January 16th, 2009
My Trip to China!

9:15 pm

Where do I even start? First of all, I’m still in a daze that school has started up again and that it’s 2nd (and last) semester. Didn’t I just start the MBA program? It really goes by quickly, that’s for sure!

My winter break was a lot of going all over the place - - I celebrated the end of last semester with my classmates at the 14 Week Party, and the next day, I flew back home to Idaho. Idaho was really nice and quiet. My hometown is about 20,000 people and hardly any of my friends were there, which gave me an opportunity to catch up on my work for my job (more on that in a different posting) and spend time with my parents. It was snowing pretty heavily every day and by the time I left, there was about 3 feet of snow! After a week in Idaho, I flew to Seattle to spend time with my sister, brother-in-law, & my nephews – which was wonderful. The not so wonderful part was that my sister ended up going in for an emergency appendectomy (she is ok). So that meant I got more than I signed up for in the babysitting realm, though I loved every minute of it, even if I was exhausted. Luckily, I was able to catch up with some friends while I was there, so that was good. Then, I flew back to Boston in time for New Year’s for a mere three days in order to regroup and pack for the trip that I had been anticipating for 9 months - - my trip to CHINA!


Before I start, first and foremost, I need to give proper kudos to Professor Greg Stoller, the brainchild of this trip. He teaches several classes at the BC MBA program such as - - Business Plan (required course for 2nd years), International Management Experience – Asia (I went on IME – Europe instead), Entrepreneurial Finance, and my personal favorite, International Consulting Project – Asia. I might be missing an additional class or two that he teaches, but you get the point. He is a truly amazing person. Through another professor at BC (Prof. Gallager), the contact was made with partners at Chinese Boutique Consulting company CCAFM. They consult (Chinese) clients on accounting, finance, auditing, management, etc. Think of them as a smaller (and Chinese version) Deloitte. When Greg was asked if he wanted to start running the trip after he was told he must learn Chinese, he gladly did so. Though I don’t speak Chinese, as someone who does speak other languages, I can tell when someone is fluent in a different language. His degree of precision with this language is unimaginable. It is said that Mandarin is one of the hardest languages to master, and a master he definitely is. All of the colleagues at CCAFM were very impressed. Most of Greg’s Chinese was self-taught through books, tapes, and through some instruction.

Here is a picture of Greg:


So what is the class exactly, you ask? The class is a semester-long project where the company in Beijing, CCAFM, delves out three different projects for the students at BC. The class is comprised of three groups of six students, and is a mixed class between full and part time MBAs, law students, and social work students. Our project happened to be an alternative energy study (which I personally found very interesting). Throughout the course of the semester, you and your team do research on what you interpret to be the project description (this changes all the time due to interpretation of Chinese-US communication).

You communicate frequently with your Chinese counterparts at CCAFM to ensure what you have is what they want. The semester concludes with a 1-week trip to Beijing at which point you go to the CCAFM offices almost every day to hamper out details with your counterparts and to cater the final presentation and tweak it according to who the audience is. It is at this point that both parties are face-to-face that confusing translations are also explained so they can be written in Mandarin. Then you make your final recommendations and present them to Senior Management. Pretty amazing huh? This year though, there was a little twist to the schedule. At the last minute, all three teams, after review from CCAFM, were invited to present to the Science and Technology Committee (aka the Chinese Government!!). Can you imagine what great experience it is and how good it looks on a resume to say that you have presented to the Chinese Government?? Needless to say, even I, (who really like public speaking) was really nervous!

You’re probably wondering, what’s in it for them? The answer is that it gives them prestige, showing that they are an international company to their clients. It gives us the experience to work with the emerging market of China and learn more about the quickly growing country by working on a real live project. So it goes both ways.

And for those of you who think this class is just an opportunity to go to China, you’re wrong! It’s a TON of work. And while you are there in Beijing too, you have to pull some long hours at the CCAFM offices. But, every minute is worth it…because you’re in CHINA! You can sleep when you are dead, right? ☺

Here is a picture of Siberia as we were flying over it (we flew over the North Pole, then over Siberia & then China…):


I’m going to give a description of each day of the trip with photos too…

Day 1 – Sunday January 4, 2009 - Arrival

We arrive around 4 pm and are exhausted. The flight is a 13-hour direct flight from DC. After we get our baggage and go through security, it takes about an hour to get to our hotel (see picture), which is a 3-star Chinese hotel (where Chinese business people stay). It was located near the Beijing University campus and was equivalent to a US motel. We were greeted on the bus by Mike Liu, who is a partner at CCAFM. He went out of his way the entire trip to make sure we were well taken care of. After a group dinner at the hotel, there were two groups - - one that went to the night market to eat strange things (see day 2), or the other that went to explore on a more local scale. I chose group 2 because I was so tired. After about 2 hours, we came back and basically crashed.

Here is a picture of us (all exhausted) at our 1st group dinner:

Group Dinner

Day 2 – Monday January 5, 2009 – First Day at CCAFM Offices

“We are in China and we have to work???” I’m not going to lie, that was my first thought when I woke up on Monday, followed by, “Oh god, there is not going to be coffee is there?” After I washed my face and was more gathered, I was chastising myself for being the “Ugly American” and I went down to the cafeteria within our hotel to experience a true Chinese breakfast. It was buffet style, much like the setup of an American hotel breakfast. Except there was soup. And dumplings. And deliciously fried dough (of which I ate too much during the trip…). Note to self, if you are a coffee drinker (like myself) and you go on this trip next year (which I highly encourage you to do), instant coffee is a great suggestion.

The majority of the rest of the day was really like a formal procession - - we met all the Chinese counterparts for all three teams, got a background of the CCAFM company history (http://www.ccafm.com.cn/english.html), they presented us each with gifts (a stamp of our Chinese character translated name - - really neat), and then we gave them our gifts (tokens of where we are from in the US or overseas, as well as business books which they add to their library). After the gift-giving ceremony, we all went to eat Peking duck at a nearby restaurant (so good)! Can you tell that eating was one of the core activities of this trip?

After lunch, we finally got to work. Each of the three teams broke up into a separate room where we started to go through the presentations that we had prepared. Our main focus was on the Wednesday’s presentation to the Government. We only had 1 hour to present for each team and we had a lot of information we needed to cut out. At a high level, we talked about what we could eliminate due to redundancy, and we set about making those changes. We got through many of the changes, but not all, and the next day (Tuesday) would prove to be a long day of making edits, perfecting our presentation, and practicing to ensure we were ready to present to the Science & Technology Committee.

At the end of the day, jet lagged and with a hurting brain, we got back on the bus to come back to the hotel and eat dinner. After dinner, those of us who had not gone to the night market the night before were excited to venture out and see what all the talk of strange foods from the night before was about!

The menu we saw:
Night Market

Scorpions, cockroaches, larvae, crickets, snakes, and more!! Oh my, oh my! I was astounded as I saw a variety of different fried foods that would I would not instinctively categorize as food. After I had time to process that they were indeed, edible options at the night market, I began to feel sick…only to realize that some of my classmates were brave enough to eat the fried arrangements. Heroes of the night? Bogie, who ate a snake, as well as Amy (my roommate for the trip) who ate most everything, Scune, who was fearless, and Ben who came right behind Scune. (FYI, the next day when I asked Daisy, our Chinese counterpart at CCAFM, if Chinese people actually eat these things normally, she laughed at me and told me that only people in one small province in China occasionally eat some of these items but that the reason they have them available at the night market is because it brings in a lot of money due to tourism. I found this relieving to hear.)

Strange Creatures:



Ben Being Brave:
Ben Eating

Aimee Ate Just About Everything:

Scune Was the Hero of the Night:

After the night market, we walked around for a bit in Beijing and marveled at how clean everything was. I also saw many international and American brands prevalent throughout the city like McDonalds (see picture below - - they adapt to local markets), KFC (a big hit in China), as well as others. After walking around for a bit, we unwound for a bit at a local lounge in the Ho Hai district, and then we collectively decided it was time to call it a night.

This is the menu at McDonalds:

And here, KFC:

Typical Streets of Beijing:
Beijing at Night
Day 3 – Tuesday January 6, 2009 – Second Day at CCAFM Offices

Today was a long day. It consisted of us getting on the bus, going to the CCAFM offices, and spending all day hampering out our presentations. But there was one great point to this day - - the CCAFM offices went and did a Starbucks run for us! I was so excited (as were others) and I was very focused and fixated on my coffee.


After that, life was a lot better. We set to work and translated, cut, translated, practiced, practiced again, and finally we were mainly ready to call it a day. This lasted about 10 hours.

Here is a Picture that is Proof of Us Working:
Proof of Us Working

Here, a View from the 23rd Floor of the CCAFM Offices of Beijing:

The best part about this day was that we were treated to a Chinese acrobatic show! It was so great! They did so many routines and were so talented, flexible, and had such balance! After the show, we were all pretty tired after such a long day so we called it a night. The first picture is the men before they are about to jump on the tiny platform. The second picture is the aftermath of success of the jump!


Day 4 – Wednesday January 7, 2009 – Presentation to the Chinese Government

What a great day! This was an incredibly packed day as we presented to the Chinese government. We started off the day at the CCAFM offices putting the final touches on the project and practicing once more before we ate lunch and then carted off to…the Beijing MALL Mall you ask? Yes, you read it correctly. The Science and Technology Committee of the Chinese Government has connections with CCAFM and after hearing about the project with Boston College and seeing our rough drafts, they wanted to see us present. It turns out that they rent space at the Beijing Mall, which is pretty much brand new and very modern. It was so bizarre walking into a mall in a full suit, to not go shopping!

Our presentations went well - - everyone did a great job. Our team went first luckily so it was nice to have that pressure out of the way. It was also interesting to sit through and listen to the other team’s presentations to see what their projects were like in comparison to ours (the other projects were a banking project as well as a mergers & acquisitions project).

After everyone presented, we then had dinner with the Science & Technology committee (again, at the mall), and then we were dropped off at the hotel. After freshening up a bit, a bunch of us decided to go celebrate our big presentations. We ended up going to a local hotspot area called Sanlitun (http://www.beijingtraveltips.com/nightlife/bars/sanlitun/sanlitun.htm). It was such an enjoyable night! All of us got to know one another a lot better and relax after all of our hard work.

Day 5 – Thursday January 8, 2009 – Presentation to the CCAFM Offices + Sight Seeing

Since Mike (the partner at CCAFM that was our main sight-seeing guide and principle point of contact for the trip) was so pleased with our presentations from the day before, Greg (our professor) convinced him to cut us some slack on our CCAFM internal presentations. (Our internal presentations were supposed to be incredibly lengthy and comprehensive but he was convinced for us to give the same presentation from the day before with a little more information from our semester-long research we had conducted.) Thankfully, Mike agreed! We were all so happy about this as none of us had really had the opportunity to explore Beijing.

After all three teams had presented, we hopped on the bus and we went to where all of the Olympic festivities had occurred. We saw the Bird’s Nest (so funky and neat) and the Water Cube, and it was such a fascinating feeling to be at the same spot where Michael Phelps had won all of his gold medals!

All of Us at the Bird’s Nest:
Birds Nest

Me at the Water Cube:
Water Cube

Next, we got to see a traditional and preserved part of Beijing. We went on a rickshaw tour of this area and we got to go into a traditional Beijing family’s home to sit and chat with them. The neat part was that there was a picture of Henry Kissinger from six months prior sitting in the same house! After we visited with them and asked questions, we were whisked off to a different Chinese family’s home for a traditional Chinese meal. I hereby say it was the best meal of the entire trip. The food just kept on coming and each dish was authentic and rich with flavor!

On the Rickshaw with Matt (one of my classmates):

Inside the Home of the Old Part of Beijing:
Old House

After our dinner, we went back to Ho Hai area for a celebratory drink at which point one of our Chinese counterparts recommended karaoke! We all thought it would be fun but had no idea what we were in for! We ended up making reservations and going to Party World (http://www.beijingtraveltips.com/nightlife.htm), which looked more like a 5-star hotel than a karaoke establishment! When we entered, there was a room for the fifteen of us that went, complete with waiter, flatscreen tv (for the music videos), plush couches, microphones, karaoke computer, etc! It was SO much fun! How come they don’t have this concept in the US? This takes Rockband to the next level. I have an awful voice but I didn’t care – I sang with my heart out and so did everyone else…it was such a fantastic evening.

All of Us at the Karaoke Place:

A Sign that was Up in the Room:

The CCAFM Gals Singing a Chinese Song:

Day 6 – Friday January 9, 2009 – Sight Seeing Day ~ Great Wall, Forbidden City, Etc.

“Why did I decide to stay out late last night?” was definitely my first thought as we had to be on the bus at 7:30 am. However, that thought quickly vanished after I was semi-coherent (if you haven’t gathered by now, if I don’t get enough sleep, I am kind of a grumpy person) and realized that today was our best day of the trip. Our work was done with CCAFM and it was our fully packed sight seeing day!

What we did on this day was comparable to what most tourists would do over the course of three days. As I say, we did it Greg Stoller style. ☺ These are all the things we did today in order:

• Jade Factory
• Went to the Great Wall
• Cloisson (traditional Chinese vase) Factory
• Forbidden City
• Tien an Men Square
• Silk Market
• Dinner

The highlights for me were the Great Wall as well as the Forbidden City (though the others were still enjoyable!). To climb to the end of the Great Wall and realize that it is one of the seven ancient wonders of the world crafted with such precision and accuracy is just breathtaking. I was in a meditative state while I was climbing, marveling at how the beauty of a wall was constructed and hypothesizing how many people died building it.

A Picture is Worth 1,000 Words:
Great Wall1

Group Shot at the Great Wall:
Group Shot at the Great Wall

Me at the Great Wall:
Me at the Great Wall

Some of the Infrastructure at the Great Wall:

One of the Rest Stations at the Great Wall:
One of the Rest Stations at the Great Wall

Me Almost at the Top of the Great Wall:
Me Window Great Wall

The Forbidden City was another wonder. Comprised of 1,000 buildings, it is a puzzle to think how it was built so long ago and crafted so beautifully and with such elegance. The Emperor would sleep in a different room every night so that if someone attacked, he or she would not know where to find him. Also, we saw pictures of nine dragons prevalent throughout the Forbidden City, and I learned it is because nine symbolizes “high power” since nine is the highest single-numeric digit. We walked backwards through the Forbidden City, from exit to entrance, and at the entrance of the Forbidden City, is the famous Tien an Men Square.

When we Entered the Forbidden City:
Forbidden City1

An Elephant at the Forbidden City:

Typical Buildings of the Forbidden City:
Typical Buildings

9 Dragons on Top of a Roof at the Forbidden City:

One of the Main Buildings of the Forbidden City:
One of the Main Buildings at the Forbidden City (Right at the Entrance)

Tien an Men Square is the largest plaza in the world. We saw soldiers practicing, cars driving, a large photo of Mao as well as his tomb, and a lot of people everywhere. Think of it as the Chinese Times Square (except more spread out).

Here is the Photo of Mao Displayed at Tien an Men Square:
Picture of Mao

And Here is Mao’s Tomb in the Middle of Tien an Men Square:

The Silk Market was also a lot of fun – we got to get in some shopping to prove we had indeed come to China! My most exciting purchase was a mahjong set - - I’d been looking for one for a long time.

After dinner, we came back to the hotel and took a nap. We tried to celebrate our last night and all the work we had accomplished during the whole week, but after going to a local establishment, hardly any of us could keep our eyes open so we came back to the hotel, got in our pajamas, and talked for a long time.

Day 7 – Saturday January 10, 2009 – Return Flight to Boston ☹

This was the saddest day as none of us were ready to return – six days is really too short for an international trip across the world. We got up, had breakfast, and boarded the bus to the airport. Then, it was a lonnngggggg day (20 hours of travel time door-to-door.) I arrived at my apartment in Boston dazed and more than exhausted. “…it’s back to the “real world”. I was dreading opening my email inbox as I knew I would have many things I needed to work on immediately.
Now that I’ve been back one week, I’m almost adjusted to the time difference and caught up with everything. It was such an amazing trip and I can’t wait to get another opportunity to go to China. Thanks Greg and thanks BC for offering an experience like this!

December 11th, 2008
I’m Done with the Semester!

9:45 pm

Just a quick note to say: the semester is over. I don’t know how I survived. But I did. I can’t believe it is December already and that I fly home in 2 days. The sad part was that last night, after I was done, I honestly didn’t know what to do with myself because I’m so used to having to do so many things. But I got used to it pretty fast.

And today? What did I do today? I enjoyed being a normal human!!! I slept in for the first time in 6 months, I relaxed, I went shopping…these next few weeks will be very good (and necessary) for me.

3 Semesters down…1 to go until I hold the title MBA…now, off to bed!

November 16th, 2008
Just Say No?

1:13 pm

So one of the reasons to go to get your MBA is to learn how to be a better and more effective manager, right? A lot of people say that getting your MBA is 50% academics/50% misc. I happen to agree completely. However, last year it was more like 80% academics/20% misc., and this year that has flip-flopped, which feels nice because we all worked really hard last year.

So that being said, why am I so busy? Well first of all, I hadn’t planned on working 20 hours a week. At all. That just happened - and it was such a fantastic offer I couldn’t turn it down. And I absolutely love my job and my company. So, that means 20 hours per week that I thought I would have that I now don’t. And because I didn’t think I’d be working, I ran for student government. Well sometimes life doesn’t happen the way you plan it right? And for a planner like me, that sure throws a curve ball into the situation. But I wasn’t going to slack off for GMA since my peers elected me to represent them and all their social activities & events (which is a lot of work)! (By the way, get ready for an amazing 14 Week Party and Prom among other activities!!)

Then I realize the other stuff is completely “Leela.” I mean, do I REALLY need to take Chinese class on the weekends in preparation for my upcoming trip to Beijing? And do I REALLY have to do play flag football? Well the answer to both of these, is of course, no…there are other activities I could list that I don’t HAVE to do, but I think you get the point. I should have just said NO - just like we learned when we were taking DARE in the 5th grade. But I didn’t. I said yes, and I don’t like to half complete something. So that means that often times, I find myself too busy.

The fact of the matter is that no matter how good of a planner I am, I am still not superwoman. And on a weekend like this one where I pretty much just stayed in all weekend to get all my stuff done, I am realizing that I don’t have super human powers. And that kind of sucks to admit. Something’s gotta give, and this weekend it was my personal life, and I *really* don’t like to sacrifice that but sometimes that’s how life is. However, Chinese class and flag football are almost done and then that time will free itself up. And guess what I learned from this whole experience? I learned that I am not going to fill up that time with something else. Instead, I am going to use that time for me - and I will probably be a lot happier because of it!

This is an example of typical 2nd year craziness - so in the future one day when I am indeed a manager, I will do two things:

1) Just say NO (better to do a great job at a few things than try to spread yourself too thin…)
2) Delegate more.

I am really looking forward to a few days off at Thanksgiving! Until next time…

October 5th, 2008
Flag Football

3:27 pm

So I’m going to be honest…this morning, technically my only morning this whole week I had to sleep in, I really didn’t want to get out of bed to play flag football. So grudgingly I hit my alarm clock and made my way to the flag football field.

Once I got there, I remembered how much fun it was. It made me think of last year when it enabled me to get to know my classmates better - it was an out of class activity that made me run around and get exercise, it required teamwork, and in the mean time, we all got a little muddy.

I went back through my pictures and found our team picture from last year:

Flag Football 2007

And it made me so happy that almost all of us are playing again not because we have to but because it’s fun to chase after a ball for an hour. And now, instead of the thought: “Do I really have to get up and do that?” instead, I am excited for next week’s game. Go team PBR!

October 3rd, 2008
I Can Breathe Again

6:46 am

I’m still in shock that it is already October. I have a feeling that this year is going to pass by much faster than last year, which is a scary thought. The past few weeks have been a little too busy for me - none of the individual items were too much but put all together, I was finding that I was sleeping about 5 hours a night, which is not enough for me to be a sane person. I have been working 20 hours a week, going to school, doing student government, and I had visitors for the past 2 straight weeks and tried to be a good hostess. But a few days ago, after my last visitor left, while I was sad to see her leave, I was also relieved to get on top of everything again. I feel that I have just been keeping up with everything and not being proactive about anything, which is not how I like to be.

So aside from all this being said, everything else is going really well. I am still adjusting to having night classes since I am a day person, but I am really enjoying those classes.

I am taking:
- International Consulting Class
- Business Plan Class
- Data Mining
- Customer Relationship Management

Right now, classes are getting into full swing too. For my International Consulting Class, it is a joint class between full and part time MBA students, law students, and masters of social work students. I have a great, proactive team with a variety of different skills given our diverse backgrounds. We are doing an alternative energy study after which we get to go to Beijing for a week in January to present our recommendations to the management of the Beijing-based consulting company. This class is a lot of fun for me as I am also taking Chinese lessons on the side for it and am trying to absorb anything Chinese-related these days.

For my business plan class, I couldn’t be happier. I decided not to bid on the project related to pharmaceuticals, and instead I had a different strategy. For this class, you got to place bids on over 20+ projects that were presented to us to see which one you are interested in working on for the duration of the semester. A few of the people that I work well with and I were talking and we decided to all allocate the same number of points on a project that received strong scores from the judges (since it is a business plan class, the owners of the companies had to present their idea in front of a panel of judges, who then ranked the likelihood of success of the business as well as other attributes of the companies). Luckily, we all got the project! Working on a team where 5 of the people each do their own share of the work and everybody gets along well is a lucky situation in which to be. A lot of MBA coursework at Boston College is group work (extremely similar to the real world) and sometimes the group dynamics are not what one would hope. However, the opposite is also true when you get a team that works extremely well together! Our team ended up getting a project management simulation software business (it help people become project management certified and retain the information much more quickly and efficiently than normal methods). So far, everything has been wonderful and the environment of my team makes me excited to do the work - always a bonus!

My third class, Data Mining, is interesting in theory, but we haven’t gotten into a lot of the actual technical work of it yet - so far it has just been learning a lot of terminology and various methods of analysis and data mining models. Since I was a computer science major in undergrad, a lot of it is similar to what I learned there, though I like the business-management spin of things. More to come later on that one.

Finally, my Customer Relationship Management course is excellent. My professor is extremely engaging and I have to say that I had no idea what to expect going into the class. We are doing methods where I see a high degree of practicality in the post-MBA world to this class. For example, generating the financial value of a customer to a company over time (Customer Lifetime Value). This class incorporates strategy, marketing, finance, ethics, and logic. Last class we were discussing the boundaries a customer should have and how far customer privacy should go. It was an extremely interesting topic that I have been pondering since we met.

Speaking of classes and coursework, it is time for me to hit the books…until next time!

September 17th, 2008
Already a 2nd Year?

10:47 am

Hi and welcome! Let me introduce myself - I’m Leela, class of ‘09 - and I’m happy to be a blogger for BC MBA.

This is a quick note as I am trying to get about a million things done at once (very typical of MBA life) and am by nature, of course, someone who performs best under pressure (also typical of MBAers). Matt said it best when he commented on the whole work-life-balance thing. I am trying to get that one down…let’s just say it’s a learning process for me as well. I am still in shock that I am a 2nd year as I listen and observe the 1st years scrambling to attempt to maintain their sanity as they are overwhelmed with 1) being a student again and 2) the massive amount of work they have to produce. I can’t believe I am sitting here, already a 2nd year. I don’t envy them 1 bit as they frantically try to absorb accounting, stats, strategy, and managing people and organizations. I assure them that if I got through it, they can too!

2nd year life is different and at least for me, life is always chaotic, yet somewhat manageable. We have all night classes, which is strange, and we don’t see our classmates as much as we are more into our specialty. Class-wise, the thing that is hardest for me is the shift from day to night classes. I think much better and have a lot more energy in the morning and during the day. At night, my brain pretty much shuts off. I guess I won’t be accomplishing my goal of trying to drink less coffee this year. I am one of those crazy people who thrives on being busy and who is happier when busy. Be careful what you wish for!

So as we speak, I have 15 minutes to get to my next class, Business Plan & Entrepreneurship, where we get to listen to several presentations of businesses ideas. After today’s presentations, we then bid on our top 4 ideas and we are then assigned teams based on our preferences. I am excited to the ideas that are presented and am leaning towards doing one in relation to the pharmaceutical industry as that is where my internship was in this summer but am also keeping an open mind to other ideas. After that class, I have back-to-back class until 9:30 pm tonight - orchestra and then Customer Relationship Management.

Did I also mention that I am working 20 hours a week, have a full class load, that I am in student government (social co-chair for my class), have 2 undergrad-friend visitors staying with me from the Northwest until next Monday with another visitor coming next week, was gone all last week in Seattle because my sister had her 2nd baby, am training for a half marathon, and am also trying to have a life? Right. At the moment, I seem to be sane, though I am running on 3 hours of sleep. I don’t think I’ll sleep much the next few weeks.

Let’s just say the only way I can get everything done is due to my meticulous color-coded calendar and my fond appreciation of “to-do” lists (and the satisfaction that comes when I physically cross off an item).

Speaking of work, class, procrastination, and deadlines, I have to get to it. More to come!

~ Leela




Year: 2009
Specialization: Marketing Informatics
Hometown: Moscow, Idaho
Undergraduate: University of Idaho, Computer Science and Spanish

Pre-MBA work experience: Co-founder and Business Development Manager at an e-commerce company (we sold medical devices online, mainly through eBay).

MBA Internship: Johnson & Johnson – HR Leadership Development Program