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Radhika Ghai Aggarwal, MBA 2002, Chief Business Officer and Co-founder of online marketplace Shopclues, a highly successful startup based in India, talks about the importance of mentors in her career in an interview with the Economic Times.

“I have had several mentors who have greatly influenced different aspects of my growth and learning in the past 20 years or so. My dean at Washington University, Dr Mahendra Gupta, former dean, Olin Business School, had a great influence on me during my early professional career.

“I have known my current mentor for almost 10 years now. …The most important professional advice I got from my mentor was to always hire someone better than yourself.’ She said, ‘If you find that you are generally the smartest person on the table then there is something wrong.'”

Link to Economic Times article.

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Many new students have already arrived, and the first day of classes for everyone else is just around the corner. In the hectic first weeks of a new academic year, we like to point out some of the unique and helpful resources available to Olin students. One such treasure is the Weston Career Center’s Management and Communication Center.

The Weston Career Center and Management Communication Center share a common goal: to ensure that Olin students have the personal and professional skills required for lifelong career advancement in today’s global marketplace. We believe that professional success depends on the ability to communicate effectively, present confidently, and, ultimately influence business decisions.

The WCC–MCC partnership offers an extensive lineup of resources to help students hone marketable communication skills. Through personalized coaching, interactive workshops, and leading-edge technology, the staff of the WCC and MCC guides students as they sharpen professional communication skills that will distinguish them in interviews and help them secure jobs, leading to their career advancement. Graduates of Olin Business School will distinguish themselves among their peers as effective communicators who drive change and lead thinking. Below are some of the services MCC provides to business students:

Advising on résumés and cover letters

Consultants advise on effectively using the Olin résumé format and assist with creating compelling cover letters, making persuasive and descriptive word choices, identifying grammatical and structural weaknesses, and offering recommendations for improvement.

Practice interviews

Through in-person and recorded practice sessions, consultants lead you through behavioral questions common in most interviews. Your responses and body language will be evaluated and a personalized improvement plan is created.

Crafting effective presentations and PowerPoint slides

Personal presence, persuasive language, and audience engagement are just a few of the critical elements of a successful presentation. MCC consultants review your presentations and offer instruction and tips for improvement.

Often the weakest link in a presentation, PowerPoint slides should be a powerful reinforcement of the salient points of your presentation. MCC consultants can offer tips and recommendations for making visually interesting slides that complement the speaker’s points.

Guidance on written assignments

Executive summaries, case reviews, and professional emails are some of the written homework that you will encounter at Olin. Consultants review your written homework and make recommendations to help you develop habits to produce concise, convincing, and logical written work.

English as a second language (ESL) assistance

Consultants help students with the challenges of developing expansive English skills. Practice in pronunciation cultivates an understanding of the importance of intonation in comprehension. Both written and spoken work are evaluated for correct grammar and effective structure. Cultural questions are addressed in a friendly, confidential environment. In addition, the MCC offers individual practice sessions.

Could you use the support of the MCC? Schedule an appointment today. 

Dennis Weaver, MD, EMBA ’97, will become the chief clinical officer at Oscar Health Insurance Aug. 14, 2017. Oscar Health Insurance is a technology-focused health insurance company founded in 2012 and headquartered in New York City.

At Oscar, Weaver will oversee work with doctors and hospitals and help build tighter partnerships with health systems. Weaver earned a medical degree from the University of Iowa and trained as an obstetrician and gynecologist.

According to a Bloomberg report, Oscar, the startup health insurer, “has relied on narrow networks crafted in partnership with hospital groups to expand into new markets for Obamacare plans, saying they can help limit costs for members and provide better care. The company will sell Affordable Care Act plans in the Cleveland area for next year in a venture with the Cleveland Clinic, for example.”

Link to article on Bloomberg.



Alumni in the news

The IFRS® Foundation has appointed Nili Shah, Olin BSBA’96, as Executive Technical Director. She will lead the technical staff that support the International Accounting Standards Board (Board) and be responsible for the coordination and delivery of all technical activities in line with priorities set out by the Board.

Ms. Shah has nearly two decades’ experience with IFRS Standards. As Deputy Chief Accountant of the Division of Corporation Finance of the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), she addressed technical accounting issues arising from the Division’s review of the approximately 500 SEC registrants that file financial statements prepared using IFRS Standards.

She has also provided feedback on the Board’s technical consultations and supported the SEC staff’s discussions on IFRS Standards within the International Organization of Securities Commission’s (IOSCO) accounting technical committee. [1] Before joining the SEC, she served in the private sector, assisting European companies in their preparations to adopt IFRS Standards.

Ms. Shah has led multiple cross-organisational teams to improve disclosures, identify emerging technical issues and develop policies to promote consistency and compliance. She also oversaw the technical accounting training programme for around 200 staff and was responsible for the Division of Corporation Finance’s preparation for adoption of the new revenue Standard.

Ms. Shah worked for PwC in the UK and the US from 1996 to 2004. She has a Bachelor of Science in business administration from Washington University and is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and a CFA® charterholder.

Hans Hoogervorst, Chairman of the Board, said: “Nili has been deeply involved in accounting standard-setting for almost two decades. She brings a wealth of relevant technical and organisational experience to the IFRS Foundation and will play a key role in delivering the Board’s work plan.”

Commenting on her appointment, Nili Shah, said: “I look forward to working with the Board members, the staff and the wider standard-setting community to help deliver on the Foundation’s mission.”

Ms. Shah will start her new role in October 2017.

Source: News Release from IFRS

Thanks to Christine Botosan for sharing this news with the Olin Blog.

[1] Committee on Issuer Accounting, Audit and Disclosure (Committee 1)

The IFRS Foundation is a not-for-profit, public interest organisation established to develop a single set of high-quality, understandable, enforceable and globally accepted accounting standards—IFRS Standards—and to promote and facilitate adoption of the standards.

IFRS Standards are set by the IFRS Foundation’s standard-setting body, the International Accounting Standards Board.

Find out more about the structure of the IFRS Foundation and our consultative bodies.

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