During last month’s spring break global immersion trips piloting the new, revamped MBA program, students on the Shanghai branch of the program spent an afternoon touring a garment factory northwest of the city.
The factory, founded by Olin alumna Judy Yu, a 2016 graduate of the EMBA program with Fudan University, opened its doors to 70 students on the trip, walking them through the finer points of the company’s process and supply chain. Mudoo Fashion Co., a sportswear manufacturer founded in 2004, supplies fan-wear and active wear for a variety of sports around the globe.
But one focus is on rugby uniforms for teams in New Zealand—the home country for Hyrum Palmer, MBA ’19, who was enamored about the factory visit and the connections Yu’s team had made with these professional sports organizations. He was rewarded for his queries with a jersey manufactured for one of his favorite teams, New Zealand national rugby union team the All Blacks.
In gratitude, Palmer closed out the visit to MuDoo by performing a ceremonial “haka,” a ritual “war dance” used by New Zealand rugby teams to fire up the team and the audience. Check it out in the video above.