UIC Liautaud Graduate School of Business

Student Organization Spotlight: Undergraduate Women’s Network

At UIC Business, March always begins with celebrating the success of women in business at the annual conference hosted by the  Undergraduate Women’s Network (UWN). The UWN team has been instrumental in sharing success stories to inspire women to continue their journey to the top of the corporate ladder. Their efforts have made women more inspired, motivated and empowered to succeed. As they start to make the road map for the coming semester, we catch up with Akanksha Chaudhari (President, UWN... read more

The Kick Off of the PDP Guest Speaker Series

Teaching Professional Development online has its hurdles, but one perk has been the birth of the PDP Guest Speakers Series, a two-week long run of professionals sharing their work histories and advice to the Professional Development students via Zoom.  Faculty members—including Stephanie Anderson, Ranjit Souri and Jeff Wilson—serve as hosts, asking informational style interview questions for the hour to hour-and-a-half long interview—all while students have the chance to interact with the guest... read more

Graduate Admissions Advice in Challenging Times

In a recent interview, comedian and writer Mel Brooks said it best "We can get through this stuff…” Although, we are going through challenging and unprecedented times with COVID19, certain aspects of our lives continue to go on. This includes working (from home for many of us), cooking and eating (a lot in my case), and adapting to new environments and technologies. This may also mean developing new skills either formally or informally. With an uncertain economy and job market, you may be... read more

Virtual Graduation Ceremony Countdown with Undergraduate & Graduate Student Speakers | Ehlimana Gutosic & Katie O’Malley

Ehlimana Gutosic is an Accounting and Information Decision Sciences major, Business Scholar, member of the Honors college and also the President of Collegiate Association of Business Scholars (CABS). She has also served the Undergraduate Women’s Network as the Vice Chair of Communications and Vice Chair of Treasury. Ehlimana has successfully interned in multiple organizations starting with PwC and Michael Silver. We caught up with Ehlimana as her time at UIC Business comes to an end but the... read more

Celebrating Student Success & Awards | Bruna Tavares

This year 25 UIC Business students were recognized with the Chancellor’s Student Service and Leadership Award for the outstanding contribution they have made to the university and surrounding community. The Chancellor's Student Service Award (CSSA) honors students who have relentlessly served the campus and the UIC community. We had the opportunity to learn about the incredible journey of one of our UIC Business student winners, Bruna Tavares. First of all, congratulations on your success... read more

Guaranteed and Preferred Graduate Admissions

During these challenging and unique times, the need for advanced education in business is more important than ever. Having an advanced degree can provide you with higher income over your lifetime and make you more marketable in a competitive job environment. While these are very uncertain times, developing a plan about your future career and education is a positive step in the right direction. UIC Business offers Guaranteed and Preferred Admissions Pathways for our master’s degrees in... read more

Six Questions for Manny Favela

UIC Business caught up with alumnus Manny Favela BS ’88 and asked him six questions about his career experience in the restaurant industry. 1) What inspired you to become an entrepreneur and found Burrito Parrilla Mexicana? My decision to retire from McDonald’s after nearly 30 years was mostly driven by two reasons: I wanted to spend more time with my family and I wanted to dedicate the rest of my life to making a difference in people’s lives in the areas of faith, employment and education.... read more

UIC Business AMA Visits Facebook Chicago HQ

Our organization, the American Marketing Association - UIC Chapter, organizes site visits every semester for our members. We believe site visits are great opportunities for students to gain insight into how a company operates and what the culture is like. Additionally, students are able to network with recruiters and professionals at the companies, potentially leading to internship or job opportunities. This spring 2020 semester, thanks to a connection within the company, a group of members from... read more

Intergroup Dialogue Meets UIC Business by Shonta Durham-Wiersema

In the Summer of 2019, I had the honor to attend the National Intergroup Dialogue Institute at the University of Michigan. During this week-long institute, I was introduced to the content and pedagogy of Dialogue, working with higher education professionals from across the country to explore issues of social justice, intergroup communication, and diversity and inclusion. We also explored ways to bring what I like to call the ‘magic’ of Intergroup Dialogue back to our home campuses, brainstorming... read more

Student Organization Spotlight: Net Impact

With 2020 in full swing, we remember all the good things that happened last year. One of the biggest achievements for us at UIC Business was our student organization - Net Impact UIC being awarded the Gold Chapter Standing. The Net Impact team led by Bryan Thomas and Natalie Sheneman have done some tremendous work over the past year contributing to the well being of the society. Their efforts have made a positive impact on the society as a whole leading them to be immensely successful as a... read more

Summer Venture in Management Program at Harvard Business School by Abisola Oladigbo

Imagine the opportunity to experience a trial run as an MBA student, while still an undergraduate. Turns out students like yourself have the possibility of getting that chance. Harvard Business School (HBS) offers a program called Summer Venture in Management Program (SVMP), where rising seniors from diverse backgrounds, have the opportunity to spend a week at Harvard Business School and experience life as an MBA student on campus. UIC Business Student, Abisola Oladigbo, was fortunate enough... read more

Introducing UIC Business Adviser: Janasha Prabhu

In December 2019, Janasha Prabhu an alumnus of the University of Illinois Springfield joined the UIC Business Family as an undergraduate academic adviser serving Accounting majors. Janasha will be working closely with the students to help them in their academic journey at UIC Business. We had the chance of catching up with her as she got settled in her new role: Favorite Chicago Activities/Places: I’ve only had a short month to get to know Chicago (having recently moved from Springfield,... read more

UIC Business Alumnus Brad Sargent Lights the Flame

On January 12, UIC Business alumnus Brad Sargent ’99 joined a lineage of distinguished alumni in the ceremonial Lighting of the Flame. The Lighting of the Flame tradition started in 1998, and every year select UIC alumni and friends serve as official Torch Bearers, carrying a symbolic torch to light the cauldron before a Flames home basketball game at the Credit Union 1 Arena.   A longtime champion of UIC and Flames basketball, Sargent exemplifies UIC values and commitment to excellence.... read more

A Day at McDonald’s HQ (Chicago, IL) by Nicholas Gadbois

For years, Management Leadership Association (MLA) has prided itself with delivering knowledge and insights of the business world to its members. MLA hosts panel events, site visits, volunteer opportunities, and other activities in order to give students first-hand experience as to what their future careers may entail.  Professor Michael Miller, who is the founder, and the executive board members of MLA planned a trip to go to the international headquarters of McDonald’s, based right here... read more

UIC Business Undergraduate Women's Network Visits Google Chicago

On December 4 the members of the Undergraduate Women’s Network had the opportunity to visit the Google Chicago office. They were greeted by Tameem Mohsin, a Global Product Lead of Mobile Applications, to discuss the many things that Google Chicago has to offer. The attendees learned more about Tameem’s path to Google, opportunities Google has for undergraduate college students, as well as the importance and relevance of higher education in regards to the industry and company. Tameem also took... read more

Meet Our Newest UIC Business Adviser: Aaron Henrickson

Aaron Henrickson recently joined the UIC Business family as an undergraduate academic adviser serving Management, Human Resources Management, Entrepreneurship and Marketing majors. Aaron will be working closely with the students to help them achieve their academic goals. We caught up with him as he gets settled into his new position: Favorite Chicago Activities/Places:  Since I am not originally from Chicago my list of favorite places have continued to evolve with time. Starting from the South... read more

Helping with Students Financial Planning as the President of GFIG

Last month, the Graduate Finance and Investment Group (GFIG) hosted an event called Students Financial Planning – Make Your Money Work for You. GFIG provides education, information and networking opportunities to broaden students’ understanding of the financial business world, and career opportunities through interactions with professionals in the field of finance. This event was designed to give students the opportunity to develop their personal financial planning skills.  As President of GFIG,... read more

Introducing UIC Business Adviser Zyrika Pellumb

Zyrika Pellumb recently joined the UIC Business family as an undergraduate academic adviser. Zyrika is excited to help students achieve their academic goals. We caught up with the Chicago-area native as she gets settled into her new position: Favorite Chicago Activities/Places: I love hanging out at Lake Michigan, when the weather permits! When it is warm, I love to swim and make the most of the beach. My favorite spot is Montrose Harbor because of the view of the skyline; It’s also a great... read more

UIC Business Establishes Get to Graduation Fund

In a given year, more than one hundred UIC Business students find themselves in a sudden, precarious financial situation that prevents them from graduating on schedule. Medical emergencies, disruptions in family income and other unplanned events transpire, and students who would otherwise be graduating in a semester or two are stuck in financial limbo.  Assistant Dean of Students Angela Prazza estimates that $250 to $500 can determine whether these students graduate on time.   To ensure that... read more

September was only the Beginning for the Flames Consulting Group

This past month, Flames Consulting Group has hosted multiple events introducing UIC students to the world of consulting. Early on in September, FCG executive members started to develop curriculum for workshops and establish a better membership hierarchy. Membership sign-ups are open to all UIC undergraduate and graduate students of any majors or disciplines. One of the main benefits of becoming an FCG member is the access to case studies. Earlier this month, FCG partnered with the Undergraduate... read more