As the new Director of the Denver Office of Strategic Partnerships, Miriam Peña works as the city’s liaison to the nonprofit sector. Peña began her nonprofit career as an intern 11 years ago at the Colorado Progressive Coalition (CPC), a

Robust Job Market for Business Majors. Poets & Quants for Undergrads, July 15, 2014. Weston Career Center’s Brad McLeod says the BSBA Class of 2014 has had great success on the job market with the number of students reporting jobs at graduation four to five percent higher than last year. Story also appeared on


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According to a new report in Forbes, St. Louis is among the top five cities in the country gaining jobs in the financial services sector. The industry employs 7.9 million in the U.S. according to Forbes and cities from Arizona to Texas, Tennessee, and Missouri are “stealing jobs from Wall Street.”

The report based on recent and long-term employment trends calculates 87,100 financial services jobs in the St. Louis metropolitan region in 2013 with 1.7% growth over the previous year. Forbes is bullish on the future of financial jobs, “Places like St. Louis, where the industry has grown and approaches critical mass, seem to be in position to make a serious bid for higher-end jobs.”

The top five cities with gains in finance jobs are:

1. Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, Arizona

2. San Antonio-New Braunfels, Texas

3. Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos, Texas

4. Nashville-Murfreesboro-Franklin, Tennessee

5. St. Louis, Missouri-Illinois


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We just received the following press release regarding our outstanding Olin MBA alumna Nikki Mamuric (class of 2007).  Congrats to Nikki and to her husband and classmate J.P. who also works at L’Oreal in finance.  Here is the release:

Nikki Mamuric, MBA ’07, was recently honored with Brand Innovators ‘40 Under 40 East’ Class of 2014. The prestigious award recognized 40 of the most innovative brand marketers under 40 years old working East of the Mississippi. Brand Innovators searched the country for client-side rock stars who are not only innovating within their organizations but also progressing positive change for the industry overall.

40under40The 40 industry leaders were selected by Brand Innovators based on their professional accomplishments, ability to leverage digital media and emerging advertising technology platforms, including digital video, social media, mobile, content data, analytics and e-commerce to implement “best-of-breed” marketing and advertising campaigns. Mamuric was chosen for her successful track record of game-changing marketing, disruptive innovation and breakthrough business results on >20 consumer brands.

Mamuric is Director of Marketing at L’Oreal, the world’s #1 Beauty company synonymous with innovation and scientific advancement in more than 130 countries worldwide.  She currently drives trend-inspired innovation and envisions future Skin Care products for L’Oreal Paris, the company’s flagship brand.

Previously, she worked in Global Innovation at Church & Dwight, a leading CPG company that has outpaced the S&P by more than 2X over the last 10 years & was named one of the “Hottest Growth Companies” by Business Week.  She pioneered new-to-the world strategic thinking on consumer segmentation, equity stretch opportunities and whitespace expansion, which helped drive record growth for their largest SBU, via iconic brands like Arm & Hammer and OxiClean. Prior to Church & Dwight, Mamuric worked at Procter & Gamble, where she brought Beauty into the Oral Care space with the IRI Pacesetter launch of Crest 3D White and led marketing efforts for Fekkai, Oral-B and Folgers.  At the beginning of her career, she served as a political strategist and entrepreneur. She holds an MBA from Washington University and a BA from Maryville University, both in St. Louis, and currently resides in NYC.

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The Consortium for Graduate Studies in Management (CGSM) is holding its 48th annual Orientation Program for new incoming MBA students in Austin, Texas this week.  Founded in 1966 by Prof. Sterling Schoen of Washington University, the CGSM has now grown to become the premier national organization involved in promoting and helping gain access to graduate business education for historically underrepresented minorities.

Today, the organization is comprised of 18 world class universities that enroll in their MBA programs nearly 500 new CGSM students per year.  Since its founding CGSM school shave graduated more than 7,000 leaders to the benefit of businesses and communities around the country.

Image: New students, current students, alumni and staff gather in Austin for the 48th annual CGSM Orientation Program.

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