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MBA students network in Pittsburgh

Tuesday, February 27 2018 12:00am

OHIO's One-Year MBA cohort packed their bags for an experiential networking trip in Pittsburgh, PA

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Experiential learning trips are an integral part of Ohio University's One-Year MBA program. These opportunities allow students to connect with industry professionals and get a feel for jobs or career paths they could pursue after graduation.

“The influence of the Bobcat Alumni Network is incredibly powerful and has provided great opportunities for our students,” said Tammy Reynolds, executive-in-residence for the One-Year MBA program.

This semester, OHIO's One-Year MBA cohort visited three companies in Pittsburgh: PPG Paints Arena, Stage AE and Heinz Field. At each venue, students met with OHIO alumni and other employees that represented a wide variety of backgrounds. We've asked the cohort to tell us a little more about their trip. 

What did you learn from the company visits?

Natalie Lebamoff: “My favorite company to visit was the Pittsburgh Penguins. I enjoyed hearing from employees with very different backgrounds and duties within the organization, but also hearing how they collaborate on a day-to-day basis. The portion about analytics and marketing was very impressive and demonstrated how much data the organization knows about their audience.”

Shelby Brown: “My favorite company that we visited was Stage AE. I enjoyed this visit the most because it was unlike any other company I've visited before. I’ve seen sports venues and businesses but seeing and hearing about how a concert venue operates gave me new insights into the business.”

What did you learn from the speakers?

Jeremy Sams: “I enjoyed hearing about Jack Tipton's long journey to becoming part of the Penguins staff. I also really enjoyed hearing his advice and the advice of the others about starting a career.”

What was the most valuable part of this trip or what was your favorite lesson learned?

Joel Shump: “The most valuable part of this trip was hearing each individual's story about how they ended up with the job they have now. So many of them had such cool and interesting jobs, but each had a different way of getting there. Some of them took pretty unorthodox paths to get where they are.”

Stay tuned! This April, the One-Year MBA cohort will complete their final experiential learning trip in Denver, Colorado.

Learn more about the One-Year MBA: 

To build a career in the business world, students need the right balance of critical thinking skills and practical business knowledge that defines successful leadership in the modern workplace. The One-Year MBA from Ohio University is a full-time program designed to help students enhance their core business competencies and develop the confidence to thrive as strategic and resourceful professionals.

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