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Alumnus in Action: Tom Formolo

Letting Values Lead the Way

Finding synergy between principles and profit

In the investment firm he founded, Tom Formolo, BBA ’86, made it a priority to lead with principle to generate profitable growth. In this Q&A, he explains why principles and the profit motive don’t have to conflict with one another, and reveals what distinguishes WSB graduates as leaders that make employers want to hire them.
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Markets with Frictions
New WSB Online Course Breaks New Ground. More than 25,000 students enrolled in the school’s first massive open online course (MOOC), and professors from other business schools are using the lectures in their own courses. Learn more about Professor Randy Wright’s dynamic online course and the cutting-edge research he shares with his students.
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A New Approach to Career Readiness. Leadership and networking skills set up students for business success and personal fulfillment, yet most business schools don’t directly teach them. Find out how WSB is equipping students with professional development and business skills to make them more career ready.
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Impactful Research | MOOD MATTERS
Mood Matters
Did you know that you can create an environment that specifically encourages producing creative ideas? Or that a different environment works better for idea selection after brainstorming? In his research, Professor Russ Coff explains how you can maximize the power of teams.
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Impactful Research | IS CEO COMPENSATION FAIR?
Is CEO Compensation Fair
As CEO pay continues to rise, it makes for splashy headlines. New research by Professor Barry Gerhart explores the impact of CEO compensation on shareholder return. Do generous executive pay packages have a payoff for shareholders?
By: Barry Gerhart |
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Self Reflection
Productive Pause. Professor Erin McCloskey explains why pausing to set aside time to reflect on failures and successes is an essential habit for growth and professional success. Plus, get tips for setting up a regular practice of self-reflection.
By: Erin McCloskey |
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Spring 2014 Class Notes
Heather Holtsberg Smith, MBA '09, was listed in Crain’s Chicago Business’ 2013 Top 40 under 40 list for her work as the senior marketing manager, global grains division of the global nutrition group at Quaker Foods North America in Chicago. She calls her work “a pretty awesome experience” and brings that enthusiasm to volunteer gigs too. For the past three years, she has served on the committee for Shedd Aquarium’s June gala. Her assistance with social media and their website helped the event raise $1.2 million a year.
Heather Holtsberg Smith, MBA '09
Michael Fishman, BBA ’11, Zach Schau, BA ’09, and Austin Stoffers, BBA ’11, were recently listed in Forbes list of Top 30 Under 30 in Energy and Industry for their company, PureFix Cycles. The trio met at Wisconsin and set out to create bikes that were lightweight, without brakes, and are fixed-gear (or “fixies”). The company is now located in L.A. and sells about 25,000 bikes a year. Sales surpassed $4 million in 2012.
Michael Fishman, BBA ’11, Zach Schau, BA ’09, and Austin Stoffers, BBA ’11,
Christopher Kozina, BBA ’92, is raising three girls in the Chicago area since his corporate headquarters moved a few years ago. He’s currently attending his third Big Ten university for personal enrichment, working on completing a master’s degree in education, specifically focusing on globalization and its impact on educational policy; he currently serves as the chief human resources officer of MillerCoors and chairman of CDC, a distribution company in Denver, Colorado. He’s enjoyed the past few years of service on the National Alumni Board of Directors and as a member of the Executive Committee, introducing his young family to all that is Bucky!
Christopher Kozina, BBA '92
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