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UHV to host conversation on using MBA

March 31, 2013 at 10:04 p.m.
Updated March 30, 2013 at 10:31 p.m.


SUGAR LAND - The University of Houston-Victoria is putting on a new event to give Master of Business Administration students a better idea of how to get the most out of their degree after graduation.

Four panelists from Houston with different business experiences will discuss how making the most of an MBA can improve job performance and help workers advance within a company.

Panelists are Chris Reinsvold, a search consultant for the executive search firm Preng & Associates in Houston; Cheryl Bryan, president of Coaching for Career Success in Houston; Ashley Northrup, a chief operating officer of QED Energy Associates in Houston; and Saurabh Patel, who was recently promoted by BP to lead the Bangalore, India, supplier delivery center.

The moderator for the panel discussion is John Beddow, publisher of the Houston Business Journal. The publication is the leading provider of area business news for the greater Houston area.

"Capitalizing on Your MBA" will be hosted by the UHV School of Business Administration on Tuesday at UH Sugar Land, 14000 University Blvd.

A reception at 6 p.m. in the Brazos Hall Multi-Purpose Room will start the festivities. The panel discussion will begin at 6:45 p.m. in the same room. The event is free and open to the public.

Steve Ferguson, executive in residence for the UHV School of Business Administration, said a goal of the MBA program is to assist in creating professionals who add value to companies. Students learn a new way to think when they get an MBA, he said.

"Students obtain a tool kit to help solve problems in their jobs," he said. "Senior managers need to deal with ambiguity and come up with a solution to a problem. An MBA helps students understand a process for thinking. The key is taking the tools from an MBA and other experiences to help deal with business issues that are filled with uncertainty."

Farhang Niroomand, dean of the UHV School of Business Administration, said while students obtain analytical skills in the classroom, events like this give them greater insight into the personal skills and mindset that will make them more successful.

"While earning an MBA is an accomplishment on its own, what graduates do with the degree is the real difference," he said. "Hearing the advice and stories from the panelists that Dr. Ferguson has invited will give our students a better idea about how to use their degree."

"Capitalizing on Your MBA" is sponsored by the Willis Group. Through its agreement with the UHV School of Business Administration, the Willis Group creates opportunities by providing business students with professional development and career placement assistance, supports faculty research and classroom instruction and actively participates in events to promote the success of the business school and its students.

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