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Due by Dec. 15 - nominations for Glenn L. Jackson Leadership Award

Willamette University’s Atkinson Graduate School of Management invites nominations for its annual Glenn L. Jackson Leadership Award.  The Award was created by Willamette University and the Atkinson Graduate School of Management in 1984 to recognize extraordinary entrepreneurial and civic leadership benefitting the State of Oregon.  Gerald “Gerry” Frank was the first recipient and Mr. Frank presents The Award annually at the Atkinson School Commencement.

The Award seeks to recognize public and private leadership in the tradition of the late Glenn L. Jackson, a true Oregonian, who served as Chairman of Pacific Power and Light (now, PacifiCorp), Chairman of the Oregon Transportation Commission and owner of several entrepreneurial enterprises.  Glenn Jackson believed in making the right thing happen for Oregon and had the capacity and drive to get things done.  He serves as a civic leadership model for all Oregonians. 

Learn more and submit a nomination by December 15:  http://www.willamette.edu/mba/jacksonaward

MBA for Professionals – referrals for January 2014 cohort

It’s not too late to refer a friend or colleague to the MBA for Professionals’ next Portland Cohort, which begins on January 6, 2014 at the Willamette University Portland Center in the Pearl District. Candidates referred by alumni may be eligible for a $1000 tuition credit.  Please have those interested contact the MBA for Professionals admissions team as soon as possible to discuss the application process: mba-professional@willamette.edu

More information on the alumni referral program: http://willamette.edu/mba/for_alumni/referral/index.html

From pizza to profit projections: rising through Portland’s retail industry

Nick Arneson’s (MBA’12) career path traces through iconic local institutions.

The Assistant Merchandise Manager for adidas’s Originals will be the first to accept his candidacy; “I probably transformed more than anyone else in my class, if only because I had such a long way to come,” Arneson admits. “Many of my peers were already well-established in their careers, and wanted an MBA to move up. In my situation, I’d spent my 20’s chasing the rock-star dream. When my wife got pregnant, I realized that if I didn’t make a change soon, I wouldn’t escape retail management at all.”

Read the entire story online at: http://willamette.edu/mba/news/library/2013/dec/dec6_adidas.html

Faculty research and impact – modernizing government, applying market research and embracing globalization

In the Willamette MBA program, faculty and students engage in academic research and projects that impact real organizations and have consequences in the real world.  Review the latest faculty research projects and news clippings online.

Read more: http://www.willamette.edu/mba/research_impact/