Top executives speak with students, public at Indiana University on state of the retail industry

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Jenny Ming

Jenny Ming

Each year, the Retail Studies Organization at Indiana University Bloomington brings top retail experts to campus for a forum centered around current retail challenges and hot topics. This year’s Retail and Design Forum features executives from Burberry, Finish Line and Charlotte Russe.

While the speakers are particularly relevant to students studying apparel merchandising and business, the event is free and open to the public. The event will be held from 4 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 25 in the Whittenberger Auditorium in the Indiana Memorial Union.

“We are so fortunate to have three amazing executives from the retail industry coming to campus,” said Janis Shaffer, a senior lecturer in the Department of Apparel Merchandising and Interior Design. “These executives have extensive backgrounds in the industry and they will be sharing their experiences and knowledge with students. It is a tremendous gift to IU students.”

In addition to the public talk, select Retail Studies Organization students will be having individual chats with the executives to network and learn more about how they, too, can have careers in the retail industry.

“I love the Forum because it makes retail come alive for me,” said Hannah Klipsch, Retail Studies Organization president and a senior studying apparel merchandising in the School of Art and Design. “These incredible professionals bring life into the field that we are studying and make what we are learning every day in the classroom feel real and exciting. It reminds me of how much I love what I do and I cannot wait to be in their shoes one day.”

Imran Jooma

Imran Jooma

Students like Klipsch aren’t the only ones looking forward to the event. The presenters can learn from the students, as well.

“Next week, students and I will engage in a discussion about overcoming today’s retail challenges and preparing for the obstacles of tomorrow in that environment. As I prepare for that presentation, I look forward to the energy, creativity and integrity they will bring to the table,” said Imran Jooma, divisional president of omnichannel strategy of Finish Line. “Students have fresh ideas and I will value hearing from them and evolving that input as we at Finish Line strive to deliver the epic finish to our customers.”

The Department of Apparel Merchandising and Interior Design, which supports the student-run organization, joined with the Department of Studio Art in August 2016 to create the new School of Art and Design in the College of Arts and Sciences. The new school creates a “culture of creative interaction and opportunity” for students interested in both art and design. In Fall 2017, the school will officially launch their new academic programs.

Retail + Design Forum schedule:

4 p.m. — Marianne Naberhaus Smith, senior vice president of wholesale and digital at Burberry Americas, “Connecting with the Customer in Today’s world”

5 p.m. — Imran Jooma, divisional president of omnichannel strategy of Finish Line, “Overcoming Today’s Retail Challenges and Preparing for the Obstacles of Tomorrow”

6 p.m. — Jenny Ming, CEO and president of Charlotte Russe, “Fireside chat with a CEO”

Two-for-two: Kelley School team returns to campus as winners of national competition

For the second straight year, a team of students at Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business has returned from the National Black MBA Association’s national conference as victors of its undergraduate case competition.

Jade Haynes, sophomore Landon Davidson, senior Kevin Brown, junior Siphiwe Muze, sophomore

The case competition took place at the National Black MBA Association’s annual conference.

No other business school has won the contest, which this year involved teams from 15 business schools around the country.

The benefits for the Kelley students go far beyond the $15,000 cash prize, which they plan to use to fund upcoming study abroad trips to Costa Rica, Hong Kong and Germany.

“This experience has made me more confident in working with a team, creating a presentation and speaking in front of an audience,” said Siphiwe Muze, one of four members of Kelley’s winning team and a sophomore from Mishawaka, Ind. “These abilities will make me a competitive classmate and future employee.”

Kevin Brown, a teammate and a junior from Hermitage, Tenn., added, “As I am nearing the end of my college, this experience allowed me to realize that I am able to apply the concepts I have learned in my classes. This has given me confidence and eased my nerves regarding whether I am actually prepared to intern next summer and graduate soon thereafter.”

Brown and Muze were joined on the winning team by Jade Haynes, a sophomore from Naperville, Ill.; and Landon Davidson, a senior from South Bend, Ind.

The 38th annual National Black MBA Association conference, which took place in New Orleans last weekend, is the largest diversity career expo in the country and one of the largest professional development and job recruitment events overall. It attracted more than 7,000 people, including black business leaders from well-known companies including Bank of America Corp., Starbucks Coffee Co. and FedEx Corp.

The association created the case competition for undergraduate business students last year to help prepare them for career success by providing them with an experience that has helped many graduate business students of color.

The Kelley students came out on top over finalists from North Carolina A&T University and South Carolina State University, which placed second and third. More than 15 corporate recruiters judged the competition, providing real world feedback and career opportunities for the participants.

“The students also had the unique opportunity to network with hundreds of MBA professionals from around the country and peers who also compete in the competition,” said Taryn Thomas, assistant director of diversity initiatives and an academic advisor at Kelley. “So much of business is about networking and making connections. This was an opportunity to do exactly that.”

The case was based on a successful marketing campaign launched by sports apparel maker Under Armour in 2014, “I Will What I Want,” which targeted women. From the perspective of a team working on the project prior to its launch, students were asked to develop strategies with two goals in mind — to make the company the market leader and to reach $10 billion in sales by 2020.

“The case was presented in a way which required us to put ourselves back in this time, which meant that anything that Under Armour has developed since then or data released after 2014 would not be fair game,” Brown said. “We also had to do quite a bit of our own research and find data independently, which was time consuming and also meant we had to be very careful and very diligent. A general challenge customary of any case was finding a way to balance classes and other extracurricular activities with this case.”

The students said that they drew upon lessons learned in Kelley classes, including those in business communications and business presentations, and produced a powerful PowerPoint presentation and other research to back up their positions.

“My Kelley classes have prepared me well to work with a team,” Haynes said. “Many of my classes involve small case competitions in a sense, so I was definitely prepared to tackle this case.”

“Kelley has taught us how to think critically about a business problem, break it down to its component parts and address each issue separately,” Davidson said. “Kelley taught us to not only look at characteristics of a target market, but also deeper in terms of the morals and values of my customer.

“My main takeaway was the collaborative effort and leadership of the team,” he added. “Kelley stresses the importance of not only cooperation but collaboration; this experience was the most collaborative I’ve been with a team, and I see the effects of it. Moving forward I will share my experience in all the teams I am with for the rest of my time here and post-graduation.”

The students acknowledged that handling pressure is a key component of the competition and that continuing to come in first may add to the challenge for next year’s team.

“Kelley placing first for two consecutive years is a great accomplishment. The results speak volumes about the Kelley curriculum and the efforts put forth by the professors to provide as relevant experience as possible,” Davidson said. “My team used the pressure as a motivator, but we never let it get the best of us. We never spoke about it once, but I am sure individually we thought about it. Life is about challenging yourself and chasing your dreams towards happiness. If you keep that in mind, all else will fall into place.”

IU Kelley School’s entrepreneurship program and its director earn global awards

Donald F. Kuratko, right, accepts the Entrepreneurship Program Directors’ Legacy Award from Brad Burke, executive director of the Global Consortium of Entrepreneurship Centers.

Donald F. Kuratko, right, accepts the Entrepreneurship Program Directors’ Legacy Award from Brad Burke, executive director of the Global Consortium of Entrepreneurship Centers.

For more than a half century, entrepreneurship education at the Indiana University Kelley School of Business has built a legacy of helping alumni spark business creation and innovation.

Recently, the Kelley School received international recognition at the Global Consortium of Entrepreneurship Centers. At the consortium’s annual conference, the school was honored for its contributions to research as was Donald F. Kuratko, the Jack M. Gill Distinguished Chair of Entrepreneurship.

More than 450 professors and entrepreneurship program directors from 260 member universities in 16 countries attended the ceremony, held in the Eastman Theatre in downtown Rochester, N.Y. It was part of the Global Consortium of Entrepreneurship Centers’ annual conference Sept. 30-Oct. 1, co-hosted by the University of Rochester and the Rochester Institute of Technology.

IU and the Kelley School received the 2016 Award for Exceptional Contributions in Entrepreneurship Research. This award recognizes a business school at which the faculty are dedicated to advancing and supporting the creation and creators of new entrepreneurship knowledge.

Award criteria are based upon the faculty’s research agenda, published research, journal management, research grants, impact factors of the publications and the profile of each faculty member. The judges are a jury of peer entrepreneurship professors from around the globe.

Accepting on behalf of the Kelley School of Business was Kuratko, who also serves as the executive and academic director of the Johnson Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation in the Kelley School.

“IU’s Kelley School of Business stands as a world leader in entrepreneurship. Having been recognized as one of the most powerful nodes of entrepreneurship by the journal Scientometrics, our faculty list reads like a virtual ‘who’s who’ of entrepreneurial thought leadership,” Kuratko said.

“The research generated here is not only extensive but also transformative, as it will guide future researchers in the years to come,” he said.

Established in 1997, the Global Consortium of Entrepreneurship Centers brings together university-based entrepreneurship centers from around the world to collaborate, communicate, and jointly advance excellence in entrepreneurship through the unique role and position of the centers in the academic and business communities.

Kuratko, who has served on the organization’s executive committee for many years, also received a special honor, the Entrepreneurship Program Directors’ Legacy Award. He received a standing ovation as he accepted the award, which was presented in recognition of his pioneering efforts and impact on the entire field of entrepreneurship.

Idalene "Idie" Kesner

Idalene “Idie” Kesner

“These awards stand as a tribute to our outstanding faculty in the Kelley School’s Department of Management and Entrepreneurship. It is also a testament to the global leadership efforts of Professor Kuratko in the entrepreneurship realm,” said Idalene Kesner, dean of the IU Kelley School of Business and the Frank P. Popoff Chair of Strategic Management.

“The work of these extraordinary researchers helps to advance knowledge for students, scholars, and practicing entrepreneurs worldwide. And, because outstanding research goes hand in hand with outstanding teaching, it’s clear why the Kelley School has top-ranked entrepreneurship programs at the undergraduate, master’s and doctoral levels,” she said.

The Kelley School established the Johnson Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation in 1998, thanks to a financial gift from Richard “Dick” and Ruth Johnson given in recognition of their family’s lifelong commitment to the school and their entrepreneurial achievements.

Today, the center is the focal point for all entrepreneurial activity on the IU Bloomington campus. Kelley first offered an entrepreneurship program in 1989. Entrepreneurship courses at IU date to 1959.

While academics are important, students say service projects like annual Habitat build are crucial part of their IU experience

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Ever since she saw pictures of her friend participating in a Habitat for Humanity build, Indiana University junior Shradda Madhav has been interested in joining the program.

She got her chance last week, joining the seventh annual build by the IU Kelley School of Business, Habitat for Humanity of Monroe County and Whirlpool Corp.

“I cannot believe volunteers made this,” the IU Kelley School student said as she looked at the new house for the first time. “This is beautiful.”

Madhav was one of about 350 undergraduate and graduate students who took part in the 10-day build near the Virgil T. DeVault Alumni Center on 17th Street.

Shradda Madhav

Shradda Madhav

Jeff and Carly Wyatt and their two grandchildren accepted their new house keys on the football field at Memorial Stadium, before IU’s game against Michigan State. The house was moved to McDoel Gardens, just southwest of campus and within walking distance of downtown Bloomington.

Surrounded by hammers, nails and paint, Madhav admits she’s “terrible at building anything.” But with a little heart, and help from the group, Madhav was able to do her part in making a local family’s dreams come true.

“I could see the difference I was making,” she said.

Although new to Habitat for Humanity, Madhav is not new to giving back. She has worked with nonprofit organizations in the United States and India. Whether it is helping with a literacy program or the Middle Way House, Madhav finds a way to be involved, despite a busy college schedule.

While academics are important and there are plenty of opportunities to excel at Kelley, she said being a part of service projects like Habitat expands her overall IU experience.

“What is the point of getting a job if you cannot make an impact?” she said.

Madhav isn’t the only one who sees the benefits of a life filled with service.

Senior Caroline Wallace has been working on Habitat for Humanity builds for the past four years. In fact, they’ve become an annual tradition for the Kelley senior.

Caroline Wallace

Caroline Wallace

This year, she feared she would miss the build after a foot injury. Although her injury kept her from her favorite part of the build – roof work – she was still able to contribute through painting.

“I really like that aspect of service, getting your hands dirty and feeling sore the next day,” she said.

Wallace said there is a certain community atmosphere inspired by that kind of physical work, especially on a Habitat build.

“When you’re literally sweating next to someone and learning how to use a hammer, it’s hard not to become friends,” she said.

In high school, Wallace said she was “the service girl,” going on multiple service trips to Kentucky and organizing some trips herself.

“I’ve done stuff like this for nine, 10 years,” she said. “This is what I do.”

It feels good to see so many students and IU community members involved in an event like a Habitat build, she said. There is so much to be found at a construction site, she said, that allows students to do more than just work on their degrees, letting their values, attitudes and gratitude shine through.

Wallace said values like empathy and humility are undervalued in society. On a build site, though, they are highly valuable qualities. Everybody comes out with a positive attitude ready to learn and work, no matter what their level of experience is.

“There is a correct way to swing a hammer, and I learned that on this build,” she said. “I still get really excited about it.”

Wallace said whether a person wants to work with Habitat for Humanity or any other nonprofit organization, there is always a way to share time and talents.

“There is time in your life to give back,” she said. “You just have to find it.”

The video below provides you with a full recap of this year’s build.


Chicago Cubs owner shares process for building a winner in speech at Kelley

Chicago Cubs Chairman Tom Ricketts spoke to students, faculty and members of the public on Friday at the IU Kelley School of Business.

Chicago Cubs Chairman Tom Ricketts spoke to students, faculty and members of the public on Friday at the IU Kelley School of Business.

A lecture hall at Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business became more like the bleachers at Wrigley Field, minus the ivy, during a presentation to students and faculty by Chicago Cubs owner Tom Ricketts.

Ricketts was the keynote speaker at Friday’s ninth annual IU Entrepreneurial Connection Day, presented by the school’s Johnson Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation and attended by more than 250 people.

He is also the founder of Incapital LLC. Johnson Center Executive Director Donald F. Kuratko described the Chicago-based investment banking firm as innovative due its creative and individualistic approach to the bond market.

“The Chicago Cubs are a well-established organization, but almost like a 140-year start-up, because of the things that he’s had to do and innovate with that franchise,” said Kuratko, also the Kelley School’s Jack M. Gill Chair of Entrepreneurship.

“Mr. Ricketts has a great perspective on the entrepreneurial nature of businesses, even those as old as the Cubs organization,” said Idalene “Idie” Kesner, dean of the IU Kelley School of Business and the Frank P. Popoff Chair of Strategic Management.

The Cubs owner was happy to talk about investment banking and underwriting securities, but he knew everyone wanted to hear more about what we dream about: going from trading baseball cards as fans to trading players and transforming one of baseball’s more storied franchises.

“I have this unique job where someone will come up to me and before telling me their name, they tell me their age,” Ricketts said. “It pretty much goes like (this): ‘Mr. Ricketts, I’m 71 years old, please win the World Series in my lifetime.’”

A lifelong fan of the Cubs, Ricketts led his family’s acquisition of the team from the Tribune Co. in 2009. He and his siblings Laura and Todd serve as the team’s board of directors.

Inherited challenges to building a winner

Ricketts explained how the team he has assembled is working to turn the Cubs into a perennial contender for a World Series title, which is the No. 1 goal. He also highlighted the team’s work to preserve and improve Wrigley Field for future generations and give back to the city and neighborhood.

“When we bought the team, we knew we had a tough history,” he said. “In 2011, we had a very old team, a very expensive team, and we didn’t have that many prospects that were coming through the system.”

The challenge was to develop a team that will be successful on a consistent basis. While the Cubs are on track to win 100 games this season, Ricketts said it’s more important to make the playoffs each year.

“What you want to do is get to the playoffs as much as possible, because your odds of winning the playoffs will not be predicted by how well your team played during the season,” he said. “Wild-card teams, until a couple of years ago, had a higher percentage or chance of winning the World Series than the division winners.”

He compared the Seattle Mariners, who won 116 games in the 2001 regular season but failed to make the Series, to the rival St. Louis Cardinals, who won only 86 games but won the title as a wild-card team.

Owners can no longer spend to win

The days of buying a winner through free agency are over, Ricketts said.

Chicago Cubs Chairman Tom Ricketts speaks to a packed auditorium of students, faculty and members of the public on Friday, Sept. 9, 2016, at the Kelley School of Business.

Tom Ricketts was the keynote speaker at the eighth annual IU Entrepreneurial Connection Day.

“Those correlations between how much you spend and how many games you win have been declining over time,” he said. “It’s very weak, much weaker than you would think.”

He explained basic baseball economics: Players earn the league minimum during their first three years, become eligible for arbitration during years four through six and then qualify for free agency.

Successful teams figure out the calculus of a relatively new statistical metric – Wins Above Replacement – which tracks how many games a team wins because a certain player is in the lineup versus another player.

Position players who get off to a good start in their careers tend to get signed to long-term contracts by their teams.

“Free-agent contracts have gotten larger,” he said. “They’ve gotten longer, which is also a problem, but the thing is the players have come out (of the contracts) older. So the days of George Steinbrenner waiting for a player to become a free agent when he was age 27 or 28 and hiring him are gone. The Yankees can’t buy championships anymore because the players that are available on the free-agent market are not at their peak.”

Building the core of this year’s contender

Ricketts said his “darkest days” as an owner were in August 2010, when the Cubs had the third highest payroll, third worst record and third worst minor league system. The team decided the best approach was to invest in young talent, including top minor league prospects such as Kyle Schwarber, who played for IU from 2012 to 2014.

Ricketts walked the audience through a series of key Cubs trades in 2012 and 2013, including those for first baseman Anthony Rizzo and pitchers Kyle Hendricks, Jake Arrieta and Pedro Strop.

In July 2012, the Cubs traded fan favorite Ryan Dempster to the Texas Rangers for another pitcher, Kyle Hendricks, and for Christian Villanueva. Hendricks was young, with six years of league control, and since then has become a two-time All-Star.

“This one was a tough one for a lot of Cub fans, because Demp is just a great guy and now is actually with the organization (in the front office), and I see him all the time,” Ricketts said. “The other night, he was in Theo’s (Epstein) box and Kyle Hendricks was pitching. (I was saying) ‘Wow, Kyle’s having a great night,’ and Demp’s like, ‘Nobody ever thanks me for that.'”

Taking a long-term view

 The team also made investments at the ball park and training facilities and is looking to make improvements in the Wrigleyville neighborhood, including a new hotel and entertainment complex across the street from the park.

Responding to a question, Ricketts said he admires what a longtime Cubs rival, the St. Louis Cardinals, have accomplished. He hopes to emulate their success.

“The Cardinals are one of the best-run organizations – obviously one of the best-run organizations in baseball and in the country – and one of the most consistent,” Ricketts told a student who courageously identified himself as a Cards fan. “They have such a great fan base and such good ownership that they can make good, long-term decisions.

“That’s why the Cardinals are in the mix. They don’t panic when they lose Albert Pujols. They don’t have to freak out when a good player gets hurt. They just think long-term. They’re building from the bottom up,” he added. “They’re a great rivalry, and I’m glad that we’re finally holding up our half of the rivalry.”

After speaking, Ricketts stayed for a networking event with Kelley students. But chances for getting an internship with the Cubs are slim. The team has 30,000 applicants for eight internships.

In addition to being an honored guest speaker, Ricketts is a proud member of the IU Kelley family, as the parent of a current student.

“The Kelley School is considered one of the best in the country, and I can see why,” Ricketts said after the presentation. “I think my son Quinn is getting a great education. I’m very proud that he picked this place, and I’m very proud of what he’s doing here.”

Sinor Research Institute for Inner Asian Studies looking to expand its influence worldwide

Indiana University Press and the Sinor Research Institute for Inner Asian Studies at IU Bloomington have announced a partnership that will allow the institute to expand its impact on global studies.

For more than half a century, the independent and non-profit Sinor Research Institute for Inner Asian Studies has contributed to our knowledge of the diverse lands, languages and cultures of Eurasia.

Through the partnership, IU Press will help the Sinor Research Institute more effectively reach the research and educational community through its extensive and growing list of publications. It will oversee rights sales and distribution for those publications.

Edward Lazzerini

Edward Lazzerini

“The goal of the partnership is to enhance the institute’s ability to reach international audiences as it embarks on restructuring its business plan and expanding its product line,” said Edward J. Lazzerini, director of the Sinor Research Institute for Inner Asian Studies.

The collaboration comes at a time of increased scholarship about Inner Asia – the interior of the Eurasian landmass – which is a primary mission of the Sinor Research Institute.

“From its inception, the institute’s publications, with content such as manuals and textbooks for less commonly taught languages, historical descriptions and analyses of regional cultural production and translations of significant historical texts, have served the needs of a dedicated international audience of scholars and students,” Lazzerini said. “Today it remains one of the few global enterprises that will publish what the Sinor Research Institute for Inner Asian Studies does, making our commitment more important than ever.”

The mission of the Sinor Research Institute for Inner Asian Studies is to encourage and support scholarly research in all aspects of Inner Asian studies. It was established in 1967 as the Asian Studies Research Institute and renamed the Research Institute for Inner Asian Studies 12 years later. In 2007, it was renamed in tribute to its original director, Denis Sinor, who was its director from 1967 to 1981.

In 1962, Sinor came to IU from Cambridge University to establish and chair the Department of Uralic and Altaic Studies (now the Department of Central Eurasian Studies and part of the School of Global and International Studies). Sinor, who passed away in 2011, also founded and led the Inner Asian and Uralic National Resource Center at IU and was editor of the Journal of Asian History and a prolific scholar. He succeeded in getting the nation of Hungary to fund a chair at IU in Hungarian studies during the Cold War.

Denis Sinor

Denis Sinor

At its very essence, Sinor created of the concept of Central Eurasia as an area of study, as attested by his scholarly activity over more than 60 years. Four people have succeeded Sinor as directors of the institute. Lazzerini has led it since 2007.

“Denis Sinor was a singular man of letters with an immense scholarly production who was deeply attuned to language, words, their etymologies and their reflections of culture; hence his love of books, libraries, and publishing,” said Lazzerini, a colleague and close friend. “He was also an extraordinary academic entrepreneur, bold, forthright, demanding, and unafraid of superiors, whom he doubted he had. Charming but not imposing, he was remarkably successful throughout his long life.”

One of the institute’s central tasks is to maintain and develop scholarly and technical resources necessary for research in Inner Asian studies. To this end, the organization has built an invaluable collection of reference works, monographs and microfilms of print and manuscript materials. It also reaches the research and educational community through its extensive and growing list of publications.

“Indiana University Press is excited to be a partner with the Sinor Research Institute in the distribution and marketing of their publications. The addition of their books and papers to the IU Press list of publications will provide our scholars and students a comprehensive catalog of material for research and development in international studies,” said Dave Hulsey, associate director of Indiana University Press.

Lazzerini said this collaboration comes at an extremely opportune time, not just because of critical changes occurring within the publishing industry, but also because of challenges to traditional ways that scholarly writing is presented and distributed.

A shift toward on-demand printing will eliminate large, upfront costs associated with new publications and storage in a warehouse, and should lead to more efficient distribution and higher revenues for the institute. As a result of the partnership, two new imprints – “The Papers on Central Eurasia” and “Ad Fontes: Texts on Central Eurasian Societies and Cultures” – have been published.

“For a small operation, working with the experience, capabilities, and strengths of a well-established publisher possessing international connections and contacts will raise significantly our own ability to reach a widely dispersed audience well beyond anything in decades past,” Lazzerini said.

IU’s China Gateway office connects students with employers in Shanghai and Beijing

The fair was attended by about 1,200 up-and-coming Chinese professionals, including about 120 IU students.

The fair was attended by about 1,200 up-and-coming Chinese professionals, including about 120 IU students.

Since opening two years ago, Indiana University’s global gateway office in Beijing has actively supported Hoosier academic activities and partnerships across China and has met the needs of a rapidly expanding number of IU alumni there.

Indiana University is one of six universities that created a career fair for Chinese students and graduates seeking job opportunities with top firms in China. The China Gateway office was instrumental in organizing the event in downtown Shanghai on Saturday.

A similar event will take place this Saturday in Beijing at the China World Hotel.

About 65 companies participated in the Shanghai career fair at the China Financial Information Center, along with about 1,200 up-and-coming Chinese professionals. They included about 120 students who have been studying at IU across different majors and degree programs.

“It was also great to see that IU alumni staffed the desks of three companies there — Decathlon, JPMorgan and GE,” said Steven Yin, office manager for the IU China Gateway.

Before Saturday’s fair began, IU participated in a half-day conference on the topic of international career development for Chinese returning from overseas. It was attended by most of the companies and all the host universities. Yin said it was a great opportunity for IU to present to these leading Chinese employers, who included many familiar multinational companies, what its presence in the country can offer.

Jing Han and Steven Yin

Jing Han and Steven Yin

“They provided us valuable feedback on hiring Chinese students with overseas degrees and how our students can better prepare for the job market in China,” said Yin, who previously served as the deputy director of the EducationUSA China program at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing.

Participants included familiar brands such as Apple, AMD, Bloomberg, BP, Cargill, Citrix, eBay, GE, PayPal, KPMG, PricewaterhouseCoopers, as well as a number of top Chinese companies, such as HILTI and WuXi AppTec.

Yin was joined by Jing Han, a career coach at IU’s Kelley School of Business who works closely with the international student population. Before the Shanghai career fair, 14 recent graduates and students also visited GE China’s huge industrial park campus in Shanghai.

“We were given a very detailed introduction to GE’s operation in China and what career development opportunities students shall expect working for GE,” Yin said, adding that 2013 Kelley alumnus Yaonan Pan played a pivotal role in setting up the visit.

One of the students met with the top human resources manager during the visit.

“Yaonan also set up meetings for us with human resources in GE’s finance department and with campus relations, to discuss GE China’s future recruitment at IU. He plays a tremendous role in connecting GE China and IU, which demonstrates again the importance of maintaining strong overseas alumni relationships,” Han said.

“We also want to give a big ‘thank you’ to the Indiana University Chinese Student and Scholar Association and the Kelley Chinese Business Association. We really appreciate their continued support in promoting and coordinating the events on campus and in China,” Han added.

Glory Geng, a Kelley School of Business student who attended both the Shanghai career fair and GE visit, said those activities exposed him to the vast job market and diverse job opportunities targeting overseas returnees in China. He was once lost about his post-graduation plan, but interactions with employers and alumni have helped him better understand the advantages of beginning a career in China and confirmed his plans to go back after getting his business degree.

About 65 companies participated in the Shanghai career fair, including several based in the United States.

About 65 companies participated in the Shanghai career fair, including several based in the United States.

Ryan Liu, vice president of career development and alumni at the IU Chinese Student and Scholar Association and also a Kelley School student, said the career fairs will strengthen relationships between current students and international alumni and hopes these events can become routine for IU.

Ally Batten, IU director of international gateway offices, which also include those in India and Germany, also offered appreciation for all the hard work being done on behalf of IU students.

“Steven and Jing deserve much credit for coordinating and generating interest in this event. Our global gateway offices are a resource for the entire IU community — students, faculty and alumni — and this initiative really shows the benefit of having a presence on the ground in China. Without the gateway office, events like this would not be possible,” he said.

To register for the this weekend’s career fair in Beijing, follow this link

IU School of Global and International Studies center hosting Fulbright Program orientation

Lee Feinstein, founding dean of the IU School of Global and International Studies, welcomed the Fulbright students.

Lee Feinstein, founding dean of the IU School of Global and International Studies, welcomed the Fulbright students.

As part of his welcoming remarks to 55 Fulbright students visiting Indiana University this week, Lee Feinstein, founding dean of the IU School of Global and International Studies, noted that they will be in the United States during an interesting time in history.

Not only will they be here to see a potentially historic presidential election, but like billions of people worldwide, they are seeing how political and economic uncertainty has become a global phenomenon.

Feinstein, who served as principal director of policy planning and U.S. ambassador to Poland at the Department of State, cited the recent Brexit vote in Great Britain and the failed coup in Turkey and its aftermath as current examples.

“There’s something in the air,” he told the students from 42 countries. “People are, in the broadest sense, coping with the pace of global change. It upsets the order that people are used to.

“We’re clearly in a period of global, tectonic change and the strange thing about it is that nobody really knows where things are going,” he added. “I don’t think we’re at a cataclysmic point in history. I’m optimistic about the future, but it is a period of great uncertainty and instability … and you’ll see from a front seat what that looks like from the U.S. perspective.”

The Center for the Study of Global Change, an SGIS unit that focuses on interdisciplinary collaboration, global scholarship, outreach and innovative approaches to international education, hosted the Fulbright Gateway Orientation Program. This is the second consecutive year it is being held at IU Bloomington.

The Fulbright Program is the flagship international education exchange program sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. The primary source of funding for the Fulbright Program is an annual appropriation by the U.S. Congress to the Department of State. Participating governments, host institutions, corporations and foundations in foreign countries and in United States also provide direct and indirect support.

Of the 55 Fulbright students attending the orientation, 38 are women.

Of the 55 Fulbright students attending the orientation, 38 are women.

The current group of Fulbright students includes students from Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Latin America. They include a Sri Lankan woman who will study public affairs, a Lebanese woman who will earn a law degree and a Costa Rican woman who will study language education.

Of the 55 Fulbright students attending the orientation, 38 are women.

The intent of the Fulbright orientation is to prepare the Fulbright students for what is expected of them in the program and introduce them to U.S. academic and societal culture. The orientation is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, and it is administered and designed by the Institute of International Education.

Sessions this week include topics such as leadership, the Fulbright experience and cross-cultural understanding. Marjorie Hershey, a professor of political science, discussed the differences between the U.S. political system and democracies around the world.

Their experience isn’t all serious and limited to the IU Bloomington campus and academic interests. They enjoyed a barbecue picnic in Bloomington’s Bryan Park, where several became familiar with a popular collegiate activity involving beanbags, Cornhole. They will visit the Eskenazi Museum of Art at Indiana University. They will hike at Spring Mill State Park and see the Virgil “Gus” Grissom Memorial in nearby Mitchell, Ind.

“We are delighted to provide an array of programming that introduces the graduate students to higher education in the U.S., the Fulbright program, and the diversity of U.S. culture and Bloomington,” said Hilary Kahn, director of the Center for the Study of Global Change and assistant dean of international education and global initiatives at the IU School of Global and International Studies.

“The vast number of countries represented, literally from all over the world, will contribute to the social networking, the interdisciplinary and transnational exchange, and the overall orientation experience,” Kahn added.

While most of the Fulbright participants are heading to postings elsewhere, a few of them will staying in Bloomington based at IU.

Feinstein told the students, who are “now in the launching phase of very illustrious careers,” that being Fulbright scholars is “a great achievement.

“You should not be bashful,” he continued. “That is a title and an association that will continue with you your entire life, and we’re very fortunate to have you.”

fulbright students at orientation

This is the second consecutive year the Fulbright Gateway Orientation Program is being held at IU Bloomington.

New LinkedIn report says ‘international aspirations bloom in Bloomington’

top-destinations-blog-heroWashington, New York and Bloomington rarely are included in the same sentence, let alone mentioned together in national reports about places that serve as “springboards” for peoples’ international careers.

But in a report released on Monday, LinkedIn – the world’s largest professional network — announced that Bloomington is one of the top U.S. cities for launching the careers of LinkedIn’s American expatriates.

“We’ve looked at where they’re going, but what about where most American expats are from?” LinkedIn editors wrote. “We’ve uncovered which small, mid-size and large U.S. cities are their most prominent springboards. D.C. led the pack among the largest U.S. cities, while a dark horse emerged in the small city category: Bloomington, Ind.!”

Of course, Bloomington is home to Indiana University, which has been engaged with the world more than a century, dating back to its seventh president, David Starr Jordan. This engagement grew under Jordan’s successors, but under the university’s 11th president, Herman B Wells, IU became a truly international university.

In 2012, all of IU’s international academic programs were brought together into the new School of Global and International Studies. Last fall, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry helped the school inaugurate its new home on campus, giving a policy speech and spending time with faculty and students.

LinkedIn’s findings are based on an analysis of 25,000 members who have received a four-year degree in and had their first job in the United States and then went abroad for a long-term international experience after Jan. 1, 2010. Those going out of the country for an internship were not included in survey results.

For regional analyses, LinkedIn used total membership data to segment the places into small, mid-size and large cities.

Last fall, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry helped the school inaugurate the new Global and International Studies Building.

Last fall, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry helped the school inaugurate the new Global and International Studies Building.

Among largest cities, Washington, D.C. was No. 1, followed by New York, Austin, Boston and San Francisco. Bloomington was No. 1 among small cities, followed by Champaign-Urbana, Ill. (home to fellow Big Ten institution, the University of Illinois); Santa Barbara, Calif.; Lawrence. Kan.; and Gainesville, Fla.

LinkedIn is has more than 433 million members in 200 countries and territories.

Lee Feinstein, founding dean of the IU School of Global and International Studies, is among many across the Bloomington campus who aren’t surprised.

“It’s great to see LinkedIn’s database support what we know instinctively; that that Bloomington is a great springboard to an international career,” he said.

IU’s recognition in the LinkedIn survey also reflects activity in other schools across campus, including the Kelley School of Business, the School of Public and Environmental Affairs, Maurer School of Law and the Jacobs School of Music.

According to the Institute of International Education, IU ranks among the top U.S. universities in students studying abroad, to more than 250 destinations.

IU offers more language programs than any other public university in the United States, Students can choose from more than 70 languages, including Hindi, Japanese, Pashto, Russian and Zulu. It is home to more Language Flagship programs than any other university in the nation, offering immersive experiences in Arabic, Chinese and Turkish.

IU Bloomington is home to seven U.S. Department of Education Title VI Centers, including two National Language Resource Centers. These unique centers and programs offer students the opportunity to achieve a superior level of fluency in less common languages and world areas.

The same LinkedIn report indicated where most Americans are going abroad to continue their careers. London was first, followed by Sydney, Toronto, Paris, Shanghai, Madrid, Tokyo, Beijing, Melbourne and Amsterdam.

Teachers, translators and language instructors are the No. 1 occupation of Americans working oversees, LinkedIn editors said. Sales, marketing and public relations also ranked at the top of the list. (University professors also were listed, coming in at No. 10).

Programs demonstrate the importance of understanding other people and cultures

David Zaret, IU vice president for international affairs, right foreground, presents his business card as part of a session about networking at IU's Kelley School of Business.

David Zaret, IU vice president for international affairs, right foreground, presents his business card as part of a session about networking at IU’s Kelley School of Business.

On a wet Independence Day at Indiana University, two groups of students interested in the intersection of business, language and international cultures hung out.

A group of 33 mostly American high school students and a group of 100 college students from the Middle East and North Africa played cards, Jenga and other games. They enjoyed all-American food such as hot dogs, fried chicken, mac and cheese, coleslaw and various sweet treats. There was music and dancing. They got to know each other better.

I heard about it when I recently sat down with participants from both programs – the Global Business Institute for the international students and Business Is Global for the American high school students, most from Indiana, Georgia, Kentucky, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Virginia.

We met over lunch at IU’s Kelley School of Business during a session where students from both programs were learning how people exchange information and “network.”

The July 4 party and networking may seem somewhat basic, but they highlight a powerful goal of both programs: They demonstrate the importance of learning about and understanding other people and cultures and looking for ways to work together.

Dancing was part of the joint gathering of participants in Business Is Global and the Global Business Institute.

Dancing was part of the joint gathering of participants in Business Is Global and the Global Business Institute.

‘Creating relationships’ and ‘learning new things’

LaVonn Schlegel, executive director of the Kelley School’s Institute for International Business, had simple instructions for us at lunch: meet three people and get their contact information.

“As you are just interested in learning about how to work in a new culture, a new climate, a new city or a new country, it is all about the networking — the people you know in this world — that helps smooth the pathway for what you want to accomplish,” Schlegel said. “Almost everybody you meet is going to be interested to know a little bit about you and who you are.

“We’re are all excited about creating relationships and about learning new things, and it’s all yours for the asking,” she added. “If you don’t ask, if you don’t reach out your hand, if you don’t reach out and ask them their name … what they want to accomplish in life, then you are missing out on an opportunity to be a bigger, bolder, braver version of yourself.”

My five new connections include people from Algeria, Pakistan, Jordan and Valparaiso, Ind.

“I was looking for something that would expose me to options,” Lily O’Connor, a high school senior from Valparaiso, Ind., said in explaining her decision to participate in Business Is Global. “I feel like a lot of high school students have somewhat of an idea of what they want to do already. I know what I want to do, but I don’t know yet what major it falls under. … The global aspects seemed like an extra bonus, which just makes it a lot more fun.”

One of other my lunch mates, Hamzah Al Mahameed, 22, is an engineering student and one of 15 participants from Jordan. He acknowledged that people in his country have a narrower view of the world. “In our country, it’s not like this,” he said, gesturing toward the room full of diverse students, IU and Kelley faculty and staff, and other campus visitors.

Left to right, Lily O'Connor, Hamzah Al Mahameed and Berrichi Abdelmaunaim.

Left to right, Lily O’Connor, Hamzah Al Mahameed and Berrichi Abdelmaunaim.

“Being here is such a great experience — getting to know all these people, these cultures, different cultures,” said pharmaceutical student Marsel Ammari, 20, another Jordanian. “It’s like getting out of your comfort zone. … Living with them can add to knowledge and experience.

“The people are so friendly here,” she said. “They are smiling all the time and so kind.”

The curriculum for Business Is Global includes introducing the pre-college students to less-commonly taught foreign languages spoken in emerging economies. Partners in the program include the Chinese and Turkish Flagship programs and the Swahili Language Division in IU’s School of Global and International Studies. The program is supported through a U.S. Department of Education grant to the IU Center for International Business, Education and Research.

Global Business Institute creates entrepreneurs

Participants in the Global Business Institute come from Algeria, Jordan, Pakistan, Palestine, Egypt, Tunisia and Morocco. Created in partnership with the Coca-Cola Co. and the U.S. State Department, it provides a basic understanding of American business practices through an accelerated four-week curriculum based on core elements of Kelley’s undergraduate program.

The purpose of the program is to prepare students from a variety of racial, ethnic and economic backgrounds to develop and use entrepreneurial skills to address issues in their home countries.

On Thursday, they attended the eighth Innovation Showcase sponsored by the Indiana Venture Club and will visit several corporate settings. On Saturday, they participated in a Bloomington Habitat for Humanity build. On July 29, they will meet with Coca-Cola CEO Muhtar Kent via teleconference.

An indoor July 4 celebration became a cultural exchange between students in both programs.

An indoor July 4 celebration became a cultural exchange between students in both programs.

Participants in the Global Business Institute program will leave Bloomington on July 30 and travel to Washington, D.C., where they will pitch business ideas at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and visit Capitol Hill and the State Department. They also will visit Atlanta and Coca-Cola’s world headquarters.

Since the program was created in 2012, new businesses have been created by Global Business Institute alumni in every participating country. Nearly 75 participants have started their own businesses and created more than 270 jobs. Nearly 70 of GBI alumni are involved in entrepreneurship clubs, start-ups and start-up competitions.

Al Mahameed is interested in setting up food trucks that will provide Syrian refugees with employment. “They are always taking money from our government in Jordan. This is so they can make money for themselves, their families and feed other refugees in the camps,” he said. “I believe that food is always sharing love.”

Another Global Business Institute student I ate with is learning all he can about e-commerce. “In my country, I hope that we use the Internet more in our lives,” said Abdelmounaim Berrichi, 20, a computer scientist from Algeria. “There is only one school where you can study computers in Algeria, in all of Algeria and 40 million people.”

Mohammed Alshurafa from Gaza, Palestine, takes a selfie with Uncle Sam's hat and his keffiyeh scarf.

Mohammed Alshurafa from Gaza, Palestine, takes a selfie with Uncle Sam’s hat and his keffiyeh scarf.

For many of the Global Business Institute students, this is the first time they have been to the United States and spent much time around Americans. “It’s been quite a culture shock,” said Shahrukh Khan, 21, a business student and one of 14 participants from Pakistan. “It’s good to see a different kind of America than what we see in the media. … It’s a great country.”

Ammari, who hopes to develop new products that help the disabled, said she looks forward to returning home being “more open-minded, because you’ve widened your horizon and you’ve seen things you can’t back home.”