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Building Fearless Leaders: UWN Celebrates Women in Business

The United Women’s Network held their 7th annual Women in Business Conference in acknowledgement of International Women’s Day. The two-day event boasted many significant firsts for UWN and UIC Business and was a big success. The first UWN conference to go virtual, it lived up to its in-person impact with an amazing lineup of speakers and activities. Intricate discussion and planning led to the creation of a live speaker event and an innovation challenge. The ‘Next Millennium Innovation... read more

Earth’s Remedies Brings Holiday Cheer to Chicago’s West-Side Residents

The month of December gives many of us reasons to be joyous: music, lights, family, gift-giving, friends, food, and much more. However, the 2020 winter season proved to be especially hard on Chicago’s west-side residents facing marginalization and the COVID-19 crisis. Immediately, Earth’s Remedies saw an opportunity to provide relief. Earth's Remedies was founded by Mercedes Pickett. Her brother, alumnus Charles Pickett ’17, is the Vice President. The duo brought the West-Side Holiday Drive to... read more

Future Leaders In Business Junior Program Goes Virtual

The Future Leaders in Business Junior (FLB JR) Program gives 10th and 11th grade high school students the opportunity to learn about careers and programs of study in the field of business. FLB JR is comprised of fun and educational activities meant to empower youth, specifically those from underrepresented communities. A generous donation made by UIC Business alumnus, Al Heller, provided the support that was necessary in order to offer this one-week experience at no cost. The 2020 FLB JR program... read more

UIC Business Stands With Black Lives Matter

Black Lives Matter. We in UIC Business are committed to ensuring this message is heard, understood and realized.  On July 23, 2020, students, faculty and staff gathered to lead with a critical conversation that created space for reflection, dialogue and action. Featured speakers included: Dean Michael Mikhail, Vice Chancellor Rex Tolliver, Earth's Remedies Vice President & Chief Development Director Charles Pickett ('17) and Black Student Union President Ashaley Hassel. This critical... 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

Endowed Scholarship Supports UIC Business Students with Financial Need

A generous gift made by Dr. Paul Russell Cary and the company he co-founded will establish the Dr. Paul Russell Cary Mediatainment Scholarship at UIC Business. The gift will support students at the college who demonstrate strong academic performance and have financial need. Dr. Cary is a retired business educator and part-owner of Mediatainment, an entertainment production company based in Chicago. Dr. Cary was struck by the financial need of many aspiring undergraduate students in Chicago and... read more

An Entrepreneur with Taste

UIC Business alumnus details his success in the food and liquor industry Happenstance is how entrepreneur Pankaj “PK” Garg MBA ’90 describes his entry into the food and beverage industry. “It was an epiphany that came to me 35,000 feet in the air,” says Garg, founder of SōmruS, a premium spirits company founded in 2012. “I had just enjoyed an Eastern-inspired meal while traveling from India to the U.S. It was followed by a delectable Indian dessert called ras malai. I still needed my nightcap,... read more

Sarah Siderius Gets the Job Done at Google

Ranked third on the Forbes: Best American Employers list, Google is one of the most recognized companies on the planet. While most know the company as a high-powered Internet search engine, many are unaware of its philanthropic arm, Google.org. Many people could only dream of working with the tech powerhouse that is Google, but graduate student Sarah Siderius, who is working toward completing her MBA in the spring of 2019, had the unique experience of working as a contractor for Google.org.... read more

Commencement Countdown with Graduate Student Speaker Kera Beskin

Kera Beskin is a graduate student and researcher here at UIC. She grew up in rural Minnesota and is graduating this May with her dual master’s of public health and master’s of business administration at UIC. The president of the Public Health Student Association and currently working as a research assistant at the UIC School of Public Health, she has also served as a Business Ambassador and will deliver this year’s graduate speech at the UIC Business commencement. We caught up with Beskin as her... read more

UIC Business Scholars Speaker Series

by Jasur Rasulov A premiere benefit of the UIC Business Scholars Program is the Speaker Series.  Every semester, several well-established business professionals—most of them UIC alumni—visit UIC Business to deliver speeches on a variety of topics, exclusively for Business Scholars. Although the specific details of every speech vary, the common underlying themes surround the topics of leadership, determination, paths to professional success, personal branding, and dealing with setbacks. ... read more

UIC Business Tackles “Back to College” with Target

The 2018 Management Leadership Association and Target Case Competition took place at the end of last month, with 11 teams presenting to a panel of Target staff members.  Each year, Target partners with the UIC Business Career Center to host this program that asks students to develop and present solutions to a unique challenge facing the company. This year’s case study prompt presented teams with the opportunity to directly apply their lived experiences as college students. The retailer gave... read more

The Lasting Impact of a UIC Business Education

As the first in his family to receive a college education, Don Hermanek (BS Marketing ’70) chose to attend The University of Illinois at Chicago for his undergraduate degree because he could commute, receive an affordable education, and work full-time at Goodyear Tires in Berwyn, IL to help pay for it. Little did Hermanek know how beneficial his UIC Business education would be.  Hermanek credits his UIC education with providing a strong foundation that extended beyond business theory. It gave... read more

The UIC Business Student Services Team Welcomes Mayra Sanchez

We would like to introduce you to a new member of the UIC Business Student Services staff, Mayra Sanchez. Mayra joined the Student Services team as an Academic Adviser this January, and she will be working specifically with UIC Business Scholars. Prior to this role, Mayra worked as part of the college's Events Team for the past three years. We have put together some fun facts about Mayra, so please read on. And make sure to say hello when you see her around! Favorite Chicago Activities/ Places:... read more

Midterm Social Media Recap: Spring 2018

Be sure to follow UIC Business on social media to stay up to date on upcoming events campus activities, business news, and fun things going on around Chicago: Instagram: @UICBusiness Twitter: @UICBusiness Facebook Page: UIC Business  While we’re already halfway through the Spring 2018 semester and just starting to see some spring temperatures on campus, let’s take a look back at some UIC Business highlights with a midterm social media recap. UIC Business Swims with the Sharks For UIC Business,... read more

Recruiting on Campus: PwC

PwC is currently recruiting for Winter 2019 internships, as well as their Early Identification Programs (Dec. 2019 or later grad date) such as Start, Career Preview, and Elevate.  Applications are due the night of Tuesday, February 13th on the PwC website. UIC Business caught up with Grace Wood, talent acquisition senior associate and lead recruiter for Chicago universities, at a branding day in Douglas Hall where she shared some insight into the PwC recruiting process. UIC Business: What are... read more

Recruiting on Campus: Groupon

Groupon will be at the February 13 Business Career Fair, and is looking for May graduates to fill open sales roles in Merchant Development and Business Development.  UIC Business caught up with Lauren Mullins, senior sales campus recruiter at Groupon, during a branding day organized by the Business Career Center. UIC Business: What kind candidate is Groupon looking for? LM: People who do well here have an entrepreneurial spirit, are self-motivated, super coachable, resilient, and organized. I’d... read more

UIC Business Alumnus Honored as 2017 Business Leader of Color

Mike Maali speaks to UIC Business Scholars at a 2016 event hosted by PwC. Mike Maali, BS ’88, is a Partner and the Midwest Regional Leader in Risk Assurance at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) in Chicago. UIC Business caught up with Maali after he was honored by Chicago United as a 2017 Business Leader of Color.  Maali talked about his time at UIC, the importance of diversity in the workplace, and his advice for current students.    Maali came to UIC in 1984, eventually earning a degree... read more

Making Change by Saving Change

ChangEd, a Chicago startup co-founded by a UIC Business graduate, hopes to transform our relationship with student loans.  Nick Sky ’13, took the time to talk with the UIC Business Blog about ChangEd’s founding, mission, and the role UIC Business played in making the concept behind ChangEd a reality. Sky and his brother started formulating the business plan for ChangEd in mid-2016 when his brother realized that the balance on his own student loans was not falling as fast as he would have liked,... read more

Market Research with a Meaningful Mission

From left: Joe Moag, Susan Kantor, Asma Hasan. By Asma Hasan and Susan Kantor The business skills taught in UIC Business graduate programs are in high demand for non-profit organizations and explain the significant number of MBAs employed in the sector. Recognizing how important business skills are to non-profits, Associate Professor Maija Renko presented UIC Business students with an independent study opportunity focused on non-profit market research.  This project we took on was conducted... read more