “I wouldn´t be where I am if it weren´t for the help of my coaches, teammates, athletic administration, and WashU alumni I never got the chance to play with. I am going to miss my bear family, but I am so thankful that I don´t yet have to give up the sport I love.”

The Virum Vipers’ addition to the Danish Women’s Professional League ups the membership to eight teams playing in Denmark’s top tier basketball conference. The 2015-16 regular season is set to begin in late September with the playoffs culminating with the finals in April.

WUSTL Bear Sports, July 19, 2015