Practical Application for Careers and Enterprises

Buckle up! You will likely never forget your PACE experience.

It's not uncommon for Willamette University MBA alumni to cite PACE as one of the most transformational aspects of their time here at Atkinson. For some, it's their first true collaborative effort with real clients. For others, it's a fresh opportunity to have positive impact on the community while working through tough decisions that can be, at times, quite frustrating.

No matter what your expectations are going into it, our PACE program will spit you out with a whole new view of management, collaboration, and service to clients and community.

How PACE works

PACE includes two major projects: a consulting project and a new venture plan.

The consulting project starts on the first day of class when students transform their PACE group into a team of consultants who will provide management consulting services to their client not-for-profit or government partner organization.

The new venture plan occurs during spring semester.  At the end of spring semester, teams formally present the results of their client service project and their new venture plan in a public forum. 

Every candidate in the Early Career and Career Change MBA program goes through PACE as part of our curriculum. It helps students quickly build new real-world professional experience, learn to develop and structure an organization, add value to a client, lead and succeed in multi-cultural teams, communicate and make effective presentations, analyze organizational issues, and evaluate opportunities. All while contributing to the community by enhancing the operations of their client service organizations.