How did you spend your winter break? On January 9th and 10th, 2014, twelve students from Washington University, including students from Olin’s Specialized Masters Program and dual degree Global Masters of Science in Finance (Singapore Management University and Olin), ventured out for two days of

Kathleen Mazzarella, Chairman, President, and CEO of electrical and networking products distributor Graybar, attended the last official gathering of the BSBA sophomore Mentor Program this past week. She was joined by Beverly Propst, Senior VP Human Resources and Graybar Board member.

Kathy Mazzarella, CEO, president and Chairman, Graybar

Kathy Mazzarella, CEO, president and Chairman, Graybar

Kathy did a wonderful job sharing with the entire group details about her experiences along the way to reaching the top leadership position at Graybar.  She encourages women to take those stretch opportunties offered by senior leadership, which could lead to career advancement.

Kathy is a 34-year veteran with employee-owned Graybar, the second-largest privately held company based in St. Louis with $5.66 billion in 2013 revenue.

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At the annual Washington University Health Administration Program (HAP) Alumni Reception held in Chicago on March 25, 2014, C. Edward Brown, FACHE, Chief Executive Officer of The Iowa Clinic  received the Distinguished Alumni Award.

In 2011, the HAP Program Alumni Association agreed to an affiliation with Olin Business School to help promote health care management education to undergraduate and graduate business students. The HAP Program was part of the WU School of Medicine until 2007 when it was closed.

C. Edward Brown is pictured above (second from right) with Ron Gribbins, WCC healthcare advisor, Mark Brostoff, associate dean and director Weston Career Center and John McGuire, president of the HAP Alumni Association.

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Can one person make a difference?  With six billion people on the planet, it is tempting to buy into the notion that history is shaped by movements and ideas rather than individuals.  With the rise of multinational corporations and organizations that span the globe, some people feel powerless to create meaningful change, like they are tiny specks of sand on a beach that stretches for miles.  Thus when such people see something wrong with the world they just shake their heads and say, “it’s a real shame,” before continuing on with their lives.
Thankfully, Ian Anand Forber-Pratt is not one of those people.

On March 24, Olin hosted a presentation by Ian Anand Forber-Pratt.  Ian is the founder and CEO of Foster Care India, and he is in St. Louis this week to receive a Distinguished Alumni Award from the Brown School of Social Work.  Ian spoke with Olin students about the difficulties of forming an NGO in India, social entrepreneurship, and building a critical mass to create sustainable change. Michael McLaughlin, MBA’14, contributed this post.

With no money, no powerful backers, no organizational support, Ian sold his belongings and booked a flight to the other side of the world.  His goal: to create a nationwide foster care system for a country with over one billion people.  It was a Herculean task, and some wondered whether Ian was setting himself up for failure.  After all, he was just a retail clerk.  But Ian was driven by a powerful force.  “I was adopted by parents who felt a connection to India,” he said.  “I had no information about my biological family, except for what it says on my birth record:  ‘born to unwed mother, father unknown.’”

PrintWhat would have happened had Ian not been adopted?  He needed to know.  Ian typed the words “Foster Care India” into the Google search box and clicked Enter.  There were no results—at least nothing relevant to foster care.  One of the articles explained how to adopt a dog or cat.  How could the world’s second most populous country not have a foster care system?

Ian decided to book a flight to India and find out.

Touring the country over the next few weeks, Ian witnessed orphaned and abandoned children living in deplorable conditions.  He saw infants tied to cribs, malnourished toddlers, and kids wandering the streets with no place to call home.  But where others saw utter hopelessness and a system resistant to change, Ian saw something else.  Among the Indian people he found “a deep love of culture, spirituality, and community that unapologetically breathes through everyday actions, causing one to be forever changed just by stepping on the soil.”

After returning to the United States, Ian realized he could no longer return to his old life.  That life was gone, having been swallowed up by the knowledge that millions of children were needlessly suffering.  How could Ian forget what he had seen?  He was overcome with a strong sense of purpose, a newfound meaning that compelled him to take action.  Unwilling to turn a blind eye, Ian decided to do something. He moved to Udaipur and created Foster Care India.

It was nothing much at first; just an office and a telephone.  But after years of building relationships with community leaders, after hours spent waiting for government bureaucrats who dragged their feet on paperwork because Ian refused to pay bribes, after twenty-hour work days and resisting the temptation to lose hope, Foster Care India grew into something substantial.

Within just a few years’ time, Ian had formed a board of directors, published a paper in a leading journal, and released an annual report.  Soon he would be invited to his first state government meeting, build a staff of interns, practitioners, and consultants, and become a board member of the International Foster Care Organization.   Working with groups such as Save the Children and UNICEF, Ian became a leading advocate for children not just in India but around the world.

But Ian isn’t resting on his laurels.  His vision is for Foster Care India to become “a one-stop-shop for all things related to foster care in India.  We will empower others to implement our system in their own localities, celebrating every child and caretaker’s voice as we work to protect children in India and throughout the world.”  Ian is committed to seeing this vision come true as he spreads the message of Foster Care India around the world. “Every child has the right to a family.”


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Moving trucks started arriving at the entrances to Knight Hall and Bauer Hall Monday morning, March 10, as the migration of faculty and staff from Simon Hall officially got underway. Computers were installed as other teams assembled office furniture and unpacked boxes.

Jill, Melissa, and Kim unpack the Weston Career Center offices.

Jill, Melissa, and Kim unpack the Weston Career Center offices.

When taking breaks from the job at hand, faculty and staff explored the five-story complex which still echoed with sounds of construction workers putting on the finishing touches to Knight Hall and Bauer Hall.

Classes begin in the new halls Monday, March 17!

The Weston Career Center’s new home is on the 2nd floor of Knight and Bauer Halls.  Come visit, find your advisor’s office, and check out the 14 hi-tech interview suites.




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Olin Business School’s 96 percent employment rate, three months after graduation, for full-time MBA graduates places it among the top schools in that category in the latest U.S. News and World Report rankings, published March 11, 2014.  According to the website, Olin has the fourth highest employment rate out of the 126 ranked business schools in the annual U.S. News survey.

U.S. News’ overall rankings for graduate business schools places Olin’s three MBA degree programs in the top 25. The Executive MBA program moved up to number 12 while the part-time MBA ranking remained steady at number 16. The full-time MBA program dropped one spot to number 22.

The rankings published this month are branded “2015 Best Business Schools Rankings,” but based on data from the 2012-2013 academic year.

U.S. News Survey        2015               2014               2013  

MBA                                     22                   21                   22

Part-time MBA                     16                   16                   21

Executive MBA                     12                   14                   19

In addition to Olin’s outstanding performance in job placement, the rankings indicate a positive trend for full-time MBA graduates in the category of “Mean Starting Salary and Bonus.” The average starting salary and bonus for 2013 Olin MBA grads totaled $110,533.

Limited rankings data for the 2015 U.S. News Best Graduate Schools Rankings is available here. Details on the methodology used for the survey is also available online.


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