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Atkinson Graduate School of Management News

Going Green: AGSM Recognized for Sustainability

Sustainability and stewardship extends to the Atkinson Graduate School of Management, recently recognized by Oregon Business Magazine as a “Top 100 Green Organization” for 2009. 

The Atkinson School was also profiled in the Aspen Institute’s Beyond Grey Pinstripes survey as a top 100 management program in the U.S. for a commitment to corporate social responsibility and environmental sustainability.  Programs and initiatives geared toward sustainability are available through Atkinson’s MBA programs and through non-degree certificates and special sessions.

The goal of the Atkinson School’s efforts is for organizations to view sustainability from a system-wide perspective, creating actionable objectives for incorporating sustainability initiatives into strategic planning.  Two programs launched this spring include the Sustainable Enterprise Certificate and Learning and Leading for Sustainability.  Both programs are open to managers from any industry or any sector, offering an excellent forum for collaboration.

This fall, Atkinson will also introduce an area of interest in Sustainable Management as part of the full-time MBA program, with at least two new courses: Sustainability Management and Scientific Tools for Sustainability.

Summer Lunch and Learn Series: What’s Hot in Management Today?

What are some of the most pressing issues facing today's managers and how do they deal with them? Join us for our Summer Lunch and Learn Series in Portland and Salem as Willamette University's top management professors lead discussions, share expertise and present research. Our Empowerment in Action series allows you to experience why the MBA and Executive Development programs at Willamette can take your career and your experience to new heights.

11:30 a.m. - Networking
12 p.m. - Presentation and Discussion
1 p.m. - Wrap Up

Willamette University Portland Center
1120 NW Couch Street, Suite 450
Portland, Oregon 97239

Willamette University Main Campus
Hatfield Library - Hatfield Room (Building #24 on Campus Map)
900 State Street
Salem, Oregon 97301

June 9, 2009 - SALEM
"Social Media for Managers" with Professor Polly Rizova

June 10, 2009 - PORTLAND
"Social Media for Managers" with Professor Polly Rizova

July 13, 2009 - SALEM
"Marketing Decisions Using New Media" with Professor Paul Dwyer

July 16, 2009 - PORTLAND
"Servant Leadership" with Professor Geoff Guilfoy

Oregon Women MBAs Keeps Managers Connected

The Celebrate Willamette Women reception and Portland Business Journal’s Women in Business Expo commemorated the announcement of the Oregon Women MBAs, a new professional organization founded by the Atkinson School.

As a chapter of the National Association of Women MBAs, the Oregon Women MBAs will connect professional women and men throughout Oregon and SW Washington with special programming, professional development opportunities and networking events.  

The chapter will officially launch in fall 2009, but the Atkinson School is working to establish a Board of Directors for the chapter to begin planning events.  Activities will take place throughout Oregon each year, hosted by members in different cities.

To keep up with the progress of the Oregon Women MBAs, visit http://www.oregonwomenmbas.org to join the mailing list.  For more about the National Association of Women MBAs, visit http://www.mbawomen.org.

International Visitors Learn About Public Policy and Management Education

In April, the World Affairs Council of Oregon, in conjunction with the U.S. State Department, brought 15 international visitors to the Atkinson School.  The goal was to learn about the opportunities available for public policy and management education in the United States.

Atkinson staff and faculty discussed various program options at the school, including the Certificate in Public Management (CPM) program.  Program Manager Susan Wilson (MBA ’77), the retired Administrator for the Department of Human Services, described the CPM’s impact on local, state and federal agencies through its 10 year history.  The program now has a legacy in the State of Oregon, providing essential training and development for managers and helping to address issues around succession planning.

The guests also had the opportunity to interact with a panel of current MBA students, many representing the same host country as the visitors.  Students shared what brought them to the Atkinson School, how they planned on utilizing their Willamette MBA and how studying in the U.S. differed from their home countries.

For more information on the Certificate in Public Management program, visit http://www.willamette.edu/cpm.

Alumni Referral Network: A Legacy of Attracting the Best and the Brightest

The Willamette MBA program is in the midst of the busy spring and summer recruitment sessions for the Full-Time MBA formats and the MBA for Professionals.  Alumni are welcome to utilize our online referral form for anyone they feel would make an excellent Willamette MBA candidate.

MBA Referral Network:  http://www.willamette.edu/agsm/alumni/empower_someone.htm
Please feel free to contact the Office of Admission with any questions:
Full-Time MBA Formats (Early Career/Career Change):  mba-admission@willamette.edu
MBA for Professionals (Portland or Salem):  pmba@willamette.edu