Aaron is the Corporate Giving Director at TransNational Bankcard, a Chicago Tribune Top 100 Workplace, where he oversees the company’s philanthropic and community engagement. He received a B.A. in History, with honors, in 2005 from Colorado Christian University where he served as student body president and was a 4 year varsity member of CCU’s NCAA Division II men’s tennis program. Aaron plans on leveraging the additional knowledge and skills he’ll gain in the MSC on behalf of under-resourced communities both globally and locally through philanthropic and community development endeavors.
I was too. Financing nearly $50,000 worth of anything wasn’t high on my to do list entering this program.
However, from my experience, I have the following thoughts to share:
1. All journeys and mountains look longer and harder to climb at the start and base. STARTING can be the hardest step… it gets easier. For me, [...]
One of the more intriguing concepts I picked up last quarter came from my Managing Workplace Diversity and Inclusion class with Prof. Kathleen Galvin. We spoke in class about minority mentoring (both traditional and reverse), and also evaluated their effectiveness in affecting workplace mobility. The conclusion – Not very effective, but generally a good opportunity [...]
One of the unique aspects of the MSC is that you’re not bunched in with a lot of current, or to be peers, in the same industry or space. To find that type of education, try an MBA in Healthcare or a MS in Finance. Rather, the MSC pools practitioners from a variety of different [...]
In the MSC, as with all graduate programs, the onus IS on the student and the instructors to navigate professional development well. To help, quarterly events are provided by the MSC office on different facets of cohort need. Past events have included dealing with recruiters, managing online presence, and strategies for continued career success. These [...]
Tomorrow, the 80+ of us in this program will again head to Francis Searle (the communication building at NU) for two classes. In the first, teams of 3 will present their work over the past weeks auditing an innovation process at a company, and in the second, we’ll be broken up by elective class presumably [...]
This past Saturday the MSC was treated to a seminar hosted by Allan Platt, Partner at Clareo Partners. Allan had as his guests during the day, Jill Weinberg, the Director of the Midwest Regional Office of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Daniel Whitman, President and Founder of Global Tap, and Stephanie Wolcott, Formerly the [...]
One of my favorite aspects of this program is how great it is when the projects we do in class synergize with needs my current company has.
For instance, our company recently developed a wiki application to enable our employees to quickly access information. Without being disparaging, the project was somewhat (to this point in time) [...]
As with all thing involving life, there is no static, easy pat answer for what your life will look like entering into the MSC. However, I can say with conviction – Brace yourself for a very intense year. Sometimes, the workload will be heavy and you’ll find yourself struggling to keep your head above water, [...]
A better title for this post would be that information *Properly shared* leads to innovation. At least that’s the thesis of Paul Leonardi’s Managing Information for Innovation class that our MSC cohort is currently in the middle of.
To be clear, most of us are finding Prof. Leonardi absolutely on the mark. All organizations and businesses [...]
I’ve written here before about how this program has changed my views of race issues, I’ve also written about my classmates and how valuable they have been in my educational experience. So it won’t be surprising to read that I’m absolutely, emphatically convinced that a master’s degree should require the majority of its content be [...]