Some people call Portland The City that Works. Others know it as the place where young people go to retire. In truth, Portland is both and more. Home to a robust business community, an exceptional food and drink scene, idyllic outdoor recreation and a culture that celebrates sustainability, Portland is a dynamic city of opportunity.
The Portland MBA
ROI doesn’t have to be a purely financial ratio, nor is there a single ROI to consider. In addition to salary, you should consider returns like the availability of networking, internship, and career opportunities. You should also think about the cultural and personal benefits: Will an MBA fulfill an unmet intellectual need for you? Will the degree help inspire your self-confidence?
We can redefine business to be about more than just profit. I am a big believer in the triple-bottom-line, and it makes long-term economic sense. We discuss this in the classroom, and I hope our work can help students be change agents in the business world.
Using our power as consumers is one of the easiest ways we can create a world that reflects our values, and we can do it every single day. Every dollar spent supporting a business going above and beyond to do the right thing is a seed planted for a better world.
The first question someone asks when they learn I’m going to graduate school and working full time is: How do you do it? Good question. I’m now in my second year of school and just beginning to understand how.
My position at the School of Business has opened doors and allowed me to shake hands with people I maybe never would have met. Most recently, the door was to Jama Software, and the hand I was shaking was Scott Roth’s, CEO of Jama and one of Portland Business Journal’s 40 Under 40. Scott welcomed me into his office and we had a great conversation: Read >
A couple of years ago when I first started to consider graduate school, I imagined all people with MBAs as Jack Donaghy from 30 Rock. Read >