Author: Jennifer Krupp


About Jennifer Krupp

I joined Olin Business School as a Corporate Relations Coordinator in December, 2014. It has been a pleasure to meet students, faculty and corporate partners of amazingly high caliber and integrity.

RBC mentor panel

At the St. Louis Regional Business Council’s (RBC) Spring Reception for the Mentor Network Program, a panel of RBC Mentors shared sage advice with students.

RBC mentor network logoKathy Osborn, Executive Director of the RBC, advised the audience to “find a company with a mission you can get behind.”

Debbie Rub, Vice President & General Manager at Boeing, shared Boeing’s vision for the future as the company celebrates its 100th year. “Human flight is the future,” Rub declared.

The panel moderator was John Stupp, President of Stupp Bros. He kicked off the discussion by asking, “What lessons have you learned along the way?” Below are a few of the candid insights panelists provided:

Tom Manenti, Chairman and CEO, MiTek Industries:

  • Show up on time (which Manenti said is actually 15 minutes early).
  • Have organization skills.
  • Have an open mind.

Wendy Henry, Managing Partner, BKD:

  • Love what you do. Be passionate.
  • Nurture and develop relationships.
  • Learn your business, not just your job. Understand how it operates.

Tony Thompson, Chairman and CEO, Kwame Building Group:

  • Don’t accumulate too many enemies at one time.
  • Empathy in a leader is important.
  • Inspect what you expect if you want respect.

Dan Gillian, Vice President, F/A-18 & EA-18 Programs, Boeing Military Aircraft

  • Know your business and do your job first.
  • Believe in the power of yes. Take risks.
  • Manage your luck. Put yourself in the right positions.
  • Be intentional and not prescriptive.

Additional insight and advice from panelists to come!

About the RBC Mentor Network. Every academic year, each of the 14 schools of business and engineering in the Collaboration recommends students, based on academic performance and interest in the St. Louis business community, to participate in the RBC Mentor Network. These students are then individually paired with a CEO or top executive of an RBC company to receive practical, “real world” knowledge and post-graduate opportunities.

2016 Olin Award (165x178)Todd Milbourn, the Hubert C. and Dorothy R. Moog Professor of Finance and Radhakrishnan “Radha” Gopalan, associate professor of finance, presented their findings on performance-based pay to the largest group yet at the 9th Annual Olin Award Winner’s Luncheon.

A write-up of the findings, a video, and the paper can be found here.

Guests at the luncheon included several CEOs and CFOs asking questions about company approaches to performance-based pay.

Proof that dreams can come true: One day before the TEDxGatewayArch: DREAM of Major League Soccer (MLS) event hosted by Olin convened, news broke that St. Louis business and sports leaders are joining forces to bring an MLS expansion franchise to our city. (more…)

Shaker Sadasivam, EMBA’99, is President and CEO of SunEdison Semiconductor Ltd.. He is an active alum at Olin and has participated as a classroom speaker and a member of Reunion Committee. He also sits on the Advisory Board for BCTIM (Boeing Center for Technology, Information, and Manufacturing), and was the commencement speaker for the Graduate Programs graduation in December 2015.

Shaker Sadasivam, CEO of SunEdison Semiconductor

Shaker Sadasivam, CEO of SunEdison Semiconductor

Because of this and much more, he exemplifies what it means to be a Friend of Olin. Friends are those who are giving of their time, their knowledge, share their years of experience, open the doors of their companies to students and faculty to help Olin build better leaders.

Some friendly questions for Friends of Olin:

What has been one of your most valuable experiences at Olin Business School?
The most valuable experience was the coming together of great teachers and students with various backgrounds, the stimulating classroom discussions and the many lifelong associations which it created.

What is the most compelling thing your mentor has shared with/done for you?
My parents created my foundational values. Both of them inculcated in me the discipline of hard work, taking responsibility for my actions and humility. In addition, I have learned so much from many people – starting with my wife, my children, my peers, my supervisors etc. I am always looking for things that other people do better than me and try to learn from them.

What are the 3 biggest challenges facing leaders today?
Recruiting top global talent, working in an increasing globally competitive world, the pace of change and the surprising places at which some of these changes originate. In addition to business and macro-economic issues, working in a global environment requires leaders to be fully aware of geo-political issues also.

What is the one behavior or trait you have seen impede leaders’ careers?
Two key traits for a successful leader are integrity and communications (both listening & understanding).

Chancellor Wrighton, Mr. Sadasivam and Dean Gupta at Commencement for Olin’s Graduate Programs, winter 2015.

Chancellor Wrighton, Mr. Sadasivam and Dean Gupta at Commencement for Olin’s Graduate Programs, winter 2015.

What are you grateful for today (business or personal)? Why?
I am grateful for many things in my life. I am fortunate to have a wonderful wife and children (a daughter and three boys) and an extended loving family. I am grateful for my health and the opportunities I have been given in my long career at SunEdison Semiconductor.

Who’s your favorite business speaker or author? Why?
I am an avid reader of history books and have recently been enjoying books by Henry Kissinger, including his most recent one on World Order. History provides a great context to understanding, but not necessarily justifying, many of the issues the world faces today. It also holds many powerful lessons for the world’s business leaders.

Confident in building relationships with the prisoners he was tasked to interrogate, Eric Maddox, current Executive MBA (Class 45) student and decorated veteran, credits innovation in interrogation techniques for the capture of Saddam Hussein. In 2003, while assigned to a Special Operations Task Force in Iraq, Maddox conducted over 300 interrogations and collected the intelligence which directly led to the capture of Saddam Hussein. Maddox shared his experience in Iraq at Olin’s Century Club speaker series on Jan. 28, 2016.

Capturing Saddam is about the inside story of Maddox’s role as an interrogator in the intelligence gathering operations that led to the capture of Saddam Hussein.

Capturing Saddam is the inside story of Maddox’s role as an interrogator in the intelligence gathering operations that led to the capture of Saddam Hussein.

The first current student to speak at Century Club, Maddox talked about being sent to the Middle East after being trained as a Chinese Mandarin linguist. Assigned as an interrogator, Maddox quickly realized he needed to change his tactics to gather intelligence. The biggest change was becoming an excellent listener, a tool every good negotiator should have according to Maddox.

Maddox told the audience in Emerson Auditorium, that innovation can be applied to any field when you have a passion and confidence in  your mission. The challenge is finding out where to change the process, or “find the pain,” the obstacle that is keeping others from changing with you.

Maddox found the obstacle to changing interrogation techniques and gathering intelligence in the Army. He utilized that information and shared it with his team. These tactics not only led to the capture of Saddam Hussein, the “Ace of Spades,” but also changed interrogation tactics used the US military.

Maddox is now integrating knowledge gained from Olin’s EMBA program into his work as a consultant to corporations, organizations, and individuals on interrogation and debriefing techniques.

Learn more about the EMBA program here.

Learn more about Eric Maddox here.


Professor Jared Jennings takes questions after presenting his research.

Professor Jared Jennings takes questions after presenting his research.

Assistant Professor of Accounting Jared Jennings presented research focusing on management forecasting in debt contract negotiations to a corporate audience as part of Olin’s Business Research Series, Jan. 27 in Bauer Hall.

Previous research in this area has focused on the monitoring role of historical information in debt contracting. Jennings’ research focuses on the use of information obtained during the screening process prior to a loan contract’s inception. The researchers analyzed management forecasts and their accuracy to measure the borrower’s ability to anticipate and respond to future economic conditions.

The researchers found that there was an almost 12% reduction in the initial debt contract spread between borrowers with the least and most accurate management forecasts.

Don Dent, Dick Mahoney and Jared Jennings discuss his research after the presentation.

Don Dent, Dick Mahoney and Jared Jennings discuss his research after the presentation.

Olin’s Business Research Series, features recent faculty research including annual winners of the Olin Award. Faculty presentations throughout the year and executive summaries published on the Olin website aim to translate noted academic papers into nuggets of valuable information that managers can apply in today’s competitive global marketplace.

Jenning’s presentation included research published in his paper, “Are better forecasters better borrowers? Management forecast accuracy and the cost of debt.”  The paper was a top contender in the  2015 Olin Award competition that honors research that impacts business.

Contact and learn more about Professor Jennings here.

The Olin Award and Business Research Series are sponsored by Richard J. Mahoney, Olin Distinguished Executive in Residence and former chairman and CEO of Monsanto.
Link to Olin faculty research here.