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MBA in Management

A Letter from Sholanki Sarkar, 2014 MBA

Dear Friends, I'm writing to you to describe my experience here at UIC Liautaud. I came from across the seas to the United States from my home country, India, for higher education. While working at IBM, I realized the need to understand business and management in more depth. My specific interest in UIC Liautaud was the opportunity to learn strategic management and product development in greater detail. So I chose UIC Liautaud among all the college admits I had received. My experience was amazing... read more

Where Are They Now: Cory Cooper, MBA 2004

 Cory F. Cooper MBA 2004, Finance and Entrepreneurship Current Employer: Citibank Pre-Degree Field of Work: Marketing Post-Degree Field Work: Finance Undergraduate Degree:  B.S. in Marketing Undergraduate Institution:  Saint Xavier University Organization Involvement:  National Association of Health Services Executives, Coalition of African American Leaders, Art Institute of Chicago and Museum of Contemporary Art   How did you get your current position? I was tapped by a good friend of mine who... read more

The Internship Experience: Parin Chopda, MS-MIS Candidate 2015 - Motorola Solutions, Inc.

Parin Chopda Full-time MS-MIS 2015 Industry: Information Technology Undergraduate Degree In: Bachelors of Technology (Computer Science) Undergraduate School: Symbiosis Institute of Technology, Symbiosis International University (Pune, India) Career Goal: To work as an Information Systems professional leveraging my technical knowledge and business analysis skills acquired through MIS curriculum, course projects and previous work experience.        How did you find your internship? I applied on... read more

Student Spotlight: Michelle Plasz, MBA Candidate 2015

   Michelle Plasz Part-time MBA Candidate 2015 Concentration: IDS Field of work: Purchasing and Supply Chain Management Undergraduate Degree In: Communications Undergraduate School: DePaul University Career Goal: Supply Chain/ Procurement Organizations Involved With: Liautaud Women’s Network, MBAA     Interests/Hobbies:  I used to cook professionally and now enjoy entertaining friends and family often.  Before going back to school, I used to read and knit.  During football season, you will find... read more

Inspired & Transformed: Alumni Success Stories Panel Event on July 10

Learn what a UIC Liautaud degree has meant for a panel of alumni - and what it could mean for you! Join us on July 10 for this exclusive event and hear from alumni from three master's programs (MBA, MSA, MIS) as they share their stories of how UIC Liautaud changed their career direction and/or its trajectory. Whether you are looking to change your career by switching industries or you are hoping to accelerate your current career path, hear from those who have had similar experiences. Current and... read more

Student Spotlight: Danielle Seger, MBA/MSF Candidate 2015

Danielle Seger               Full-time MBA/MSF Candidate 2015 Concentration: Finance  Field of Work: Investment Management Undergraduate Degree In: Economics & Spanish Undergraduate School: Lafayette College Career Goal: Buy-side investment finance Organizations Involved With: Illinois Ventures and UIC Liautaud's Women Network       Interests/Hobbies: Distance running, reading, and alternative rock Internships: Illinois Ventures Favorite Chicago Activities/ Places: 2nd Friday’s @ The Fine Arts... read more

Student Spotlight: Rogelio Rangel, MBA Candidate 2015

Rogelio Rangel Weekend - MBA Candidate 2015 Concentrations: Finance / Management Industry: Financial Services Undergraduate Degree In: Industrial and Systems Engineering Undergraduate School: Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education Career Goal: Continued growth in the financial field Interests/Hobbies: Watching sports and going to concerts Internships: American Chamber of Commerce of Mexico, Landstar Favorite Chicago Restaurant: Portillo’s Favorite Part of the Day: Relaxing after... read more

Student Spotlight: Abe Berkley-Vigil, MBA Candidate 2014

Abe Berkley-Vigil Full-time MBA Candidate 2014 Concentration:  Finance Undergraduate degree: Economics, History Undergraduate School: University of Wisconsin Career Goal: Doing what I love Organizations involved with: GFIN     Tell us about your personal and professional background. I am a second year MBA student with a concentration in Finance. I have worked in the restaurant industry as a server, and also worked at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange Group as a runner for a summer. This... read more

Fall 2014 Two-Credit Hour Liautaud Courses

This fall 2014 semester the Liautaud program is offering several unique two-credit course options.  What makes these courses unique is that they are short courses that only last eight weeks out of the semester and they focus on developing professional skills that will assist in launching and developing a successful career.  Topics taught include project management, web analytics, and improvisation & leadership to name a few. MBA 500:  Corporate Strategy Section 1:  Monday, 8/25-10-13. ... read more

Alumni Profile: Caralynn Nowinski, MBA/MD 2007

Concentration: Entrepreneurship Post-Degree Industry/Field of Work: Technology Startups & Economic Development Undergraduate Degree: Human Communication Sciences and Disorders Undergraduate Institution: Northwestern University Current Employer: Associate Vice President for Innovation & Economic Development, University of Illinois; Interim Executive Director & Chief Operating Officer, UI LABS LinkedIn Profile: Caralynn Nowinski   Why did you return to school to obtain your Graduate Business... read more

Student Spotlight: Megan Wright Drumm, MBA Candidate 2016

Megan Wright Drumm Part-time MBA Candidate 2016, Management   Industry/Field of work: Nonprofit Management   Undergraduate degree: Communication Arts and French (majors); Business Administration (minor)   Undergraduate School: University of Wisconsin-Madison   Organizations involved with: InKIND       What prompted you to return to school to achieve your master’s degree?   I minored in Business Administration as an undergraduate student and really enjoyed the experience. The education that I... read more

Student Spotlight: Christine Meier, MBA Candidate 2015

    Christine Meier      MBA Candidate 2015         Concentration: International Business  Industry/Field of Work: Renewable Energy / Manufacturing Undergraduate Degree: International Business Undergraduate School: Illinois State University Career Goal: Continue work in international manufacturing and operations.     Organizations involved with: German American Chamber of Commerce of the Midwest, Women of Wind Energy Chicago Chapter           Can you tell us about your personal and... read more

New Master of Science in Finance Program Starting Fall 2014

The past several years have been a time of exciting change and transformation for UIC Liautaud Graduate School of Business, including a new dean, Michael Mikhail, the new Douglas Hall, the hiring of many additional faculty and career staff, and the start of our new Weekend MBA program. This year, we plan to continue this momentum as we launch a brand new program — the Master of Science in Finance degree (MSF) beginning Fall 2014. Professional opportunities in finance are changing dramatically as... read more

UIC Science & Technology Fellow at IllinoisVENTURES

          Philippe Kirschey         Full-time MBA Candidate 2015, Entrepreneurship and Management         Undergraduate Degree: Mechanical Engineering         Undergraduate School: Bergische University of Wuppertal, Germany           Career goal: President of CENTA Antriebe Kirschey GmbH           Organizations involved with: MBAA, Innovation Incubator                                      UIC Liautaud recently partnered with UIC’s Office of Technology Management and IllinoisVENTURES to offer... read more

Is Career Advancement at the Top of Your New Year's Resolutions List?

A new year is here---Learn more about UIC Liautaud Graduate School of Business programs by attending one of our exciting admissions events in January to fast track your goals.    UIC LIAUTAUD INFO SESSION – 1/15   This event will be a great opportunity to meet our admissions staff and learn about our four master’s degree offerings including our Weekend MBA program and the new MS Finance we are getting ready to launch!  Current student ambassadors will also be there to share their... read more

Looking for Spring Courses?

There are many exciting courses being offered next semester. Check out the list below and sign up today! Spots are filling quickly!    4 Credit Courses   IDS 500: Information Systems Saturdays 9-11:30 A.M.  *appx. 7 on-line classes Overview Information technologies are an integral part of the corporate and industrial world today They are being used in organizations for such purposes as: providing products and services; creating competitive advantage; managing global corporations; developing and... read more

Alumni Profile: Chris Madden, MBA 2006

    Chris Madden          Entrepreneurship concentration Current Employer: Matchnode Digital Marketing Industry/Field of Work: Start-Ups Undergraduate Degree: Spanish/English Undergraduate School: Georgetown University Organizations involved with: Beta Gamma Sigma     What prompted you to join UIC Liautaud to earn your graduate business degree? After a liberal arts undergrad and running my own business for 3 years, I wanted to have a solid foundation in business disciplines like accounting,... read more

Student Spotlight: Michael Vidmar, MBA Candidate 2013

Michael Vidmar           Full-time MBA Candidate, Finance and Management concentrations Industry/Field of Work: Real Estate Finance Undergraduate Degree: Economics Undergraduate School: Dartmouth College Career Goal: Manage real estate investment fund Organizations involved with: Preston Bradley Center, GFIN     What prompted you to return to school to achieve your master’s degree? After a career developing small- and medium-size companies in the real estate industry, I had exposure across many... read more

MBA COURSE SPOTLIGHT: Leading for Impact | Social Innovation and Leadership Series

  Organizations are the world's most powerful actors. As such, leaders have enormous potential to make an impact. Most leaders want to have a positive impact of some kind, but doing so effectively is not easy. It requires keen awareness of two things – how to have an impact through organizations and what kind of impact one wants to have. First, leaders need to understand key levers for generating positive outcomes through organizational structures and relationships. Second, plotting a coherent... read more

Student Spotlight: Phyllis Lin, MBA Candidate 2015

    Phyllis Lin              Part-time MBA Candidate 2015 Field of work: Pharmacy            Graduate degree: PharmD from University of Illinois Career Goal: To work in pharmacy managed care or the pharmaceutical industry What prompted you to return to school to achieve your master’s degree? In pharmacy school we had limited exposure to business education, especially when compared to the sciences and our clinical training. Having worked in several pharmacies, it has become clear to me how... read more